Building projects

Yalding School Farato

Pre GamBLE ...  to this ...  and this ... 

The foundations

When Karen and Tony Di Marco (the founders of the charity) first visited Yalding School Farato there was:

  • approximately 100 children
  • with only two unqualified teachers
  • just a few building blocks that had been laid by the local community
  • but no classrooms (the children were being taught out in the open under a tree)
  • no teaching materials
  • no water supply or electricity

GamBLE at work

The Di Marco's decided to raise some money to build the first classroom by having a barbecue at their home. Little did they realise, that this would lead to the creation of GamBLE and the development of a school where the first pupils would be able to attend until they were 13 years old and above. This would provide continuity of education and development, a new concept in the Gambia.

Each year an additional classroom has been built, until the nursery was complete with four classrooms, a head teacher's office and store.

Work is now complete on the two storey lower basic (primary) school, where children are taught from the ages of 8 to 13. Six classrooms have been built with a resources/computer room and much needed school offices and staff room.

GamBLE has recently connected electricity to the school, so computers can be provided from the UK for the new resources room and library within the new block.

Additionally, GamBLE has dug a well with a hand pump and a storage tank, which distributes water to the recently built toilets and drinking taps. Funds are need for a solar attachment to the pump as there are now over 400 children and staff. More details are on the Recent developments page.

In October 2010, GamBLE ran a hand hygiene education project at the school.  The teachers then built the first tippy tap in The Gambia. See the press release for further details.

The new garden is a vitally important part of the project, teaching children to grow their own food with any surplus being sold to provide a small additional school income.

Funds continue to be needed for the ongoing maintenance and improvement of all these buildings.