News & Events
Thanks to all our donors – we made over $3000 or about half the amount for the well project. Thanks so much for your help with this project!
GambiaHELP is participating in The Seattle Foundation’s GiveBIG event for the fifth year! GiveBIG is an online charitable event to inspire people to give generously to nonprofit organizations who make our world a healthier and more vital place to live.
GambiaHELP Director Shelby Tarutis reports that the most urgent project GambiaHELP volunteers are working on now is a solar powered pump for a well in the village of Mbaye Kunda. The current water supply for the village is unusable for drinking or even washing. There is a secondary well, but the pump is in very bad shape and that’s what we want to fix. When the secondary well is not working, village women must walk miles for good water. As with all GambiaHELP projects, the village has committed to paying for 25% of the $6000 project.
Thanks to our donors, the Kerawan sustainable project to improve children’s nutrition is well on its way. The garden is fenced and planted and the first blocks have been laid for the new chicken coop! We are working now on testing the children so we can measure their improvement. Thanks to all who made this possible.
We are delighted that The Seattle Foundation is again including GambiaHELP on its list of nonprofits worth supporting. Now you can schedule your gift ahead of the big day – May 3rd – Donate Now and The Seattle Foundation will schedule your donation for May 3rd. All donations made through The Seattle Foundation website between now and May 3rd will be STRETCHED.
Tell your friends about The Seattle Foundation’s excellent “GiveBIG” program, and tell them about Shelby’s life project of bringing help and hope to The Gambia!
Visit our web site at www.GambiaHELP.org
GambiaHELP is recognized by the IRS as a 501 (c)(3) charitable/educational organization, so your contributions are tax-deductible. 95% of all donations go directly to projects in The Gambia.
- The land is donated, the plans are in place
- Join us in building a chicken coop so that young children will have fresh eggs and chicken to eat
- This sustainable project will grow in the next 3 years and you will have a front row seat! Watch our posts as we build the chicken coop, gather eggs and provide much needed food to these children.
|The Chicken Coop will cost $6,000 for materials and labor – creating a sustainable village project for years to come.
|The Coop will house 350 chickens – enough to provide much needed protein to the village children.
25 chickens for $50
Donate Here – Thank you so much for supporting this nutritional intervention. Healthy bodies do build strong minds. Giving Tuesday starts now and runs through the end of 2015.
If you have any questions, please contact Director Shelby Tarutis at Shelby@GambiaHELP.org.
Our Good News
Thanks to all our donors we have gathered wonderfully gracious amounts of:
These items will be welcomed with open arms by a number of villages, schools and medical centers throughout The Gambia.
Thanks to all our donors for their generous gifts! We will be sending almost $25,000 worth of needed supplies to The Gambia.
We do not have enough donations to send the container with all these fabulous supplies to The Gambia. The container costs $7,000 and we are definitely short this year.
If you can help with a small, medium, or large donation to ensure that we can get these goods to The Gambia it would be greatly appreciated.
Please DONATE ONLINE using PayPal or your credit card. All donations are tax deductible.
For more info contact GambiaHELP director, Shelby Tarutis, at (206) 660-5826 or Shelby@GambiaHELP.org.
Special Thanks to Seattle’s Hansen Bros. Moving and Storage for their great help. Thanks also to their generous staff for their unfailing support.
We are pleased to have received this notice in one of Gambia’s major newspapers
HELP boosts Kerewan Community School
By Alhagie Babau Jallow
The Health Education Liaison Project, The Gambia (HELP), a charitable organization based in Seattle, USA, recently donated learning materials worth over D979,390 to Kerewan Community Nursery School. This was done at a handing over ceremony held in Kerewan, North Bank Region.
The move is meant to enhance effective learning at the said school.
Among the donated items were teaching materials, materials for vegetable production, refurbishment of classrooms and poultry keeping, sports, as well as books and bicycles.
The national coordinator of HELP, Ensa Camara, affirmed that the charity attaches great importance to the empowerment of women and children by providing educational materials, funding and health / medical supplies to fight poverty in the rural areas.
