BACE was set up in 2011 by 5 Trustees, each of whom had supported other Gambia based charities for several years beforehand. The challenges Bonsa faced were vastly different to the rural communities which they had previously supported, and a decision was made to raise the funds to provide basic education and healthcare for Bonsa and the surrounding villages.
Throughout 2011, enough money was raised to build the school and a sanitation block, taking a group of 35 volunteers out to do the majority of the building work. BACE has relied on volunteers since for both fundraising and building, and over the years has added a small garden, playground, water tower, accommodation for teaching staff, and soon a high quality medical facility.
BACE tries to limit its overheads as much as possible, to ensure the majority of funds are spent directly on our projects abroad. To date we have raised over £100,000 through grants, events and an individual donor campaign, and we are grateful to every member of the BACE family for making this possible.
Learn more about our ongoing projects in The Gambia: