Projects in The Gambia
With collaboration from the Government of The Gambia and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), Peace Corps Volunteers are identifying ways to reduce poverty by improving agricultural productivity, promoting sustainable natural resource management, and encouraging agricultural diversification. Agriculture Volunteers promote best agricultural practices by helping local farmers learn to manage their fields and forests in a sustainable manner, assisting communities in building permagardens, starting tree nurseries, promoting composting, and developing apiary projects. They will also work to combat some of The Gambia’s more pressing environmental concerns, such as erosion and deforestation, through these practices. While working in local communities, Volunteers will help generate income, encourage healthy eating habits, cultivate environmentally-friendly habits, and improve overall quality of life.
Peace Corps works in close partnership with the Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education to place Volunteers throughout The Gambia to focus on building the capacity of Gambian teachers as teacher trainers. Working in rural schools, Volunteers promote improved teaching methods focusing particularly on promoting English language proficiency and literacy. Through co-teaching and observing and evaluating lessons, they help teachers create student-centered classrooms and encourage positive classroom management skills. Volunteers also partner with teachers to organize extracurricular clubs, develop teaching and learning aids, acquire technological resources, and assist in the organization and use of libraries and resource centers.
Peace Corps collaborates with the Ministry of Health to build the capacity of Gambian communities to adopt healthy behaviors and practices. Health Volunteers partner with local community members, healthcare providers, hospitals, peer health groups, and community clubs to address The Gambia’s most pressing health concerns, nutrition, and disease prevention. Raising awareness to issues regarding maternal and child health, malaria prevention practices, and sanitation and access to clean water, Volunteers work to educate their communities and promote healthier lifestyles. Volunteers assist in weighing babies at clinics, lead workshops on breastfeeding and child nutrition, advocate proper bed net use, and train community members on creating safe water management systems.
Feed the Future
The West Africa Food Security Partnership and Global Food Security & Feed the Future is a regional partnership between USAID West Africa and Peace Corps
to support better food security programming and training opportunities. Feed
the Future gives Volunteers the tools to build capacity at a grass-roots level
to increase food security through improved natural resource management,
agroforestry, improved agricultural production, small animal husbandry,
nutrition education, economic development projects, food processing and
conservation, and climate change adaptation. Volunteers from all sectors are
encouraged to participate in food security activities as part of Feed the
Let Girls Learn
Launched in March 2015, Let Girls Learn is an initiative designed to promote gender equality in access to quality learning and confront obstacles to success through empowering girls to succeed in all aspects of life. Educated girls are essential to healthy and thriving communities; however, globally 62 million girls do not go to school. With programming focused on empowering local leaders and youth, Peace Corps The Gambia Volunteers from all sectors work in local communities as part of the Let Girls Learn global initiative to expand access to education and empowerment opportunities for girls and young women.
President's Malaria Initiative
Volunteers from all sectors make a difference in The Gambia by raising awareness and preventing malaria in partnership with community members, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and the National Malaria Control Program through The Presidents Malaria Initiative. A task force of Volunteers coordinates diverse projects that educate and train host country nationals to become active resources in defeating this preventable but deadly disease. Volunteers also regularly participate in Peace Corps' Stomp Out Malaria Boot Camp. This intensive training opportunity builds a cadre of Volunteers who have the knowledge and skills to implement community-wide malaria prevention events in conjunction with their community counterparts.