Gambia

Our first project is the construction of a clinic on the Island Ginack Kayatta in The Gambia.

The Gambia is one of the poorest developing countries. With a minimum of basic facilities, living conditions are hard: drinking water comes from wells, people live in adobe houses and many sleep on the floor, especially in the rural areas. According to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) The Gambia is among the countries that rank lowest on the Human Development Index. Of the 177 countries on the list The Gambia ranks 155th, just above Eritrea and Senegal. It is also among the poorest countries on the Human Poverty Index: of the 95 developing countries The Gambia ranks 81. There are 1.65 million people in The Gambia and their average life expectancy is 55 years.

The official minimum wage is 1500 dalasi a month (approximately 45 euros) but many people have even less income.

For more information about The Gambia, check the world fact book on www.cia.gov.