Contact Address Details:
(A UK children's charity working in Gambia)
PO Box 1083
Tel no: +220 9805475
07803 123 023 (UK)
Banjul area head office
Tel no: +220 9805475
Lisa Kent Trust
commission number: 11 11 569
Education is the
best, most important gift we can give children. It is the tool
to open doors, to provide opportunities, to enable them to reach
their potential. Every child deserves the chance.
But it’s not always that easy. For many children school is out
of reach because families just can’t afford to send them.
Without an education, the cycle of poverty and struggle will
continue down the generations.
The Lisa Kent Trust was set up in 2003 to work with the Gambian
people (it is a registered charity in both the Gambia and the
U.K. with Trustees in both countries) to provide good quality
In the last ten years the Trust has made great strides and
continues to develop and reach more children who otherwise
cannot afford to go to school. The first achievement was
building a nursery school of three classrooms for children aged
three to seven. The official opening was attended by the local
dignitaries – and, no less, the Head of the Gambian Early
Childhood Development Department!
The school is now bursting at the seams with 90 children – and
still there are faces at the windows of small people who would
love to attend. The majority of the children are sponsored by
people in the UK who undertake to support, through the Trust, a
specific child throughout their education in Nursery School and
It is not a requirement in the Gambia for teachers to be
qualified but the Trust feels that this is important in order to
get the best possible education for the children. Therefore the
Nursery School teachers have been funded by the Trust to
undertake a three year teacher-training course which, amazingly,
they have completed in their own time. The school is also
special in that it has a water supply and electricity; although
anyone who knows the Gambia will be aware that these can be
More recently the Trust managed to purchase a large plot of land
in the “bush”. The rural area had no school for miles. It took
some time but we now have a two storey school which can
therefore be seen from quite a distance! It has been granted
“Cycle” status, not commonly bestowed in the Gambia, which means
it can take children from the age of 3 up to 16. So far we have
five classes operating and are hoping to open the other three
soon. Again, we want the best, qualified teachers; after all,
it’s no less than the children deserve. The school also has a
shower and toilet block and a huge playing field for the beloved
The reputation of the Trust built up through the Nursery School
for advancing good quality education (including working closely
with the Gambian Department of Education and introducing
relevant ideas from more developed countries) means that
families have relocated to the area in order that the children
can attend the new school. What was a lone building in the bush
is now surrounded by homes and livestock (rather than just the
inevitable termite mounds!) and is becoming a real community.
The Trust is funded purely by charitable means including
donations, fundraising and the sponsorship programme. We also
offer volunteering trips where people can come to the Gambia and
be involved in the work in whatever way they wish (teaching,
painting the schools, making resources, coaching sport etc.) The
trips are tailor-made to include sightseeing and taking part in
Gambian activities and culture – the real Gambia. But be warned:
saying goodbye is very hard!
The Lisa Kent Trust has the means to give you the opportunity to
change your life with our tailor made working party trips.
Whether you are a Gap year or Sixth form student, want the most
rewarding work experience/ working holiday or just want to be
involved in one of the fastest growing charities in The Gambia
and have a true insight into African culture then come
experience the smiling coast, the warmth of the people, a world
not revolving around material possessions, the opportunity to
feel your work highly appreciated, be involved in the
development of one of our school partnerships, helping the
future of The Gambia gain the best start to their life.
No skills or qualifications are needed just an enthusiasm to
make a difference!!
Each trip is tailor made to suit the individuals, with a variety
of choices available from teaching, sports coaching,
maintenance, gardening, building, health care, bird watching,
fishing etc Trips vary from 1 week upwards.
Interested? Please get in touch email:
If you would like more information about the Trust, have any
questions or would like to be involved in any way, please
firstname.lastname@example.org , or call our Gambian
Administrator on 9805475 or UK Administrator on 07803 123 023.