African Oyster Trust

Providing breakfast porridge for nursery children

Average income in The Gambia is under £1 a day. Recently the cost of rice, bread and other essentials has sky-rocketed so many children are malnourished and go hungry. Providing breakfast porridge every school term at the nursery means the children can start their day on a full stomach.

history Campaign has now closed

It ran from 12:00 PM, 3 December 2019 to 12:00 PM, 10 December 2019

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1118298)

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Championed by John Rockliff


  • Community Support & DevelopmentCommunity Support & Development
  • Education/Training/EmploymentEducation/Training/Employment
  • Poverty Alleviation/ReliefPoverty Alleviation/Relief


  • Children (3-18)Children (3-18)




Families are so poor that children are coming to school without having had anything to eat. This affects their levels of attention and ability to learn. It is a struggle for the parents to send them to school in the first place, as they have to pay for the school fees and uniforms. We want to ensure the children have some food when they arrive, so they can concentrate and benefit from the educational experience. We believe that education is the best route out of poverty, starting from 3-7 years


We would set up a kitchen at the nursery so that every morning when they arrive the children are given porridge. The cooks prepare it runny enough to be served in plastic cups. Both the kids and the teachers love this nourishing start to their day. However, we want to ensure that we can offer porridge on an on-going basis. This breakfast, combined with our nursery education, will give these children a better start in life. It is a simple yet effective way to make a real difference in The Gambia

  • The African Oyster Trust's work has transformed the welfare of people in the district and beyond.

    — Chief Alhagie Dampha

  • The idea of porridge is great and the children will appreciate it as some come to school without any food in their stomachs. The merits of doing the porridge include increasing enrollment and retention and motivating the children to come early to school, and also love school

    — Kemo Bah, Gambian Management Team

  • The AOT has been running in Gambia for 15 years. In that time it has helped hundreds of children get a good start. There are now 18 year old young men and women, who learned at the nurseries, leaving school and college. They are literate and getting jobs, so breaking the cycle of poverty

    — Lady Kira Dalton - Trustee

  • The African Oyster Trust is a remarkable charity. All its work is funded by voluntary contributions. It has zero overheads. ALL the donations go to support the people and projects that need it most. You can be sure that every penny you donate will be put to good use.

    — Jackie Keyser, donor