Last summer we featured a story from Rohan Harrogate customer Pauline Link.
Over the last couple of years, Pauline has fulfilled her life-long aim to work as a volunteer abroad. In May 2008, Pauline became involved with a Bradford-based charity which provides education for children in The Gambia, as there is no state provision for children under seven years old.
Pauline is a qualified nurse and started to appreciate that she may be able to help improve the health of the people of Kumbija village in The Sabach Sanjal District North Bank Region of The Gambia. One of the biggest threats to health in The Gambia is malaria. It only takes one mosquito bite; this parasitic infection kills around 1500 children annually in The Gambia and indirectly contributes to the death of hundreds more. But Pauline was determined to save lives in The Gambia, with her Mosquito Net Project.
The next step was for Pauline to meet with Saul, Manager of Rohan Harrogate and explain her large demand for Mosquito Nets. They agreed it was better to provide a family with a double Net so more than one person could benefit from the protection it would provide. The Mosquito Nets from Rohan are treated with Permethrin and are ready to hang. Through the extra support and goodwill from Saul and his colleagues at Rohan, Pauline has been able to purchase many more nets. Pauline returned to The Gambia on 20th November 2011 to support and work alongside the local people.
Pauline caught up with Saul on her return to the UK to update us on her project.
“I arrived home at 3-45am on the 5th December after a very physical and emotional time whilst I was in The Gambia but I would not have missed it for anything.
I was very privileged but extremely humbled throughout my stay in The Gambia. Apart from travelling up country to Kumbija I was involved with The Royal Victoria Teaching Hospital. I supported the Children’s Ward and I saw many sad situations.
I feel the next time I return to The Gambia I would like to concentrate on supplying Mosquito Nets to the Children’s Ward and if possible to other areas within the Hospital.
I hope the photographs are of some interest to you unfortunately I do not have a photograph of me giving out the Mosquito Nets!!!
Thank you once again for all your interest, help and support“. Pauline
Thanks to Pauline for the first hand account of her recent trip – Saul Rohan Harrogate