Project Lighthouse Gambia

We would like to welcome you to the website of Project Lighthouse Gambia Company Limited by Guarantee (PLG). We are a social enterprise incorporated in The Gambia under the Companies Act, 2013, with the company number 2015/C2355. Before PLG got transformed into a social enterprise in August 2015, the organisation operated as charitable organisation in The Gambia since 2009.

Project Lighthouse Gambia pursues the purpose to support The Gambia with its development of sustainable infrastructure such as renewable energy, CDM & environment, capacity building and job creation and the trade sector. PLG wants to build up shining example projects for (West) Africa which shows that Africa has a chance to become an aid independent continent.

PLG belongs to the Project Lighthouse Africa family whereat the headquaters is a registered non-profit society in Berlin/Germany.

On this website you find essential information about objectives, the board of trustees and PLG projects.


Pilot Project: Waste Collecting Points in The Gambia – Operation at Wellingara

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Aaron Leng from DBO (left), Matthias Duchscherer from PLG (middle) and one of the workers (right) in front of 600 tonnes of waste in the middle of the dwelling zone of Wellingara.

Background
In common with many African countries the Gambia has a solid waste problem, which not only threatens the environment of this West African country, but also harms the health of its people.
The situation can only be described as dramatic. While government agencies such as the National Environmental Agency (NEA) recognize the precarious situation, their hands are tied, as there is no adequate waste disposal strategy. For that the municipal administrations – who are responsible for waste management – have only very small financial and material resources at their disposal – which is reflected among other things in a desolate fleet of public garbage disposal and poor working conditions of sanitation workers.
The result is that public institutions such as urban community markets almost sink into in the trash. Crucially, these markets are mostly located in the center of dwelling zones, whereby the waste problem piles up on the doorstep of the residents – with all the associated harmful consequences. In April Project Lighthouse Gambia (PLG) has disposed of some 600 tons of garbage under the lead of our partner NGO Dresden Banjul Organisation (DBO) , which piled up in the dwelling zone of Wellingara. An interview with Aaron Leng from DBO about the joint waste clearing operation with DBO, PLG and Brikama Area Council at Wellingara/Gambia end of April is available on our youtube channel. The interview is in German language.
Selective disposal operations had been carried out before in Serekunda and Sukuta. The cost of the previous waste clearing operations, around 20,000 Euros (1,000,000 GMD), had been covered by DBO.
Due to the successful waste clearing operations the NEA has asked for a regular support by DBO and PLG. In a joint project PLG and DBO want to implement a pilot project in three selected communities to point out a possible strategy to improve the waste situation in the respective areas. At the same time a systematic separation of organic and other waste shall be implemented for the first time in Gambia.

Concept
The concept plans to locate two 5.5m³ bucket containers – one for organic waste and one for other waste – at the public markets in three selected communities. The containers will be under constant supervision to ensure proper filling. The payment of the container attendee is carried out as a performance-based bonus system. Depending on the amount of waste the containers will be emptied every day or every other day.
In an experimental composting plant at Bakoteh dumpsite, the organic waste shall be converted into bio fertiliser. For sustainable funding of the project four additional containers will be located at hotels with costs for disposal of food and organic waste.
Since nearly one decade the charitable association Project Lighthouse Africa e.V., Project Lighthouse Gambia and collaborating experts have been working on the question of how to improve the waste management system in developing countries, to use the potential energy of waste and to turn a fundamental problem of the developing countries into an opportunity.


First Advanced ICT Training Camp for the region

The world of Information Communication Technology is one of the fastest growing industries on the globe. In recent times, Africa has proven itself to be a true contender in the ICT industry where the East African region most especially, has fostered much advancement in digital and mobile development – not at least in mobile payment systems, like M-Pesa in Kenya or e-health and e-education systems in Tansania – that have assisted tremendously in creating various start-up companies, ICT and many other opportunities.

The growing sector demands for advance skilled ICT professionals as there still lays a vacuum of advanced training and capacity building of the ICT sector in the region with a strong focus on a local West African context.

In response, ACE Communications Executive in collaboration with Project Lighthouse Gambia developed and executed the first Advanced ICT Training Camp 2015, where 80 young ICT professionals from Ghana, Nigeria and The Gambia had the opportunity to advance their theoretical and practical knowledge in ICT. For 3 weeks in April 2015, the camp put a special focus on local ICT challenges and opportunities in areas that are current and relevant, most especially, aligned with strategic priorities for public governance, private sector growth and entrepreneurship within the ICT sector of West Africa.

In view of that the Camp also offered the chance to boost the development of new project ideas and concepts, summing up in a final international conference “Bridging the ICT Gap in West Africa”, with various international academic experts and practitioners.

The first AICTT Camp has shown that the Camp concept is a perfect medium to usher in this regional ‘shape shift’ to the global standards and beyond. Thus, without an iota of doubt, developing countries in West Africa do need to keep pace with the changing and advancing nature of ICT – not least in the sub region – and enhance the skills of West Africa’s ICT professionals.

AICTT Camp is conceptualized as an annual advanced ICT for Development training program and is designed for young male and female ICT professionals from West Africa between the ages of 23 to 35. AICTT Camp is targeting participants with medium ICT sector knowledge and experience. The program strived to link young ICT professionals across the West African region in a global knowledge-sharing platform to enhance regional integration. Believe of AICTT Camp is, that strong investments in human capital are key to growth, competiveness and service delivery in both public and private sectors.

