On June18, a violent wind storm swept across The Gambia's Central River Region (CRR). No one had seen anything like it before. As people stood by helplessly, roofs were torn off schools and homes, brick walls were blown over, water towers blown down, and solar panels were ripped off roofs. CRR is a a rural part of The Gambia, many hours up country from the city. And while residents with connectivity posted or sent photos and reports online, most of the world took nearly no notice. The Region's Governor's office posted photos of a some food and supplies being delivered. People living only one region away report that they had not heard about it (unless they had friends and relatives living there). After waiting for a coordinated response to emerge, we agreed to assist several schools in the Region by providing a way for people to help. There are many needs, but we will focus on funding school repairs before the rains come. A volunteer committee of local school administrators and teachers will coordinate distribution of funds. If you want to direct your donation to a specific school, you can do so through the "Donate" button. If you want to spread your donations out over a period of months, you can sign up for monthly donations, and we will deploy the first six months of your promised donations immediately - before the rains that are expected to begin this month. Please give what you can.
Please specify a school, OR "General Help" so we know you want to support Storm Relief.
St. Therese's Fula Bantang
a brick wall demolished
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