Child Sponsor Gambia

The Gambia is one of Africa's smallest countries, completely encircled by Senegal apart from its coastline, and is one of the poorest countries on the continent with poorly developed health and education systems. The Gambia is in 168th place out of 187 countries and territories in 2011 when ranked in terms of life expectancy, literacy, access to knowledge and the living standards of a country. It has a small population of just 1.5 million with a life expectancy of around 55 years, over half of whom (rising to 68% in rural areas) live in poverty coping on less than £400 per year given most are involved in agriculture and only one sixth of its landmass is arable with poor soil making it only suitable for its one main produce, peanuts.

As such, the country is heavily dependent of foreign aid and hopes that it can rebalance its economy with oil have, to date, proved fruitless as none has been struck. Matters have been compounded of late with drought in the area together with flash flooding making access to safe water increasingly difficult. Access to education is also a major issue for children in the Gambia, for whilst secondary education is free, most secondary schools will not accept children who have not had a primary education, and that is not free and beyond the means of many Gambian families.

This is reflected in its literacy rate, just 50% overall dropping to just over 40% for females not least because only 39% of children in the Gambia go to secondary school. Child sponsor programs in the Gambia focus on installing wells and water pumps, access to health and education, including the building and kitting out of schools and providing poorer children with books and uniforms, providing mosquito nets and vaccinating children from infectious diseases such as malaria. Other work includes caring for the 72,000 child orphans out of a total child population of 811,000 in the country.

You can help when your sponsor a child in the Gambia.



Child Sponsor Gambia
 
 
 
 
 
 
 



Child Sponsor Gambia

Child Sponsor Gambia

Child Sponsor Gambia

Child Sponsor Gambia

 


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Child Sponsor Gambia: SOS Children's Villages

With SOS Children, you can help orphaned and abandoned children by sponsoring a child.
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You will be sent pictures drawn by the child and annual school reports when the child is older.
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Child Sponsor Gambia

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Child Sponsor Gambia

There are also some other charities who work with communities in the Gambia. If you work with children in the Gambia tell us about your work here.

www.gambianschools.org
www.harmonygambia.org.uk ~ Click here for more information.

 
 


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