Lamin Drammah, founder and project director, next to the original Vermont-Gambia Garden Project sign
The Vermont-Gambia Garden Project is based around one simple idea: everyone needs love and water to survive. The project is emerging as a low cost model for sustainable development, relying 100% on volunteers and a committee of community members from Bafuloto. Our mission is to promote community well-being through love, water, food, and livelihood for all. Ten years after visiting the Gambia, Sue Dixon and Dave Jonah founded the grassroots mission with project manager, Lamin Drammeh [Pictured above]. The project's first goal was to purchase a solar-powered water pump, as while as the seeds and supplies to start a garden. Enabling four families to grow vegetables to eat and sell. Currently, the garden provides substance and livelihood to 15 families, each of the families grows food to support 10-13 people. Half of the produce grown in the garden is for consumption by the families, while the other half is sold at market. Our permaculture garden Located in the fertile lands of Bafuloto 10 kilometers from the Gambian capital of Banjul. Special thanks to everyone who has contributed to this grassroots, people to people, volunteer lead project. Your support is changing lives for the better during a difficult time. 100% of all contributions go directly to the project. Thank you. [To learn more about how The Vermont-Gambia Garden Project launched go to Love & Water Section]
A Message from Founder & Project Director Lamin Drammah
We are here to thank you [for] your support of the Vermont community. Working with different [craftsmen] in different areas [tile, cement, wood, energy] we finally get there [facility complete]… [Construction cost, $5,000] It was a big challenge. You welcome. We appreciate all the great work you do with the family and supporters. [Four room block building completed, October 2021.] Also the parents concerned about children and the amount of time play around… [decided] to create a study class they believe will help kids. We agree to share the poultry office and invite a teacher… [14 students registered and others interested, Jan. 2022.] We believe the poultry project operating could keep the community, mainly the children, going to school. [Children must walk 3 miles R/T to school in 100’F+ temperatures.] We have a plan, if poultry project operational, children of parents who can’t afford school materials or lunch. We will set up system to be given support and also be learning from the poultry farm. [Farm-based Education & small scale sustainable development, at it’s finest!] The study class has started today. December 11, 2021.