Occupational Therapist Maryanne Cook in Gunjur

I'd been back in Gunjur one day and it felt like I'd never been away, though my last visit was 3 years ago. My host Manlafi Jammeh and his family have given me a warm welcome to their compound as usual, and 12 days of my 4 weeks have passed in a heart beat. I am very fortunate to be here under the wing of Anita Bew, a well known figure in Gunjur, who is fondly greeted by everyone we meet as we walk around the village.

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Rosie Carter - Reflections on Gunjur January 2014

Having now been to Gunjur twice before, my third visit was very different. From late December I spent a month in Gunjur carrying out research for my Anthropology and International Development theses, part of my degree at the University of Sussex. It was my first trip to Gunjur, where I had worked as a volunteer teacher for three months, which had taken me down this academic route. I then led the summer group in 2012 and have now come full circle, finishing my degree based on research carried out in the village.

The trip was independent from the link, which in itself is- somewhat ironically- a testament to the strength of this connection and the friendships made. It was through my Grandmother that I became involved with MBG and the family friendships have survived to this day. It is a bizarrely brilliant thing to arrive in an unknown village in West Africa to be confronted with photographs of myself as a baby, hear family anecdotes and feel suddenly so comfortable in an otherwise unfamiliar setting.

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Lloyds 2013 Report


by Alex Davies

After 14 months of planning, the third Lloyds Bank trip to Gunjur has just been completed. Twenty seven young people travelled out in three groups to spend a week each in Gunjur. Together they completed a three week long project to build a 200m long fence along one side of the TARUD Fayunku Community Vegetable Garden.

A new fence was needed to keep cattle, sheep and goats out of the garden which were getting in along the exposed path side.

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