The Kerr Alhagi Mallik Scholarship Fund supports bright young Gambian students by providing them with access to higher quality education. We believe that education empowers students to shape their own futures. Since 2008, 32 unique students have accessed quality education as a result of these scholarships and a total of 94 scholarships have been awarded at the primary, secondary, and tertiary levels. We are fundraising for the 2016-2017 school year. Challenge: The citizens of Kerr Alhagi Mallik are subsistence farmers who sell small surpluses to meet basic needs. Very few residents are literate enough to read medication instructions. Located far off the main highway, the community struggles to access government and NGO projects such as clinics, wells, roads, and schools because residents don't have the skills to advocate for themselves and their village.
Although some parents see education as a solution, unfortunately many local schools have low achievement, low standards, and high teacher absenteeism. Students graduate from some of these lower quality schools without basic literacy, numeracy, or rudimentary understanding of the language of instruction (English). This poorly prepares students for the job market and it undermines the perceived value of education within the community.
Solution: Higher quality education does exist in The Gambia but parents often cannot afford to send their children to these schools. The Kerr Alhagi Mallik Scholarship Fund leverages the investment that parents are making in their children with supplemental scholarships that assist with costs such as lab fees, textbooks, computer fees, uniforms and shoes, paper, pencils, pens, daily commuting costs (there are no school buses), and sometimes lunch costs to be able to stay after school for extra study sessions. Since there is no middle or high school within daily commuting distance to the village, the parents of KAM students make arrangements for their children to stay with relatives or family friends in other towns.
Dollars go a long way when they are converted into the Gambian currency of Dalasi. For the cost of a Friday night out, you can team up with a parent in Kerr Alhagi Mallik and give their child a year of higher quality education. Donations of any amount make a difference whether it's $25 or $1000.
To donate multiples of $25, simply change the "unit" number; for example, to donate $250, change the unit number to 10.