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Angels Sittanunku Nursery School Inaugurated 26th January 2013

The Classroom Block For The Nursery Children in Sittanunku

We travelled across to the North Bank of the Gambia on Friday 25th January 2013 on a delapidated ferry with cows, goats and everything that a Gambian wanted to trade with. We arrived to a fantastic reception on the Juffereh (the Roots Kunta Kinteh village) road (thats if you can call it a road) at the village of Sittanunku where we were due to inaugurate our 3 classroom school with teacher’s office, store and toilet block. There must have been 200 men, women and children to greet us all singing their tribal welcome song.

Tribal greeting from the villagers

We then headed to Sittanunku Lodge where our accommodation was about 5 kms through the jungle and forest which took us 30 mins to do due to the bad sandy track leading there.

We returned to the village some 2 hours later where we were given together with 8 other members of Karmic Angels and our reporter a great local meal. Proceeding from there we were joined by about 100 women and children singing tribal songs where we saw the school and let the children and mums and nans have their first site of the inside of the school. There was so much joy.

The next day was the inauguration day and this was attended by some dignatories, the Education Office of the North Bank, The Chief Commissioner for Police, The Governor of the North Bank, The Alkalo of the village and many more. A celebration afternoon until 5.30pm when we handed over the school national curriculum books and stationary enough for all 3 classrooms together with a football kit, seeds and gloves for the Minyaanta Association crop field and presents for the 15 orphan children who will be going to this school. Then the official opening of the school took place with many people and dignatories having their 1st inspection and all saying "This is a wonderful school which will last for many years and will be here to teach our children and our grandchildren the best free education available", before we left for the ferry home.

100s of villagers gather at the opening of the nursery school

Nursery 3 classroom taking in 45 children>

On Tuesday 29th January we received a phone call saying that the 1st nursery intake had started school in Nursery 2 and that the enrolling had commenced for Nursery 1 and Nursery 3. So within another week or so all 3 classrooms will be filled and this school will be playing a major part in teaching the children ready for the Primary and Lower Basic School that they already have there opposite the Nursery School. They now have education for all ages for children 3 to 14. A joy to behold.

The final point on this nothing would have been possible without the fabulous help we received from the Herrod Foundation who played a major part in funding the school build and a large contribution towards the school furniture. Thank you all for your support for this and your continued support towards Karmic Angels goals in the Gambia.

1 comment

1 Natalia { 04.14.13 at 00:54 }

What a place! It was exactly how you described it. Amazing reception, fantastic people and the school is now full of very happy children. A joy to behold indeed!

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