Make Tourist Money Work for Everyone
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Tourism and the money it generates must be made to benefit all the people of The Gambia. If it does not then it is nothing more than a scourge to the nation. People from all over the world flock to The Gambia to enjoy the warm sunshine the famous welcome of the Gambian people and they are very welcome. They bring much needed investment and contribute significantly to the economy of the nation. What must be ensured is that this money benefits the entire nation. It must not simply be allowed to go into the pockets of wealthy business people or foreign companies.
It is for this reason that it is so heartening to read about Gambian Longevity through Village Education (GLOVE) a charity registered in The Gambia in June last year. This charity is significantly improving the lives of the villagers of Sam Mbullet in Lower Numi District in the North Bank Region. This is exactly the kind of tourism we need.
Speaking at a recent press conference Madam Jackie Church, founder cum Project Director of GLOVE, recounted various ways the charity is helping to improve the lives of the rural poor people of Sam Mbullet a settlement of seven hundred people.
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GLOVE must also be commended for the way in which they are approaching their work. While they are a charitable organisation they are aiming to make their work sustainable.
Cognisant of the significance of farming in The Gambia GLOVE intends to work with engineers from the
"God loveth the Cheerful giver."