During our stay in the village of buntung, we provided them with access to over 25 different TV channels, aiming at giving them a new and fun way to learn english and french. Of course, Africa being africa, there is always something broken, however, this time it was the national TV leaving them with other channels like BBC and Al Jazeera, but we are hoping the GRTS will have their things sorted out on their TV side.
As our SmileGambia Drupal based website was hacked several times we decided to migrate to WordPress, however in the migration process all content was lost. So this is a temporary website.
Smilegambia.org is a very small privately owned NGO initiative to improve the life of the about 300 inhabitants, mainly children, of a small village Buntu(ng) located 200 km from the atlantic coast in The Gambia. Over the last 4 years we installed Solar panels, a water well, LED lights, a generator, a small nursery school and paid a local teacher to learn basic English to the kids that only speak local Pular language. This visit we will install a satellite dish with a flat screen TV to improve the English in a fun way watching TV. We are also bringing in 6 bags of 23 kg with clothes and school supplies, and additionally materials bought locally using money from our sponsors.
We have an amateur radio station installed in 1 of the 4 small cabins we constructed 2 years ago to accepts guests. We ask 3 euros for a QSL card and all this money is used to buy food and goods for the village.
In case you always wanted to do a DX-pedition to a remote area… The station and the cabins can be used by visitors free of charge, we only ask to bring helping goods to compensate for the cost of your stay. The amateur radio station is available with a 5 band Spider Beam and a Kenwood TRC-80 all running on solar power. We can assist obtaining a temporary callsign and license. More info can be found on the “Kerr Pedro” .pdf folder here on this temporary website.
Please support us by asking your QSL. Press the paypal button below and sponsor 3 Euros (or more if you want to really help…) and add your details (callsign, date and time of QSO, band and report) and we will send you a full colour QSL via airmail when we are back home in Belgium
Current operations by Pedro ON7WP/C5WP use an additional Kenwood TS480 running entirely on solar power, with a 20 Ah battery (sponsored by VABO Belgium) and a 40 Watts Chinese solar panel. This provides about 3 hours of continuus 100W operations after dark. I also brought a 40 meter delta loop to try to get out of this poor soil (savannah) using a palm tree as support.
There are only 2 permanently licenced HAM’s in the Gambia. C5YK Andre is currently in Belgium so Pedro C5WP is the only HAM left in Gambia at the moment !
based on the fact that you are reading this, we have a message, at the moment, our website is being entirely remade in wordpress instead of Drupal. Due to this, certain pages are still needed to be added.
Sorry for the inconvenience.