Kingswood's Twin School in The Gambia
Students of The Kingswood Secondary Academy work closely with local charity Northampton Trustee Fund in supporting the villagers of Penyem in The Gambia. Penyem is a village of about 1000 people situated 20 miles inland from the capital Banjul.
Several students in the village are sponsored by members of staff at the Academy, and also in our feeder primary academies. Former students and staff have met their sponsored children on visits to the village. There are many ex students who still return to the village almost annually, and have improved their quality of life dramatically- something to be very proud of.
Northampton Trustee Fund was set up by Andy Butler in 2004 after a family holiday to The Gambia. Since then, fundraising has provided the village with an Izusu Trooper 4x4 which is used as an ambulance and community vehicle, a new water system, an apiary (bee farm), a chicken farm, funding for farming materials, and financial assistance for the Village Development Committee. The latest success is the appointment of a full time village nurse. The Academy specifically helped fund several projects in the village, paying for a water pump, the ambulance to transport people to the nearest hospital in an emergency and also a malaria net campaign, to name a few.
The planned trip for February 2018 will allow 14 more Kingswood Secondary Academy students to experience everyday life in a lower income country by visiting the village. Students will have the opportunity to teach infants, visit their sponsored child's home and general village life.
For the up and coming trip in 2018 we are raising money to fund medical supplies in the village. in particular, medicines to bring people back from the dreaded malaria. Malaria makes people feel terrible, and can result in death in some instances. However, with just a few pounds per illness, we can keep people alive. Please donate!
For more information please visit www.northamptonf.blogspot.com or contact Faye Commons (Head of Geography).
Jainaba Bah was given some disposable cameras to record her life in Penyem in a typical week. The photographs were then given to Kingswood students back in Corby.
Kingswood’s School Sport Co-ordinator and Northampton Trustee Fund founder, Andy Butler with Dembo Nyassi who is sponsored by the students of The Kingswood School.