Paper, stoves and more delays

By Nigel Pegler. Filed in volunteer stories  |  
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Newsletter editor – Nigel sends news from his volunteer placement in The Gambia

On Saturday I, Cecil, Adama, Katie and a few other interested people visited a paper recycling plant, a farm project and the GIG farm at Siffoe and then all went to Sandele for a discussion led by Cecil on the relative merits of local stoves and how to improve their design.
It was a very interesting discussion and Cecil is a great orator with vast knowledge of indigenous people.

The paper re-cycling place was of great interest to me, the group that work there collect old newspapers, books and even telephone directories, turn them into pulp and then make new sheets of paper which they bind into books, even making their own covers out of old pieces of fabric.
Today (Sunday) I had breakfast, went for a long walk on the beach and nearly melted in the heat, had lunch and then went to the local village of Kartong with Maurice, Cecil and one of the staff from Sandele to look at his stove which was a very good design.

Kartong is a lovely village between the sea and a river, most of the fishing is done by the Senegalese and some other people but not by many Gambians as they consider fishing beneath them!

Adama told me yesterday that the materials had still not arrived at the GIG farmyard so there is no point going to work tomorrow! So I am going to do some souvenir shopping and then help Geri empty a container of stuff that has been stored at Sandele.

2 Comments

  1. Comment by Karen @ Pledging for Change:

    I can almost feel the heat for you guys. But it does sound like you are still enjoying what you do and gaining valuable experience all the time. Did you manage to eat any of the local fish catch? Keep up the good work 🙂

  2. Comment by Nigel Pegler:

    Local fish nearly every night!!
    Heat yesterday (Sun) and today just about ubearable with the humidity, we need the rains to come, they are so late this year and the farmers are getting really worried.

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