Where is Choya and who are we?
The Gambia is the smallest country in Africa's and one of the poorest. Along the West coast they have income from tourism. However, Choya is located far into the country and is dependent on farming. The population in Choya belongs to the Fulani tribe. In the 17th and 18th centuries there were powerful Fulani empires. They went under during the colonialism. Now Fulanis live in all West African countries. The Fulanis are traditionally cattle farmers. The herdsmen in Choya have, despite frequently failing rain, succeeded in keeping their cattle well fed (and we have found that their meat is very tasty.) The Fulani are principally Muslims.
We have been active in The Gambia for some time through a Dutch-Belgian organisation, http://gamrupa.org. We started Gamrupa Danmark was on 12 January 2015 in order to give the Danes - you - the opportunity to participate. Annual Membership meeting was held on 16 January 2016.
We have primarily been active in Sifoe, Western Gambia, a village with about 5000 inhabitants. The latest project there was the building of a birth clinic. It was opened on 7 February 2015 - and in the first week of operation six children were borne there! As a sort division of responsibilities Gambia-Danmark takes care of the work in Choya. The first project there, the installation of water, was started before Gambia-Danmark was set up. It has been very satisfying to be able to follow the funds invested in the project, to know that no part thereof has been used for administration, travel, or salaries, to see the final project in working, and to get to know the people that now use the installations.