New project of Les Amis de Gambie: ‘Dress 4 Success’

‘Dress 4 Success’

To achieve our aim of offering the children who live in the orphanage a loving environment in which to grow up and a good future, good quality education is of fundamental importance. Every year education accounts for a substantial part of our total costs. Apart from school fees, school materials and books, school uniforms are also needed, since they are compulsory in the Gambia. Each school has its own design and colour, so all pupils from the same school look the same. In the primary school the boys’ uniform consists of shorts and a short-sleeved shirt. The child’s name is stitched onto both and the school emblem is sewn onto the left breast pocket in the school colours. In the secondary school the boys wear long trousers with a shirt and tie.

Girls’ uniforms consist of a frock in the primary school and in the secondary school they wear a skirt with blouse and tie.

Each child needs 3 uniforms per school year: one to wear, one in the laundry and one in the cupboard. Each child must also have sports clothes to be worn for gym lessons. Teachers strictly enforce uniform codes. If parents have no money for a uniform, the children cannot go to school.


Since the uniforms are made by Malick Mendy Tailoring, a Gambian business specializing in workwear and school uniforms, local textile merchants and tailors also benefit from this project. For the children who live in the orphanage a total of 69 uniforms (23x3) per year are needed.

The costs per uniform vary from €10 (girls’ uniform, primary school) to €16 (boys’ uniform, secondary school). The sports outfit costs €6. This means that every year we need €1,050 to be able to provide all the children who live in the orphanage with three uniforms and a sports outfit.


The organisation Les Amis de Gambie not only runs the orphanage, it is also committed to improving the living conditions of local people. While handing out food boxes to Gambian families in the surrounding area of the orphanage, Martin Sanyang (assistant manager and homework teacher) was faced with the fact that some of these families could not send their children to school simply because there was no money with which to buy uniforms. Martin took due note of this and is looking to visit these families again to provide their children with school uniforms for the coming school year.

This cannot be done without your help!

We would really appreciate it if you could help us by making a donation for the purchase of new school uniforms. You can transfer your contribution to account number IBAN LU42 0030 6563 9934 0000 (BGLLLULL), in the name of the organisation Les Amis de Gambie citing ‘Dress 4 Success’.

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