Mama Africa

This is my friend Adama, or “Mama Africa”. She owns a cigarette shop on the Senegambia strip and, amongst many other things,  supports the handicapped in the Gambia. Her shop, to me, is the heart of Senegambia and it’s amazing how many people know her and how many people she knows. I’ve never seen her unfriendly or in a bad mood, she’s a warm and caring personality and great fun to be around. When she heard about the rubber house, she was determined to come, visit and bless the place. My objections; the fact that is not finished yet, and that there’s only a sand road to the house, didn’t stop her. Wheelchair and sandy road or not, Adama will always get to where she wants to be. My land and house are blessed by The Mama Africa, and that can only mean good things for the future.

Spuiten en Slikken in the Gambia

mgpf-opening-finals-064Have you seen “Spuiten en Slikken” on Dutch TV this week? This episode was about the Gambia and the Gambian so-called “bumsters”; young, often unemployed, men who try to hook up with older white women on the beaches in the Gambia to secure a better future for them and their families. In this programme, one of the suggestions presented, was setting up skill centres. Well here’s one! We proudly present, just uploaded on Youtube, a video clip of the Marcus Garvey Peoples Foundation, founded by our friend Gregory George. Most of the craftsmen on our team of builders are members and, in their own time,  volunteers on the MGPF. A great organisation in which we believe. It combines environmental awareness, employment and charity and is a regular win-win-win-win-scenario. Go have a look on our videopage or on youtube:

On this picture, MGPF’s founder Gregory George is being interviewed by Louis Mendy,reporter at  Gambian Television GRTS at the opening of the MGPF in Tujereng, July 30th 2011