It’s my last full day in The Gambia and I have lots to write about and many photographs to share with you. On Tuesday we went to the school in Dairuharu that we have helped build and even though it was the Muslim New Year (which is spent praying and then visiting friends, family and neighbours) many of the villagers came to meet us and to thank us for our support including the Alkalo (head of the village) and his assistant. It was a wonderful day and I will tell you more about our visit and the rest of the week in forthcoming posts – including a fantastic cooking lesson (Fish Benechin), interviewing Bajaly (a superb kora player) and Jonathan Groves (the brilliant chef at Ngala Lodge), as well as visiting other schools.

The visit to Dairuharu was without doubt the highlight of the week so this week’s photo is from that day, the head girl of the new school peeping out at us through the window.

Happy New Year to all my Muslim friends in The Gambia and all Muslims around the world.


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