Child Aid Gambia

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Child Aid Gambia is at the forefront of the fight against abject poverty for children and young people in The Gambia and Senegal. We have a vision to free as many children as we possibly can from the grips of hardship, destitution and disease – but we cannot possibly do this alone.

There are many ways that you, your family, school or organisation can help and support Child Aid Gambia in our life-changing work. Through our sponsorship scheme, you can provide for a child’s education and health as they grow, supporting them through school and having a meaningful impact on their wellbeing – but this is not the only way you can help us.

Private Donations

We value every single donation that we receive, big or small, and we use your generosity in our work to bring an end to poverty for children of all ages. Private donations can come from individuals, families, or organisations such as schools and churches. We are always grateful to receive support from those who decide to give. You can donate privately to Child Aid Gambia as a one-off gift, or arrange planned monthly giving of any amount, and you will receive a personal thanks from our team for your contribution. Click on the Donate button to begin supporting us today.

Fundraising

There are many fun and creative ways that schools, church groups, and other community organisations can choose to support Child Aid Gambia through fundraising. From sponsored sports to bake sales, we love to hear from people who have chosen to hold an event to raise money for us. If you are interested in joining us in our efforts to raise money to help children in The Gambia, you can always get in touch with us by email, and we would be more than happy to provide you with information and resources to get you started. If you have already raised some money for us, you can send it our way via the Donate button.

As part of our work in the UK, we can also come to visit organisations who are planning on fundraising for us, or are simply looking for information on life for children in The Gambia. If you are part of a group, school or organisation that is looking for a charity to visit you to provide a talk or assembly, visit our page on Talks and Presentations to learn more about what we might be able to offer you.

Legacy Giving

Supporting Child Aid Gambia through legacy giving is an incredible way for you to support us in our mission to change the lives of the poorest children living in The Gambia. You or your loved one’s gift will allow us to bring light and hope to communities blighted by poverty and preventable disease, and in doing so, you and your family will be leaving a legacy of love and compassion that will touch countless lives in years to come. If you or someone you know are interested in leaving a gift to Child Aid Gambia in a Will, visit our Contact page to get in touch, and we will provide you with further information.

Other ways to Help

We are always grateful to hear from people who wish to support us in various ways in our mission to end poverty amongst Gambian communities.

Unfortunately, due to the nature of our work and the limits on what we can take to The Gambia, we are not currently accepting new donations for clothing, toys, books and shoes. However, we would be more than happy to receive donations of items specific for schools and hospitals, such as:

  • Stationary: pens, pencils, felt-tips and crayons
  • Blank exercise books and educational posters
  • Safe-to-use, small medical equipment, such as stethoscopes and blood pressure monitors
  • First aid kits and/or their contents, including clean bandages, dressings, plasters and disposable gloves

Our health outreach page has more information on how you or your work organisation can support clinics and hospitals in The Gambia by donating excess medical equipment.

If you have been contacted by someone from The Gambia on the internet and are wondering what to do, click below.

I have been contacted by someone on social media

I have been contacted by someone on social media

In recent years, we have heard from many people who have been contacted by young Gambians on social media, particularly on Facebook, and are wondering how to respond. We have robust procedures in places to ensure that the work we carry out in The Gambia is ethical and legitimate, and for this reason, we are unable to take on cases of families that have contacted you on social media.

The sponsor children on our records are all known to us personally, and their identity has been verified by us and our case workers. We are familiar with their personal circumstances and needs, and we are working to improve their standards of living and secure their future. Our vetting procedure means that we strive to prioritise Gambian children with the greatest need, and we have dedicated links with schools and children’s homes in order to do this.

Facebook and other social networking sites are not the best way to contact Gambian children in need, and in doing so you may be putting yourself at risk of being scammed. The children we support live in remote and rural areas, and have no access to mobile phones, computers or connections to the internet. Their parents and caregivers are often desperate for help through lack of contact with any charitable organisations, and many of our sponsored children have had extremely limited contact with the outside world.

We have years of experience working in Gambian communities, and our staff in both the UK and The Gambia are well aware of internet scams and the potentially devastating impact this can have on real children in The Gambia. In giving money to someone you cannot verify the identity of, you may be contributing to organised crime rings or the sexual exploitation of Gambian children. This is why we urge you to trust us and work directly with us in sponsoring children and communities that we are familiar with. We understand that a great proportion of the Gambian population lives in significant poverty, and this is why someone may reach out online – but we cannot risk sending funds to people that are not on our programmes.

We work tirelessly in The Gambia to ensure that all of the people we support have genuine need. Our process of introducing a new community or school into our sponsorship schemes and various projects is rigorous and extensive, allowing us to determine the precise needs of the children we help. In supporting us directly, you are helping us to bring real change to The Gambia safely and effectively.

We want to ensure that you get the best possible experience from supporting a Gambian child. We have a waiting list of children who need sponsors today, so visit our Sponsorship page to help us change a child’s life for good.

US Embassy in the Gambia article on Gambian Scams.

Thank You

Everything you do to help us is extremely important, valued and appreciated. From the smallest donation to long-term investment, we pledge to use your contributions in our mission to end poverty among Gambian children. We are a small, not-for-profit organisation that relies entirely on donations to ensure our work is successful, and so every penny donated is put to the best possible use. You are helping us to change lives in The Gambia, reaching the children most severely affected by poverty and giving them a lifeline – and for this, we give our heartfelt thanks.

If you have any other queries about our work, don’t hesitate to contact us.

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