PAGEANT - "Education is the future"

Container for The Gambia - July 2009

home > news > Container for The Gambia - July 2009

Enough time has obviously lapsed since the traumas of the last container, and on Tuesday 28 July 2009, a Pageant team packed another container for The Gambia. This is now on its way, this time to the Tilbury docks.

the packing starts

tables now, please

the packing starts

This time we were given a considerable amount of really first class book-shelving by pharmaceutical company Novartis in Horsham, where their library was being extended and upgraded.

A total of 37 bays of double-sided and 7 bays of single-sided shelving (each bay being ~850mm long) was sent out and will be shared between 2 Nursery schools, 3 Primary schools and one Senior Secondary school. The photos show one assembled bay and some of the shelving in store before being packed.

assembled shelf unit

One of the shelf units partly assembled >>

stack of shelves

shelf unit backs and sides

shelves, uprights and backs before packing

We also received a donation of a considerable amount of classroom furniture (mainly chairs and tables) from Southwater County Junior School, which will be shared between 3 Nursery schools and 3 Primary schools in The Gambia. One of the Primary schools is dependant on the chairs and tables we have sent them to enable them to enrol the next year's intake of children, as no furniture is available to them from official sources. The photos show the furniture being loaded - in all there were 136 tables, 270 chairs, 5 storage cabinets and a 3-drawer filing cabinet.

Other donations included school uniform, sports clothes and equipment, clothing for men, women and children, books, toys, tools and a large quantity of nails, all of which will be shared between schools and village communities. These were bagged and labelled in advance and then used to stuff between the furniture to ensure a tightly packed container.

packing proceeds (1)

packing proceeds (2)

packing proceeds (3)

the packing proceeds

container door is closed

team photo

the door is closed at last

team photo

As ever, our grateful thanks go to our packing team, all of whom were truly amazing. Team members are shown in the last photo - from left to right, Brian, Andrew, Ian G, Sally, Helen, Ian H, Tina, Craig, Joe, Emma, Demelza, the driver, Sue and Ann, plus Robin and Sandra, who had to leave before the final photo was taken, and Pippa (who took the photo).

This container will be unpacked by a Gambian team led by Wandifa (see account of its unloading), as we will not arrive in The Gambia until some time later - we wish them well and hope to see all the furniture in use during our next trip, planned for October. We will be showing the schools how to assemble the shelving during our visit.

Pageant is a UK Charity - Registered No 1093963

 back to top of page >>