Thursday, January 3, 2013

Foundation ‘Gambia Speelt Mee’ donates playgrounds to 15 schools in Gambia


A Dutch project ‘Gambia Speelt Mee’, which means ‘Gambia Plays Along’, has donated playground equipments and stationeries to about 15 nursery and primary schools in various regions across The Gambia.

The project started in 2010 and it was initiated by Bert Min, a successful Dutch businessman who owns a video production company called TBMVISUALS Professional Video Experience, in Holland.

Mr Min said the initiative to build and offer playground equipments - such as swings, climbing-frame, and seesaws - to various schools in The Gambia came after visiting the country in 2010. 

“Once back in Holland it became very clear that children in Holland have little to worry about, they own a lot of stuff they do not even really need,” Mr Min said while noting that children in the Gambia most of the time do not even have the essential. 

Other than a game of football on a dusty field, there is no real possibility for entertainment, he observed.

It is in cognizant of this that Mr Min made some plan and drawings of various playground toys, modeled after Dutch example and decided to travel to The Gambia again.   This time he was armed with some necessary documents to start a project to create more fun for the schoolchildren. 

This is how Gambia Speelt Mee started in Gambia with its slogan "Together we make it a little more fun".  Mr Min said together with other sponsors, those who made some financial contribution towards the project, the lives of many schoolchildren in the country are “a little better” now.  Personally, he said, I consider it a privilege to spend my donation to realize more fun for the schoolchildren.

“I always feel happy when the children are happy, and this is my biggest motivation to continue with the project,” the initiator of Gambia Speelt Mee said.


For Min, his intervention produces great results as more than 4,000 children enjoy playground every day, year after year since the project started. 

However, Gambia Speelt Mee does not only bring more fun to the schoolchildren but also creates employment for the young people as Mr Min only came to The Gambia with the plan and drawings of the playground and founded himself a construction company in Kanifing Lay-out which builds the playground equipments.  The company employs local entrepreneurs thereby creating employment for the youth.  The company creates types of toys known and loved by Dutch children, like swings, climbing-frame, and seesaws among others.

62 comments:

  1. I have seen with my own eyes how happy the children were with the swings, in 2012.
    Elke Luxen

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  2. Amazing how this initiative has grown. A lot of kids now have been given the opportunity to play with these playground tools. I am very proud on Bert Min, he managed it very well and make a success of his projects. Wonderful to look at all the smiling faces.
    Thérèse Min

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  3. I want to say thanks to mr. Min and his sponsors. The make a lot of children happy. Give them something to play with and they forget their sorrows en pain. 'Let the children play' all over the world (a song of Carlos Santana) is very important. The smile on there faces is your reward.

    With love and greeting,

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  4. Good to see that Berts initiative is so succesfull. In Holland Bert makes the videos for my website. Nice to read on this blog and tot see in his videos what the results of the sponsoring for 'Gambia Speelt Mee' are. I recommand this project to anyone who has a heart for children that are less lucky than our children here in the Netherlands. Help this good work!

    Jacques-Hein Vermolen, www.jacques-hein.nl

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  5. My compliments go out to Bert. What a great initiatief, equipment for children to let them play. Here in Holland it is nearly unthinkable of the situation of Gambia. Also great to see, and read, that it is so succesfull.

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  6. We all here are very very proud of our friend bert and Theresé, for what they all has done and do for the children in Gambia! Go on with you're work and make a lot of children very happy again!!!! with love, Theo,Margreet, Tjitske, Sietse Bootsma

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  8. This is so good.... 2 weeks ago another 6 schools received several equipments. I was lucky to be there to see the smile of the kids, to see them playing and to see them happy...

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