The number of tourists coming to Gambia, grows annually with 40%. Because of several reasons, this growth only partly benefits the population. Ecotour Gambia is trying to change this by offering sustainable solutions with direct result. Solutions that offer a positive contribution to the development of Gambia. And you can give your support too. For instance, by booking a holiday through Ecotours Gambia. Choose for an African Dream Trip or accommodation in one of the beautiful Ecocamps in combination with a roundtrip, daytrip and/or workshop. Extraordinary experiences with a positive outcome for all. A source of income for the population and a rich, rewarding experience for the visitor.
Small projects. Big results
Ecotours Gambia supports the community of Gambia. By booking your holiday through us, you will contribute to this support as well. Furthermore, you will see the positive changes that we bring, and what that means to the people there, for yourself. The help our organisation offers is two-fold: First, because we exclusively make use of Ecocamps for our African Dream Trips and Roundtrips, which are build to stimulate sustainable tourism and generate income for the village. Second, because we invest part of our profit in projects that contribute non-grid solutions, like making Waka Waka’s and Cooke Stoves available.
Both ways lead to improvement of income of Gambian population, as a result of which children can go to school and medical care is within reach. Furthermore, we support farming communities by making agricultural machinery available, as a result of which the produce per acre will increase. In this way we make a structural contribution to local enterprises and commodities.With small scale projects, that yield quicker result than aid on a larger scale.
Two men. One mission.
The Ecotours Gambia team consists of Wim Kees Kranendonk en Amadou Baldeh. Two very different people in terms of background and origin, but with one large commonality: The love for Gambia, the bond with the population and the drive to assist in the development, and through this, upgrade the standard of living. Both gentlemen have the support of an enthousiastic team of people, in Holland as well as in Gambia. People who inform, advise, contribute ideas, and, whenever neccesary, offer critical opinions. For instance, in Gambia this ‘councel’ is composed of a lawyer, several authority figures and a large group of friends and family of Amadou who give their support selflessly and without personal benefit. In the Netherlands the team is enriched with a former bankdirector, a Milieudefense-worker and many others. Each and every one of these people see the value in the way Ecotours Gambia operates.
Wim Kees Kranendonk
Wim lives with his wife Angela and their two children in the Netherlands, in the city of Beverwijk. Born and raised in Wormerveer, as the eldest of four children, he often accompanied his grandfather, who was a truckdriver for a linoleumfactory, on his truck. After secondary school Wim went on to study (psycho-)social work. In 1986 he founded Persoonlijk Perspectief, together with his wife. Through this organisation he worked more then 10 years with govermental and semi-govermental institutes and social services in various cities. As a social entrepeneur to the utmost degree, he founded Ecotours Gambia, in which he can merge his knowledge of human nature and social motivation with his love for the African landscape and Gambian culture. As representative of the organisation he lives part of the year in Gambia.
Amadou is married to Ischa, has three children and lives in Serekunda. Hij was born as the second child of his fathers second wife in Sinchu Delegas, a little village in the Central River Region near Jangjang-Bureh. Amadou grew up amongst ricefields. During his childhood he had to tend the village cows and attended primary and secondary school. Amadou has a degree in marketing and agriculture and, up till now, has worked in the tourist industry for more than 12 years, amongst other things, as manager for the wellness centre at the Kairaba Hotel in Kololi. He deployes the knowledge and skills he acquired with great enthousiasm into Ecotours Gambia, for which he organizes and supervises all bookings.
For people by people
With part of the revenu Ecotours finances small scale projects. For instance, making Waka Waka Power and Cooke Stove Ace 1 available. An important contribution. Because approximately half of Gambia is not connected to the powergrid, almost everybody cookes with charcoal or log fire. Even in the big cities. This does not only result in fast deforestation, it also leads to healthproblems. Annualy, about four million people – mainly women – worldwide die as a result of breathing in harmful matter because of this. Worldwide, cooking on open fire is responsible for more than half of the CO² -emission.
Ecotours buys tractors and other agriccultural equipment in Europe to send to Gambia, where farmers can rent them for a small fee. Farmers use these machines for the rice-cultivation. Rice is the primary source of food in most of Africa, and Gambia is the only country in West Africa , where rice is cultivated on such a large scale. On the South Bank rice-cultivation is concentrated around Sapu. The land is fertile and can produce two to three harvests a year. When these ricefields are fully operational, Gambia can completely provide itself and even export rice to other countries. Because of the lack of tractors and other agricultural equipment, the harvest per acre is drastically reduced in recent years.
Because Ecotours makes tractors and other agricultural machinery available, fields can be plowed and revenu can be increased. The received fees are used on the maintenance of the existing machines as well as buying more equipment. The maintenance will be executed by the Foundation Go for Africa as a learn-/workprogram for local youth. This foundation has over ten years of experience with learn-/workprograms in the field of automechanics.
Cotributions and sponsors
Do you want to join in?
Ecotours Gambia gives another realisation to enterprise in West Africa. In doing so our guests get a unique impression of the ‘smiling coast of Africa’ and, at the same time, we invest in the future of this country. Do you support this way of enterprise, that contributes to the economic development of Gambia and, at the same time, conserves nature? If so, you can invest in the expansion of Ecotours Gambia.
Our goal is to show the real Gambia to as many tourists as possible.To achieve this goal, we need extra buses to transport our guests. The profit we make from this, can be re-invested in projects to make the Acel and the Waka Waka Power available for inhabitants and to educate them about the use. Additionally, we want to aquire more agricultural machinery to increase rice production, and in doing so, enhance the standard of living.
If you want to contribute to the development of this beautiful country and, at the same time, conserve nature, you can help by means of donations, sponsoring or support through obligations. Interested? Mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will gladly send you more information about aur motivation an our possibilities.
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