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Big thankyou from Gambia; CHARITY: Aid worker praises Brum campaigner.

Byline: By Patrice John

A GAMBIAN aid worker has praised a big-hearted Birmingham campaigner who has helped needy people in his country for more than a decade.

Sulayman Badjie is the deputy executive director of The Jammeh Foundation for Peace, based in the Gambia, which works closely with the Bob Powell Gambia Schools and Health Project.

Bob, aged 60, from Weoley Castle, set up his charity to send educational equipment and medical supplies to people in the Gambia more than a decade ago.

He now hopes to raise pounds 5,000 to set up an educational scholarship for Gambian children.

Mr Badjie said: "Bob has supplied different kinds of materials to The Gambia including health materials and educational products and even clothing for the ex-servicemen and their families.

"He paid from his own pocket for the operation of one exserviceman who had an eye complication.

"If there were any complimentary words better than 'thank you', I would certainly attribute them to Robert Powell."

The Jammeh Foundation provides education, health, and agricultural support and relies on donations.

Mr Badjie said there was a huge need for educational support because, although primary education was free, many parents struggled with paying secondary school fees. You can see children loitering in the streets and not going to school because their parents cannot afford to pay for their fees," Mr Badjie said.

"Some parents cannot even cater for their children's uniforms and stationery to the extent that their kids are sent out of school.

"Secondary and tertiary education is when parents have to pay school fees.

"The money being raised would therefore help many kids continue their educational careers."

GAMBIA PROJECT CHARITY DETAILS

Bob and his team will be driving 4,000 miles in ten days from Birmingham City Centre to Banjul, Gambia.

They leave Birmingham on October 30.

They hope to raise pounds 5,000 through the drive which will be used to set up an educational scholarship.

The Birmingham Mail team will be there to meet Bob when he arrives in Banjul and we will be reporting on the work of the Bob Powell Gambia Schools and Health Project and how your money is being spent.

Donations should be sent to Birmingham Mail Charity Trust c/o Birmingham Foundation, Suite 2A, St George's Court, 1 Albion Street, Birmingham, B1 3AH and marked Gambia Project. Registered Charity Number 218484.

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