Stimulating longer term systemic support and education for children – The Gambia

Building the strengths that exist in children, families, local communities and institutions so that children can thrive and grow up to become empowered citizens.


The Gambia

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3 years

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What is Co-Funding?

Co-funding with the ALMT allows individuals, other Trusts and Foundations, and Companies to contribute funds directly to individual, vetted and approved, project partnerships. With fifteen years of experience awarding grants and working in partnership with children’s organisations around the world, the ALMT is best placed to support you in your philanthropy.

The Gambia is ranked 174/189 on the Human Development Index 2018, making it one of the poorest and least developed countries in the world. The ALMT is proud to be working with ChildHope and the Institute of Social Reform and Action (ISRA) to improve the living conditions and quality of education for children and young people (CYP) aged between 5-21 years.


Approximately 18,000 children in The Gambia live in traditional Quranic education schools called ‘Majalis’. These are traditional, unregulated, residential education centres and many children end up leaving without a basic primary level education. This significantly reduces their employment prospects, often confining them to poverty for life. This three-year project will improve education for 270 children in three Majalis, embed safeguarding and protections systems, improve living conditions and access to vocational training. By providing evidence of good practice, the project hopes to stimulate longer term systemic support for children in Majalis.

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