New project: ‘Making Memories’: summer vacation!

We believe it’s important for our children to be involved in the experiences and memories we create together. Looking at the map of Gambia, we asked them to imagine what they would like to do together. They expressed a strong desire to visit Kunta Kinteh Island – formerly James Island – a historic site where African slaves were once shipped to America.

We have explored how to make this plan possible, and ‘Making Memories’ will be an educational journey about the history of Gambia and their heritage!

In early August, we are planning to take all the children and several of our ‘mamas’ to the village of Bintang, where we can stay in a lodge and make several outings. The village is about an hour and a half from the orphanage along the South Bank Road by the Gambia River. The lodge, mostly built on stilts, is in a beautiful setting amidst the mangrove forests.

There are plenty of fun and educational activities to do in the area – besides visiting Kunta Kinteh Island, which tops the wish list – such as visiting the nearby oyster factory, paddling through the mangrove forests in a traditional wooden boat (a ‘pirogue’), swimming in the river, and fishing.

Our excursion plans depend on the weather. The rainy season in Gambia lasts from mid-June to mid-October, with rain for a few hours on about half the days. The rest of the days are dry. Fortunately, the lodge has a large, thatched roof under which we can all eat together and play games when it rains.

We checked out Bintang Bolong Lodge and we had a chat with one of the owners. They are willing to offer us a significant discount because we are a group of 23 (children and carers) and because our stay is planned for August, a month with virtually no tourism.

Will you help make this trip come true?

One overnight stay, including breakfast, lunch, dinner, a drink during meals and activities, costs €27.50 per person.

You can help us enormously by sending your contribution to account number IBAN LU42 0030 6563 9934 0000 (BGLLLULL), in the name of Les Amis de Gambie or via PayPal citing ‘Making Memories’.

Thank you in advance for your contribution!

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