Just before the recent break a group of Year 13 students led by Andy Butler, our School Sports Coordinator and the founder of the Northampton Trustee Fund, set off for the Gambia. This was the school’s second visit to the Gambia to the village of Penyem with which we have established strong links.
It was terrific to see the results of our fund raising – both in Penyem itself and the neighbouring village of Busura. Over the course of the last year, we have raised sufficient money to help provide the Health Centre in the village with a tiled floor, a ceiling, running water and electricity – all things which we would take for granted over here. We have also paid for the repair of the roof on the school buildings in Busura where previously four classrooms simply did not have a roof, as it had been ripped off in a storm.
We flew with Thomas Cook and they were kind enough to allow us a double baggage allowance – meaning that we could take out with us plenty of materials for the village including lots of medical supplies for the Health Centre, as well as books and equipment for the school. All of the students who went on the trip met the children they had been sponsoring for the year and went to their homes to meet their families – an eye-opening experience for us all.
This was a very busy trip with three days spent in the village and visiting schools and our all-girl group even took the time out to play a football match – a short one on sand in 35° heat – against a local girls’ football team. Sad to say, we lost the match 3-2 – and some of the opposing team were playing barefoot!
It was a fantastic experience and we are grateful to Andy Butler for organising the trip and making the whole thing possible.
If you would like to find out more about the work of the Northampton Trustee Fund you can visit the Trust’s website - www.northamptontf.blogspot.com
Click here to view the photo gallery of this trip.