AmazonSmile announced that we will not receive any disbursements for the second quarter of 2020 because we did not generate the $5 minimum disbursement amount. “Don't worry - we will hold your donation and add it to a disbursement in a future quarter,” they said.
If you use Amazon, use its companion smile.amazon.com and a portion of each Amazon purchase you make will go to our charity, The Port Of Harlem Gambian Education Partnership -- when you designate us as your charity of choice.
Port Of Harlem Gambian Education Partnership Scholarships
The pandemic has put our collection of funds on hold since The Gambia has closed all schools, except those in grade 12. “It's only the grade 12s who are now in exam which is ending on the 7th September, 2020,” informed Jabel Ceesay, Secretary of the Baobab Youth Development Association (BYDA), which administers the program for us in the West African country. “For the other levels, there is no schedule so far,” he continued.
Students in grade 12 are completing the 20 day West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE). It’s a summative exam explained Ceesay, who was once named Teacher of the Year. “If they fail any subject, it's going to be recorded on their (graduation) certificate.”
WASSCE is made by the West African Examinations Council (WAEC). It is given to students who live in the five English-speaking West African countries: Nigeria, Ghana, Sierra Leone, The Gambia, and Liberia.
In response to the school closures for the remaining students, The Gambia Teachers Union says it has worked vigorously on behalf of students unable to access a radio to participate in distance learning in a country where the poverty rate reaches 84 per cent. The Gambia has received funding from the UK-based Steve Sinnott Foundation and distributed 510 solar radios to students. It also secured many books through Book Aid – a leading international book donation and library development charity that gives 24 million people around the world access to books.
None of the 18 students our readers sponsor are in grade 12.
Clothes and Other Gently Used Goods
The two barrels of goods and other items we shipped earlier this year arrived as the pandemic started in the United States. We were waiting for its arrival before firming our plans to travel to Banjul. The goods are there, but with The Gambia being closed there are no buyers for the goods. This too, is on hold, but ready to proceed.