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OperaAfrica (Gambia)

Contact Address:
Opera Africa
Kanifing Housing Estate
Kanifing Municipality, Ksmd
Banjul area Head office
PO Box 4527, Bakau
The Gambia, West Africa

Tel no: +220 7283266 


The Opera Africa charity is a registered non-governmental organization from the UK working in The Gambia in the areas of agriculture, women and children's health.

OperAfrica was founded by its owners after they had visited many rural and urban areas around the country and saw first-hand the needs of rural villagers, especially in the southern region. As a result a charity was established in the UK and it has been recognised as an NGO in Gambia.

It aims to make all its programs promote self-sufficiency with the ultimate goal of transferring responsibility for the projects to the communities concerned. However, prior to handing over, they aim to ensure that the projects themselves are sustainable in the long run.

To ensure that maximum benefit goes the beneficiaries of their schemes no money is spent of bureaucracy and the few staff employed are from their target communities in The Gambia and take an active role in carrying out the charity's plans.

When Opera Africa began its work it was focused on aiding the women of Medina Salaam to provide for their families with extra food being cultivated on local village land rented to the women for a nominal few pennies a year. The 1 hectare plot was then fenced, inputs were provided such as fertilizer, seeds, pesticides and several water wells dug to provide for crop irrigation.

This garden project is now able to provide more nutritious food for their families and any surplus crops are sold in the local market with the extra cash going back to their families allowing them to pay for things like student fees.

Plots of land have been acquired for a number of villages for women farmers along with water wells. Inputs have been provided as well an agricultural consultant, who helps them adopt new farming methods to increase their productivity and the quality of crops.

Eye Operations
They have financed and coordinated nearby health resources to provide treatment and screening. Over the years they have enabled over 200 cataracts operations to take place as well as other less serious eye treatments.

Health Facilities
Opera Africa's goal is to raise enough financing to a construct small health center in one of the poorest Gambian villages in their targeted communities.

Malaria Health Education
In conjunction with better diet, potable water and food, it aims to promote awareness about common, chronic and critical health problems. It has also held a malaria sensitisation program in which posters were accompanied by an audio short play in the local Mandinka tongue.

Music & Sports Sponsorship
It has sponsored a soccer competition and music show in Gunjur. With the assistance of Southampton Football club, they have also donated equipment and kit to local football teams.

Opera Africa have carried out well digging, borehole sinking and the rehabilitation and repair of existing wells. It has also provided a water tank and pump which led to a decrease in infections related to contaminated water.

Madina Salaam Village
Kombo South

Registered office
Hunters Moon
Haccups Lane
Romsey SO51 0NP
Hampshire, England

Tel no: +44 01794 368105

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