FIOHTG Board visit to project sites

1 09 2015

On Saturday the 29th August 2015  two of the board members Lamin Dibba and Fabakary Kalleh accompanied by Dan Mendy the senior program officer at the construction unit and Buba MS Faburay the interim Director ,visited the construction sites at Old Jeswang and Bakoteh lower basic schools. The visit was part of the monitoring of projects and providing the necessary advise. It is the first of its kind which we hope will be replicated across all the projects particularly those up country.

Farewell for Maria Andersson and Ebba Myrsten

18 06 2015

Maria Andersson who served  Future In Our Hands The Gambia as finance coordinator for a period of two and a half years has come to the end of her contract period. Maria during the period contributed immensely towards the setting up of the new accounting systems for the accounts unit which are now been fully utilized.On behalf of the staff and the beneficiary communities we wish Maria all the best in her new assignment and for Ebba who was an intern and supported the organization in its fund raising efforts for the past six months has also came to the end of her tenure and  is returning to her home country Sweden.We wish her a safe return to Sweden

Visit to Sare Sarjo

7 05 2015

During the month of February 2015 the Haelsinge group who are the main sponsors of the community Sare Sarjo paid them a visit. This visit gave the group the opportunity to stayed for two nights and interact with the people. During the two days the group made some donations of reading and writing materials to the school, gave out 54 solar lamps to 54 families and also carried out routine maintenance on the village coos milling machine. The visit was highly appreciated by the people and are looking forward to many more visits in the future. p1050696.JPG

Impact evaluation report 2014

13 03 2015

Yesterday all the staff of Future In Our Hands The Gambia were actively participating in the validation of the “Impact evaluation report  of the village development project 2014”.  The meeting was held in the conference hall and Sakou Jobe, the consultant, was there answering question about the result.  Buba Faburay as a chairman and the country director Mr Yahya Sanyang were both pleased with the great work Saku Jobe have done with the report and the response from the staff.


Saku Jobe ended the presentation with nine recommendation to the further work for FIOHTG:

1.  Finalize preparatory work and deploy some FIOHTG staff to the project areas. Arrangements may be made with Regional Education Directors to host the staff at their offices. Alternatively, field offices managed by the organization may be set up. The close presence of staff shall improve interface and effectiveness.

2.    2.   Support more community members, especially women, to get involved in business enterprises and help them with financial capital possibly through village institutions.

3.      3. Improve access to production inputs and labor-saving devices in order to enable farmers (women in particular) to maximize their potential, diversify their farming and enhance their production and productivity.

4       4. Work more closely with SMCs to ensure that they demonstrate a greater sense of responsibility and assist schools to manage their activities effectively.

 .  55. Help restructure and further build capacity of the VDCs in order to enable them execute their roles and manage development activities effectively.   

   6. 6. Support farmers diversify their farming activities by promoting backyard gardening, livestock rearing and marketing and cashew growing.

7.       7. Raise environmental awareness, conservation and improved land management in order to further enhance and restore the environment and improve soil fertility.

8.       8. Assist the School Management Committees to address the issue of malfunctioning solar facilities by effecting the necessary repairs to replacement of faulty accessories. Schools should be encouraged to use funds generated from the recharging of mobile phone batteries to address some of the problems.

9.       9. Provide more support in order to increase the impact of the adult literacy program. Work with VDCs and SMCs to promote the participation of women in order to improve their ability to read and write and be able to assume more important roles in institutional governance and community development.

Behind the scenes

6 03 2015


Yesterday the fundraising unit were out taking pictures to our crowfunding-project. The project is about promoting highly efficient solar water lifting devices with a network of drip irrigation systems for enhanced horticultural production in order to reduce drudgery and increase household income for poor rural women in the Gambia.  It was a good day where we met a lot of kind people that gave us their time.  Next thing is to edit all the material before we can go online with the project. To be continued. 

SEGRA workshops

20 02 2015

Last weekend the School Development Unit (SDU) traveled to Basse and Brikamaba to continue the training with the Serholt Early Grade Reading Ability (SEGRA). During two days workshops seven and eight took place and the teachers that were present could learn about pattern for writing, difference between consonant blends and diagraphs and they also did a sound knowledge test. On the last day the trained teachers had, in small groups, planned and prepared a private lesson that they showed for the rest of the group. After the weekend the SDU team made visit to schools for monitoring and to see how the trained teachers implemented their knowledge.2

Project proposal training

20 11 2014

With the aim of increasing the capacity of communities to make informed decisions to improve livelihoods, FIOHTG community development team implemented a series of project proposal trainings across the three regions (4, 5, and 6). The aim of the project is to ensure that the competency for proposal writing is located within the communities and the local governments. This will increase communities’ independence when they will have improved opportunities to seek for funding from additional donors on own demand. The project is implemented in three phases where each phase consists of a three-day workshop.


According to participants Seikouba Sanneh of Darsilami and Morr Sey, the deputy head teacher of Missera basic cycle school, the training has developed their skills on proposal development to another level as they are very comfortable that by the end of the third phase they can develop quality proposals for their communities whenever the need arises. Therefore they thank and appreciate the efforts of FIOHTG towards the development of their skills as that is what can lead to sustainability.

SEGRA Workshops

5 11 2014

During the last week of October, the School Development Unit (SDU) team travelled to their intervention areas to further strengthen teacher’s competency in the Serholt early grade reading ability (SEGRA). The teachers participated in workshops five and six, out of a total of nine workshops. The workshops were centred around the SEGRA methodology focusing on, among other things, long and short vowels, consonants, blending and working with text. The SDU team also made monitoring visits to various intervention schools and interacted with teachers and students.


Teachers lining up to participate in the workshop in Basse.

Staff sensitization on the Ebola Epidemic hitting West Africa

27 10 2014

FIOHTG on Thursday the 23rd October 2014 organized a sensitization on Ebola for its staff as part of the greater campaign across the country by the Ministry of health. The sensitization was led by Isabella the Swedish intern who dilated on the following topics:

- What is Ebola
- The signs and symptoms
- How is Ebola spread
- How to prevent yourself 

In her introductory remarks Kristina Lundahl expressed the importance of the sensitization as it will improved on the understanding of the staff regarding Ebola so that they are well prepared to prevent themselves  their families and the communities on this virus.


The session was very interactive as participants carried out some practical exercises and also had the opportunity to ask questions and answers provided. At the end of the session the following recommendations were made among others:

- Provide all the toilets with liquid soap for hand washing 
- Provide all staff with drinking cups so we don’t share one cup
- Introduce hand washing at the gate for all staff and visitors before entering the premises
- Reduce to the minimum shaking hands with people  
- Conduct sensitizations at community level with our clientele 

SEGRA training for cluster trainers

1 10 2014

As a measure to enhance the quality of the SEGRA modules used by the cluster trainers in their various intervention areas, a three day workshop was held at the FIOHTG office in Kotu. From the 19th to the 21st of September, a good number of cluster trainers gathered to discuss the content of the modules, identify areas in need of improvement and to jointly agree upon the new content.

The workshop provided an opportunity for the cluster trainers from the different intervention areas to meet, share information, highlight challenges and discuss ideas and ways forward. The end result of the workshop was an improved and cohesive working material which will guide the future work of the cluster trainers.

As part of the workshop program, the cluster trainers additionally participated in an interactive session on health education focusing on Ebola. Discussions and exercises highlighted themes such as personal beliefs about Ebola, facts about the virus and key areas for prevention.  

The FIOHTG office would like to thank the participants for their hard work and active participation during the workshop.