Why we help

We believe every child should have the opportunity to go to school. Unfortunately, many children in The Gambia are denied an education simply because their families cannot afford it.

bird     Only 54% of children in rural areas are enrolled at primary school

bird     Little more than a third of children attend secondary school

bird     Just over half the adult population can read and write*


Education doesn’t just give children a chance to learn, it can also provide a way to break the cycle of poverty, opening up opportunities in the future and benefiting the entire community. But those opportunities can only come about if children and young people can go to school now. With your help, we can make that happen.

The Farakunku Foundation also hopes to help children stay healthy so they can get the most out of school. Childhood illnesses are decreasing in The Gambia, but too many children and young people still fall sick, and even die, due to a lack of affordable equipment and drugs. Only a third of children sleep under an insecticide treated mosquito net, and just a third of children showing signs of malarial fever are treated with anti-malarial drugs*.

In addition to education, funds from the Farakunku Foundation can be used to provide essential medical treatment and ensure families have functional mosquito nets to stop their children developing malaria in the first place.

In a country where one third of the population lives below the international poverty line of $1.15 (US) a day*, your support of the Farakunku Foundation really can help children to get an education and stay healthy and well.

Thank you.

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*UNICEF statistic