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Contact Address Details:
Humanity First - Gambia
Banjul area Head office
33 Foday Kabba Highway
Latrikunda Sabiji-Brikama Highway
PO Box 2038 Serrekunda
Kanifing Municipality, Ksmd
The Gambia, West Africa

Tel no: +220 4390621


Humanity First International
22 Deer Park Road
South Wimbledon
London SW19 3AH

Tel:  +44 (0)20 8417 0082
Fax: +44 (0)20 8417 0110


HF is an international NGO which was founded in the UK in 1994 and began its humanitarian relief operations in 1995, delivering charitable donations and development projects in the fields of health, education and emergency food and medical aid to the poor, disadvantaged, refugees and disaster victims.

Humanity First was founded as an NGO in Banjul, Gambia, in the year 2000 and since then has been engaged in a number of relief operations and sustainable human development schemes with the main aim of lifting communities out of poverty and dependency.

Funding & Local Manpower:
The charity's local activities are funded mainly through public grants, companies' matching fund and private individuals donations. Over 90% of donated money is spent solely on its aid projects.

Most of its local efforts are from volunteers such as health workers and engineers, with discounted costs for products as a result of worldwide sourcing and procurement.

Skills Training
Humanity First has created four IT institutions called the Humanity First Training Centre in The Gambia's Banjul capital, Latrikunda Sabiji (Kmc), Mansakonko (Lower River Region), and Basse Santa Su (Upper River Region).

Over the years more than 5,000 pupils have obtained IT certificates and diplomas that has increased their chances of fining employment in the private and public sectors.

Orphan Assistance
It is currently running a small project for the long-term care of orphaned babies and children.

Food Aid
Occasional donations of rationed food products such as bags of rice and vegetable cooking oil are distributed to victims of floods, droughts, storms and other natural disasters which are often passed through the Disaster Management Committees in the regions under the NDMA.

HF also has a programme where it supports a number of families to receive food packages for a period of half a year, as well as giving them related services to enhance their skills training and health, thereby empowering them to become more self-reliant from then on.

Rural Water Supplies
HF - Gambia have a scheme of replacing and maintaining broken hand water pumps in villages thereby increasing the available access of local communities to clean, accessible water for drinking, sanitation and washing.

Medical Camps
Humanity First often holds one-day free medical treatments and medications for communities in the various regions such as the one held in the Upper Saloum District treating 300 patients in the Central River Region in summer of 2011.

Aside from its 4 computer training centres it constructed the Masroor Senior Secondary School in Old Yundum which covers an area of approximately 4 hectares, and began taking in pupils in 2005.

The walled complex comprises of several buildings with a dozen classrooms in two main blocks, agricultural projects area, office block, a hall, an IT and science laboratory, storage facility, the Lord Avebury Library, a borehole, WCs and an athletics and soccer sports ground.

The school enrolls around a mix of around 700 boys and girls with a teaching staff of 20. So far academic standards have been good with the school coming near the top of Gambia's school league in 2008.

Masroor SSS offers a wide core curriculum of various subjects such as biology, chemistry, English language, history, geography, PE, mathematics, economics, agricultural science, ICT etc.

Small Scale Projects:
Desert Fridge Project
This was a trial held in 2008 in the Numukunda & Gunjur villages in the North Bank Region. The evaporative cooling units consist of two clay receptacles, one inside the other, with water soaked sand placed in between. The idea was shown to be able to keep vegetables and fruit relatively fresh and edible for just over two and a half weeks.

Its aim is to help rural women and market fruit and vegetable sellers who regularly suffer losses due to lack of access to cold storage facilities. Humanity First is now expanding the idea to other parts West Africa.

*Also called the zeer pot, Sudanese Fridge or pot-in-pot it was first piloted in Sudan in 2001 by the an NGO called Practical Action.

Milling machines to villages

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