PO Box 1083
Tel no: +220 9805475 (Gambia)
07803 123 023 (UK)
UK charity commission no: 11 11 569
Education is the best, most important gift we can give
children. It is the tool to open doors, to provide opportunities,
to enable them to reach their potential. Every child
deserves the chance.
But it’s not always that easy. For many children school
is out of reach because families just can’t afford to
send them. Without an education, the cycle of poverty
and struggle will continue down the generations.
The Lisa Kent Trust was set up in 2003 to work with
the Gambian people (it is a registered charity in both
the Gambia and the U.K. with Trustees in both countries)
to provide good quality schooling.
In the last ten years the Trust has made great strides
and continues to develop and reach more children who
otherwise cannot afford to go to school. The first achievement
was building a nursery school of three classrooms for
children aged three to seven. The official opening was
attended by the local dignitaries – and, no less, the
Head of the Gambian Early Childhood Development Department!
The school is now bursting at the seams with 90 children
– and still there are faces at the windows of small
people who would love to attend. The majority of the
children are sponsored by people in the UK who undertake
to support, through the Trust, a specific child throughout
their education in Nursery School and beyond.
It is not a requirement in the Gambia for teachers to
be qualified but the Trust feels that this is important
in order to get the best possible education for the
children. Therefore the Nursery School teachers have
been funded by the Trust to undertake a three year teacher-training
course which, amazingly, they have completed in their
own time. The school is also special in that it has
a water supply and electricity; although anyone who
knows the Gambia will be aware that these can be somewhat
More recently the Trust managed to purchase a large
plot of land in the “bush”. The rural area had no school
for miles. It took some time but we now have a two storey
school which can therefore be seen from quite a distance!
It has been granted “Cycle” status, not commonly bestowed
in the Gambia, which means it can take children from
the age of 3 up to 16. So far we have five classes operating
and are hoping to open the other three soon. Again,
we want the best, qualified teachers; after all, it’s
no less than the children deserve. The school also has
a shower and toilet block and a huge playing field for
the beloved football!
The reputation of the Trust built up through the Nursery
School for advancing good quality education (including
working closely with the Gambian Department of Education
and introducing relevant ideas from more developed countries)
means that families have relocated to the area in order
that the children can attend the new school. What was
a lone building in the bush is now surrounded by homes
and livestock (rather than just the inevitable termite
mounds!) and is becoming a real community.
The Trust is funded purely by charitable means including
donations, fundraising and the sponsorship programme.
We also offer volunteering trips where people can come
to the Gambia and be involved in the work in whatever
way they wish (teaching, painting the schools, making
resources, coaching sport etc.) The trips are tailor-made
to include sightseeing and taking part in Gambian activities
and culture – the real Gambia. But be warned: saying
goodbye is very hard!
The Lisa Kent Trust has the means to give you the opportunity
to change your life with our tailor made working party
trips. Whether you are a Gap year or Sixth form student,
want the most rewarding work experience/ working holiday
or just want to be involved in one of the fastest growing
charities in The Gambia and have a true insight into
African culture then come experience the smiling coast,
the warmth of the people, a world not revolving around
material possessions, the opportunity to feel your work
highly appreciated, be involved in the development of
one of our school partnerships, helping the future of
The Gambia gain the best start to their life.
No skills or qualifications are needed just an enthusiasm
to make a difference!!
Each trip is tailor made to suit the individuals, with
a variety of choices available from teaching, sports
coaching, maintenance, gardening, building, health care,
bird watching, fishing etc Trips vary from 1 week upwards.
Interested? Please get in touch email: email@example.com
If you would like more information about the Trust,
have any questions or would like to be involved in any
way, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org, or
call our Gambian Administrator on 9805475 or UK Administrator
on 07803 123 023.
Banjul area head office
Ksmd, Western Region
Tel no: +220 9805475