Mission to feed kids in Gambia

Frank Devine (left) and Paul Lafferty on Project Gambia's aid mission to St. John's School for the Deaf last year.
Frank Devine (left) and Paul Lafferty on Project Gambia's aid mission to St. John's School for the Deaf last year.
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Project Gambia: People Feeding People is heading back to Africa for the charity’s annual aid mission to provide meals for school children.

The organisation’s ‘Sponsor a Classroom’ Appeal enables local people to get involved in providing a nutritious meal for pupils of Saint John’s School for the Deaf in Serrekunda.

Paul Lafferty from Bellshill and Frank Devine from Mossend previously built a feeding kitchen for children in a rural school in Mpalapata in Malawi.

However, they began to explore the possibilities of partnership working with a school which operated a feeding programme for pupils and found Saint John’s.

Paul said: “Last November when Frank and I arrived at Saint John’s they only had a bag of rice and one tube of tomato paste in the storeroom to feed over 250 children.

“Fortunately we did not arrive empty handed as we’d been fundraising for months and arrived at the school in an old coach full of food for the children which was donated by friends, local community organisations, and the proceeds of the music events we promote.

“I reckon we provided enough food to keep the school going for about 6–8 weeks, however this year we want to donate even more and are appealing for people to help us”.

Saint John’s is the only school for children with hearing disabilities in Gambia.

Paul said: “Frank and I just thought ‘keep it simple’, raise as much money as we can among our friends and supporters in Scotland, and take the money direct to The Gambia and buy the food for the school ourselves, thus ensuring that all monies raised goes directly towards the children in Africa who really need our support”.

Anyone who wants to help the guys in their fundraising efforts can do so through the ‘Gambia Project’ Facebook page or call 07403929288.