Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you all!

This week’s photograph is of the children at Jeddah Progress Nursery School in The Gambia. Although The Gambia is a Muslim country they are very tolerant of other religions and it is not unknown for Muslims to join in Christian celebrations and vice versa.

I took this photo to raise money for this school last year and the children and teachers were more than happy to don Santa’s hat to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas. Hope you all have a wonderful time this holiday season.


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