Sixth Form learn about Gambian charity COGS

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Our next Pengelly Society meeting, featuring Andy Puncher from pH+ Architects, is just around the corner, taking place on Thursday 16th November.

Our last Pengelly Society meeting saw our new Pengelly Secretary, Josh Hill, deliver his first set of minutes. Josh gave a detailed account of the Skene Catling Trust and our previous speakers.

This month we were joined by representatives from CoGS (Children of Gambia Services), who gave an informative and engaging presentation on the work of the charity.

Sixth Formers learnt how the charity had come about in 2007 after one of the founders, Nina Jabang, took her own children to The Gambia to open their eyes to life in a different culture.

The charity began with the intention of building a nursery and providing education for pre-school age children in Jabang village. Since then, CoGS has grown considerably and today plays a pivotal role in both community development and sustainability. The charity is currently focused on the construction of a birthing centre and improving first aid provision.

A number of Bethany Sixth Formers have expressed an interest in visiting Jabang to help with ongoing projects and it is hoped that we will be able to develop this link.