Who are we?

The Friends of The Gambia Association is a UK based charity sponsoring childrens' Education, Building Schools and small Medical facilities, in The Gambia, West Africa.
The Friends of The Gambia Association (FoTGA) was formed by a group of people who had visited The Gambia in 1990. It became a UK Registered Charity in 1995 and in 2000 obtained NGO (Non Governmental Organisation) status in The Gambia. In 2018 the Charity Commission conferred on us the status of a CIO: Charitable Incorporated Organisation. This gives us a legal personality and gives members limited liability.

We, the Trustees, are all unpaid volunteers and manage the charity from the UK. Day to day business in The Gambia is taken care of by our permanent office team of three Gambian staff and by UK Trustees during their own holidays.

The Trustees meet monthly by video conference.

The AGM is held between June and September and is open to all members and sponsors. The 2020 AGM was held online, as will 2021's.

We spend most money and time
   To Advance Education
After that we try, through the projects
   To Alleviate Pain and Suffering
And finally we try, through direct help
   To Relieve Poverty