Busura Primary School

During our last 2 visits to The Gambia we have visited Busura Primary School. Busura is the next village to Penyem and the school is the one that most Penyem children progress to for their middle year's education. They then return to Penyem Upper Basic School on the outskirts of the village. During our visits we met with the Headmaster Mr Darbo. He asked that we help him set up links with a school in the UK. We also observed the serious damage to part of the school roof. The damaged meant that the school had to be used in two 'shifts' - morning and afternoon. The Penyem children attended in the afternoon and so had to walk the 5km to Busura in the searing midday sun.

During the second half of 2010 we have been able to secure links with two schools in Corby for Mr Darbo to pursue. These are St Brendan's RC Primary School and Danesholme Junior School. St Brendan's have already collected significant amounts of pens, pencils etc for the school. Furthermore, following a fund raising event they have donated over £320 for school projects.

Following the visit of The Kingswood School students in 2010, it was decided to set about raising funds to repair the school roof. In late December, having provided the £4500 funds from some great fundraising, we have heard that the roof has been replaced and the building is well
on the way to completion. Hopefully, we will reopen it when we visit in February 2011.

Although this is a very worthy project, NTF has made it clear to all concerned that they are only able to look after the needs of Penyem Village. The Busura School project was funded from separate funds from NTF. However, NTF did contribute £500 towards the repairs and hours of time co-ordinating the work in association with Daniel Nyang, our new Gambian representative, and Chief Kolley. Any further work at Busura School will have to be funded by Mr Darbo and his staff.

Work in progress at Penyem Health Centre.

We have just received a report from Chief Kolley about the progress in the Penyem Health Centre. He tells us that building work has been delayed due to heavy rains but the ceiling is now complete, the floor of the entire centre has been tiled and a water tank storage area has nearly been completed.

We are delighted to announce that we have received sufficient donations to enable us to give the builders the go ahead for a complete solar power installation in the refurbished centre.Thanks everyone!

Kingswood School launch Penyem Health Centre Project.

On Tuesday 12 October 2010, The Kingswood School officially launched their Penyem Health Centre Appeal. Penyem is a small village in The Gambia. The Kingswood School has been working closely with Northampton Trustee Fund, a local charity on a number of projects, including repairing a school roof and setting up a Football Academy.

In February 2011, ten Year 13 students will be visiting The Gambia to help the projects develop in Penyem and to start the renovations of the village Health Centre. The Centre needs a ceiling installing, the floor tiled, a water supply connected and a solar electricity system. The Kingswood Students will be fundraising in order that these projects can be completed.

Andy Butler, School Sport Co-Ordinator and representative of the charity said:

'This is a fantastic opportunity for the Kingswood Students to visit a third world country and to make a huge difference to the villagers of Penyem. The students will also each be sponsoring a village child to attend school and will get the chance to meet their child and their families when they visit. It is a trip of a lifetime!'

For more details of the charities work please call Andy Butler on 07812111187.