The aim for the future of Nature Garden Gambia is to ensure the ongoing conservation of its natural environment and to create a not for profit, eco-friendly skills centre as a community hub and educational resource for children and young people in need of an alternative place to learn.
The skills centre would serve to compliment the ongoing development of the village schools, and further provide a resource for children and young people who drop out of, or struggle to access, school. It will also offer learning support for those with special needs, for whom there is no local provision.
The vision is that there will be programmed skills-based and creative workshops to help towards the self-sufficiency and self-esteem of the individual. These will include arts and crafts, music, environmental studies, cooking, organic gardening, soap making, tailoring and tie-dye.
We envisage a communal building for group meetings and workshops with additional workshop and classroom space, plus space for gardening and farming. This would offer a fully-functioning, safe, creative and therapeutic place for children and young people to experience, explore, and to feel free to learn in a natural environment.
We are looking for funding to build and equip the centre and to maintain it during a period of transition into sustainability, estimated to take two to three years. The long-term goal will be to secure a provision for vulnerable young people which, in turn, will benefit the local community.
To find out more about the funding requirements of Nature Garden Gambia, please visit our Funding page.
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