The Gambia is the smallest country in mainland Africa, roughly one fifth the size of the United Kingdom. Apart from its short coastline, it is surrounded by the country of Senegal.
The Gambia is predominantly an agricultural country; its economy is dominated by farming, fishing and also tourism. About a third of the population live below the international poverty line of US$1.25 a day.
The Gambia River flowing from east to west divides this narrow country roughly into two parts, the north bank and the south bank.
The Gambia's area is 10,689 square kilometres (4,127 sq mi) with a population of 1,882,450 at the April 2013 census (provisional). Banjul is the Gambian capital, and the largest cities are Serekunda and Brikama.
Most of the rural villagers in The Gambia live in extreme poverty. These villages are attempting to farm on arid rain-fed lands which are utterly exhausted of nutrients and unable to produce adequate crops. The soils are so depleted that even if the rains are good, the households still go hungry. Fertilizer is unavailable and the farmers lack the knowledge to successfully make organic composts. They have no running water supply, no safe drinking water and no sanitation. They have no medicines and lack access to basic medical services. There is no power supply and not a single motorized vehicle. There is no clinic and the nearest school is generally several kilometres away AND many families can not afford the school fees.
The GLOVE Project helps across all these areas in an attempt to improve the basic living standards because WE CARE and we need your help to continue our work.