04 April 2016


Day 11 - goats, rice and crocs!

Today was our last full day- our trip has flown by! We had an early start to make the most of the time and began with a trip to Serekunda market to buy three large sacks of rice. We then delivered these sacks, along with the remaining cooking pot and bowl, to three families, identified by Wandifa and Yankuba to be in need of support. They were all received very gratefully- one lady was so overwhelmed, it was very clear that the gift meant so much and that it would really help her family.

A family pleased with their gifts

Goat negotiations came next and Yankuba took the lead here. We managed to secure a healthy looking pregnant goat for a lady who is in great need. We arranged for the goat to stay in its current compound until the lady has finished building her goat house so that the goat can be safe. 

Our newest goat!

Next, we headed to Banjul to meet with Naba and Modou Jeng for a drink. It was lovely to catch up with Naba who is working very hard just like Modou. She looked beautiful as ever and we wish them both the best of luck in their upcoming exams. 

A small pit stop! 

Tina with Naba

This afternoon, we met Linda for a late lunch at Calypso, a restaurant overlooking a crocodile pool and the beach. We enjoyed a very lovely meal and saw at least 12 crocodiles, including one eating an eel! We were also joined by a charming little monkey who proved to be great entertainment! 

Tina, Rachel, Linda, Frances, Caroline and Ellie at the crocodile pool

Company for lunch! 

Company for lunch!  

Tomorrow we will return home. This trip has been a huge success, thanks to everyone's hard work and enthusiasm. We have hugely missed having Pippa and Ian here, but as ever, Wandifa, Yankuba and Abdoulie have been superstars and a lot has been achieved. Abdoulie, you have driven us safely and have looked after us so well. Wandifa, you have been a great organiser and a wonderful comedian and have ensured our trip be productive and lots of fun. Yankuba, you have managed to juggle and organise so much and always manage to make sure things happen as they should, while always watching out for us and laughing at our jokes. Well done and a huge thank you to everyone involved.

Until next time...

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