Work is progressing to secure land in Gambia, bought by Uckfield people, as the site for a community school.
The project is being monitored in Uckfield by Tanya Catt who, with her husband Tim, was inspired to start fund-raising after helping schoolchildren for several years with donations of colouring books, pencils and rubbers.
Then they visited a nursery at Sakunta and were shocked by conditions. There was no electricity or running water, and there were holes in the floor.
It was stiflingly hot and children shared a cup to drink water from a bin next to the classroom door.
The couple instantly arranged for electricity and a fan to be installed in the building. A floor was laid and the walls painted.
Later, when the school was threatened with closure by the landlord who hadn’t received his rent of £1 a child each term, they started thinking about a long-term solution to the school problem.
They learned it would cost about £7,000 to buy a piece of land, and £4,000 to build a school with two classrooms, an office, a toilet, and install electricity and running water.
They set about fund-raising, with one event being a massive sale held at the Cinque Ports Club last year.
So far they have bought the land for considerably less than they expected, £4,534, and have just sent over another £600 to secure the land.
If you would like to help with fund-raising towards the build Tanya can be contacted by email at email@example.com.
• Read how Tanya and Tim became involved in fund-raising for the school in Gambia in a previous Uckfield News story here.
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