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About  the FAEG

Literacy

The Foundation for Adult Education in The Gambia (FAEG) was founded in 1998. It came from an initiative by some Dutch tourists who went to The Gambia and wanted to help people in this developing country. After they returned home, a friendly notary drew up the necessary documents to make the organization an official foundation.

From the beginning, the main purpose of the Foundation was to help develop literacy skills for adults in The Gambia, where there is a real need. To make literacy teaching possible, money was collected by relations and friends of people in the Foundation in order to pay teachers in The Gambia and buy text books, so that students could learn to read, write and become numerate, not only in their mother tongue, but also in English. The students are selected by the local teachers.

At the moment the Foundation also pays for secondary school education for some individual Gambians in conjunction with another small foundation based in The Netherlands.

Gunjur Garden

The Foundation extended their activities with an income-generating project in Gunjur in the southern part of The Gambia. A piece of forest was transformed into a vegetable garden and now over 200 women from the village of Gunjur have their own small plot of land in this garden. The Foundation invested a lot of money and effort providing a deep borehole to feed a reticulated irrigation system powered by solar panels. Water is therefore always available and the whole area is protected with a fence.

The women in the garden are advised by a garden manager with his staff who get regular training in agriculture from professionals. There is now a netted nursery shed for raising seedlings free from heavy rains and pests which was paid for by the sponsors.

More income-generating projects are being planned in Kololi, in the north, where the Foundation runs three successful literacy classes for young adults.

Management of the Foundation

The administration of the Foundation is in The Netherlands. The board of the Foundation controls the activities in The Gambia through Internet banking and regular reports and petty cash accounts from the management in The Gambia.

As well as this, most board members visit the Gambia at least once a year at their own expense, as money from sponsors may only be used for activities in The Gambia.

The Foundation keeps sponsors informed about progress with a twice-yearly newsletter and an annual report. The Foundation’s website (www.faeg.nl)  is regularly updated with pictures and information, including links to video clips of the literacy classes in Kololi on Youtube. (http://faeg.nl/2011/03/bestuur-bezoekt-gunjur/)

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