Unlike industrialized nations where the populations are getting much older, The Gambia is much like other African nations and about 60 percent of the Gambian population is under the age of 25. Much of the world’s future will be African.
The Port Of Harlem Gambian Education Partnership not only connects Americans and others with the world’s future, but fills a void as implied by a question that a Gambian friend once posed to me.
He asked in 2001:
Why don’t I see any African-American Peace Corp workers or other African-Americans working to develop The Gambia?
My response: Your children will never be able to say that.
That five-minute conversation evolved into our creating connections between Gambians and Americans since 2002. I hope that you will join me by making a connection today.
I was last in Gambia in August 2019 and scheduled to return in March 2020. In the meantime via the Internet, we continue to work with the following groups on the following projects which I hope you will find an interest and chose to contribute in way that best suites you.
Baobab Youth Development Association, Phillis Wheatley Library:
A growing 218 book library, a 17-student scholarship program for economically challenged K-12 students, a developing soap making enterprise, community infrastructure projects, and gently used clothes sales enterprise where they use the profits to fund their other community projects.
Kubuneh Cultural Museum:
The creation of new income sources for the museum, and upgrading the museum’s marketing efforts and exhibits.
(Gambia) National Centre for Arts and Culture:
A new exhibit to accompany the “West Africans in Early America,” exhibit we completed and that the Juffure Slavery Museum continues to display. The addition will be in the section featuring successful Africans in the Diaspora.
Bakindik Youth Development Association, Richard Pierpoint Library:
The 179 book library is on hold while they look for a suitable place for the library and when they start their soap making enterprise. They, too have a gently used clothes sales enterprise where they use the profits to fund their community projects.
Balal Public Library, Ayuba Suleiman Diallo Education Center:
The 165 book library is on hold. They are expecting a German group to renovate their library space soon.
How You Can Connect:
I pay my own travel expenses; your contributions go directly to empowering the people in the villages in which we serve.
We have four categories of donations; just click here or the Donate button to donate
to one or more of the categories.
If you are in Metro Washington, DC, buy some Gambia River Soap
or donate gently used, small-sized, summer-weight clothes. No matter where you live, suggest someone to profile for the museum exhibit or contact us
with your suggestion on how you would like to connect.
P.S. Now when you shop at smile.amazon.com
, Amazon will give 0.5% of your purchase price to the Port of Harlem Gambian Education Partnership once you select us as your charity.