Your donations can go to directly fund a student or can contribute to GambiaRising's general fund
Our dedicated team of Gambians know their communities well (most are experienced educators). They know the family situations, know the schools, and keep track of students' progress.
We have a team dedicated to fundraising and outreach, most of whom are returned Peace Corps Volunteers and former staff from Peace Corps/The Gambia.
Our students we are supporting vary in age from 5 years old to 26. Three-quarters are girls, and most live far from the cities on the coast, in up-country villages where families survive by subsistence farming. We began informally in 2008, supporting three students. In the 2009-10 school year, thanks to the generosity of donors, we were able to sponsor 21 students. In the next school year, that had increased to 80, then 120 the following year then 247 and 402 in the 2014-15 school year. This year we have already supported more than 480 students, and every day new applications arrive so we feel we must continue to try to serve more that again in the next school year. The biggest increase is coming from students in higher grades, who are, with our assistance, continuing in school past the point where they would normally have dropped out. Some of these are exceptional students who have completed 12th grade and hope to get vocational and/or professional training (teaching, computer skills, accounting, nursing, etc.) at one of the country’s post- secondary institutions, and enter the job market with more marketable skills.
Every donation is directed to a specific student and donors who donate enough to fully support a student can be told who they are sponsoring, with a photo and in some cases a video uploaded to YouTube. (http://www.youtube.com/user/GambiaScholars)
Our mailing address is: GAMBIARISING 1500 Park Ave. APT PH503 Emeryville, CA 94608-3578 We are organized as a registered California Charitable Trust and have been granted exemption from taxes by the IRS under section 501(c)3 of the IRS Code. Our federal i.d. number is 27-6775063 and our email address is firstname.lastname@example.org .