Gambia

The country Gambia
It is a small country, up to 45 kilometers wide and a total of 480 kilometers (10 700 sqm) is located in West Africa. There are approximately 2 million people. The official language is English, but between people themselves are various African languages. The country is trapped in Senegal, some French-lingual. Only in the west there is a coastline with the Atlantic Ocean.

Het land Gambia, West Afrika

The country Gambia, West Africa

Piece of history
Gambia is a politically created artificially in the past country, relating to the Gambia River and slavery. By trade, which mainly happened along and across the great river, it was economically a very important river for all trading nations. Wars are fed to the river, particularly between the English and the French. The benefits are not benefited the country. The proceeds of the trade went to the countries which traded. After the abolition of slavery, Gambia was a colony of Great Britain. When there are huge peanut plantations established. After the colonial era, it was impossible for local people to manage these plantations and maintain profitable. The lack of knowledge and skills.

Gambia Now
The income of the country comes mainly from tourism. Most tourists come for the beautiful sunny weather and beautiful beaches. The local population lives mainly on fishing and agriculture, all very small scale. There is high unemployment, because the country has little industry. Bartering is common. If people work there, they earn about 1200 dalasis. € 1, - is now about 39 dalasis. It is expected that as a family form a social network. The Gambians That is, that they also take care of those who have no income. That puts a heavy burden on those who do work, like someone wrote, who works

For example, our watchman (guard our compound) says: "I want a bank account. If I have are money in the bank and my brother is asking for money, I can say that I do not have it. If I have money in my pocket, I can not say that. "He has now arranged with our compound owners (Dutch) that they save half of his wages for him. He himself can not. This will not apply to all Gambians and I do not know if something like that happened to money that was meant for the clinic, but it is something which is very common here.