Mission: GambiaHELP provides health and education resources & seed funding to projects that alleviate poverty and enhance the well-being of people in The Gambia.
Results: This year we are supporting 60 children, mostly orphans through our Educational Fund, providing books and school supplies to 50 rural schools requesting assistance, and rehabilitating several libraries that were damaged by heavy rains.
We are currently fundraising to build a poultry farm and garden in the village of Kerewan [to fight malnutrition among very young children] and to build an 8--classroom block at Berending.
Target demographics: the children, the women, the economically disadvantaged and the environment.
Direct beneficiaries per year: over 200 children and adults to be actively engaged in sustainable development and learning.
Geographic areas served: the rural villages of The Gambia engaging communities to develop sustainable projects.
Programs: The Library/Book Project: The development and building of libraries in primary and secondary schools throughout rural Gambia;
Women's Empowerment Project is the training of women in cooperatives with marketable skills such a rice milling, cereal banking, sewing and small enterprise development (poultry farming and gardening);
Education Fund is a program to send economically disadvantaged and orphaned boys and girls to school by payment of school fees, clothing, supplies, shoes and a daily lunch.
Shelby Tarutis is commited, focused and totally dedicated to the people of Gambia, especially the women, children and families she helps each and every day with projects and programs funded by GambiaHELP. For almost two decades Shelby has worked to provide resources, education and motivation for people in small villages of this poor country. Her mission is to give a "hand up" to countless Gambians and to do her best to make these beautiful people self-sustaining and independent in their quest for a better life. Jamie Thomas
GambiaHELP is an organization that has done so much for the people of The Gambia, especially women and children. They continue to help transform the lives of so many people in The Gambia, by supporting projects identified by the communities that would directly benefit them.These projects include but not limited to education, healthcare and access to clean water, just to name a few. The organization has provided books to various schools. They have provided bicycles to a lot of school children from rural communities, to help alleviate their commute to and from school. I am very grateful to this organization for supporting among other things, the health center in my hometown of Banjulunding in the West Coast region of The Gambia.