Monday, 29 June 2009

Plans for the future.

We spent a pleasant afternoon with Jenny, our D of E Gold helper. Friut scones with jam and cream didn't spoil the enjoyment either! It's such a hard life being a charity trustee ...

Jenny's been doing some research about web sites and the pros and cons of free sites v. the paid for variety. Any one like to sponsor a web site?

We're going to run a feature about Manneh, the chap who makes mosquito nets in Banjul market. Over the years he's become a family friend, advisor and problem solver. He and his brother run the business, making excellent nets at a fraction of the price you would pay here. I really must find a good photograph to illustrate the article - I know I have some - somewhere!

We're also planning to move our activities even further up-country, away from the touristy areas. The picture above shows the damage done to a friend's property during the rainy season. Without building insurance where does the money come for repairs?
You're right - from the contributions you make to G.O.E.S. Thank you. Every penny you give to GambiaGOES finds its way to some body in need. We do not deduct anything for costs. That's part of our responsibility. Your £1 (converted at the moment to 42.5 dalasis) goes where it's needed. We do not drive around in a 4x4.
When we're in The Gambia we use bush taxis and when we're here it's either hop on the bus or coax the 12 year old Skoda into action! (Excellent car, greatly under rated! Honest!) for more information.

Saturday, 27 June 2009

Where does the money come from?

We take a lot of time to show where the money goes (GOES?) Well, it's mostly your money.
We do more than coming round to you rattling a collecting box! Apart from from your very generous donations (still waiting for HMCR to stump up the Gift Aid) we have used Ebay and Amazon quite a lot over the last twelve months. We're trying to empty the shed and fill the GOES Co-op account. Why the Co-op? It has very good green credentials AND the travel insurance, which we had thought would be massively expensive after our health took a plunge last year, was very reasonable.
Amazon we using for books; sometimes take several weeks, months even, to sell but sell they do.
Ebay takes me a little longer to organise but has brought in much needed funds. Old curtain poles, a canoe, all sorts sell. Even my beloved but old two-stroke scooter pootled off to a new home.
The news letter is taking a while to produce chiefly owing to the printer having a hissy fit. I hadn't noticed - I'm colour blind - but photographs were turning out pictures of people with green faces! All will be well, soon ...
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Thursday, 11 June 2009

Up the creek with a paddle

Great news! The little canoe sold on Ebay and the new owner seems to be well pleased! (Thanks, buyer.) The amount raised was exactly that required to send Moses and his sister Ami to school for another term. They're bright kids and deserve the chance for a good education. There was enough left over to buy some rice for Fatou and her mum. Fatou has been having a very rough time lately and has fled a bad domestic scene with her young daughter. She's gone home to mum, which has stretched the family finances so your help has come just in time.
Thanks again to all who help - why not take a trip out to The Gambia and see for yourself?
Next job is to dig out the wireless router which we (me!) bought and then found that the latest computer didn't need ... should be good for a few bob!
Waiting for the arrival of the Gift Aid cheque. HMR&C tend to be a bit busy at this time of year so we'll just keep our fingers crossed for a while.
Thanks to all of you.

Wednesday, 3 June 2009

Boat for sale!

The Sevylor canoe is now on Ebay and the bidding has risen to £1.24 ... keeping fingers crossed for a week is so restrictive!
Managed to write another two thousand words for the book. Hope it sells as well as the Cheshire Collection, which raised more than £1000 for GOES last year. Thanks again, Vale Royal Writers Group. Borders Books in Warrington has a few copies left.
Demand from The Gambia seems to be for food (rice), adult education, (I.T. and Accounting) and hospital expenses.
We chatted to a Vet in training earlier last year; wonder if she ever made her way out there?
If/when the canoe sells we'll invite bids for the wireless router (sad confession: we found the computer works perfectly well without it ...
Off to night-school* tonight to attempt to acquire enough skill to illustrate the book. Don't hold your breath!

*or whatever they call it nowadays ...