Footsteps to the dog rescue in Gunjur!

Footsteps eco-lodge Gambia | Gunjur dogs | Our own Annie

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]Footsteps teamed up with the animal care association (ACA) for a dog rescue effort. The ACA is a registered charitable organisation which was founded in 2009. It is concerned with the welfare of beach and street animals in The Gambia. They are based in The Greater Banjul Area of The Gambia but look after sick and injured animals wherever they are found.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_row_inner content_placement=”middle”][vc_column_inner width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]

How Footsteps met the ACA

Footsteps became involved with the ACA in 2013 when we were looking for a second dog to be company for our lodge dog Annie. Annie was 12 years old and we felt that maybe a companion would be good for her.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”2665″ img_size=”medium” alignment=”center” el_class=”rotateright”][vc_empty_space][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_row_inner content_placement=”middle”][vc_column_inner width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”2675″ img_size=”medium” alignment=”center” el_class=”rotateleft”][vc_empty_space][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]The ACA has a policy of helping all animals they find. Before they find new homes they will neuter the animals. This ensures no further unwanted puppies become a problem on our beaches and streets.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]


We contacted Dr Michael Meyer (Micha) and he said he had a litter of puppies at his practise which had lost their mother. Later that week we brought home Seven. We called her Seven because she was the seventh dog rescued in 2013 by ACA. It’s their standard practice to tattoo the numbers in the dogs ears so that if the dog was injured or brought in to the practice again then they would know.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_row_inner content_placement=”middle”][vc_column_inner width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]Seven was rejuvenating for Annie and I’m sure she brightened up her last year. She has certainly brightened our lives. Like Annie before her she has become an ambassador and mascot for our lodge, charming everyone she meets.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”2670″ img_size=”medium” alignment=”center” el_class=”rotateright”][vc_empty_space][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_row_inner content_placement=”middle”][vc_column_inner width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”2671″ img_size=”medium” alignment=”center” el_class=”rotateleft”][vc_empty_space][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]

TNR Dog rescue by the ACA

Getting Seven and seeing first hand the great work Micha and his team do prompted us to offer our help. We spoke to Micha and he told us about his TNR dog rescue days (trap, neuter, release) up and down the south combo region. These days are to collect the stray and sick dogs, treat their condition whether it be a wound or fleas and ticks, neuter the dog and then release it back where it was taken from. We were told this entire dog rescue procedure costs approx £10 per dog and that his and his teams time would be freely donated.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_row_inner content_placement=”middle”][vc_column_inner width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]

Footsteps to the rescue!

My partner, Linda Verasdal (Ethical Travel Portal), took charge of fundraising. With the help of one of our staff (Buba Kunte Jammeh) she identified compounds which wanted to have their dogs treated. By the end of the week she had raised sufficient cash for Micha and his team to treat 45 dogs in Gunjur![/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”2672″ img_size=”medium” alignment=”center” el_class=”rotateright”][vc_empty_space][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_row_inner content_placement=”middle”][vc_column_inner width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”2673″ img_size=”medium” alignment=”center” el_class=”rotateleft”][vc_empty_space][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]We are happy to report that 3 days of TNR dog rescue were carried out in April this year. As a result Gunjur’s dogs are healthier and much happier!

We intend to continue raising funds and helping Micha and his team via our fundraising efforts at Footsteps. If you would like to help then you can do so directly to Vet Clinic Gambia.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_column_text]Special thanks to the Jiki Foundation, family, friends and guests for their help in making this possible![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Sunny night light

Footsteps eco-lodge Gambia | Sunny Night Light at Afnow powered by Footsteps & Jiki Foundation

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]We had the pleasure of meeting Sue and Keith Marshall over Xmas and New Year. Keith is working on an important project to help children with their education. We would like to share his work on the Sunny night light project with you.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]

Remember your homework for school?

Please take a minute to think back to your own years in school. Remember all the homework you had to do? Maybe you did not enjoy it very much, but it was pretty important wasn’t it? Now imagine having to do all that homework without any lights… Would you have been able to get the same amount of homework done by candlelight or sitting by a fire? Would you have been able to get the same grades? Would you have been able to get the job you have now?

For many children this is a very real disadvantage, because their family does not have access to light in the evenings. Daytime is for going to school and often some chores to help out the family. With the sun going down early in the evening there simply is no time left to do their homework with enough light. Obviously this has a negative impact on their school results and a lot of children are struggling with this challenge.[/vc_column_text][vc_video link=”” align=”center” el_class=”rotatenone”][vc_column_text]

The sunny night light project!

Keith has a solution! He aims to improve the chances in life for these children with his Sunny night light solar project. His idea is to provide rechargeable portable lighting to those families and enable the children to do their homework. That might seem like a small thing, but the ripple effect is huge.

When those kids can do their homework, they will be able to do better in school! When kids do better in school, they will be able to get a better job. Kids getting better jobs will improve life for them, their families and their communities. Not to mention they will then be more able to solve problems their country and the rest of the world face. That is not a small thing![/vc_column_text][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”2316″ img_size=”medium” alignment=”center” el_class=”rotateright”][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”2388″ img_size=”medium” alignment=”center” el_class=”rotateleft”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_column_text]

How can you help?

You can see his work on the Sunny night light on his Facebook page here. We very much look forward to working in collaboration with sunny night light in providing our local community with this valuable resource.

That is why we have teamed up with AFNOW and the Jiki Foundation to bring the Sunny Night Light to the orphans and needy children in Gunjur. Updates on that project will follow soon. Want to help? Contact us or Keith & Sue![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]