Kotu Senior Secondary High School
We asked Mandela Fellow and Kotu Senior Secondary High School teacher Ruquay Sesay several times what can we do to help her with her projects. She generally helps her students help themselves. In that vein, she asked that we assist student Jonsaba Jonsy Jaiteh. Jaiteh was forced into an early marriage. She broke away from the arrangement and is now struggling to regain control of her life.
Our connection with Kotu goes back to 2014. Under the leadership of teacher Keluntang Drammeh, his students were part of The POHGEP Facebook Friends group, a modern day pen-pal program that provided his students and a group of Americans the opportunity to experience a different culture using contemporary technology.
Latrikunda Sabiji Lower/Upper Basic School
Through the Baobab Youth Development Association, we sponsor about 21 children. Most of them attend Latrikunda Sabiji Lower Basic School (grades 1 to 6) and Latrikunda Sabiji Upper Basic School (grades 7 to 9). One student attends Charles Jaw Memorial (grades 7 to 12) and four are at Kairaba Senior Secondary (grades 10 to 12).
Nyato Nursery School
Since 2001, Gambia Link, a charity based in the United Kingdom formed Nyato Nursery School and continued to support the school until about 2015.
From 2001-2013, POHGEP provided technical and financial support to the school in Nema Kunku and scholarships for economically challenged students. In 2013, we spent $800 to replace the corrugated roof on the bantaba (general meeting place).
Alhaji Mamour Secca Memorial Nursery School
In 1989, when Momodu and Ndeye Isatou Jallow started the Alhaji Mamour Secca Memorial Nursery School in Old Jeshwang, their home’s sitting room doubled as their only classroom.
Today the school is on a small campus near their home. In 2013, we spent $400 to replace a corrugated roof on one of the classrooms. In 2014, we partially sponsored five children. Mr. Jallow passed in 2012.
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