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.
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