One minute four seasons in one day the next… The Gambia. IE Directors Patrick and Kush visit BTSE.
The IE Executive Director Patrick Augustus and the IE Community Director Kush Genesis paid a long overdue visit to the Bojang Tamba School of Excellence (BTSE). They were warmly welcomed by the children and staff. The community also held a special meeting in their honour to discuss ongoing development and the forthcoming 10 year celebrations.
Everyone was pleased with the visit and more works and visits are planned soon….
The Longest journey starts with the first step.......
Sabbath Risings Family,
Once again we have to give unceasing Thanks to the Queens and Kings, Princes and Princesses who joined us for our 5th Sponsored Walk to support the ongoing development of Bojang Tamba School of Excellence (BTSE) in the Gambia.
The skies stayed bright (as usual) this year as our numbers more than doubled and we were honoured to have the Sangoma Singers amongst us who made sure earth rhythms accompanied us. Brother Kush led an interlude of drumming at the midpoint and the day was rounded off by a free drumming session Rising up the energies of our Ancestors in acknowledgement of our achievements to date.
The funds raised will all go to the forthcoming electrification and related works taking place at the school over the coming months. After 10 years of developing the school, it is time to consolidate all of the works so Bojang Tamba School of Excellence is in the best position for the next ten years of growth.
The top of one mountain is the foot of the next….
Love and Honour to all that joined and supported us and completed their Sponsored Walk. The Bojang Tamba children and their families in the Gambia Thank you! Every step you took is a positive step forward in the life of our children! Sankofa! Ase! Ase!
In January 2020 Sandra Moodie started sponsoring Aminata Jarju from Bojang Tamba School of Excellence. Soon after undertaking the commitment in wanting to make a difference in providing Aminata's school essentials; she felt moved to do a little more. With that in mind, she used the time through the first lockdown to write Aminata a story. A story featuring her as the main character in the adventure. The intention of the story was to inspire Aminata and her peers in finding their gift. As the work progressed Sandra researched illustrators all over the world online to make her script come to life to stimulate young minds. She eventually found the perfect illustrator Vladimir Cebu a qualified Lawyer in the Philippines, to animate her story. A great working relationship was established between them as the book came together perfectly.
Sandra also features her own granddaughter Skyla Rae in the book. A character from the UK temporarily attending Bojang Tamba School while her parents work in The Gambia.
Soon an adventure of rejection unfolds with an inspiring outcome for Aminata which sends a positive message around a child's well-being with parental engagement and giving a child fulfillment.
Sandra is the founder and owner of 'Pass the Baton Raise the Next Generation'.
She is a community cohesion specialist. Her work has stretched over three decades with children in schools, parents and families through her roles as a Community Leader in Lambeth and previously Children's Centre Manager in both Lambeth and Wandsworth. Her work is centred around putting purpose back into the hands of the next generation.
For more details / purchasing a copy of the book contact Sandra Moodie: email@example.com
On Sunday Afternoon 16th August 2020 the annual IE Sponsored Walk took place and big Shout outs go to all who took part; Kush, Judith, Zemora, Patrick, Hardeep, Bevas, Dr Aboo, Sis Angela, Marvin and RasPinda. All who took part showed what it takes to make a change… off the Zoom and onto the Loom!
Every Year the IE Sponsored Walk is undertaken by dedicated pan Afrikanists looking to raise funds for the continued education and wellbeing of young children in the Gambia attending the BTSE School. The walk takes in the 13 gates surrounding the park and two circuits of the Park is approximately 10km (6 miles). But the energy is so high you don’t even notice how far you have gone…. The participants all completed the walk and proved again this Year the lengths they will go to benefit the children.
It was a joy to stroll with and reason with all those who not only talk the talk but walk the walk… 10,000 steps to Afrikan development for Bojang Tamba School of Excellence (BTSE) and AGA (Gambia). Year on Year the numbers grow and it is hoped that we will increase our numbers further as we continue the works in New Lamin (the Gambia).