Ceesay Nursery and Primary School

Ceesay Nursery and Primary School is a locally run school in Mandinari, the Gambia, which is supported by a volunteer team of fundraisers in London, United Kingdom. Started in 1996 by Gambian Mr Bakary Ceesay, the aim of the school is to help some of the poorest children in his neighbourhood.

In December 2006, Diane Fisher, travelled to the Gambia as a volunteer assessor for a small educational charity named HASTE (Help African Schools to Educate). After an unsuccessful trip to a broken cash machine, Diane shared a taxi with an off-duty security guard, who told her about a little school run by his relative Mr Ceesay that needed some help. In April 2007, Diane returned to the Gambia to visit the school, so beginning a supportive relationship that continues through 2018.

Computers 4 Africa were contacted by Diane Fisher, now the chair of Ceesay Nursery and Primary School, to enquire about a laptop for a student, Gabriel Mendy, who she had been sponsoring. Gabriel was one of the first children sponsored by Ceesay School a number of years ago, he has since graduated with honours from his final year of secondary school. Diane asked if Computers 4 Africa would be able to help with a laptop. In January 2017 Diane was able to deliver a laptop to Gabriel, who is now undertaking a degree in mathematics at Gambia University

Diane Fisher said "Your organisation helped me get a very, very nice laptop for him at a very reasonable price and in January 2017, when I was out in the Gambia on charity business, I was able to deliver it to him. I just have returned from another trip and saw this young man, Gabriel Mendy, who is now pursuing a Maths degree at Gambia University. He wanted to make sure you knew how grateful he is to have been given such an incredibly helpful and high quality gift as the laptop is still working well to this day! He sends a massive thank you to all of you and hopes that you will continue to help other needy students because having his own laptop has been absolutely transformational to his abilities to study under what is often very challenging circumstances."

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