Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Been a bit busy again

Hello again. J and I have been pottering round clinics and hospitals for a little maintenance and we are restored now to working order. We haven't been too idle - I've been conducting the usual struggle with TalkTalk, a firm which seems dedicated to making me spend more time calling the computer rude names than allowing me to complete GOES work without crashing (the computer, that is): if I get to spend 15 minutes without the machine crashing I'm having a good day!
Still, the days of TalkTalk are numbered - I'll let you all have the new address when everything is sorted out ... I need biscuits!
Our friend S has offered the Clinic a supply of medical goodies - I don't know exactly what but should find out soon.
The latest book - 'Jodie's Wheels'* is coming along at a steady pace, inspired by the coming Paralympics - hope Gambia can field a team again this year. I believe that it's more important to have the participation of teams from the smallest nations to make the Olympic spirit truly fulfilled.
P, a friend of J's, has made a very kind donation to GOES funds. We would love to be able to take on some new projects but money is a little tight at the moment.
*I think I posted a short extract here a while ago?

Best wishes to all of you,

Saturday, 13 August 2016

2016 Olympics and Paralympics

Congratulations to the GB Olympic Team who will bring home a well deserved basket full of medals and personal bests.
Let us also salute the efforts of tiny teams from less advantaged countries: I'm thinking of the Gambian team: Pap Jonga, aged 19, a swimmer, and Judoka N'Jie, aged 22, who competes in Judo. No medals, but they gave it their best.

Gambian Paralympian Demba Jarju was among the athletes received by the deputy permanent secretary for sports after deputizing for the Youth and Sports Minister Alieu K Jammeh earlier today at the National Sports Council office at the Independence Stadium in Bakau. Demba secured Olympic qualification standard for the second time after representing the country for the first in London 2012. The courtesy call is the first by the Ministry of Youth and Sports since the athlete achieved the qualification standard earlier in May in the 200mtrs T54. Demba was accompanied by the other two athletes Adama Jammeh and Gina Bass who earned the qualification standard for the Rio 2016 Games in the male and female categories of the 200mtrs

Wednesday, 10 August 2016

GOES does not work alone - we co-operate with other charities and NGOs

From: Sanyang Musa Sent: 01 August 2016 23:21
To: Stuart
Subject: greetings

hi stuart how are you and the rest of the family friends and all wishes .hope you are al fine there the school annual report on the development of the school and is achievements ,stuart, the nursery is 3

-4 yrs old the school was founded by mr momodou  and mr musa, and your effort s are complimented by mr stuart, tom and joyce and the members of the white church .the school started with only 7 children with no proper furniture and learning resources .but today it is a different history .the school is developing at a alarming rate a school of 7 children before ,now counting up to 85 children .stuart’s nursery has five staff two teachers are on pay roll while the heads and two others are doing voluntary .the school has good furniture for both children and teachers .the staff monitoring tools, visitors book registers for children daily attendance are of paramount importance. the introduction of the school bell and the school official stamp are steps for the well being of a develop institute ..the school is now  recognised as a learning institute ,because children dress smartly in their school uniform with the school badges bearing the name of the school .the provision of break fast for the children pay a great dividend for the development of the school ,thanks to the white church ,for their immense contribution achievement .in no exception the school achieved a lot the community has a school at their door steps ,the risk of their young children travelling a kilometre or so is now a think of the past .another great achievement are children can now read and write very well .they can display teaching and learning materials on their own ,and can identify both letters and numbers from one to hundred .in 2015 three children from stuart’s  memorial are moved to the primary school  namely 1 kadijatou, 2 cherno and 3, bubacarr.have done well in their final third term exams .the f=llowing children are going to be transit to grade one .coming  september .2016they are as follows 1 kaddy,  2 nyima,  3 amadou, 4 pa,  5 samba and finally 6 mam. we started enrolling children into nursery one ,all are issued with report school ,and school close on the 22 july and open on the 3rd of september 2016 i want to thank you all once again may god blessed you all .

“Our friend Stuart forwarded this message from the head teacher of a school in the Gambia. Stuart has been instrumental in setting up this school in a small village a long way off the tourist track. GOES has from time to time been able to co-operate with Stuart and the villagers. I enclose the message with the permission of the school staff and Stuart. Names of children have been modified.

Stuart also does great humanitarian work in other areas of Africa. The 'White Church' is in the town of Lytham St Annes in UK and the support from them is provided through their Outreach Group which raises funds for International and Local charities.”

Friday, 5 August 2016

Every penny counts!

Hi Tom,
You and your supporters have raised £4.07 for Gambian Occasional Emergency Support (GOES) so far.
Your funds are safe in your easyfundraising account and will be paid to you once you've raised £15 or more. Donations are sent out to our good causes every three months.
Keep shopping the easyfundraising way so we can pay you next time!
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Date: April - June 2016
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