Shine – Africa is a U.K. registered charity that helps support Nursery Education covering the age range of three to seven year olds in The Gambia, West Africa. As a charity we work closely with families, communities and the Gambian Education Department to assist Gambian Nursery Children.
WHO ARE WE?
Our names are Ian and Glynn Jones from Weaverham, Cheshire. We visited a nursery school in Mandarini when we were on holiday in 1996 and found that it was in desperate need of a new building and educational resources. The generosity of the Gambia people despite their poverty inspired us to raise funds on our return to England for them to build a school.
WHAT HAPPENED NEXT?
The need for educational resources became more obvious and the gratitude of the people who see education as a gift rather than a right encouraged us to continue with the project. Funds continued through many people’s commitment and involvement and when the school was established with furniture and equipment we realised we were able to assist other schools in the Gambia, as they too had a great need for the ‘gift of education’.
The charity Shine Africa was formally registered in 2004.
OUR MISSION STATEMENT
Sharing knowledge, skills and resources to benefit the children of The Gambia
“Life is not so much what each individual makes of it, but
what we make of it for each other”
WHAT WE DO
WHAT HAVE WE ACHIEVED SO FAR?
Mandinari Village Nursery School
Bundung Serrekunda Shine-Africa School
Saaba Shine –Africa Nursery School
HOW DO WE RAISE FUNDS?
Below shows just some of the ways we raise money
We guarantee that every pound given to the charity is being spent in The Gambia. All personal expenses travelling, stationary cost, overheads, etc is not provided by charity money.
The Gambia, on the West African coast is a very poor country of approx 1.5 million people. It is one of the smallest countries in Africa. It is a narrow strip of land that follows the River Gambia, and is surrounded on three sides by Senegal.
Primary education in the Gambia is funded for children from the age of seven. Our aim is to assist children from the age of three, to attend nursery education giving a strong foundation in the most formative years.
Malaria - It is reported that of the two million or more deaths from malaria, that occur worldwide each year, most are of African children under the age of five. Many children can also be left with neurological damage, if they suffer from the most severe form of malaria.
Provision of a mosquito net can significantly reduce these numbers; a minor cost to Europeans but many Gambians cannot afford to buy this much-needed protection
Our vision is to expand our
‘sharing of knowledge, skills and resources
to benefit the children of The Gambia’
Our daughter with our sponsored Gambian girl Ida in January 2008