Progress has been really slow on Sunbird House. It has been the rainest summer for the last 30 years making it difficult to get the roofing materials on site. Finally the roof timbers got to Brikama to be cut then last week Eid al-Adha celebrations brought work to a brief halt. Eid al-Adha is a three day Muslim ‘Festival of Sacrifice’ locally called Tabaski . Work resumes and I have been promised the rest of the build will fly up!

At this time of year Christmas festivities begin and many of us celebrate with plentiful pressies and over indulgence. This year instead of  sending cards to work colleagues, or giving the usual tokens to my team, I have donated to Opera Africa. I met Janice from Opera Africa at Footsteps on our first stay in the Gambia and the work of her charity seemed to be very effective. It also turned out that she lived in Hampshire and her husband has worked with a couple of my friends – small world. Giving to Opera Africa seems very fitting- visit http://www.operafrica.com for more information.

Happy festive season.


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