The Lend A Hand Society (LAHS) is a Gambian registered
youth NGO founded on April 18, 1995 in Banjul. The grassroots
organisation's main aims are to develop student sponsorship
programmes to support needy students, to encourage young
people to develop more self esteem, a positive outlook
in life, good time-keeping, responsibility, capacity
building, self-reliance, tolerance and respect for themselves
and others around them.
Vision & Activities:
LAHS employs an
integrated view of development of youth within their
membership. It is their conviction that confidence in
one's self is an essential requirement for achieving
aims in life. The Lend A Hand Society creates the enabling
environment to support youth to develop self-confidence
from their own initiative.
The centre has
a sponsorship scheme for deprived students financed
through fundraising activities.
are tailored to meet such an integrated approach of
enhancing the capacity of their group and in turn add
their efforts towards the development of the whole Gambian
HIV / Aids awareness and training
workshops for schools & colleges with UNAIDS.
Hope is YOU
The idea behind the Hope is YOU project is basically
for people to make donations of materials they no longer
need such as clothing, footwear, books and other items.
These are then distributed to impoverished students
or victims of natural disasters.
establishment of a youth network named The Youth Collaboration
Discussion on leadership qualities,
speaking in public, organising and other issues are
regularly held. Their educational programmes include
talking in the media, group discussions and forums as
well as tutorials for students who require them at their
building during the school year as well as during the
summer holidays. LAHS also arranges various school competitions
among students in all grades of the education system.
The Lend A Hand Society's vision is for nationwide
coverage of their projects, and so far they have over
30 regional branches in various secondary schools in
the Western Region, Upper River Region, Central River
Region and the Greater Banjul area. They have also initiated
a scheme to introduce their programmes to primary and
lower basic schools on the West Coast Region of the
Kombo Saint Mary District.
Partners & Linkages in Gambia:
of Youths Against Malaria (TAYAM)
Bakau Youth Association for Childrens
Kanifing East Youth Development
Ministry of Education
Cross Society Youth Wing
Club of Banjul
Youth Association for Advancement (YAA)
Pope John Paul II Sahel Foundation
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