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January 11, 2014 – Packing and Sorting Party
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Book Sorting Party Dec. 7th, 2013
On SATURDAY, Dec 7th, 2013 we will be having a
BOOK SORTING AND DONATIONS PACKING PARTY AT:
Hansen Brothers Moving & Storage
located on 10750 Aurora Ave N, Seattle, WA 98133
Please come to the back of the building.
TIME: 10AM – 1PM
Pizza will be served!
BRING BOXES WITH LIDS.
The best boxes for packing items are liquor boxes.
Packing takes place in an open warehouse so DRESS WARMLY.
We need many hands as the container ships at the end of December!
RSVP to Shelby Tarutis by December 5th! to 206-660-5826.
FOR THE CHILDREN,
Gikoo ‘Hope” Benefit Concert for the Children of The Gambia, Nov. 24, 2013
Tickets $10 Advance
Doors Open at 8pm
Presented by OPENHEART and
At The Barboza
925 E. Pike, Seattle, WA 98122
Featured Performances by:
(Little Hearts, Cali Giraffes)
Hearts Are Thugs
Exclusive Limited Edition
West Africa Live October 19, 2013 at Town Hall Seattle
You are invited to
WEST AFRICA LIVE
experience the drumming, dancing, music,
food and magic of West Africa
A Festival to Benefit Children in Africa.
WHERE: Town Hall Seattle 1119 8th Avenue, Seattle WA
WHEN: Saturday, October 19th, 6:30pm
Featuring performances by:
Gansango Music & Dance Company
Senegalese percussionist Thione Diop
Kora masters Kane Mathis & Sean Gaskell
Mandinka drummers Modibo Traore and Bob Thompson of “Wulibaa”
For more information and to purchase tickets
You can also buy meal tickets in advance to guarantee
the plate of your choice
Proceeds from this event will go to the children in the village of Kerewan in The Gambia. We will be expanding a nursery school and developing a garden to supplement the children’s diet. Data indicates that this village has too few children attending school and many suffering from malnutrition. The community identified this project and we have come on board to assist them. The community is contributing 25% of the project costs as well.
Special Thanks to our Sponsors: Car Tender, Summit Law Group, Stanford, Munko and Co., P.L.L.C., Tarutis and Brunstrom, PS.
|Seattle-based kora player Sean Gaskell has toured throughout the United States, and been featured at numerous music festivals in The Gambia and Senegal. He released his first solo album “Kora Music of West Africa” in 2012.|
Modibo Traore and Bob Thompson of “Wulibaa” perform Mandinka and Jola rhythms and songs from The Gambia and Senegal. Traore, a drummer, singer, and dancer from Casamance, Senegal, specializes in the musical styles of the Mandinka and Jola ethnic groups. Thompson is a Seattle-based drummer who studies Mandinka drumming and singing.
Seattle Foundation Give Big 2013
Thanks to all for your generous support of GambiaHELP through Seattle Foundations’ GiveBig in May 2013. We made almost $4000 from this event! The donations from GiveBig will go toward the establishment of a nursery school with a nutritional supplementation program in the village of Kerewan. This is a Gambian village where the children are under-enrolled in school and who have been reported to be suffering from stunted growth due to malnutrition. These donations enable us to work on a very positive health intervention!
Thanks again for all your support!
Donations Sorting Party June 1, 2013
Donations Sorting Party
When: Saturday, June 1, 2013 – 10 am – 3 pm
Where: Hansen Brothers Moving and Storage
10750 Aurora Avenue N.
Seattle, WA 98133
Food and Beverages will be provided
Please RSVP to Shelby at 206-660-5826 or
GambiaHELP Equips Banjulinding Health Center
The Daily Observer – Moving Forward with The Gambia featured an article on GambiaHELP in April, 2013.
The Gambia Health, Education and Liaison Project (Gambia HELP), a charitable organization that seeks to enable Gambian communities improve their health, and education and, to build a sustainable economy and environment, has over the weekend equipped the Banjulinding Health Centre with some office and medical stuffs.
Speaking at the presentation ceremony, Yahya Bah, the Imam of Banjulinding, expressed delight and profound gratitude to Gambia HELP for the donation, noting that the materials came at a time when they were much needed. He informed that the Banjulinding Health Centre is the major health post in the locality and that about 33 communities in the neighbourhood benefit from its services, yet the centre is seriously lacking equipment and medication.
Read the entire article
GambiaHELP Commendation from Books for Africa
Books for Africa is an organization dedicated to ending the “Book Famine” in Africa. GambiaHELP received recognition from them for our assistance in making this dream a reality.
GambiaHELP has shipped more than 500,000 books to The Gambia over the past 12 years.
In part their letter stated:
You know that being able to enjoy a novel, study a textbook or access a library is not possible in many communities across Africa. By mobilizing funding to send a container of books you have helped get those books into the hands of African children and onto the shelves of many village libraries.
Books For Africa would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge your dedication with the enclosed certificate. Thank you so much for your part in empowering the next generation of Gambian parents, teachers, business people and leaders!
GambiaHELP Executive Director Speaks Out
By Dawda Faye – Reprinted from
The Point – a Gambian Newspaper April, 2012
The executive director of Gambia Health Education Liaison Project (GambiaHELP), MPH Shelby C. Tarutis, recently granted an interview to The Point on the intervention of her project in the country.
According to her, they have been working in The Gambia for 13 years in education and health.
She said they are based in Seattle, Washington, and are composed mainly of volunteers. The project is a
They also focus primarily on needy children and orphans, Ms. Tarutis said, noting that this year they have paid school fees for 55 orphans to the tune of D70,000 at the primary, middle and senior secondary school level
“The past 13 years we provided 16 containers with medical and education materials to all regions in The Gambia,” she pointed out.
According to her, in the 1980s she was posted as a peace corps volunteer in Dankunku as health educator and nutritionist.
They have so far built a skills centre, schools, and libraries and have been supporting women projects in the country, she said.
They have also provided support to such places and institutions as Kudang, Jappieh, Sambang, Dankunku, Sitahurma, Sofanyama, Banjulinding, Bonto, Nyaye Sanjul, SOS Children Village and SBEC International.
Shelby C. Tarutis was born in Seattle, Washington, USA and attended Evergreen State College earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry. She later obtained a Masters of Public Health degree from the University of Washington specializing in Health Services.