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Weʼre raising £500 to spend on projects which Ellie will help choose during her December 2018 trip to Gambia.

Herons Ghyll, Uckfield, UK

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Last year I visited Gambia with Crowborough's Beacon Academy Sixth Form's Gambia project. (Learn more about the Gambia trip)

Within small groups, we visited nearby villages who were asking for funding for local individual projects including: medication for area health centres, fencing to protect crops from animals, fencing to go around toilets to enable them to apply for the World Food Programme, paying for 2 students to go to university, water pumps for a whole village, water pump for a school, staff quarters for a school, village milling machine, solar batteries for staff quarters at a school and building a pharmacy, amongst many others. Beacon Academy's total funding raised by the school and pupils last year was £38,000. This enabled some of the funding requests listed above to be fulfilled.

These are the children of the village and it was important to see the situations that they lived in everyday which made me want to go back this year.

I will be returning this year in December 2018. I will be able to see how much progress has been made on these projects and will hear new requests for funding for new schemes.

Everyone who goes to Gambia with Beacon is tasked with raising £500 minimum to go towards the total amount raised.

By cutting my hair I'm going to help children in this country as well as in Africa.

Over the remaining months to December I will be having my hair cut off (not shaved!) to above shoulder length - see above (my hair will be sent to a children's charity which makes wigs for children who have suffered hair loss due to life-threatening illnesses). I will be selling home-made goods at local village and school fetes and hope to organise at least one event such as a quiz-night.

All the money raised goes towards the Gambia project total taken by Crowborough Beacon Academy to fund projects brought to the school for funding in December 2018.

The village elders welcomed us and spoke to us about the different projects they wanted to be funded.

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    • Diana Bowley

      Diana Bowley

      Aug 7, 2018

      Well done Ellie - love Di and Pete, Guy and Pip


    • Jason Lower

      Jason Lower

      Aug 2, 2018


    • Lizi Camsell

      Lizi Camsell

      Jul 20, 2018

      Sorry I don’t have more! xx


    • Celia Hunter

      Celia Hunter

      Jul 20, 2018

      You are a queen!!! I so admire you xxx


    • Annette


      Jul 9, 2018

      Ellie you know that I have always liked short hair , so here goes£50.00 from Auntie Annette


    • Jane Mercer

      Jane Mercer

      Jul 6, 2018

      Go Ellie! You're making a difference and you're awesome! Love Aunty Jane!


    • Uncle Colin and Auntie Ruth

      Uncle Colin and Auntie Ruth

      Jul 1, 2018

      Good luck Ellie


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