As usual in a rainy season, we landed in the worst storm possible and we soon found out that muddy shoes and clothes are our three-week future But no matter what, we were already thrilled!
Once we settled in our hotel and arranged all the necessary things, our journey was just getting started. “You are never completely alone”, says a famous Slovenian song and it really is like that in The Gambia! There is always someone by your side who will give you a hand, who will help you, who will make you smile and make you happy.
From day one, we realized how different people in The Gambia are. By that I don’t mean their skin color and their clothes, but above all their mindset and what’s inside people. Their kindness, care for a fellow human being, eternal optimism and positivity go beyond anything I knew up to that point.
At every step we took in The Gambia, someone offered us help, even though it was just carrying water from the store. There was always someone offering us company and conversation when we needed it. The guys who we named The Beach Boys, who lived on the beach near our house, took us in their community.
Before I went to The Gambia, I knew that I wanted to become a sponsor to one of the children and give him a better future. That’s how I met a boy named Omar.
I can say that it was really love at first sight. Although at the age of five he doesn’t understand what sponsor means, it seemed to me that he understood my love and that he was infinitely grateful to me. From the moment we met, we became inseparable!
I am grateful to have had the opportunity to get to know his family and the environment in which he lives as well. I would never have thought that I could attach myself so quickly to a child I had never known before and those little things like a soccer ball can bring the most beautiful child’s smile to his face.
I will never forget when, on the day when we left, an employee at the airport said to me “You know, we appreciate you very much, because if you only help one of us, it means you help all of us” and that’s when I decided that my mission in The Gambia didn’t end yet and that I would be back soon and help change the world
Until we meet again.
“I water you, you water me, we grow together”
– Brandon Nembhard