NGO A27 - Foundation Humanitarian Aid Gambia
Lamin Health Center works with Foundation Humanitarian Aid Gambia - based in the Netherlands - and Gambia-based NGO A27.
The foundation has been active in The Gambia for more than 25 years with the major initiators Ellen Verlaan and Arthur Aalst. Over the years, they have engaged in multiple different areas to support the community; gardens, schools, health centers and solar project. Everything is done in collaboration.
The principles of the NGO are: doing it yourself and creating independence
The NGO, together with the World Food Programme, established a 5-year project in which 500 children in two schools had breakfast and lunch, every school day. By developing a garden for 200 women, the schools could be provided with food and the women had an income. The project is a long-term success.
The Foundation in the Netherlands works together with, among others, the Noorderpoort College in Groningen. Several times second hand desktops and laptops have been sent to various schools and students here in The Gambia. We can report: they are being used well!
The last promotion was in May 2020, where 30 students could purchase a laptop for a small amount. The money is kept aside for unforeseen issues or repair of damage to the laptops.
For the past 10 years, the foundation has organized the well-known Amsterdam-Dakar Challenge, in which the proceeds from the cars to be sold were gifted to predetermined charities. You should know that the price of a car in The Gambia is much higher than the price in the Netherlands, for example. This way we can easily help each other.
The overarching objectives of the foundation and LHC correspond with each other, so a partnership was created.