Barrow & Cousins Family Foundation Ecovillage Project Dankunku.
The village lies on the south Bank of the central River of the Gambia in the Niamina Dankunku. It has a population of about 3,500 people, ‘Mandinkas’ are the main ethnic group. Dankunku is about 10 km from the main road from Soma-Basse and is reached via a small access road.
Dankunku has a public elementary school next to a small clinic, agriculture, cattle breeding and forestry slightly. The village benefits from the project of rural water supply by the installation of standpipes at strategic locations in the community, but there is no water line connections to individual households. There is no electricity or telephone connections, this will in most parts of the community communication extremely difficult or it is very limited.
People operate in the region, both livestock breeding and agriculture. The most important monoculture in the area are peanuts. The main food crops are rice, millet and various vegetables. However. Therefore they must rely heavily on support from other family members and / or relatives who live in other areas.
Dankunku beside the river has a lot of wild horses, animals. These include monkeys, bush pigs, hyenas, and until a few years, tigers and leopards that occur, however, because of the high deforestation in the area no longer exists. Yet all this could be introduced in the area with the support of appropriate projects.My foundation would like to welcome members & visitors to our ecovillage village Project in Dankunku.Dankunku as a rich cultural / traditional heritage. Culture and tradition is usually seen in this community as an important factor to promote unity, cooperation for mutual trust, understanding and cohesion among the people. The annual cultural festival is held there will always be held as “Homecoming Festival” for people from Dankunku who currently reside far away. This provides an opportunity to the families, friends, relatives and loved ones to reconnect.
Membership & Visitors
- Current members: 8
- Open to new members
- Open to visitors
we welcome Guest , volunteers workers ,exchange visitors & memebers in our Ecovillage Project .
We provide entertainment , Mandinka Dancing & druming lesson & Camp Fire inside our ecovillage project every evening for our Guest,Visitors,volunteers and memebers of the community ,can offer people an opportunity to socialise with others from different social and cultural backgrounds.
You can get involved in a number of ways to make a positive changes in our community, some of the opportunities available include:
Teaching Children & Adult Education
Volunteer programme Co-ordination
Arts & African Dancing ,Drumming Workshops Facilitation
IT support (SEO/Website Maintenance/Content Management)
There are lots of different reasons for volunteering with us:
gaining work experience and gaining and improving employability skills,
contributing to the local community while keeping busy,
meeting new people in a great work environment,
improving mental health and feeling valued,
or simply for the rewarding feeling of helping the community
So, what should you expect from us?
We will look at the skills we, as an organisation, currently require, and match these up with your skills set. During your induction meeting, we shall agree a list of things you will be responsible for, so you always know what you are meant to be doing. You’ll also be assigned a supervisor to guide you and provide ongoing training.