At the FVH General Assembly on 2 June 2014, the foundation stone was laid for the Tanji Education Center (TEC). This initiative is in response to the sad fact that today The Gambia represents one of the main African countries from where refugees originate; every fourth to fifth refugee who manages to cross the Mediterranean to Europe comes from The Gambia. These refugees are usually between 18 and 30 years old and move from their rural homes to the areas around the capital of Banjul, in the hope of an onward journey to Europe. The reasons are widespread, predominately poverty, high unemployment and a lack of any prospects.
TEC is a farming project dedicated to stem the ongoing refugee crisis by helping young women and men build a sustainable existence as farmers.
From a historic perspective, and just as is the case in Switzerland, agriculture forms the backbone of The Gambia. Nevertheless, all young Gambians today want to work in the tourism industry, in the hope of earning “quick” money. At the same time, all vegetables and practically all fruits are imported, even though The Gambia has rich, fertile soil and more than enough water to sustain itself.
In 2018 the whole property of 100 x 150 Meters has been made ready for water access. In November 2019 the constructions of the agricultural building and the UDDT (urine diverting dry toilet) have been finished. As of January 2020 we will start with the actual farming of the land. For this purpose, we will create 5 jobs in a first phase, which will mainly be provided by young Women and Men from the surrounding area.
It is our long-term goal that TEC will cover it’s operational costs itself by processing and selling the harvested fruits and vegetables. Until then, the FVH relies on continued donations.
Construction work from November 2018 until October 2019:
Installement of a brand new 150 metres fence to protect our small plants from the wild animals that used to jump the old fence (April 2020).
Seeding and planting in Spring 2020.
Wonderful TEC-Papayas, -Weisskohl und -Cucumbers!
Renovation of our caretaker Bubacarr’s house in June 2020.
Finish of renovation work and pruning of mango trees in July 2020.