World Faith Banjul

Youths in Aid (YIA)

In 2008, World Faith joined with Youth in Aid to create a World Faith chapter in Banjul. The chapter has successfully been running the Mango Tree School and nursery to offer free primary education and infant care to families and girls in need in Banjul. Upon noticing the school’s lack of funds one fiscal year, WF Banjul received a grant of $1300, which was used to start a farm. Forty-one volunteers were organized in May 2015 to start clearing the field and were able to harvest crops in October. The farm raised over $2,500 in profits from 4 hectares of maize. The profits were used to purchase a car, which was then registered as a taxi, and thus the Banjul Taxi Project was born. The revenue from the project was enough to pay the teachers’ salaries, the driver and save extra for the school every month!

The Mango Tree School provides its students with a well-rounded education, that is also relevant to their everyday lives, and also with necessary psychological counseling. The school also features a water facility that provides water to both the school and the surrounding community. Youth in Aid has also expanded its reach in recent years to work in conjunction with the Jurunku Nursery School to help even more girls in Banjul gain a quality education.  

Chapter Location

Banjul, The Gambia

About the Director

Cherno Yahya Jallow

chernoCherno Yahya Jallow was born in Kombo, Gambia. He started volunteering with the Gambia Red Cross Society at the age of 13. After completing high school, he joined Muslim Hands International, a charity organization dedicated to alleviating poverty through community empowerment. He worked in different departments of the organization, serving as Social Welfare Officer, Fundraising Officer, Finance and Administrative Officer and Secretary to the Management. During this period he worked in Mali, Senegal, Guinea Conakry, Guinea Bissau. In 2008, in collaboration with his friend Mr. Bun Hydara and other dynamic young people, he founded Youths in Aid. Furthermore, Cherno served as an observer at the National Youth Parliament, was a member of the Youth Ambassadors of Peace, and worked as a field officer in the West African Network of Peace.  He holds a BA in Development Studies from UTG and has completed several professional trainings.