In February of 2019, four members of the Edmonds Rotary Club set out to find a site in rural Gambia for a science lab. What in the world would prompt such an arduous journey? The International Service Committee Chair is an amazing man by the name of Lamin Manneh, who happens to be a native of Gambia. After a visit to a school in Kenya the previous June, Maggie Peterson, co-chair of the committee and Lamin started collaborating on a literacy project in The Gambia, with a keen eye on the real need in the area for “pure” science. Forming the “Bridge to Success” project committee of Lamin and Maggie, Beth W. Kealy and Randy Hutchins, resulted in the writing and granting of a district grant, 5 days of meetings with local government officials, 3 days in “the bush” in rural Gambia, 9 school site visits and the discovery of a perfect site for this science lab in the village of Niani in Wassu, on the Northern Bank of the Gambia River in Western Gambia.
The public is invited to come and hear about the project itself, the road to discovery and future plans as we bring to fruition this “Bridge to Success” in rural Gambia.
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