Chill day!

Yesterday we had our first meeting with the plastics group who have collected (so they reckon) 3,000,000 plastic bags. The boss was over the moon with our idea and started taking about how much money he could make.

We have all been ill with either sickness  trots and headaches …. but hopefully we are all fit and healthy now. Coping with the extremely hot weather has been challenging and when it rained yesterday morning rain showers were on the agenda instead of washing with buckets of water.

We undertook a fantastic beach walk today in extreme heat, collecting a variety of shells whilst paddling in bath like water. We stopped for drinks at an eco lodge and were shown around and were amazed at the luxury of running water. This is so much nicer blogging at the Gunjur project by the pool than the over heated Internet cafe.

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We are in The Gambia

Dear All

After catching the plane at 8:30 we had a six hour flight, arriving at Banjul Airport at 1:15 (local time) we went through security without a hitch and caught a bush taxi to Gunjur. We spent the rest of the day settling in to our house and in the evening we walked the short distance into the village centre, where everyone went out of their way to welcome us.

We have met the Imam (leader of Islam) who is around 100 years old, the Nansimba (leader of women) and the Alikali (village mayor). They were all very welcoming and pleased to see us.

Today we visited the women’s garden, where all the women spend their day. We also went to Jalisut – a bee farm. Tomorrow we hope to be meeting the plastics team who are much too optimistic about our project – “you will change Gunjur and go down in history” – we weren’t expecting that!

We hope to post again as soon as possible.

Andrew, Robert, Max and Max

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