FIOHTG – a Gambia rural development organization

FIOHTG – a Gambia rural development organization



When I was living in Bakau New Town, Kanifing Municipality, in the late 1970s, I used to see a vehicle with a label FIOH. I never knew what FIOH meant and I never asked anyone what it meant.

Fast forward over 30 years, I continue to see vehicles with the same label but this time written as FIOHTG. This time around, I inquired what FIOHTG stands for and what kind of work the organization does in The Gambia for over 30 years now. I was told that FIOH (the former abbreviation) stands for Future In Our Hands and FIOHTG (the current abbreviation) stands for Future In Our Hands The Gambia.

FIOH was founded in 1979 by a Swedish Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) called Gambia Grupperna. After restructuring, the organization is now called FIOHTG.It is registered as a Gambia local NGO, providing rural development services to The Gambia rural communities. FIOHTG is mandated by its founders to (a) construct classroom and teachers’ residential buildings for the Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education (MoBSE), (b) improve the teaching delivery methods of early-grade teachers employed by MoBSE, and (c) provide community development services – cereal banking services, welding, sewing, food preservation, nutrition training, etc. – to improve the quality of life of The Gambia rural children, women, and youth.

The organization has 31 full-time employees and 13 contract employees. The organizational structure consists of 9 Units – Directorate, School Development Unit, Community Development Unit, Fund-Raising Unit, Human Resources Unit, Finance Unit, Construction Unit, Monitoring & Evaluation Unit, and General Services Unit. FIOHTG operates in three regions in the country – LRR, URR, and CRR. According to the senior management of the organization, there are plans to expand their work coverage to include other Regions in The Gambia as and when resources are available. Currently FIOHTG runs programs in 17 villages and in 70 additional satellite villages in the three Regions.

Because of their (FIOHTG) scope of work, I took interest in working with them during my one-year (1st January, 2016 to 31st December, 2016) Sabbatical Leave from University of The Gambia (UTG). During my Sabbatical Leave, it is one of my mandates to shed light on the work of FIOHTG so that people locally and internationally can know, appreciate, and support the work of the organization in the future as the FUTURE IS IN THE HANDS OF ALL OF US. More information on FIOHTG will come your way in our subsequent editions. Keep reading!!

SidatYaffa, Ph.D.

On Sabbatical Leave

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