31 March 2012


PAGEANT Trip April 2012!!

Introducing the PAEGANT team for April 2012... Pippa, Tina, Frances, Rachel 'Page' and Rachel! We have lots planned for the next two weeks including school art and PE sessions, compound visits, a trip up-country, market trips, and catching up with lots of sponsored children, friends and of course, the fantastic PAGEANT team.

Day 1
Greetings from The Gambia!!

Today, we were up exceptionally early to catch our flight from Gatwick. We had a good flight and were greeted at the airport by Wandifa, Abdoulie, Linda and Wandifa's beautiful children. On our way to the hotel we stopped off at Linda's to pick up some PAGEANT boxes, before enjoying a swim, cocktail and dinner by the pool. An early night was called for after a very long but great start to the trip!

Day 2
After breakfast we started the day by drawing and cutting out animal pictures from the children's book 'Rumble in the Jungle' ready for our arty trip to Humanity Nursery School on Monday. Next it was time for garden tool shopping! These had been purchased through the PAGEANT Gift Token scheme so we set off in search for a spade, rake, and 'cutter' (aka machette). After testing several of these we decided on our set, settled up and then headed to visit Abdoulie Touray and his family. Abdoulie is a fantastic gardener and has maintained his artemesia plants given by PAGEANT which, even after two years, are still doing a wonderful job of curing malaria sufferers in his community. We were treated to a delicious lunch of pine nut spicy domada which we enjoyed in the shade of a large mango tree. Our final stop of the day was to visit Samboujang, a boy sponsored by PAGEANT, who at birth was born with feet that faced the wrong way. After his operation many years ago, his feet are still doing well and he enjoys playing football with his friends. There were lots of very excited children at his compound who very much enjoyed having their photos taken! We are off to meet Linda and some older sponsored children for dinner tonight, in the restaurant where Sainey's brother Musa works. Looking forward to some yummy food and a relaxing evening.

Love to everyone at home. Hope you like the pictures!
Frankie, Page and Rachel x x

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