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Project Gam­bia: Peo­ple Feed­ing Peo­ple re­ceived its char­i­ta­ble sta­tus in No­vem­ber 2014 after be­ing set up by pals Frank Devine and Paul Laf­ferty a few years be­fore.

Their aim was to trans­form the lives of al­most 300 chil­dren in one of the most poverty-stricken re­gions of West Africa.

The char­ity, whose tar­get each year is to raise enough money to feed the en­tire school com­mu­nity of St John’s School for the Deaf in the city of Ser­rekunda for 12 months, fundraise all year to reach their goal.

They do so by a va­ri­ety of meth­ods in­clud­ing or­gan­is­ing and pro­mot­ing Mod­ern Soul events in Blan­tyre where they have at­tracted some of the big­gest soul stars in the world.

Frank said:“project Gam­bia was es­tab­lished with the ex­press pur­pose of cre­at­ing a School Feed­ing Pro­gramme at St John’s, as all the avail­able sta­tis­ti­cal ev­i­dence – in­clud­ing from the United Na­tions – have in­di­cated that chil­dren are far more likely to at­tend school if they are be­ing fed at their place of learn­ing.

“At­ten­dance rates go up, ab­sen­teeism de­creases, the at­ten­tion span of chil­dren im­proves, as does be­hav­iour if chil­dren have been fed.”

Paul added:“the poverty we wit­ness among the chil­dren at St John’s School for the Deaf re­ally does shock you. There are no other words for some of the heartrend­ing scenes of squalor in the area and it’s dif­fi­cult not to be emo­tion­ally af­fected by it all.

“It makes us want to do as much as we pos­si­bly can to help these chil­dren who face in­cred­i­ble ob­sta­cles to get­ting on, be­ing dou­bly dis­crim­i­nated against on ac­count not only of their poverty but also in re­la­tion to their hear­ing dis­abil­i­ties.”

Hello again Pupils at St John’s School for the Deaf in Ser­rekunda wel­com­ing the Lark­shire aid work­ers back

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