“It was a very hard decision to make to leave Gambia” says:- DirectorVSO International, the development Organization which works through Volunteers will cease operations in The Gambia effective June 30th 2015. This was disclosed by VSO International in a statement addressed to the Point Newspaper of The Gambia.

According to the statement, VSO International said the decision to cease operations in The Gambia was a difficult one to make, after more than 50 years of operations in the country. It further stated that the decision is necessary in order to become more strategic and effective in its future mission.

Donné Cameron, VSO International Director for Africa said, “The Organization is committed to working where we can make the biggest impact in fighting poverty. Out of every 10 Gambians, one has been taught by a VSO Volunteer, so we are incredibly proud of what we have achieved”

According to the Director, it was a hard decision to make to leave the country but they believed that the time is ripe for them to end their work in The Gambia. “We have left a strong legacy and we know that our partners will continue to fight the root causes of poverty” the Director said.

“We would like to take this opportunity to express our gratitude to the people, partners and the government for their support in ensuring that our beneficiaries  got the maximum impact from VSO’s programs” the Director said

VSO International has operated in The Gambia since 1960 and has since supported many health education and sustainable livelihood projects, such as the MoBSE – VSO National Volunteer Teachers Program.

This particular Program gives disadvantage students from rural areas access to maths and science and National Poverty Reduction Programs, which trains hundred of farmers in groundnut production.

To date according to the Director, VSO has placed over 2,000 Volunteers in The Gambia, who have created lasting change in the lives of many Gambians.

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