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
• 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.