Brikamedina is a village on the southern edge
of the town of Brikama, which is itself some 15 miles south of
Pippa and Ian first visited this school in February 2008. It is
another village initiative and has been built on a small piece of
ground belonging to the local mosque. The village elders and the
Imam have decided to give the land for the school, so that is a very
good start. At the time of the first visit, the building consisted
of a shell of mud blocks, with holes for doors and windows and a
corrugate roof. The floors of the two little classrooms, the tiny
office and store room were sand. The mud block walls had no plaster
in or out, so were at the mercy of the rain, if it should come down
in force before any protective cement plaster had been applied.
Brikamedina Pipeline Nursery School in February
When Tina and Pippa visited again in April
2008, they gave the school committee funds
for rendering the outside and laying concrete floors before the rains came.
This has been done, plus they have fitted a strong door on the office.
They have started to build a veranda that will protect
the building from surface water in the rainy season. Wandifa says
that they have done really well, so Pageant has given them the remainder
money raised for the school by several Horsham youth and
school endeavours; namely 2 Brownie packs, 1 Beavers pack, Horsham
Methodist Junior Church and the collection taken at Collyer's
Founder's Day service. This should be enough to plaster the inside
walls, fit classroom doors and all the windows, and hopefully
finish the veranda.
The school committee sent us this email at
the start of the work:
"The committee of the school and the entire community of the Medina
Pipeline would like to thank Pageant for the wonderful package
donated during the recent visit of Pippa and Tina. The said package
was presented to the community last Sunday and the work on the
building has started about three days ago. The children are asked to
sit at home until Monday, hopefully the work on the floors will be
completed by then.
We wish to assure you that we will put the donation into good use.
Thank you once again for this pleasant surprise and certainly will
endeavour to make every single project a success.
Once again our special thanks to all the wonderful members and
supporters of Pageant, the true ambassadors of the children and the
future of The Gambia."
Update April 2009
The projects detailed above were all
quickly completed to a good standard. Since, Pageant has funded
internal plastering, painting, doors, windows, etc. and enough
tables and chairs for both classrooms. In addition, we have
donated uniform for all the children, as well as providing art
and sports equipment. During a visit in April 2009 we had a special morning
at the school, when our Pageant team sang songs, told stories
and took all the chairs and tables outside so that the whole
school could do some painting.
a refurbished classroom
children painting outside