Until July 2020, our 50 – 55 girls shared several dormitories, which had been serving since 2012. There was a big one with more than 30 beds, and two smaller ones. All are equipped with fans to make sleeping easier, but without chairs or tables, or any kind of privacy.
When SARS Cov-2-virus arrived in Gambia, it caused state of emergency and the shutdown of public life. The Ministry of Health demanded the shelter’s dormitories to be emptied by end of May, 2020, and to keep prepared as isolation rooms.
But where would our girls live, then? Therefore, from one day to the other, we started the construction of a new house. Thus we brought forward a project planned for autumn, 2020, anyway. The difference: in autumn, we would have had enough fundings through the clinic’s profits. We would need courageous support from many people to start the construction regardless of all unsafe and crazy circumstances.
It still feels like kind of miracle that the girls’ new house is there now.
A dream came true.
… not too early, indeed: At the same time as the terrifying rise in Covid-19-infections, our new girls’ house was finished in Mid of July, 2020. The exterior painting is still missing, but we will make up for it after the rainy season.
The new house roofes 9 rooms for the girls, 1 room for the nanny, and 1 big room for common activities, like doing homework or watching TV together.
This success was only possible through perfect, trusting teamwork: Our German partners rallyed for donations as much as they could, while in The Gambia, our Foundation performed professional project management. We relied on experienced workmen and a supportive community which never let us down. Under great pressure, our teamwork passed it’s fire test.
Currently, we are seeking for ROOM SPONSORS who would support the furnitures’ financing. If you feel like becoming a goodparent for one of the rooms, please **Click here**