Gambia Education Support Organization, GESO is a not-for-profit,
non-partisan organization dedicated to supporting education in the Gambia.
GESO was established in 1998 after some G-L members voiced out the need to
set up an organization to support education in the Gambia. GESO's goal is to
provide intellectual, financial, moral and material support to individuals
and organizations in education in the Gambia. To the effect GESO has
organized itself into Chapters in N. America, UK, Denmark and Gambia. Some
of the chapters have organized collection and transportation of used
computers to the Gambia. Others organized fundraisers to support students in
GESO's most active program is the Program for Individual Development. The
progam is aimed at supporting individuals particularly pupils who are
identified to be at risk of dropping out of school because they cannot
afford school fees. We successfully sponsored a number of students across
the country and we still have some money to support more students.
The organization relies on member contribution (time, money or other
resources) to give a lending hand.
We had hoped that as membership grow and more people volunteer their time,
GESO would in addition to its scholarship program, establish other
activities such as classroom and library support, database of Gambia experts
in the diaspora - to help improve networking in the event that our service
GESO’S main handicap is lack of volunteer members. We need people to
contribute money (membership), time and ideas. As a volunteer organization
we rely totally on our membership to implement the many good ideas in our
action plan. To name a few we need webpage designers to help with GESO’s
website, fundraising and marketing experts to help sell our ideas and
recruit members, experts in education and training to volunteer their time.
As the saying goes we need the entire village to raise this child.