18 February 2018


17 February - Microscope Kits for Upcountry Schools

The morning was spent at the hotel, where we (Wandifa, Abdoulie, Karamba and I) spent a considerable time organising and packing our remaining microscopes and associated materials into quite generous kits for four schools.  We were able to give each school a total of nine microscopes, each set containing three different types, so these schools will be very lucky.
We spread out all our stuff over a large portion of the hotel lobby and attracted interested questions from quite a few of the guests.  The hotel staff are very good about the chaos we cause....
We were almost finished when Modou, our delightful medical student and a couple of Pageant members, Kate and Diane, arrived to see us.  Modou had come to collect what will be his final sponsorship payment - next time we see him he should be Dr Jeng!
Kate and Diane had come for a coffee and to have a look round the hotel, with a view to possibly staying here next time they come to The Gambia.  They left at around 2pm, after which I phoned Linda to suggest that she could bring the children of the Gambian family who live in her house for a play in the pool.  I could hear their shrieks of delight over the phone!
They all arrived at about 4pm and, despite the breezy conditions, had a great time in the children's pool until nearly 6pm.
Just time to change and then go out for dinner with Linda at a very nice Indian restaurant called the Clay Oven.  Quite a full day, really, considering it was supposed to be one of the quieter ones.
Posted by Dave for Pippa

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