There are little or no social amenities in the Kunkujang area, which is why the nursery school is so important. Children within this community find it very difficult due to travel and distance to attend schools further away as there is little transport, which in any case they could not afford. Many nursery schools are managed by private individuals, thus rendering this unaffordable to nearly ALL village people. The Kunkujang nursery school is owned by the community, organised by this charity, ran by the headmaster and staff overseen by a governing body for the community children at this school. They receive a good basic education and have full annual reports and assessments.
The village population is approx six thousand people. Education in The Gambia at nursery age gives all children a purpose, gives discipline and we believe it is their right to education which keeps them off the street. The great majority of people living in the village live below the average poverty line and food is a problem. The Jolas (main tribe) are the founders of the village and thus form the majority. The other groups live peacefully with the founders Life expectancy rates are very low especially among the young. There is no hospital/health post within 10 kilometres of Kunkujang area and of course malaria is a major killer disease in this country.
The Gambia is a developing West African country and is extremely poor with little or no natural resources. Ground nuts are the main export. It has a population of approx 1.4 million people and is a very small country surrounded on all sides by Senegal. The Gambia has two distinct seasons (rainy and dry) and a static all year round temperature of approx 32/35 centigrade. During the rainy season the Gambian farmers engage in cultivating food crops to supplement their daily feeding, most women are also "breadwinners" for their families and usually engage in small scale gardening in the dry season, they sell their wares at small markets or the roadside to contribute to the families upkeep.