Corby Rotarians to visit The Gambia to see sponsored pupils

Preparing breakfast at Penyem school

Preparing breakfast at Penyem school

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Rotarians David Tristram and John Dixon from the Corby Phoenix Rotary Club are off to The Gambia.

A few years ago, the club adopted the village of Penyem in partnership with the Northampton based Northants Trustee Fund (NTF).

David said: “NTF is run by ex-teachers, Andy and Anne Butler, who visited Penyem many years ago while on holiday.

“They realised help was badly needed in the poor community, especially to help educate children as well as the provision of health care for the youngsters”.

Over the years, Corby Phoenix has raised money to help fight Malaria, establish a medical centre, boosting teachers’ salaries and generally providing support.

Andy and his wife work tirelessly to improve conditions in a village without electricity, poor transport links plus rudimentary fresh water and sanitation facilities.

The couple have introduced a sponsor scheme for youngsters in the village.

So the two Rotarians will also be visiting those their families sponsor and will be taking cards and gifts out to the many other children sponsored by fellow club members.

David said: “Corby Phoenix is hoping to provide badly needed financial assistance to the infant area of the school so that it can stay open.

“Just £45 per year for a child provides school clothing, education, health care and a hot meal each school day.”