Nova Scotia-Gambia Association is an international
Canadian charity and a Banjul registered NGO development
organisation that has been actively operating in The Gambia
since 1985. Since its inception it has been working in various
social advancement programmes in education and health targeted,
at local communities and schools.
Its fundraising income is derived from international
and local institutional sponsors and private individuals. The
NSGA headquarters is in Halifax, Canada, and is registered under
the charity number 137152385.
For over a quarter of a century the NSGA has engaged with local
communities at the grassroots level on healthcare awareness and
educational improvement initiatives covering the North and South
Bank as well as the Western, Central and Upper river regions of
The Gambia. Its volunteers work with the local community to
enhance life health skills, encourage leadership traits in
teenagers, create better health delivery and promote the idea of
their rights and civil duties under nationhood.
The NSGA delivers its community empowerment and awareness
programmes through taking a holistic approach employing the idea of information dissemination via
active engagement of the beneficiaries. It channels its schemes through local
community radio, the GRTS TV, DVDs, the arts of theatre and
acting and via peer education methods in learning institutions.
Over the last 20 odd years, NSGA has provided education and
training workshops and seminars in communities and schools on
malaria prevention, sanitation and clean water, good governance,
reproductive and sexual health, gender equality issues,
environmental awareness, HIV/Aids, sexually transmitted diseases
among other civil society projects.
Over the years the NSGA has created avenues for local villagers,
urban professionals, school pupils and young people to
participate in projects overseas and in their own countries.
More than 800 volunteer and employment placements have bee
filled since it began its activities.
• College funding opportunities for higher education.
Under the Heller-Skinn Scholarship Fund, which was established
in 2011, youths are sponsored financially to study at the
University of The Gambia.
• Country wide peer health
education in communities & over160 schools.
• Environmental sustainability
• General health promotion.
• Highlighting the achievements of Afro-Canadian development efforts &
tackling common misconceptions about Africa.
• HIV/Aids awareness, prevention The NSGA works with local groups
under the Global Fund HIV project. It uses peer health education
and videos to disseminate HIV/Aids awareness to kids, teenagers
and the adult population. This campaign involves teaching people
how STDs are spread, and how to protect themselves from
infection. It also offers voluntary blood testing and advice.
Internships in Gambia
Over the last 25 years the NSGA have made available volunteer
openings and international internships for Canadian citizens who
wish to work in the development field in West Africa.
There are 3 kinds of internships available. The
Self Sponsored Intern / Volunteer Opportunity which lasts for up
to 6 weeks and is available for professionals and university
students. The second is the GHO Summer Internship in conjunction
with the Global Health Office of Dalhousie University which is a
4 week summer placement for its students studying health
promotion, nursing or medicine. The last type, which lasts from
half a year to 9 months, is the International Youth Internship
Program which is available to Canadian graduates between 19 and
30 years old. Note that this placement is sometimes put on hold
due to certain factors.
• Life skills training in
• Malaria control & prevention. The NSGA
anti-malaria program aims at promoting awareness of how to most
effectively treatment cases of malaria and prevention. It
promotes, through radio and TV, the adoption of mosquito nets
that have been soaked in insecticide. It also works with partner
groups in Gambia under the Global Fund Malaria Project.
Reproductive rights, maternal & sexual health development aimed at youth.
School Twinning Programme This is between schools in the Nova
Scotia province and high and junior schools in The Gambia. The
project is intended to increase the awareness children and
promote the active participation of pupils in humanitarian
efforts and international development. It is also intended to
inculcate the idea of community service among students and
encourage them to take part in local and overseas development
work. Finally, it is intended to enhance cultural appreciation
and understanding between the two countries.
• Water &
sanitation The charity promotes 4 program areas which are
the (i) use of hygienic water practices, (ii) water conservation
methods, (iii) water borne diseases and good sanitation. Their
water education courses are held in around 25 rural schools and
village communities using local movie theatres and the Peer
Health Education program.
• Youth gender equality and leadership training.
Below are just some of the grassroots and national organisations
that NSGA has worked with over the years for the effective
delivery of its social development programmes.
• ActionAid International
• Catholic Relief Services (CRS)
• Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education
• National AIDS Secretariat
• National Malaria Control Program
• United Nations
• Atlantic Council for International Cooperation (ACIC)
• Commonwealth of Learning - Vancouver
• Dalhousie University - Nova Scotia
• Board of Directors
• Board Members
• Office Staff
• Senior Staff
• Local Management Committee
If you want to make a donation to the Nova Scotia - Gambia
Association there are several methods to chose from:-
1) Direct Mail
2) Donate Online
3) Gifts of Listed Securities / Investments
4) Special Occasion & In Memoriam Donations
5) United Way of Canada Centraide