Education has always been a major priority for the village and the Link. It is seen as the best way for young pople and the community as a whole to progress and develop. Hence, the emphasis from day one on supporting the Day Care Centre and more recently sponsoring 35 children to enable them to attend the local school at nearby Kaiaf.
Increasingly, However, the Link is also focussing on working with the village to develop a number of sustainable community enterprises which will provide the village with opportunity to generate income and provide employment. These include:
Improving health in the village has also been a priority since the early days of the Link. Funding has been provided for the salary of a Primary Health Care worker, Lamin Sanneh, who has received extensive training during his 15 years in the role.
Genieri is a rural community. The main crops are rice and groundnuts (or peanuts as we know them in the UK). These crops are generally sold wholesale each year. To provide a direct souce of food for the village and to improve the diet generally, the Link has worked with the village for many years to establish extensive vegetable gardens which are planeted and maintained by the women when they are not producing the rice harvest.
In 2013 a micro loan programme was established. Using the well developed micro finanacing model which has been successfully used in many parts of the world, whereby individuals are loaned a small amount of money, interest free, which they can use to establish a small business, generate and income and repay the loan.
Satellite TV Programme
Technological change is happening rapidly in The Gambia and in 2015 the village asked the Link for help in creating a new income generating project in the village, namely the purchase of a satellite TV which they could ude to charge people in the wider area to watch satellite programmes, in particular, premiership football matches!
There is no mains electricity in the village and only a few solar panels in the wealthier compounds. With the generous financial help of Yate and District Rotary Club who funded the entire project, the Link has introduced a solar powered light bulb into each compound in the village.
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