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Elke Knipphoff's second stay in Gambia

It doesn't take long to feel at home here again.

Elke Knipphoff's second stay in Gambia

Elke Knipphoff

A short travel report from my 2nd stay in The Gambia

It doesn't take long to feel at home here again.

When we drove to the garden project in Kitty, the joy was immense. Such a beautiful green garden. Many women were there, sowing, planting, harvesting and watering. When I think back to how we walked across the dusty field with the fence posts in 2016. It's unbelievable what has happened here in a year.

When we came to the new project in Rumba for the second time, we were amazed to see that the wall around the school was standing. It's fantastic what the Gambians can achieve when they want something, and in just 4 days. Now there are new toilets, a well and a wall. There was great joy when we unpacked the school materials.

This time it was more relaxed than last year, which was largely due to the fact that everyone took on a small task and there weren't so many people on site. Jens took on the job of photographer, which he did very conscientiously. Ursula took care of the school project in Sukuta. Ulrich enthusiastically coached “our” soccer team. He would have loved to go out on the pitch with these talented players. Jens, Elke and Ursula had counted the orange trees in Kitty. I cleaned the solar panels and the project sign in Kitty. Resi and Gerti drove to Serekunda and bought medicine for the doctor in Kitty (he had treated Grandpa, our manager, free of charge). The money for the medicine came from Ursula's foundation and from Gerti's colleagues. We were very sad when we saw the doctor's “treatment room”. A small room with a bed and a small table with a few medicines.

I think it was more relaxed for Kerstin and Grandpa this year. Of course, one big advantage was that we had a car and didn't have to rely on a cab. This eliminated the long waiting times.


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