A local man’s project to build a school in the Gambia has received a donation of school supplies thanks to Specsavers in Belper.

 A charitable cause

Joachim Shotter visited the Belper store to collect the supplies which will be used at the school he founded in the Jamwelly Jallow Kunda village in the Gambia, finished by a previous donation of £500 by the teams at Specsavers in Belper, Derby, Normanton and Ripley.

Education for all

Joachim’s charitable fund, ‘Education for All’, was set up to provide the Jamwelly Jallow Kunda community with a school, and the Specsavers donation went directly towards buying the furniture and making the building ready for local children to attend lessons.

A fantastic community effort

Store director, Andy McBride, said: ‘We’re thrilled to help such a worthwhile campaign. We appealed to the local community to pop into store and donate any school items such as stationary, colouring supplies, calculators, children’s story books and ruled exercise books. The response we had was fantastic and we have passed on several boxes to Joachim to take to the Gambia.

‘Joachim has worked tirelessly to provide the children with a place to enjoy an education and every little helps. We’d like to send out a huge ‘thank you’ to the Belper community for rallying behind this cause.’

The story so far…

Joachim has conducted charity work in the Gambia for several years and took on the fundraising for the school in Jamwelly Jallow Kunda village after his friend Cherno was given a piece of land by the village’s chief and asked Joachim to assist with the project.

So far, the building has been completed, with security windows and doors, fencing around the playground and toilets. A borehole has also been dug to supply clean water to the school and village, and a field has been created to grow Cassava for the children to eat and learn how to grow their own crops. A local artist has been commissioned to paint some positive murals on the walls to inspire the children.

Joachim says: ‘I would like to thank the community and the team at Specsavers Belper for the amazing donation.

‘When I first got to Gambia I found so many people who could help and it was a very tough experience knowing you can’t help everyone even if you want to. I have to say this is probably the most inspiring thing I have ever done and now I know what to do, I will do it again somewhere else in the future once this is completed and running well.’

Detailed information about the project can be found on the website at: http://b2yed.org.uk/, and updates on the progress of the building can be found on the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Education-for-All-Education-for-Africa-239445656239587/

To donate to the project or for more information, please visit:  https://www.gofundme.com/Education-for-all2


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