04 March 2008


Our last two days =(

Monday 25th

On Monday we had an exceedingly lazy day at the hotel whilst Pippa and Ian had a mad and very long day visiting loads of schools, including Brikama, Siffoe, Jambanjali, Banyaka, and loads of sponsored children to give out almost all the rest of the sponsorship money. Back at the hotel, we treated ourselves to a pedicure, and watched the best entertainment of the trip (water aerobics in the hotel pool!) In the evening, we took some of PAGEANT's older sponsored children out for dinner (see top picture) which was really fun as we were all similar ages and had lots in common!

Tuesday 26th - Our last full day =(

On Tuesday we visited lots of schools including St Augustine's where we gave a trekker microscope (see picture) and lots of sports equipment including basketballs and football kit. They were so delighted with all the gifts especially the football kit as they had been renting kit for their tournaments. We visited Sinchu Baliya LBS where we saw huge improvements that had been made to their classroom blocks - the scouts had painted all the outside walls and were in the process of renovating the insides. We also visited Campama where we did several days teaching earlier in our stay to agree plans for 2 new standpipes for the school yard.

In the evening, the PAGEANT team enjoyed a lovely meal in the beautiful surroundings of Ngala Lodge Hotel in the company of Linda - it was a great way to round off a fantastic visit and celebrate all our hard work!
We all had an amazing time in The Gambia and were looking forward to seeing everyone back home but were very sad to be leaving! We are already making plans to return next year! We three girls would like to say thank you to all the Gambians who helped us along the way, especially Wandifa who looked after us so brilliantly and was an absolute star!!
This is us signing off
Frances, Rosie and Lauren xxx

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