You can imagine my delight when, on a chilly morning between Christmas and New Year in a very quiet office, I received an email from The Gambia Experience clients Lou Hamilton and Paul Lang saying that they would like to make a short film about responsible tourism, The Gambia Experience’s School Development Fund and Nyodema (as well as being chairman of the community group Nyodema, I work for The Gambia Experience and lead the UK team for their School Development Fund).

Lou and Paul were going on holiday to The Gambia and as professional filmmakers, they wanted to use their skills to ‘give something back’. As luck would have it I too was about to go on holiday there. I would be in The Gambia at the same time as them so offered to show them around some schools. I visit there once or twice a year partly as a holiday and partly for Nyodema. I couldn’t believe the coincidence that we were all going out and returning on the same flights.

Here is the result of an amazing week. I found it fascinating being involved in this project and would like to say a huge thank you to Lou, Paul, Ali and everyone who helped in the making of this film – a wonderful way to show people in the UK how they are making a difference to the lives of people in one of the world’s poorest countries.

For more information please follow these links:

Lou Hamilton/Createlab
The School Development Fund


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