Building Futures in the Gambia is a registered charity.

 Charity status confirmed by Charity Commission 26/11/2014. Registered Charity No. 1159520

Website design by P. Kendrick and M. Chidler

Building Futures in The Gambia

Registered Charity No. 1159520

Videos for the Classroom

This series of short movies can support learning about life and culture in The Gambia.


Bafolotu Quarry

This film explores Laterite quarrying at Bafoloto quarry. Men and women work long hard days extracting laterite for road and house construction. Deep underground is a layer of clay which is quarried and sold as a medicine. A good example of Appropriate Technology in action.


The National Botanic Garden

Head Gardener at the Botanic Garden in Bakau, Bernard, tells us about Gambian plant life.


Makumbaya Village

This short film explores life in a traditional Gambian village. Makumbaya Village is located near Old Yundum and Bafoloto Quarry in The Gambia. This video shows life in a compound, well digging, charcoal burning and games played by local children.


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These videos explore other aspects of the work of B.F.i.G.

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Coleshill School and Newman University

This short film charts the adventure to The Gambia in February 2014 by students from Newman University Birmingham and The Coleshill School. During the field trip the team explored issues surrounding sustainability, interdependence, values and perceptions. The visit centred upon collaborative learning at Brikamaba Secondary School which saw students and staff working together. The accompanying ‘Gambia Trip 2014’ brochure can be found HERE and the Coleshill School website can be visited HERE.

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‘Lucky’ the Baboon

This video shows the freeing of Lucky the baboon from a school playground in The Gambia. Besides the fact that it is illegal to keep wild animals like 'Lucky' in The Gambia, this poor creature also had a festering wound which needed attention. In the end, he was safely relocated to a safe and caring environment at Abuko Nature Reserve.Please click on the adverts. It helps raise money for our next school project!


The Gambia 2014

This short video reflects on education and schooling in The Gambia. It was made by Newman University student Amy Fairhurst after her January 2014 PGCE field trip.

The Newman University field trip explored the Eight Global Dimensions - global citizenship, conflict resolutions, human rights, interdependence, sustainable development, values and perceptions - and how to bring these concepts into our UK teaching.


The Katie Fitzgerald’s Fund Raiser

This is a short video of highlights from the Gambia Fundraiser held at Katie Fitzgerald's in April 2014. All the performers were fantastic and raised funds for Building Futures in The Gambia.


Manjai Kotu Dumping Ground

The rubbish dump in Manjai Kotu, The Gambia. A place where men, women and children scour the waste for items to recycle and resell. Help us to help children in The Gambia. www.buildingfuturesinthegambia.com


Peanut Soap

This short film explores Peanut Soap manufacture in The Gambia. Women work tirelessly to sieve waste peanut shells for tiny fragments of nut to make soap.

Aluminium Recycling

This short film explores Aluminium Recycling in The Gambia. From tin can to ladle, this film charts the skilled process of recycling waste alloy into pots, pans, sieves and ladles - an excellent example of Appropriate Technology in action.

Oyster Farming

This short film focuses on oyster farming in The Gambia. This video demonstrates yet another way in which the Gambian people can make maximum use from available natural resources.

Makumbaya Lower Basic School

This short video shows aspects of life for pupils at Makumbaya Lower Basic School in Makumbaya Village, The Gambia, West Africa.

Albert Market

This short film gives you a taste of what life is like on a market in The Gambia. Walking through a Gambian market may seem intimidating the first time you do it...but the Gambians are just looking out for opportunities to make their lives just a little bit better. Who can blame them?

More to follow...