The Spring of Life School
The Spring of Life School is in the Sinchu Alagie area, and was founded in 2015
by 3 friends Joseph Mendy, Andrew Mendy and Paul Gomez. Their aim was to give
children who would not otherwise be able to go to school a chance to access an
education and in their words “to narrow the gap between the have and the
have nots and help give them a springboard into life”.
There are 225 children in the school
which caters for Pre-Nursery to Grade 3 (ages 4-8). The area around the school
is very poor and the school itself has very few resources. Classrooms need
refurbishing and some of the children are being taught in classrooms that have
corrugated metal sheets for walls and roofs.
To support the school over the past few
years we paid teacher’s salaries during COVID lockdown in addition to providing
reading books, pens, pencils and other school equipment. The children have been
provided with school bags full of school equipment and each year the children
receive Christmas shoeboxes.
During visits to the school students
and adult volunteers from King Edward VI College Stourbridge and The Royal
School Wolverhampton engaged the children in a range of activities and games.
Students also painted and decorated the outside of the school and some of the
The school is currently looking for new
premises as the landlord has given them notice to leave. At present half the
school are having lessons on the old site while half the school are having
lessons in a new building which is being rented. Unless the school can raise
the money to purchase the new building they will have to move again.
Project Gambia will continue to support
the school as much as we can and in doing so help to make a difference to these
Andrew Mendy one of the founders
writes: “Project Gambia, you are truly dedicated to making a difference to
the lives of children in The Gambia. The children and staff at Spring of Life
Nursery School have greatly loved interacting with the teams that have visited.
We value your friendship and support in helping us to continue impacting and
shaping the lives of children. Thank you for all you do!”