Since 2014: Tanji Education Center (TEC)

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:

Fundament (November 2018)

 

Cement work/columns (December 2018)

 

Roofing (March 2019)

 

TEC Bauphase 4
Bricklaying (April 2019)

 

Finishment of walls (May 2019)

 

Start of mini farming project (July 2019)

 

Construction of metal stair for access to clean solar panels on the roof (August 2019)

 

Finish of main building (October 2019)

 

Delivery of all furniture (October 2019)

 

Installation of solar panel equipment by our partner charity FANDEMA that trains youth women in The Gambia to become solar engineers: www.m-bolo.org (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.

 

FVH projects in The Gambia
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Since its founding in 1998, CHF 1 million has been invested to develop, support and maintain projects in the areas of health, education and agriculture in The Gambia. The FVH cooperates closely with the governmental ministries of The Gambia in order to adapt the country’s programmes and strategies in these areas. Please have a look at our current major projects in The Gambia.

Since 1997: Nursery School in Kunkujang
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The construction of the public school in Kunkujang was the FVH’s first project in The Gambia. Later we expanded the school to seven classrooms to accommodate more than 300 children. And over time we added a vegetable garden, a playground, a football field, a kitchen and a space for sewing classes.

Rossi Clinic in Pakali Ba
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As the nearest medical station is more than 100 km away, in 2011 we decided to renovate a vacant building and set up a small clinic for births and primary medical care. In 2012 the clinic was named after a generous donor to the FVH.

Godchild Giki
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Giki Barrow was born in 2000, and we support his education with the aim that Giki will be able to build a sustainable existence in adulthood.

Between 2014 and 2016: “Wide Open Walls”

Wide Open Walls is an international and intercultural project launched in 2010, aiming to raise awareness of the need for peace, understanding and respect, allowing international creatives to experience Africa, and aiding the local community. It was founded by the British Lawrence Williams, wanting to enliven the area of the village called Galloya with a sustainable tourism and specific projects that helped the people of the area.

Some of the best artists from all over the world like Sickboy, Know Hope, Xenz, Tika, David Shillinglaw, RUN, Remi Rough, ROA, Lucy McLauchlan, INSA, Eelus, Bushdwellers, Broken Crow and Best Ever joined Wide Open Walls by creating art on the houses of Galloya. FVH ideationallysupports Wide Open Walls and made a donation in 2016 to maintain this amazing project.