16 November 2016

Day 15 Wednesday

A short blog today as we did relatively little by way of visiting schools and compounds. Wandifa reported that Mo Lamin was still in hospital, but feeling a little better.

As mentioned earlier we are carrying out some microscopy workshops in February 2017 and have stored a number of microscopes and ancillary kit at Linda’s house. To free that space up we decided to move it all to The Gambia College in Brikama which is about 40 minutes’ drive away. Having it there already will make it simpler to have all the kit checked and ready when we come back in February.

We also had a chat with Nakalang Ceesay, the head of Science and Technology at the college who is our liaison there, to start getting the details sorted. We also had some spare maths text books brought over in an earlier visit and were pleased to donate these to the Maths department.

We then visited a few compounds to pay some fees and check reports, took fresh photos of our students and presented a pencil case to a newly sponsored student.

Back to the hotel via a supermarket to buy some toothpaste – (all the UK varieties can be bought here as well as Pepsodent - for those of you who wonder where the yellow went!), and some Walkers Ready Salted crisps.

At the hotel Pippa and Wandifa spent some time going through their records of payments made, reports etc. to make sure all was in order.

An early start at 5.30 am tomorrow to go upcountry. We think it will take about 3½ hours to get to our first destination.

No photos today, alas.

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