Presented to an organisation, an individual or a group, the annual award is given in recognition of valuable work which contributes towards the social, economic, political and cultural development of The Gambia.
The award coincides with the 30th anniversary of our work in the country. Jainaba Pulloh Bah was one of the very first SOS mothers in The Gambia and was chosen to receive the award on the organisation’s behalf. Now retired, Jainaba welcomed the very first group of orphaned and abandoned children into SOS Children’s Village Bakoteh in 1982, offering them a loving home until they reached independence.
The National Director of SOS Children in The Gambia, Oumou Tall, accompanied Jainaba onto the stage to be presented with the award. The master of ceremony explained to the 1,500 guests, including members of government, embassies and UN agencies, why the award was being presented to SOS Children. When she left the stage, Jainaba was congratulated by members of the reception.
Although she is now retired, Jainaba still visits SOS Children’s Village Bakoteh regularly. She enjoys being an ‘SOS grandmother’ to the next generation of children. Her own SOS children are now grown up and some have children of their own, and she is always on hand to provide advice and support.
SOS Children in The Gambia
We have been working in The Gambia since 1981 and currently support over 23,000 people in the country. The first SOS Children's Village in the country was opened in Bakoteh near the tourist resorts of the capital, Banjul. The 12 family homes provide a new home for 120 children, and a SOS Medical Clinic provides medical care and counselling, especially for pregnant women and mothers with small children.
Funded by generous donors from the UK, our second SOS Children's Village opened in 2007 in Basse in the deprived Upper River Region. The Village provides a family and a new start in life for over 100 children. The SOS School in Basse provides an education for over 200 children, and has received national awards for the quality of education on offer.
Find out more about our work in The Gambia.