The affiliated Gambian chapter of Rotary Club International
(RCI) was founded in Banjul on the 7th of August 1979 with
24 members after receiving its formal charter. The club has
in fact been in existence since 1974.
It is a fundraising charitable organisation and registered
NGO which focuses on community–based development projects.
It also operates an education scholarship program giving 20
scholarships per year to needy and meritorious school students
who otherwise might miss out on completing their high school
education. The funds for this scheme is raised yearly via
the annual sponsored walk.
In collaboration with its partners the Rotary Club regularly
participates in Polio-Plus, its Polio immunization campaign.
The club has also engaged in the medical field by supplying
the Bansang Hospital with medical equipment such as an auto
clave sterilizing unit and Royal Victoria Teaching Hospital
with various medical equipment and pharmaceutical drugs.
RC has also provided a 15 passenger minibus to the charity
named The Gambia Organisation of the Visually Impaired (GOVI)
and has donated an ambulance to Sulayman Junkung Hospital
in Bwiam in 2011 with the collaboration of the Rotary Clubs
of Gravenhage Kijkduin in the Netherlands and the Gambian
One of the Banjul Rotarians' biggest achievements, in partnership
with the charity Water Aid, has been the construction of just
over 90 concrete lined water wells with hand pumps dotted
around villages and towns in The Gambia.
To commemorate the 100th anniversary of Rotary in 2005, all
clubs were asked by Rotary International to undertake a major
project in their country or area. In response to this challenge
the Rotary Club of Banjul decided to build and fully equip
a laboratories complex for the teaching of science and technology.
The building facilities includes biology, computer, chemistry,
physics and agricultural science labs. Their partners
were the Trust Bank, Africell and Total Gambia Limited.
The Secondary School Science Laboratories Project was conceived
with the primary aim of providing a hands-on environment for
the garnering of scientific knowledge by secondary school