Gerneal information about the Gambia

The west African Republic “The Gambia” is also called the “Smiling Coast of Africa” and having been there once, one can only admit that this is absolutely true. The smallest continental African state is only a six hour flight away from Europe, but already one can immerse into a totally different, spirited, colourful and lively world with an open-minded and affectionate population. The river Gambia separates the country, so that the northern and southern part are connected via six ferry connections. The majority of the 1,8 million inhabitants lives in the coastal cities Banjul and Serekunda.

Sadly speaking, there is also a totally different world behind the happy “smile”. Gambia belongs for example to the poorest countries worldwide. 58% of the population lives below the poverty line and 40 % of the inhabitants even suffer from malnutrition. Only 50%  of the native people are able to read or write whereas only 38% of the women above 15 are literate.

The average monthly income is only 50 Euro respectively 60 Swiss franc. Thus most       families cannot afford adequate medical care or a sufficient education.

This is the reason why we would like to improve the living conditions in Gambia together.