Pics of the latest success, distributing WakaWaka lights in Brikama are uploaded! Click pic to view.
New gallery added of Presley's Rainbow Education Place! Click pic to enter
I usually make a point of keeping the Gambia pics happy and positive and Dance2Learn posts light and encouraging.. The smile on this gentle man’s face is no exception… but let me tell you a little about him.
This is Augustus. A very shy, gentle and smiley man. He also has polio, which he developed as a 5 year-old child.
Every evening, after the bumsters, traders and majority of tourists have left the beach, Augustus drags himself from his shack across the roads to the sea at Kotu.
He pulls himself along the beach for around a mile, where local fishermen give him a small share of the little they have. He can’t carry anything, so any food he receives has to be eaten in situ. We gave him a note. His arms are so weak and hands so feeble that he couldn’t tuck it in the small pouch he carries around his neck on his own.
It was a fortune, 100 Dalasis, somewhat short of £2.
We sat together for quite a while. We played “who is the most handsome” using the camera. His laughter was infectious.
I asked him if there was a special someone at home. “Yes”, he replied, “my mum.”.
He’s never been to school, it would be impossible to pay for or even get to for him. He has little or no physical contact (for fear of “infection”), he moves by dragging himself along. Augustus is 38.
We sat together, laughed and shared some time. He made me smile.
Later that evening, I cried, as I am now, I could never be that strong.
I feel I need a new direction with Dance2Learn, maybe not as glamorous as “bringing light” but I need to do something.
Augustus, the even camera shows, you win hands down on the Most Beautiful Soul, maybe you will spark a new direction.
I’d welcome your thoughts and help.
Rather a moving day, on so many levels! Not least was knowing how many of you contributed from the kindness of your hearts to celebrate and share in the life of a truly wonderful Little Welshman, Presley Cariadus Cholwyn, my darling puppy.
Well done everyone (especially members of the Welsh Terrier Fan Club on Facebook!)!! Ya'll done good :-)
The work continues and we hope you feel a part of it!
From today, JustGiving will no longer charge a 5% platform fee to charities in the UK. Donors will be able to make a voluntary contribution to support the operation of JustGiving’s platform. This means we will be able to raise even more money for the Dance2Learn cause!
Why not take advantage now!?
We're back from our 2019 trip to The Gambia*.
This time, we combined 3 projects:
1) Distribution of the Wakawaka solar lights
2) Inauguration of "Presley's Rainbow Education Place"
3) Distribution of donated baby/toddler clothes
Pictures of the trip are coming soon, meanwhile, here's an illustration of the 3 aims.
*ALL travel to The Gambia, immunisation costs and accommodation costs are covered by us PERSONALLY (therefore we make such trips our yearly holiday).
NO donated money is used for these expenses!
Tracey and James would like to Spread Some Sunshine in celebration of their Big Day on 29 June 2019.
PLEASE add GiftAid if you are a UK Tax Payer! It costs you NOTHING but gives us 25% more!! :-)
Seeing the Wakawaka lights charging on the roofs of the compounds and then meeting the people whose lives have been radically changed by having free, safe light after sundown; women who can take care of their babies, businesses that can continue to operate and most poignantly, the kids who can study safely, without breathing in the fumes of kerosene or having to wait until they can afford a candle... priceless!
£15 buys a light that will serve around 9 people for at least 10 Years!! £500 provides safe, free light for around 300 people for 10 years! £1500, nearly 1000 people! etc... With even more we can build a classroom!! then visit us on Facebook.
Just heard from Beppie in The Gambia:
"Just received a phone call from the shipper. The boxes arrived (at the port in The Netherlands). The boxes are in container no. XXX and it will leave to the port on Wednesday."
Whoop, whoop! Bon voyage!
(picture courtey of Beppie Smits from last consignment 18/4/2015)
We've received the following email about the WakaWakaLights shipment from our Dutch sponsors, Global Energy Gambia:
"The boxes have been collected and will be in the container leaving on 21st of November."
Watch this space.
Webmaster - Dance2Learn.org