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Unlike industrialized nations where the populations are getting much older, The Gambia is much like other African nations with about 60 percent of the Gambian population being under the age of 25. Consequently, much of the world’s future is African.

The Port Of Harlem Gambian Education Partnership (POHGEP) not only connects Americans and others with the world’s future, but fills a void as implied by a question that a Gambian friend once posed to me in 2001: Why don’t I see any African-American Peace Corps workers or other African-Americans working to develop The Gambia?

My response: Your children will never be able to say that.

That five-minute conversation evolved into our creating connections between Gambians and Americans since 2002. I hope that you will join me by making a connection today.

I was last in Gambia in August 2019 and was scheduled to return in March 2020. In the meantime, via the Internet, we continue to work with the following groups on the following projects which I hope you will find an interest and choose to contribute in a way that connects with you.


-Wayne Young
President, POHGEP

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National Centre for Arts and Culture

from these shores

Our newest exhibit, "From These Shores," will soon accompany the “West Africans in Early America,” exhibit we completed and that the Juffureh Slavery Museum continues to display. The new exhibit celebrates the accomplishments of known and lesser-known Africans in the diaspora across time and geography. The online version is now available for viewing via the menu (under Culture) on this page.

Baobab Youth Development Association (BYDA)

The growing BYDA-Phillis Wheatley 660-book library is now in a newly renovated space, with ceiling fans and WIFI. A mural adorns inside and outside the building. We named the library for the famed Senegambian poet.
 

Baobab Youth Development Association (BYDA)

BYDA administers our 19-student scholarship program for economically challenged K-12 students. BYDA sent the first-ever video (vs. paper) thank you notes to our donors in 2022.

Baobab Youth Development Association (BYDA)

The BYDA Women's Division makes and sells soap locally and sale some soap in the United States (see the poster above). We started the Barrel of Soap program where POHGEP financially supports and BYDA makes and donates soap to local charities.
 

Baobab Youth Development Association (BYDA)


BYDA received their ninth, tenth, and eleventh barrels of mainly gently used clothes recently. We accept donations in Metro Washington, DC, particularly shoes, children's clothes, and teenage and adult clothes up to size 10 for women and waist size of 32 for men. They use the profits to fund their other community projects.

Baobab Youth Development Association (BYDA)


BYDA completed paving 155 meters of a 180-meter (1/10 mile) road which will make it easier for people, especially women giving birth, to get to the nearby hospital and also to the market and school during the rainy season when the dirt roads turn into mud. BYDA also renovated a new office and library space.
 

Baobab Youth Development Association (BYDA)


Artist Sheban Mbye completed the first mural commissioned by BYDA and POHGEP. The mural is in the BYDA-Phillis Wheatley library. A second mural is being created outside the library.

Baobab Youth Development Association (BYDA)


Read Africa Week Festival @ Francis Gregory Library is co-sponsored by the Francis Gregory Library, Friends of the Francis Gregory Library, and the POHGEP and held in February since 2019. At past events, children took home a free Africa Access approved book. Africa Access holds the annual Children's Africana Awards and Book Festival at the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art in April and have since 1993. All of the events are in Washington, DC.
 
 
 
How You Can Connect: I pay my own travel expenses; your contributions go directly to empowering the people in the villages in which we serve. We have four categories of donations; just click here or the Donate button to donate to one or more of the categories.

If you are in Metro Washington, DC, buy some Gambia River Soap or donate shoes, children's clothes, and teenage and adult clothes up to size 10 for women and waist size of 32 for men.
 
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