Alumni Entrepreneurs

Shelby Tarutis, 1976


Gambia Health Education Liaison Project

Type of Business

Education, Training and Library

Date of Operation

1989 - 2011 and on

Description of Business or Organization

We are an all volunteer, non-denominational, non-profit 501 (c)3 organization based in Seattle. We provide health and education resources to rural children and women living in The Gambia, West Africa. We assist with building libraries, schools, provide wells, develop women's gardens and small enterprises. For two months of the year we are at rural village sites in The Gambia. There, we assist with initiating, implementing and evaluating projects. On an annual basis we send a container of books, computers, bicycles, sports gear, educational curriculum materials, globes, and dictionaries. We assist with building skills centers and completed a rice milling project with cereal bank (food security project). We support education for children in primary and secondary level schools. We work within the cultural context of the environment and develop projects from the ground up and at the grassroot level. Projects are initiated and recommended by the community. We assist with writing project proposals and raising funds.

Contact Information

3920 NE 38th Street
Seattle, WA

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