Kombo Sillah Association has been founded by Gambians and friends of The Gambia resident in the United Kingdom (UK) with a view to promoting education, and relieving poverty. In the UK, this involves cultural education targeted at the objective of advancing and cementing social cohesion and community integration.
The Association's objects (the Objects) are:
- The advancement of education in the UK through cultural activities aimed at promoting cohesion between different social groups
- The advancement of education through the provision of material support, and extra tuition opportunities to needy primary-level schools, and students in The Gambia.
- The provision of support for the relief of poverty in The Gambia, and in appropriate cases for the relief of need, indigence, and distress
to persons or groups in both the UK and The Gambia.
Due to the increased activities and responsibilities over the years, it has been realised that membership contributions alone are not enough to finance all the activities of the association. The association decided to engage in fundraising ventures, such as: buying drums from the Gambia which it uses to organise cultural dances in a bid to raise much needed funds to finance its activities and projects. The association is currently in the process of registering as a charitable organisation in order to further strengthen our philantrophic vision in support of projects in the local communities in the Gambia and in the UK where needed in such areas as health, education and sports development.
FUND RAISING ACTIVITIES:
As a minority group, the association has its own dance group that is involved in drumming and cultural dance as a way of raising funds. One such successful event was held in Weston-Super-Mare – thanks to some friends of the association in that town. A subsequent but much grander event was also held in Bristol with the Senegalese Super Star – Mr. Alieu Mbaye Nderr.This was followed by another grand show with The Gambian Kora magnate, Jaliba Kuyateh and the Kumareh Band at the Trinity Hall in Bristol in July 2006. Due to the success of these preceeding fundraising concerts with the aforementioned SeneGambian artists, a more robust event was also staged at the Trinity Hall in Bristol, in the later part of 2007, this time with the SeneGambian superstar Assan Ndaye in pertnership with Saikou Jammeh Promotions. Yet again, the show was a resounding success.
As the association relies heavily on the proceeds from these concerts, plans are underway to
engage in more robust fundraising ventures across the UK in the coming months.