Baddibu lies on the North bank of The River Gambia.
The population comprises mainly smallholder farming communities along the river and on the peripheries of the Baobolong marshes, cultivating rice, millet, sorghum, and maize as well as moderate fishing. Vegetable gardening is mainly done by the womenfolk, and a significant cottage industry in salt mining has become a necessary subsistence because of the intrusion of seawater into the aquifer underlying the Gambia River and its Baobolong tributary.
Our Baobolong Signature Campus communities include the Kiang West Nature Reserve as well as the Baobolong watershed communities covering a land area of approximately 1,618 sq. km.
Baobolong Chapter Signature Campus communities:
Kerewan-18,543; Saaba-2,852; Njaba Kunda-4,106; NoKunda-2,627; KintehKunda-2,355; Salikenni-4,878; Illiasa-1,870; Katchang-2,563; Jumansarr-1,257; Farafenni-54,949; Tendaba-550; Kwinella-2,364; Keneba-2,794.
The Baobolong Wetlands cover an area of nearly 22,000 hectares, comprising the estuary and several smaller tributaries, a riparian ecology which is home to a resplendent variety of flora and fauna. It serves as home to a vivid collection of bird species making it a favorite destination for Birders from all over the world.
This special ecosystem is under threat of Climate Change and its attendant Global Warming impacts.
Diabugu Tenda is a small riverside community also on the north bank of the River Gambia and lying around the confluence of the River and its Sandugu Bolong tributary in the Upper River Region.
The activities of this riverside bedroom community are rice, maize, and groundnut cultivation, fishing, and herding. It serves as inland port for the larger and newer communities of Diabugu BaaTappa and Kuraw, as well as a link between the Gambia and Senegalese communities across the border and along the Sandugu Bolong tributary as the latter traverses bedroom communities in Central Senegal and meanders to join River Gambia.
Diabugu Riverside Chapter Signature Campus communities:
Diabugu Tenda-75; Diabugu BaaTappa-6,727; Kuraw-492; Numuyel-5,771; Diabugu BaaSillah-2,118; Gambisaara-15,967; Sabi-8,748; Koina-8,824.
Sir Dawda Kairaba Jawara was the first President of Gambia and the country's first Prime Minister and Veterinary Surgeon.
He helped to negotiate the Independence of Gambia from Great Britain.
A champion of democracy, revered the world over for his exemplary Human Rights record and negotiation skills.
The Vision Institute includes:
The Eye Clinic
Anesthesia & Post-Op
Patient Family accommodation
Resident Director's Office
The GDPMedG Office
Ophthalmology Club Office
The Resident Medical Director; RMD, oversees the management of the Vision Institute and helps to guide the Ophthalmology Club (OC).
Assisted by our OC students, FONDINGMUSO, and the HFS-Gambia team of SEVINK, the RMD coordinates the accommodations and activities for our GDPMedG Volunteer Guests.
Professor James N’Dow is Chairman of the EAU Guidelines Office Board. He is also Professor of Urological Surgery and Director of the Academic Urology Unit in the University of Aberdeen, Scotland, UK.
He was appointed to the first Chair of Urology in Aberdeen’s history and was Co-ordinating Editor within the Cochrane Collaboration (Cochrane Incontinence Review Group) from 2008 -2012. His research interests are in Evidence synthesis and evidence based practice, large observational studies and multicentre randomised clinical trials. Professor N’Dow is Co-Founder and Managing Director of the Urological CANcer charity UCAN which funded the opening of the first Urological Cancer Care Centre in Scotland, formally launched by the Health Minister in 2008. Professor N’Dow has a Urological Surgical practice in the University of Aberdeen Teaching Hospitals sub-specialising in penile and urethral surgery. He is also founder of Horizons Gambia Trust Clinic.
Senior students of our Kofi Annan Savanna Academy who desire a career in the Ophthalmic Sciences and Art will have the opportunity for apprenticeship and training at the Vision Institute under the leadership of our RMD.
A two-year Certificate Program for Ophthalmology Tech will be designed for student members of the OC so they will be able to either work in an Ophthalmologist's office or be adequately prepared for further education and training to become an Ophthalmologist.
The OC publishes the Lanceto Newsletter
This is the main Pharmacy for our campus and surrounding communities with a generous supply for our Vision Institute patients as well as our school Infirmary.
FONDINGMUSO is the Community Service Association of FONDINGIA open to Girls and Women ages 16-55 engaged in service to the Blind and Visually-impaired.
The Newsletter of the SIKASA Ophthalmology Club
A renown linguist and educationist, Hon. Sidia Jatta is a member of the National Assembly representing his native Wulli Constituency and a senior member of the Pan African Parliament of the African Union.
Hon. Sidia Jatta is a pioneer in developing educational curricula in Gambia's major ethnic languages of Mandinka and Fula, and an author of local grammar in those languages. We are proud to dedicate our Kofi Annan Savanna Academy in his honor as the Sidia Jatta - Kofi Annan Savanna Academy.
