Development

Almost ready to start the market rehabilitation.

Dear Board/Management,

The Casa-Gambia Foundation aims to bring Gambia (North-West Africa) to a higher social level. We want to achieve this by improving the quality  and  access to:

Healthcare Agriculture and Sport  

Gambia is one of the 10 poorest countries in the world and they too were affected by the corona virus and a lock  down, for this country a double noose. This means that the people there are really  hungry. They didn’t have much already, and now they have nothing at all. There is no work, no income so no food. Gambia has  no social benefits, no health insurance and also has a  very poor health care. Many people with health problems cannot go to the doctor or hospital, they cannot afford it, causing people to die unnecessarily.

Fortunately, few people have been infected so far. The government has taken timely action.

In Brufut /Gambia, a small part of the local population sells their own grown fruit and vegetables to be able to provide for their own maintenance.  The sale takes place in a market hall that is so bad  and unsanitary that it could collapse at any moment. 

    

Despite the risk of collapse, the sellers do not stay away because they have no income.

Casa-Gambia, in collaboration with the Wilde Ganzen Foundation, has decided to help the poorest of families in Brufut with a one-off family food package during this Corona period. In addition, Casa-Gambia has conceived the plan to help the population with a ‘post corona impulse’ so that the local economy can get back on track under healthy  conditions.

This plan results in the construction of a new market hall, so that the locals can sell their fruit and vegetables in a safe and hygienic way.  They get a place on the ground floor and on the 1st  floor there will be shops with 2 butchers, 2 bakeries, 1 fish shop etc.

The new market hall is equipped with toilets and running water.

Preparations have already been made for this, a project plan has been written incl. the building drawings. (See accompanying project plan) This amounts to € 134,466.

The total amount already committed is € 119.742,67 We still need an amount of €  14.723,33 before we can start construction. We also want to offer the sellers training courses in accounting, taxes, business operations, marketing & sales, food safety, etc.

For this we need an additional amount of € 10,000,– In total we still  need

€ 24,723.33  for  the new market hall                                                               

We work together with the Wilde Ganzen Foundation and the Elisabeth Strouven Fund. Last November, a delegation from Wilde Ganzen visited the old market hall and also our former project the rehabilitation of the Brufut Lower Basic School, (about 2000 students) for which Wilde Ganzen and the Elisabeth Strouven Fund were among others a major sponsor. During the transfer of the school in January 2019, Casa-Gambia received great interest from the TV, radio, national and regional newspapers. 

The delegation was very  impressed by Casa-Gambia’s achievement for what Wilde Ganzen and other donated.  They have a lot of confidence in our foundation and of course we are very proud of that.

3 months after the realization of a project, supported by Wilde Ganzen (WG), the Elisabeth Strouven Fund (ESF) and other donors, we make financial accountability to Wilde Ganzen in accordance with our project application at Wilde Ganzen. WG and ESF work together and are major sponsors for our projects.

All employees of the foundation are volunteers and we ensure that the last penny is spent on this project in Gambia, as we do with all our project funds.

We would like to ask you to help us to realize this market hall for the local population, so that they can sell their products in a safe and hygienic way in order to be able to provide for their own maintenance.

We would like to talk to you to explain this.

We are an ANBI foundation,you can deduct your donation from the tax.

Our bank rack. NL 06 SNSB 0939319144 atCasa-Gambia-Nederland, BIC SNSB. NL2A.

Kind regards, Francine Simons-Hendriks, Secretary/Treasurer Casa-Gambia-Nederland, Lower Puth 18, 6155 LS Beekdaelen, Tel. 06-2120 8990