The Holy month of Ramadan 2017

The Holy month of Ramadan 2017

Week 2
Since I moved to The Gambia, an Islamic dominated country people have always asked me if I would revert to Islam. *Muslims call it revert rather than convert as they believe everyone is born a Muslim and Islam is the one true religion. *
My answer has always

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Flora and Fauna

Flora and Fauna

I’d like to write about the Gambian flora and fauna. However, as all our “big 5” were extinct by the end of the slave trade, it is a depressing tale. Hippos still inhabit the river Gambia along with the critically endangered Manatee. There are 100+ crocodiles held at Kachikally crocodile

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The Holy Month of Ramadan 2017

The Holy Month of Ramadan 2017

Week 1:
Muslims follow the 5 pillars of Islam: Swarm: Fasting during Ramadan. Hajj: Pilgrimage to Mecca. Zakat: Giving to the poor. Salat: 5 daily prayers and Shalada: Belief in one God. Ramadan follows the 9 month Islamic calender and is based on the sighting of the new moon. Like

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Guest Blog

Guest Blog

How I help S4K without sponsoring a child
My name is Steph and I have been involved with S4K a couple of years now and for some time now I contributed to the medical fund set up for an amazing girl called Isatou. Between a few of us we paid

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Brivonne School

Brivonne School

As noted in the Model school bio, Brivonne school is situated on the site in which Model school originated.
After Turay left the site another man from Sierra Leone attempted to open a school there, and sought our support. My background in criminal justice gives me a second sense when

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How we support schools here in The Gambia

How we support schools here in The Gambia

The list of schools S4K has supported over the years is long. The ones I can remember include:
Brivonne, Serekunda, Marys Foni, Dumbutu, RANB, Jamisa, Jambur, Brikama, Kabafita, Toubakuta, Reach, Strand
Model, Sanchabe, Sualy Jobe, Iri-Du, Yakanu, NemaDay, Special Needs School, New Life, Kerewan
For the first 4 years S4K

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The Sound of the Gambia

The Sound of the Gambia

The sound of the Gambia- sang to the tune of “The sound of the underground” – Girls Aloud.
In the last 24 hours as I write this at 4pm GMT on a Sunday I have a had Mandinka “Griot” wailing outside my window and being one of the sounds of

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Family Life

Family Life

Try and erase everything you know about how your family is composed
Remove nuclear families. Remove calling step children “step”. Remove adopted children as “adopted”. Remove the notion that only your blood sisters and bothers are called your bother and sister. The same applies for aunties and uncles. 
Now imagine

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Getting around Gambian style

Getting around Gambian style

Wherever in the world you are….
If you have money you are laughing when it comes to transportation. Even a little bit of money buys you a clapped out old banger to get you to and from work or to the supermarket. Or mums who drive a 4×4 on the

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