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Team Gambia

Our team in Gambia

Here we would like to introduce you to our dedicated team working on the ground in The Gambia.

Local Chairmen

In March 2017 Mr. Ali Tambadou (left) and Mr. Charles Mbye (right) were appointed as Local Chairmen of Project Aid The Gambia. They support the Board in Germany as well as the Project Management team with word and deed and with a lot of very useful contacts of their broad network of stakeholders of the Gambian society. Their expertise and ideas valuably contribute to the daily work on the ground and in the field.

Ali Tambadou is an estate agent and was project coordinator for the construction of the kindergarten in Jahaly in 2004. Ali Tambadou has a very personal relationship with the founders of Project Aid The Gambia, going back to the beginning more than 35 years ago. He is continuing the good work of his father, the late Alhaji MS Tambadou, who was a co-founder and initiated the construction of the Jahaly Health Centre in his home village of Jahaly.

Charles Mbye has been a long-standing suppporter and friend of Project Aid The Gambia. He is the owner of General Engineering, an electro-service company in Manjai Kunda. Charles Mbye is chairman of the Lions Club “Banjul-Kairo”, the organizations`s branch in The Gambia.

The extended Board

In order to broaden its profile and increase its visibility among the general public in The Gambia, Project Aid The Gambia has expanded its Board to include other well-known personalities in January 2022.

Pa Doudou Mbye is a retired International civil servant with over 25 years of working experience with the United Nations and has worked in several continents. Prior to joining the UN system, Pa Doudou was with The Gambia Government civil service – apart from stints at the Ministries of Economic Planning & Industrial Development (MEPID) and the erstwhile Ministry of Local Government & Lands, he has managed several World Bank, UN and EU projects notably Gambia’s first World Bank funded urban project – the Urban Management& Development Project. “Joining Project Aid would give me the opportunity to serve The Gambia’s health sector”, he says.

Minyan Jobe is the Honorary Consul of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, Managing Director of ABC Logistics and Past Assistant Governor and Current Chair of the Rotary District Public Image Committee, District 9101, Board member of the Media Council of The Gambia and Board member of the Gambia Chamber of Commerce. “I have a passion for helping the needy and in effect, complimenting the efforts of government in the health sector and most especially community development”, he says. “This I believe will help ensure a healthy and productive Gambia.”

Lang K. Konteh is the Managing Director of Maadikon Trading Ltd, a petroleum importation and re-export company. “I am a philanthropist in heart”, he says. “For this reason, it’s a honour and pleasure for me to be appointed a board member of Project Aid The Gambia.”

Malik Jones serves as the secretary of the Board, responsible for public relations. Mr. Jones is doing Media Consulting and Public Relations. He works as political commentator and TV host on Election Nights in The Gambia and as the Master of Ceremony on Special events. The veteran journalist began his broadcast career in 1980 at Radio Gambia and worked through the ranks from Announcer to Producer, Senior Producer, Principal Producer. He hold several important positions in the media fraternity of The Gambia throughout his career, includig Director General of GRTS.  In February 2017 he was redeployed as Deputy Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Information, Communication and Infrastructure, a post he held before.

The other long-standing members of the Board are

Michael Blell, Manager at Sunset Beach Hotel, Kotu

Matthias Ketteler, Germany, co-founder of Project Aid The Gambia and Good Will Ambassador At Large

The  picture of the extended board, showing (from left to right): Matthias Ketteler, Pa Doudou Mbye, Charles Mbye, Michael Blee, Ali Tambadou, Minyan Jobe, Lang K. Konteh. Not pictured: Malik Jones.

Project Office Manjai Kunda

The project office team is led by Fatima Njie.

Fatima Njie has a degree in nursing and was previously a senior nurse at Kanifing General Hospital. She has excellent networks in The Gambia and brings great expertise, analytical skills and leadership experience – which excites us a lot.

“I have always admired Project Aid and its work,” says Fatima. “I want to make a difference in The Gambia and be part of a change to improve my country. That’s why Project Aid and I are a good fit.”

Unfortunately, Fatima will already be leaving us again in 2023 as she plans to continue her studies abroad.

Fatima’s team consists of Haddy Sillah (Finance and Administration Manager), Haddy Touray, Mustapha Sonko and Anni Kuntze (volunteer).

Head of Jahaly Health Centre

Fatou Suso has been the head of the Jahaly Health Centre since 2019. In 2014, she completed her two-year training as a Qualified State Enrolled Nurse (SEN). In 2017/2018, Fatou Suso completed additional training as a midwife. Previously, Fatou Suso had already worked as an auxiliary nurse at the Jahaly Health Centre.

Heads of Jahaly-Madina Kindergarten

Fatou J Drammeh and Thomas Demba are the heads of the Jahaly-Madina kindergarten. Headmaster Thomas Demba has already run two lower basic schools and has started his job in Jahaly on 04.11.2019. Fatou Drammeh joined Project Aid in November 2022.

Trained nurses

The trained nurses at Jahaly Health Centre: Fatou Suso (Clinic Head), Fatou K. Ceesay, Musukuta Baba (since 09/2020 Clinic Head at Health Center Buniadu), Sulayman Saidy and Omar Njie (midwife) – from left to right.

Auxiliary nurses

The auxiliary nurses at Jahaly Health Centre: Yankuba Sanyang, Mariama Banda, Fatoumata Keita, Njie Sarr, Momodou Bobo Jallow, Yusupha Jammeh, Ebrima Fatty and Hawa Camara (from left to right).

Laboratory assistants

The laboratory assistants at Jahaly Health Centre: Ebrimah Jobarteh (left) and Tamba Dambelly (right)

Dental Unit

The Dental Unit is closed until further notice (25.11.2019)


These are the teachers and assistant teachers of Jahaly-Madina Kindergarten. Row above (from left to right): Muhamed Ceesay, Kumba Marega, Muhammed Conteh, Mai Manneh, Jabbir Camara und Mahamadu Jallow. Row below (from left to right): Adama Sawaneh, Adama Sanyang, Fatoumata Camara und Wudeh Saho

Photo: © Angelika Berndt


The cleaning ladies every day make the clinic a clean and hygenic area  and clean the classrooms of the kindergarten: Salimatou Drammeh, Mariama Jagne, Jallo Drammeh and Sarjo Drammeh (from left to right)

Ambulance driver and watchmen

Our ambulance driver and the watchmen of Jahaly Health Centre: Sumbundu Kanteh (driver), Alhamdou Conteh (day watchman, clinic), Muhammed Keiteh † (night watchman, kindergarten) und Sorry Ceesay (night watchman, clinic) – (from left to right)


The three gardeners care for the well-being of patients and children at the compounds of clinic and kindergarten. They clean the area – and they daily water all plants for surviving the frequently incredible heat of Jahaly: Musa Camara, Ougari Kolley and Muhammed Kanteh (from left to right)

Workers of Main Office Manjai Kunda

Our workers at the compound of the Main Office in Manjai Kunda. Big picture: Babucarr Sallah (mason), below: Ebou Camara (driver)  und Modou Lamin Badjie (carpenter). Right top-down: Amadou Manga (day watchman), Samba Njie (night watchman) and Theodore Sanyang (gardener)

Video: Jahaly/Madina Kindergarten w/ Nursery School (2010)

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