Although the Constitution of The Gambia mandates free and compulsory primary education, a lack of resources and education infrastructure has made implementation difficult. School fees have long prevented many children from attending school.

What We Do

The Don McMath Foundation provides free schooling to the poorest children of all ages and backgrounds who live in the schools catchment area.


Investment In Knowledge

The Don McMath Foundation is a not for profit organisation whose mission it is to provide free education for children from the poorest Gambian families living within a 3-mile radius of The Don McMath Foundation school in Kotu. Families are vetted to ensure that only the most disadvantaged, those that genuinely can’t afford school fees, benefit. As far as we are aware we are the only completely free school in The Gambia.

Gambia is one of the poorest nations in the world ranking 172nd out of 187 countries in the United Nations Development Programme's 2014 human development index. Poverty is widespread, pervasive and predominantly rural. Approximately three quarters of the rural population is classified as poor. Roughly 2% of the Gambia’s 1.5 million population are refugees, and only around 40% of over 15 year olds are able to read and write. This situation is appalling and is something The Don McMath Foundation is trying to address.

The whole venture started in 2001 with Anne McMath going on holiday to the Gambia and noticing that there were a lot of children on the streets every day because their parents could not afford to send them to school. She started sponsoring a couple of children at local schools and encouraged friends to sponsor a few more. This grew until we decided that we should open a school ourselves and help lots of children instead of just one or two.

The money for the running costs for the school is raised by supporters of the charity who sponsor the children each year. Nearly all the teachers at the school have been trained locally at the Gambian College which has a teacher training facility.

We are a registered charity in both the UK (Registered Charity Number 1100164) and in The Gambia (Number 733/2002) and so can claim back tax on money received from UK tax payers. Our accounts can be read here

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Our Mission

Our mission is to provide free education to some of the most disadvantaged children in The Gambia.

Our Values

Be a source of positive change.Embrace learning and new ways to do things. Do what you love and love what you do.

Our Solution

Provide our students with the skills, knowledge and attributes that will give them the life skills essential for the development of them, their families and their communities.


We Are Making A Difference

With your help we can continue to make a difference.

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