First - Gambia
33 Foday Kabba Highway
Latrikunda Sabiji-Brikama Highway
Banjul area Head office
PO Box 2038 Serrekunda
Kanifing Municipality, Ksmd
The Gambia, West Africa
Tel no: +220 4390621
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
• 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
• Orphan Assistance
It is currently running a small project for the long-term
care of orphaned babies and children.
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
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
*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
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