We are pleased to announce that the renovations are now complete at our Chief Executive’s house. Baba Jeng and his family have already moved in, and are absolutely thrilled with the incredible changes delivered to them through the support of our long-term donors, John and Janice Brotherton.
Those who have followed the story of Bansang Hospital over the years will know that these renovations are far from unique. They are in fact part of an extensive staff retention and motivation program that Anita has overseen for much of the last two decades. It has helped take our staff from living in squalor, to living in accommodation that truly reflects the magnificent contribution they all make to the health and well-being of their people. Valuing each and every member of staff has helped Bansang Hospital achieve the remarkable statistic of retaining almost 100% of its staff for more than 4 years running. To the best of our knowledge, this is a feat unparalleled anywhere in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Thank you again to John and Janice; you really have transformed lives over the years, and you have now given a real home to a truly remarkable chief executive.
You can help:
We have created a dedicated ‘Staff Retention and Motivation’ Campaign page on Virgin Money Giving. So if you would like to join John & Janice in supporting this fantastic project, please donate using the link below;
(We will be converting all of our website donation links into ‘campaigns’ over the coming days. We are doing this as we think it is important that you are able to choose exactly where your money goes. We also think it is nice for our staff in Bansang to be able to see your donations and the comments you leave on the donation page; it will hopefully highlight just how much support there is for Bansang Hospital from our international donors!)
Thank you to ‘Uncle Bob’ for his tremendous support over the years; and for providing the charity with storage space at his warehouse in Wellingborough. Thanks also go to our volunteer accountant, Richard Harvey (pictured). He not only deals with all of the charities finances, but has always been there whenever containers have needed loading – and for a myriad of other things besides!
Thanks also go out to Glenis Haynes, who helped throughout the morning (but who escaped before this photo was taken!). We would also like to thank the hundreds of other people who have helped us load containers over the years! Volunteering in this way has allowed us to send 50 containers of aid since 1992…and in so doing, contribute hugely to the uplift in conditions at Bansang Hospital.
Anita is currently in Bansang alongside a couple of faces you may recognise, Richard and James (friends of Anita’s daughter, Alexia, and son, Grant). Since their arrival, they have experienced a traditional Bansang welcome party, assisted in collecting blood from local villages for transfusions, helped with play therapy on the children’s ward, and contributed to the ongoing fundraising effort through the collection of information and photo’s for our sponsors across the globe.
As is so often the case, the positive changes that Rich and James witnessed around the hospital were juxtaposed with scenes of absolute devastation in a local village. As can be seen to a small extent in the photos above, fire destroyed much of the village, along with their entire harvest. It is a measure of Rich and James that they chose to give all of their remaining Gambian currency to the villagers.
It is important to note that although there are some big NGO’s operating in the Gambia, time and again they take far too long to react to such localised crises. The BHA is different. Under Anita’s guidance and in liaison with the hospital’s management, we have helped countless villages and individuals over the years who have been in urgent need. We are proud of the support we have extended in such circumstances; and we are forever grateful for your support in allowing us to be that constant source of hope.
If you are from the UK and would like to support our varied work, please text ‘BANS14‘ followed by your donation amount (£5 or £10) to 70070 (eg BANS14 £10)
Alternatively, please click on the image below to donate via Virgin Money Giving.
Best wishes to Dr Christopher Bonham who will today complete his Officer training at Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. We are proud to consider Chris as one of the Bansang family after he and his friend Dr Dominic Fudge volunteered at the hospital as part of their medical elective.
We wish Chris well in his career as a doctor in the army, and look forward to inviting both him and his wife Dr Yuki Takagi back to Bansang in the future.
(To learn more about volunteering, visit our contribute page
We just want to say a massive THANK YOU to everyone that has donated to the BHA Christmas campaign, we have had such a positive response to this appeal – please continue to like, share and donate. Many thanks and seasons greetings to you all.