The Female Wing work for Deaf Women’s rights as part of the Gambia Association of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.
In the late 1990’s a woman’s group was formed that met at the GADHOH office in
In 2000 the group was formally converted into GADHOH’s Female Wing with its own activities rented centre in Latrikunda Sabiji.
It provides education and training for women.
In 2001 the Female Wing opened a nursery school for pre-school Deaf children, aged 4 -7 years.
The Female Wing was based at Latrikunda Sabiji in a compound and a building that was formerly a school.
On the 18th March 2008 the new head office for the Female wing was officially opened at Kanifing. Mrs. Marieke IJsendoorn, Chairperson of Foundation Bugnala initiated the build on 3rd April 2007.
The building exists of two wings: one for the nursery school with two classrooms, office and store and another one for the skills centre for deaf girls (15 +) with literacy room, workshop for sewing and knitting, a kitchen/cake bakery, an open kitchen (for making local dishes) and an open space for tie and dye and hairdressing. Toilets for children and adults, water and electricity connection, furniture and outside playing materials for the children and a school bus have all been donated.
The first nursery school for deaf children in The Gambia has now been realised.
This was only possible with the fantastic fund raising effort by the Dutch Foundation Buganala along with donations and \financial support of the Dutch Foundation NCDO (National Committee for International Cooperation and Sustainable Development) and Foundation to Build, of The Netherlands, who carried out the construction employing a group of deaf boys who had finished their education at St. John's School which was overseen by Mr. Coes Ljsendoorn, the project coordinator.
We are Here - West Coast of Africa - in The Gambia - at Kanifing - near the independance Stadium
The work of the Female Wing is concerned with GADHOH’s objectives which include:
The branch is run by women with its own activities;
Other activities include:
The Kanifing Centre is also used for sign language classes for Deaf adults.
Once a month it hosts GADHOH’s Deaf Club – an opportunity for members of the Deaf Community to come together to enjoy a meal and a range of social activities.
The Female Wing raises funds to support its activities. This is partly done by selling some of the products made by the trainees which include;
We have one tailoring class, one bakery class, one nursery class, two salons and one knitting class.
There are about twenty Deaf girls, who learn different skills mentioned above and there are ten Deaf children at the Nursery class.