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The Gambia in numbers

OVERALL CHILD POPULATION (under 18yrs)

1 MILLION

0.18million

% of the population

NUMBER OF
WORKING CHILDREN

45

% of the population

CHILDREN LIVING BELOW POVERTY LINE

9

% of the population

MARRIED
AS CHILDREN

1990

year ratified

CONVENTION ON THE
RIGHTS OF THE CHILD

Disability focus

Number of disabled children in The Gambia

0.15

Million children
are disabled

The realities of life in The Gambia

The Gambia is a popular tourist destination, with beautiful beaches, attractive climate and relaxed atmosphere, with the Government keen to promote tourism as a part of economic diversification.

Not far from the hotels and tourist resorts, however, the majority of Gambians still live in poverty, many in extreme poverty, and most are subsistence farmers. Schools can be out of reach and very poor quality. ChildHope aims to work with some of the poorest children, to improve their access to education and ensure schools are safe, nurturing environments.

Set up a monthly gift and give children a chance of a better future.

THROUGH OUR PARTNERS WE HELPED

72,121

CHILDREN LAST YEAR 

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Child Protection Alliance (CPA)


LAST YEAR WE HELPED CHILDREN IN THE FOLLOWING AREAS

Protection from Violence
27,066
Promoting Participation
24,376
Promoted Learning
19,710

Improving access to effective education for children in religious schools in The Gambia

ChildHope, and our local partners Child Protection Alliance (CPA) and the Institute for Social Reformation and Action (ISRA) are implementing a 1 year project in 12 religious schools (Majalis) in the poorest communities of The Gambia to provide access to effective education in safe environments. Prioritising cultural education and with limited alternative options, parents send their children to these unregistered residential schools to live with traditional teachers but are unable to finance their upkeep. As a result, children often spend more time labouring in fields, even begging, than in education.

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