GiveBig NOW to May 3rd, 2016

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!

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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.

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