The Head of Transparent African Projects, Madam Han Van Ray on Thursday 29 November 2012, visited project sites of projects that she is currently sponsoring in the country.
The project sites visited were Mafugi Nursery School in Brufut and Fabaloum Nursery School in Sinchu Alagi, all in the Kombo North, West Coast region of the Gambia.
Speaking to Foroyaa at both places Madam Han disclosed that she is a retired teacher who has been in the field for 25 years in her country of origin (Belgium) and her first visit to the Gambia was in 2010. She said while moving in the area she decided to make the best use of her visit to the country by contributing her quota to National development. She said as a retired teacher she decided to come with an initiative to support in the area of education through supporting already existing nursery schools that were not fully developed to a standard.
She said the idea was beyond constructing these nursery schools but also to provide them with some teaching aids as she realised that young people are the future leaders of tomorrow who need to become productive in society.
She went on to say that the amount spent on the two projects is estimated at 35,000 Euros, all from her personal initiative through the support of her children after consultation with them, decided to collaborate fully to implement the idea. She said they welcomed the idea after she explained the hospitality and friendliness of the Gambian people towards her during her visit.
She added that she also gives sponsors to 9 students in different schools in the country while disclosing that she aims to build another nursery school and a clinic where young Gambians would also be trained on nursing and health related matters.
The Belgium Philanthropist and Head of TAPs used the day to thank the government of the Gambia and her people for the environment created for her and to all those parents who have sent their children to these schools and also thank the staff for their commitment and dedication.
In her welcoming remarks, Basin Loum, Head Mistress of Fabacoum Nursery School in Sinchu Alagi also thanks Madam Han Van Ray for the initiative and for the timely intervention. She said it is part of their plans to conduct regular parent teachers' meetings to exchange ideas on the way forward to develop some strategic plans for more development.