FAMILY VISITS FOR MIGRANT WORKERS AND REFUGEES

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The Generous Dragon

Posted by David Pugh on December 21, 2014 at 12:30 PM

There’s great news for my friends the Jatta family in the Gambia. An old friend of Lucas’ has returned from a prosperous career in Canada and is now in a position to invest in the palm wine nature bar and land, that Lucas inherited from his father. Bab Jallow intends to bring electricity to the site, build a covered bantaba, the traditional style round meeting house, put in some proper tables, chairs and a kitchen, which will serve the campsite they are planning in the garden. The camp will have a proper Western style bathroom and toilet area, which should attract the growing number of backpackers and bikers who are visiting the Gambia. The site is next to a beautiful lagoon and about five minutes walk to the beach. Bab is also considering buying up the adjacent land to construct a jungle walk to the more cosmopolitan area of Senegambia. Bab’s future plans include building a bar and restaurant in this exclusive area, the overall development will be able to provide jobs for all members of the Jatta family. It will also bring in funds to finally rebuild Elizabeth, Lucas’ sister house, which was destroyed by flood about eight years ago. When the house is finished Elizabeth plans to offer homestays in the compound for those who want to experience a slice of real African township life. Bab is also planning to ensure that all of Lucas’ children receive the best possible education and is already going to send George to an American university, so that he can return with a useful degree. In the meantime George and I along with a young German businessman are continuing with the plan to take tourists to Guinea Bissau and Senegal.

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