Wellingara Health Centre provides vital medical services to its community in the Gambia. Unfortunately, the health centre building has become increasingly unfit for purpose.
In particular, faulty electrical wiring renders the centre unsafe for patients at staff. It puts the clinic at risk of closure, and has the potential to start a fire which would leave the population of Wellingara without any prospect of further access to medical care.
Through the Big Give Christmas Challenge we are hoping to raise enough money to rewire the health centre so it can continue to provide essential services.
“Please help us rewire the Health Centre. Our work would be much easier if we could have a good, safe light and power supply. Sometimes it goes off in the middle of suturing a wound, and we cannot use the lab equipment we have in case we blow a fuse. We are very nervous of a fire.”
— Dembo Njie, Wellingara Health Centre nurse
The Big Give, the UK’s biggest online match-funding campaign, starts at 12pm (midday) Tuesday 30th November and runs until 12pm Tuesday 7th December.
Donations made to the Trust during this period through www.theBigGive.org.uk will be doubled, with match funding of up to £1,000 available. So a gift of £10 will become £20, £50 will become £100, and so on.
With the funds from this year’s Big Give Christmas Challenge, we will employ a competent contractor and purchase good quality cable, fixtures, conduit, circuit breakers and RCD (mains), and battery and charge controller (solar).
By rewiring both the mains and solar systems to British Standards, we will ensure the facility can remain open and continue to treat patients for many years to come.
“The African Oyster Trust’s Gambian Management Team asks for your generosity in donating to our Wellingara Health Centre. It has been very difficult here during the pandemic, and our country's main source of income through tourists has gone. Being able to make the health centre safe would make a huge difference to the community.”
— Kemo Bah, Fanding Manjang, Ansumana Manjang and Seine Dampah (Gambian Management Team)
Over the last two years, successful Big Give Challenge appeals have seen us launch and then expand our provision of a school-day breakfast for every child in our nursery schools.
Please support this year's African Oyster Trust Big Give Christmas Challenge if you can, by donating via the Big Give website between 12pm (midday) Tuesday 30th November and 12pm Tuesday 7th December.
Remember, by taking part in the Big Give Christmas Challenge your donation will be match funded and doubled, giving it twice the impact!!
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