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Week ending 9th February 2018

 The Education Department in The Gambia (MoBSE) are represented on the ground by their school inspectors (known as Cluster Monitors) and over the many years helping at Sunrise, GETS has had the support of Mr Jarjou as our Cluster Monitor. He attended meetings with the community and monitored our performance as well as answering questions on a regular basis to make sure that we got things right, as often as possible. Mr Jarjou has moved on to another area within MoBSE now and our new Cluster Monitor, Mr Malleh Saabali, came to see us on Monday, pictured posing with Mr Cham (Education Director).

We were pleased to see two more of our supporters visiting on Wednesday, Angela Gourlay and Dean, who help us by sponsoring a class. They brought a variety of resources including; skipping ropes, pencils, crayons and games. They were photographed in the office with Mrs Cham from LB4 and Mr Cham (No relation!).

Also we have had our regular visit from Chris and Steve Humphries who help us in so many ways, each week of their stay. They also dragged daughter Selina Henson along too. Selina is seen posing with mum Chris and Mr Cham.



Selina seemed to have no problem fitting in with the children, particularly in Nursery, pictured here joining them at break for breakfast. 

Also joining Nursery 3 in the classroom!

 Last but by no means least, we're delighted to welcome back Ruth McMeechan. Ruth has joined us again for an extended period, helping teachers and assistants out and sharing her teachings skills, acquired over a lifetime of working in education within the UK.



Week ending 2nd February 2018

We were pleased to have more visitors this week. Judy and Giles Pepler, whose Sponsor a Class donations help us keep Sunrise running, came to see how everything was going. It was lovely to see them, shown here with Mr Cham.

Later in the week Helen captured a photo of Mrs Cham with her notification of passing her Primary Teaching Certificate (attestation) which the charity had sponsored for her at Gambia Teacher Training College. This adds to her previously sponsored ECD qualification a few years ago. Once again, we all congratulate Mrs Cham on her success after all her hard work. Each teacher that we've sent to Gambia College costs GETS more than 600 so we're really grateful that our generous supporters have allowed us to continue to help educate the staff at Sunrise too. We continue to need more funds to help in this important area.


Chris Humphries has been busy with a crochet hook again! This time it was a purse for each child in Nursery 1. Chris' husband Steve Humphries was there at the vital moment to capture it for us. The children were being taught how to use a purse to keep money safe. It is great to see Steve transfer his general handyman and painter skills to photographer to help us with more pics for the blog.

This week the students in Skills Training have been making spicy chicken noodles in Cookery. The picture shows the students demonstrating the service of this, as perhaps in a tourist restaurant.

It is easy to forget that many people in The Gambia have never eaten in a restaurant or eaten from an individual plate with a knife and fork. Here, it is quite normal to eat from a common plate using just the right hand and noodles would certainly be unusual too.

 Mr Bah, our Maths and English teacher, is seen above enjoying a sample of the food. This is a normal treat for staff!


Week ending 26th January 2018

The students in Skills Training have been learning about the possibilities of decorating Flip-Flops. These ubiquitous shoes were being wrapped in coloured wools. I'm not sure how long they would last or how comfortable they were to wear but they seemed to enjoy the challenge. It's interesting to note that many students and pupils are wearing extra clothes (over their uniforms) in the mornings during the cold (sub 20 deg) winter mornings!

 Our friend, Buba Jallow still comes 2 days a week to keep our aging sewing machines running. This example seems to be a Chinese copy of the original UK made Singer sewing machine that many people seamstresses know so well. The students adjustments when they feel things aren't perfect often put more problems IN to the machines and Buba has to sort them OUT again!

 These girls chose to read in our library rather than go out to play during their break.


It's great to see the youngsters growing in confidence and enjoying school. Here Nursery 2 pupils are lining up to leave Assembly for their class activities.

The day this picture was taken, Nursery 2 were singing and dancing in class with their teacher Sally Ceesay and clearly enjoying it!

 We encourage teachers to reward good performance in various ways. This pictures shows the pencil cases ready to go on Thursdays each week to the boy and girl in nursery 2 and 3 who are trying the hardest. The pencil cases are filled with colouring pencils, paper, sweets and a balloon. They have been made, put together and given  by Chris Humphries, who helps in our school as a volunteer on her regular visits to Sunrise.

Week ending 19th January 2018

 We continue to have visitors come to see us in Sunrise which is great. On Monday it was Dave & Mary Robinson, who have been supporters of GETS for a number of years. They were making their annual visit to see us and catch up on the children that they support, Cecelia Mendy & Isa Bah. These children are at other schools in the local area. Alieu, the children's father visited with Dave and Mary.

 It's nice to see the older Lower Basic children using the garden again, after the Sunrise family of termites eat everything in sight last year. We hope that spraying will have reduced the population of these pest and the garden will thrive once again.


 We had some tiles lifting Mrs Cham's Lower Basic 4 class over the Christmas holidays. This is a little mysterious and we hope that is just due to expansion of different materials within the school, rather than a sign of something more drastic. New tiles have been applied and we will watch what happens next with some trepidation.


We congratulate Mrs Cham on successfully completing her Primary Teachers Certificate at Gambia Teacher Training College. Although her course completed last year, the formally recognition of her qualification has just reached the Sunrise Office. Well done!

 On Thursday, Jim and Liz Coyle (pictured with Helen) visited Sunrise on Thursday 18th January. They sponsor a student at  a Lower Basic school on the way to Brikama (in Busambala), called Joanna Sowe. They brought with them a large cash gift donation, for which we are really grateful. We have spent a lot of cash maintaining the school in the last few weeks and this money will help with some of those expenses.



We currently have 11  youngsters who all need a helping hand in our school at the Sunrise Centre. We have checked on their backgrounds and find they will have to leave school without your help. Here are photos of just a few of them. GETS tries to support education because it is the best way to help individuals and their families find their way out of poverty. 
The cost of helping an individual is just 10 a month. You will get regular updates on progress and can always see them if you visit Sunrise.. 
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Week ending 12th January 2018

Back to school this week after the Christmas break. During that time the school has been free for our painters to come in and refresh the paint on many of the walls.

The outside walls, Skills Training and Lower Basic classrooms were painted on this occasion.

They also painted our sports floor, between the Bantaba and  and Skills Training classrooms.




We also entertained a big group of regular visitors.  Pictured here (from left to right) are Joyce Derry, Jane Derry, Christopher Hill and Tracy Hill with our Education Director, Mr Cham.

Christopher Hill and his mum Tracy,  sponsor Sohna Jallow in LB1 and Jane Derry sponsors Baboucarr Ceesay in Nursery 2 at Sunrise. We are also delighted that Christopher is going to help us by feeding information about GETS and all that we do, onto Facebook. We hope this will get us more friends and supporters.

Some things tend to be supersized in The Gambia, due to a super climate. The papaya that Helen bought locally is no exception. This beast of a fruit must represent several of her 5 a day and should last many days too!