CHS in The Gambia

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CHS has enjoyed an association with a Community School in The Gambia since 1998.

Cheadle Hulme School has had an association with communities in The Gambia since 1998, with the first trip organised by the former Head of Geography. Stationery and clothes were taken and the group visited the High School and Kwenella School, near Tendaba. Another school in the village of Dumbuto had approached the School by 2000, and in 2002 a relationship with the Badrudeen Islamic School in Soma was developed. 

Since that time, charitable donations by the CHS Community have been used across a number of projects, with Sixth Form students visiting the area every two years to see how the funds are used and learn about life in the region. As well as supporting the school, help was also provided in the wider community by providing agricultural machinery, seeds and fertiliser, establishing a skills centre to train school leavers and supporting women with the development of a community cooperative.

As of 2019, Cheadle Hulme School Soma has 89 students on roll, 42 girls and 47 boys. The guaranteed “one meal a day” feeding programme, funded by our former Head of Geography, Ian Ray has meant an increase of 48% in enrolment. The children are aged 3-5 and approximately 63% come from very poor homes and will get their main meal of the day from the school. The School now has five classrooms, an office, kitchen, three toilets and a tap as a direct result of the funding from CHS.

Today, in 2023 we are committed to ensuring that every member of the CHS community is aware of this wonderful collaboration and how the partnership began. A group of CHS Sixth Form students and staff will travel to the Gambia for the first time in 5 years on Wednesday 13 – Thursday 21 December 2023 visiting Banjul and Soma. 

What are we doing as a school community? 

We are aiming to raise as much money as possible to help our partner schools in the Gambia. 

  • So far this year, we have raised £500 from the Waconian Walk and hosted a very successful quiz evening in October raising over £350 for projects in the Gambia.
  • On Friday 8th December we are hosting CHS’s ‘Gambia Day’, encouraging all students in the Senior School to wear their own clothes (inspired by the Gambia’s flag) and bring in a donation of £2. 
  • Collecting donations of football shirts ages 2 – 18 which are in very good condition. The Gambian children love football and love receiving football shirts as gifts. 
  • Collecting donations of toys, games and stationary for 3 – 11 year olds.
  • Collecting donations of laptops which are in good working condition (up to 5 years old).
If there are any parents who would like to make a donation you are able to do this through ParentPay.