Partnership at eye level

What and Why?

Why Gambia?

Gambia is the smallest and one of the poorest countries of Africa.

The official language of the country is English – also at schools.

Outside the big cities, in the families people mainly speak the traditional tribal languages (such as Mandinka, Wolof, Fulla). Often that has consequences for the children, that they can’t follow the general lessons at Basic Schools or they are rejected from admittance. For that reason it is significantly important that these children have the opportunity to learn the basics of the English language at private nursery schools. These children have their right for education, too!

Promoting education at eye level with our Gambian partners is the background of our work.

The following is important to us:

Listening to people instead of treating them like a child
People we want to support already know, what they need. Therefore we listen to them attentively and involve them from the beginning in any planning.

Self-help instead of dependence
Our aim is to make our support expendable after a time. Therefore we opt for education and training. People shall become able to help themselves.

Sustainability instead of alms
We want to create lasting values. Therefore we are working together with local organizations and authorities. We establish working-teams and initiatives to train them for their tasks. Thus we create lasting structures.

“Teach me and I remember.
Involve me and I learn.”

Benjamin Franklin