The Free Internet Cafe for the Blind & Visually Impaired, the first in the whole of Africa, which opens the World Wide Web, making The Gambia a leading light in Africa, with this technology by allowing free and total access to surf the net send and receive emails and for students to enhace their studies with the aid of this pioneering software. No more do they need to rely on a third party to read to them newspapers, magazines, books, letters and world wide information. - Kingfisher Trust donates19 million Dalsis worth machinery to School

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Kingfisher Trust donates19 million Dalsis worth machinery to School

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Kingfisher Trust Dohates

D19m Machinery To School

Kingfisher Trust, a philanthropic organisation based in The Gambia, has donated engineering machinery valued at one million pounds sterling equivalent of D19million to St. Therese's Upper Basic School.

The donation, which comes at the close of the century, is one of the organisation's largest ever made. According to a press release, signed by the founder and secretary General Mr. Simon B. Wezel,

the machinery was donated by Oce Nederland BV and shipped to The Gambia by the Rotary Club Venlo-Maas and Peel in Holland, to help St. Therese’s to become a fully-fledged technical upper basic school.

The machinery would further help to facilitate the production of items like crankshafts for cars in The Gambia. The release disclosed that more equipment are expected in two months time. Kingfisher Trust has several programmes for the

socio-economic development of The Gambia, which include providing a classroom for Internet browsing and computer suidies for students in the Greater Banjul area where they access the internet free of charge.

The release said a request made to Gamtel last May for int:et-net services received no positive response. The release also disclosed that volunteers from Europe would arrive in The Gambia

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next year when the organisation would start classes for training students in the repairs and maintenance of computers, office equipment (printers-photo copiers-typewriters) and sewing machines.

Kingfisher Trust will also host three professional UAFA football coaches in the first week of February next

year. These coaches will train trainers and students across country. Kingfisher Trust would formally open the Pirang Day Care Centre at the end of January next year.

The day care centre which is now part of the World Food Programme facilities has kitchen, toilet facilities, store, room and parlour for the Administrator. The release stated that a two-classroom extension block for nursery stages 2 and 3 is also nearing completion in Manduar village.

This building is funded by the VSO and Kingfisher Trust. The release pointed out that the Kingfisher Trust will be funding the building of a four-room accommodation block for teachers of the Julangel skill centre in the URD. The release noted Kingfisher Trust would provide loans, and a generator for a welder in the area for the metal workshop.

Many other projects Kingfisher Trust plans include the improvement of schools, providing extra training projects such as tie and dye, sewing and knitting.

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