Former High School student Katy Roberts, who set up a children’s charity Child Aid Gambia www.childaid.gm with her father Chris in 2011, has been awarded Honorary Citizenship of the City of Banjul in recognition and appreciation of her outstanding contributions to the people of Banjul and surrounding areas.
Katy, who is on a gap year doing voluntary work at the PACE Centre after being accepted to Lancaster University, won the 18th Jane Brownlee Scholarship last May. Jane Brownlee was a teacher at Aylesbury High School from 1978 until 1998 and Head of Geography. The Scholarship is in honour of her memory and is awarded in the spring every year to a student who wishes to travel abroad. The money Katy received was put to good use in the Gambia this month to improve the living conditions of Gambian street children hit by the recent political crises which saw over 45,000 people leave the country to seek safety in neighbouring Senegal since last December.
Mr. Sandigie Njie, Clerk to the City Council, said that Katy’s hard work and personal sacrifice is instrumental in supporting and working with destitute street children and those suffering great hardship because of personal circumstances in The Gambia. Katy and her father Chris’s charity Child Aid Gambia had funded the D 300,000.00 (£5,525.77) Ndangan Water Project which was started in 2011 and completed in July 2014, which meant that the children and their families living at the shanty town of Ndangan are now able to drink clean safe drinking water which will greatly improve the health and sanitation of the children and the community as a whole.
The mayor Mr. Abdoulie Bah said Katy is an inspiration through her work with disadvantaged children. Her father, Chris said he was immensely proud of all that Katy has achieved with her charity work in the Gambia.
Katy thanked the people of Banjul for their hospitality, and commented that she felt honoured to receive the award and will continue to help support the poor and destitute children of The Gambia through the charity for many years to come.
Anyone wishing to sponsor a child through Child Aid Gambia can do so by contacting them through their website www.childaid.gm It costs just £38.00 per year.