Banjul area, Kombo
West Coast Region
& Wiltshire UK
The Gambia, West Africa
Tel no: +220 706 0859
+44 7885 201972 (UK)
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
• 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.
Afrikaya - UK Headquarters
19 Wilcot Village
Tel no: +44 7885 201 972
Charity Trustee: Geoff Miles