second edition of Help for Education and Local Projects in The Gambia (HELPING)
Charity youth camp yesterday wrapped up at HELPING Charity Lodge in Fass Njaga
Choi Village in Lower Niumi District of North Bank Region.
The five-day youth camp brought together 36 sponsored students to interact, share experience, build friendship, debate, introduction to ICT, health and participate in tree planting exercises.
National coordinator Sarjo Sarr said last year’s camp was a success, which encouraged them to organise it this year too. He added that they intend to organise the youth camp every holiday of the year.
He expressed appreciation and delight with the level of participation of all participants, saying, the money that funded the camp was well spent.
Baboucarr Nyang, deputy chairperson of the board of governors of the Charity said there is difference between students from rural and those from the urban areas which, he said was why they decided to bring them together to interact and go out of the four corners of their homes to see the reality of life, share experience among themselves, build friendship, debate, participate in tree planting exercises, be introduce to basic knowledge of ICT, health, new numeracy on how to write correspondence and letters and train youth activists among others.
Mr. Nyang, a sponsored student of the charity thanked HELPING Charity staff for a job well done and everyone else who contributed to the success of the camp.
Harry Bah, a student from Nusrat Senior Secondary School said they are fortunate to learn very important topics during the camp, which, she said would build their public speaking confidence.
She said she would share the knowledge gained during the camp with her fellow students when she returned to her school.
Adama Joof, also a student of Nusrat said they have also been taught how to approach and speak to their peers. “The camp has built strong things in us as well as taught us good morals,” she added.
Fatou Cham described the camp as interesting, saying it encouraged them to have self-esteem, respect themselves as well as others, to be polite and patient. She also described tree planting as very important because “every tree in this world cures something”. The trees, she said will also help preserve the environment.
Muhammed J Ceesay, a student of Charles Jaw Memorial Academy commended organisers for putting up a great camp, saying everything was intact.
The charity aims to unlock the potential of highly disadvantaged children in The Gambia through sharing resources, knowledge and respect; work in partnership with the local communities to provide children with access to education, health care, clean water and nutrition; provide teachers and schools with resources and support to improve literacy, numeracy, life-skills and self-esteem; and provide local projects to improve self-sufficiency.