Ophthalmology Club - OC
Robotics/Electronics Club - ROCC
Public Policy Club - PEEPOL
Modern Languages Club - LAAKA
Late Hon. Alh. Musa Darbo was a teacher before serving in Parliament to represent his native Sandu Constituency in Parliament. He served as Ministers of Education, Health, Labor, and Social welfare, and of Agriculture, and was briefly Speaker of Parliament.
Hon. Darbo served in successive Gambia governments as Ambassador to Sierra Leone, Liberia, Guinea Conakry, and Guinea Bissau, and later to Libya, Egypt, Malta, and Tunisia. An eminent Conflict Resolution Specialist, He helped to resolve communal conflicts in his native Sandou and later in Ceylon and in Liberia's internecine conflicts.
We are proud to dedicate our Barack Obama Sustainable Development Institute in his honour as the Musa Darbo - BOSUDI.
Dr. Kebba Daffeh is a Veterinary Doctor and Lecturer in Animal Health and Veterinary Medicine at the University of Gambia.
He has served in many capacities including Director with the Department of Agriculture in Gambia. He founded, and is now Adviser to the Animal Welfare Advocates Association-Gambia, a chapter of Welttierschutz Stiftung (WTS Berlin, Germany).
He is Deputy Chair to the Board of the National Agriculture Research Institute and West Africa Representative for WTS.
Dr. Kebba Daffeh is the Honoree of our KeDSan Riverkeeper for which he has established an Endowment Fund.
Mr. Haruna Darbo, Atlanta, USA.
Mr. Darbo is the founder and Chair of The Global Democracy Project.
He obtained a High School Diploma from Franklin High School, North Carolina and commuted to Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, NC, for three years in the University's Coop Engineering Program. He transferred to North Carolina State Univ. to study Physics briefly before enrolling at Georgia Institute of Technology's Civil and Environmental Engineering Program, where he completed another two years of Coop assignment with Star Enterprise, A joint venture of Texaco and Aramco.
Mr. Darbo also worked at the Georgia Department of Transportation at the Materials Testing Lab for I-20 Expressway refurbishment.
Mr. Darbo founded and managed a Security and a Logistics Consultancy for five years each.
His volunteer work included Peer tutoring Physics, Chemistry, and French at Western Carolina, building a trail at Livsey Elementary School in Dekalb County, Adult Education teacher in Dekalb County, Patient screener at the Lighthouse Foundation Vision Clinic, and with his son for HandsonAtlanta.
He lives with his son and mother in Georgia.
Hon. Bakary B. Dabo
Mr. Dabo is from Dumbutto in Kiang West, Gambia. He completed Primary and Secondary education Dumbutto, Kayaf, and at the Methodist High School (GHS) in Banjul. He obtained BA Modern Languages from Univ. of Ibadan, Nigeria, and his Post-Graduate Diploma in Law from the Univ. of Nottingham, UK.
From a very young age, Mr. Dabo has been an active participant in Gambia's Independence efforts, and after Independence, he was one of the founding members of the Peoples Progressive Party, PPP.
He was appointed Assistant Regional Commissioner, URD, Commissioner NBR, and Assistant Secretary for Prime Minister Sir Dawda Jawara, who became Gambia's first President. Mr. Dabo later served as Assistant Secretary, Foreign Ministry and as Director for Economic and Technical Cooperation at the Senegalo-Gambian Permanent Secretariat and subsequently as Gambia's Ambassador to various countries in the sub region.
Mr. Dabo, affectionately called BB, also served as General Manager for the state-owned Commercial and Development Bank from where he became a Nominated Member of Parliament, and later became an Elected Member of Parliament representing his native Kiang West Constituency. During his time as Member of Parliament, BB served as Cabinet Minister responsible for Information & Tourism, the Civil Service, Education, Culture, Youth and Sports, the Economy & Public Finances, and Vice President of Gambia.
BB's extensive public service includes Consultancy work for USAID, the World Bank, the Islamic Development Bank and various NGOs, as well as lecturing at University institutions. He later joined the UN Civil Service as Senior Political Adviser - DRC, Chief of Staff to UN Mission on Ethiopia and Eritrea, Chief of Staff and Liaison Officer of the UN Mission to Western Sahara; MINURSO, and Senior Political Adviser/Negotiations for the transition to democracy in Guinea.
BB was exiled in the UK in 1994 when the PPP government was overthrown in a coup d'etat by junior army officers led by President Yahya Jammeh.
He is currently the founder and Secretary General of the Gambia For All (GFA) political party.
BB speaks Mandinka, Wollof, Fula, English, and French.
He is married, and has several exceptional children and grandchildren.
Dr. Kebba Daffeh; Veterinary Doctor, Fajara, Gambia.
Mr. Yankuba Mamburay; Lecturer, Independent Consultant, Faraba Banta, Gambia.
Mr. Famara Singhateh, Attorney, The Netherlands
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