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Contact Address Details:
Banjul area, Kombo
Kombo North
West Coast Region
& Wiltshire UK
The Gambia, West Africa

Tel no: +220 706 0859
            +44 7885 201972


Afrikaya - UK Headquarters
19 Wilcot Village
United Kingdom
Tel no: +44 7885 201 972


Charity Trustee: Geoff Miles

The NGO Afrikaya is a local and UK registered charity that has built and set up a nursery school in New Yundum, Gambia, for children in that community. It is regulated by the UK Charity Commission (No. 1132367) and raises funds from donations [including child sponsorship] and by organising fundraising events in the UK.

To acquire a plot of land for the charity in Gambia, build the Afrikaya Nursery School for local children aged between 3 and 7 and help with the maintenance of the building. Achieved in 2011

Assist with the development of the administrative staff and nursery school teaching in order to improve education for local children.

Assist with funding of teachers' salaries through child sponsorship.

Work with the local village community to develop further educational facilities according to recognised need.

Create links between primary schools in the UK and the new nursery school in order to promote cultural and educational ties between the two countries.

Champion community, musical and educational links between the UK and West Africa.

The Afrikaya charity was founded in 2007 with the main aim of constructing a kindergarten school for impoverished children. It was registered as an NGO in The Gambia in 2011. The idea to focus on learning was because Afrikaya believes that the best way out of their poverty trap is through education.

It all started when Geoff and Di Miles visited Yundum for a workshop on drumming and met an impressive man named Kebba Jaina. Worried that his local community had scant chance of becoming better educated, learn a livelihood and release themselves from impoverishment, he desired that a school be established.

Unfortunately, Kebba has since passed away, but his vision is kept alive by Afrikaya UK. The charity work closely with the Gambian villagers and have established a School Management Committee comprising local people. As a tribute and memorial the PTA has named a tree on the school compound "The Kebba Jaina Tree".

The nursery school in New Yundum opened its doors with 2 completed classrooms in January 2015. There are 2 more classrooms to complete and a medical centre and admin block to construct.

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