Camara thanked the Kerewan Kambengo Kafo for their foresight in enhancing early childhood development at the community while calling for transparency and accountability of project funds.
Also speaking, Momodou Ceesayof Kerewan, Kambengo Kafo, thanked the US based charity for supporting the community of Kerewan in promoting early childhood education. He acknowledged that community participation in the implementation of educational and income generation activities would go a long way in supplementing nutritional status of children.
Bakary Makutu Ceesay, head teacher of Kerewan Community Nursery School, expressed delight over the sound partnership for efforts to strengthen learning and teaching for improving standard and performance in the area.
Lamin S. Jawara, of education directorate, Region 3, applauded the donors for complementing the Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education’s efforts in providing quality education. The materials, he went on, would enhance and develop the kids’ mind set to be innovative and creative in learning.
Kemo Jalisira Ceesay, chairperson of Kerewan Village Development Committee; Bai Jawara, secretary to VCD and Dembo Makalo, all assured of the community’s support and cooperation at all times.
Here is the list. This is stuff we always need. The stethoscopes and BP cuffs we desperately need all that we had are not functional anymore. Anything you can help us with would be fantastic. I leave it to you to pick and choose.
- 4×4’s sterile
- 2×2’s sterile
- 4×4’s not sterile
- 2×2’s not sterile
- Paper tape, 1”
- Paper tape, 3”
- Roller gauze, conformable 2”
- Roller gauze, conformable 4”
- Kling (or similar) 2”
- Kling (or similar 4”
- Wide Band-Aids (cloth)
- Silver Sulfadiazine cream
- Ampicillin/Cloxicillin 250 mg. Pediatric suspension
- Ampicillin/Cloxicillin 250 mg. or 500 mg. capsules
- Tetracycline Capsules 250mg or 500 mg.
- Coartem (or other malaria curative)
- Stethoscope (with bell and disc) x 2
- BP cuffs (with table top gauge) X 2
- Oto/ophthalmic scope With Batteries
- Wash cloths, disposable (we use a lot of these daily to clean wounds)
- Thermometers with batteries
- Platform Scale (like folks have in their bathrooms) with batteries
- Scissors, Bandage
- Scissors, Mayo
- Benadryl capseal for allergies
- Fungal powder (athletes foot)
- Basins, Plastic (medium size)
- Kidney basins, (paper or plastic)
- Scrubs, blue, Medium
- Scrubs, Blue, 3X
- Lidocaine topical gel
- Lidocaine Spray
- Lidocaine, viscous
- Metoprolol BP meds, 50mg.
- Masa Harina
- New Mexico red chili powder (Med. Hot)
GiveBIG – 2015 TODAY’S THE DAY!
Donate to GambiaHELP between
midnight and midnight
TODAY Tuesday, May 5th
Click Here to donate thru the Foundation’s Website
then click on the Donate Now Button
Your dollars will be stretched by
The Seattle Foundation!
GambiaHELP is participating in The Seattle Foundation’s GiveBIG event for the fourth
year! GiveBIG is a one-day, online charitable event to inspire people to give generously to nonprofit organizations who make our world a healthier and more vital place to live.
GambiaHELP Director Shelby Tarutis reports that the most urgent project GambiaHELP volunteers are working on is developing a poultry farm in Kerewan, one of the most nutritionally disadvantaged areas in The Gambia. The poultry farm will provide protein for the children, jobs for villagers, and sustainable funding to the school.
In addition to this project, GambiaHELP provides educational funds, books, and medical supplies, and helps organize locally practical, sustainable projects such as community rice milling machines and making soaps, mosquito nets, and decorative fabrics. These small businesses are then managed and expanded by local women, and benefit their whole communities.
We are delighted that The Seattle Foundation is again including GambiaHELP on its list of nonprofits worth supporting. The “GiveBIG” event is for 24-hours only on Tuesday, May 5th. All donations made through The Seattle Foundation website on that day will be STRETCHED. We will send an email reminder that morning.
Meanwhile, tell your friends about The Seattle Foundation’s excellent “GiveBIG” program, and tell them about Shelby’s life project of bringing help and hope to The Gambia!