Songs will fight poverty in Africa

Nyodema 2
Nyodema 2

SINGERS will be fighting poverty with music in Bognor Regis next week.

The members of the Nyodema Singers will be performing songs from around the world on Thursday (June 13).

Their concert will take place at 8pm at the Recital Hall at 46 Sudley Road. Entrance is free but those who go along will be asked to donate whatever they can afford.

Money raised from the event will be donated to Nyodema’s latest project in the African country of The Gambia.

This is to provide sustainable stoves to villagers in Brikama.

Kathryn Burrington, who chairs Nyodema, said supplying more stoves would enable former headteacher Lamin Saho to earn another income.

He had been running the village’s school which Bognor-based Nyodema had backed.

But this was taken over by the government. Its teachers and head were replaced by better qualified staff.

“While we appreciate this will be beneficial to the community in the long run, we feel terribly upset for those who have lost their jobs, especially Lamin who founded the school.

“We wanted to think of a way that we could help Lamin and his family that would enable them to make a living rather than just donate money that would soon be spent,” she said. “Initially, we really struggled to think of the best way to do this. We then came across a wonderful initiative that gave us the solution.”

The answer came from sustainable tourism expert Dick Sisman with a new design of stove.