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International Research Project “Digital Africa” on ICT-based Local Information and Communication Systems for Sustaining Development

With a range of projects, the research initiative „Digital Africa“ aims to make a contribution to the closure of the research gap, by drawing a comprehensive picture of the usage of ICTs by sub-Saharan African citizens. The initial project kick off by an international research team was funded by the German Ministry of Research and Education.

The research question focuses on the role of communication and media use in the context of infrastructure and development projects and includes researchers from Freie Universität Berlin , University of the Gambia , University of Nairobi and researchers from Ghana as well as business partners and civic organizations like ‘Project Lighthouse Africa’ and its subsidiaries Project Lighthouse Kenya and Project Lighthouse Gambia. Central questions are: Which are the attitudes and knowledge of the local population about the environmental situation in their region? Which is the role local and regional media (including radio and ICTs like the mobile phone system) play in this context? A further research question is to find out which applications / content form / mobile media channel could be used (or have to be developed) to reach the population. Therefore best practice examples which already exist (especially in East Africa, like Kenya) shall be described and assessed in the context of the project goals.

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“Digital Africa” Gambia Workshop: ICT-based Local Information and Communication Systems for Sustaining Development

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Prof. Dr. Martin Emmer, Free University of Berlin, opens the BMBF Gambia Workshop with an introduction about the planned international research project.

Serekunda – First “Digital Africa” Gambia workshop kicked off in December 2013 about ICT for Development at YMCA conference room in Serrekunda. Prof. Dr. Martin Emmer (FU Berlin), Matthias Duchscherer (FU Berlin) and Dr. Yves J.M. Lamour (UTG) chaired the one day panel. The workshop series in the Gambia, Kenya and Germany is sponsored by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). With a range of projects, the research initiative „Digital Africa“ aims to make a contribution to the closure of the research gap, by drawing a comprehensive picture of the usage of ICTs by sub-Saharan African citizens. High ranked representatives of West Coast Radio, Ministry of Information and Communication Infrastructure, The Association of Non Governmental Organisations, University of the Gambia, Kanifing Municipal Council and ICT Experts discussed the role of ICT for development and the setting of an international research project.


Project kick off: ICT-based Local Information and Communication Systems for Sustaining Development

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The research project is sponsored by the German Ministry of Education and Research.

Berlin / Nairobi / Banjul – With the first research and contact visit in Nairobi, an international research project with FU Berlin, University of Nairobi, University of the Gambia and Project Lighthouse Africa kicked off on 7th November 2013. In the project funded by the German Ministry of Research and Education the research team is currently exploring the viability of an international comparative research project on the use of digital and mobile media in European and African countries. The research question focuses on the role of communication and media use in the context of infrastructure and development projects and includes researchers from Universities in Germany, The Gambia, Kenya and Sierra Leone as well as business partners and civic organizations. Project Lighthouse Gambia as regional partner is responsible for host support and the networking with local partners in Gambia and West Africa.


Landfill and bio gas CHP unit at Bakoteh dumpsite

As many African countries, Gambia has a waste problem, which not only threatens the environment of the West African country, but which does also affect the population’s health. Therefore, Project Lighthouse Gambia (PLG) is engaged with a Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) project by establishing a landfill and bio gas Combined Heat and Power (CHP) unit, in order to make a future-oriented contribution to an ecological meaningful and sustainable waste treatment and a stable power generation in the Gambia.

If you want to support this or another project, you can donate for this project, become a sustaining member or work with us as a sponsor or project promoter. Check also planned and completed projects on the website of our international headquater Project Lighthouse Africa. For further information, please feel free to contact us via telephone or email.

The Project Movie “Landfill and bio gas CHP project in the Gambia” below will give you a brief introduction to the background of the project.

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Dr. Yves Lamour explains the current sewage treatment and potential for the bio gas CHP (in German language).

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Futher clips related to the “landfill and bio gas CHP project” and the waste management in the Gambia you will find on our 

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Collaboration between ProLightGambia and Dresden Banjul Organisation (DBO)

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Agreement about the collaboration between Project Lighthouse Gambia and DBO.

Sukuta – In August 2012 Project Lighthouse Gambia and Dresden Banjul Organisation (DBO) have agreed on a close collaboration, fostering and implementing joint environmental protection, waste management and public awareness projects in the Gambia.

DBO is operating as a registered international NGO in the Gambia. The organisation is engaged in school, health and other projects, which are relevant to society. A main activity is DBO’s “Operation Feed the People”, where DBO provides poor people in hospitals with food. As a result of DBO’s adjusted objectives, the organisation is going to engage in sustainable and longterm projects, like public awareness and sensitisation programs.


Waste flow database presented to KMC

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Discussion of the first analytic results of the waste flow data base at Kanifing Municipal Council plenum meeting in June 2012.

Kanifing – In June 2012 Matthias Duchscherer, President of Project Lighthouse Africa, and Dr. Yves Lamour, University of the Gambia, presented first analytic results of the established waste flow database to Kanifing Municipal Council during their plenary meeting. Currently Project Lighthouse Gambia and KMC are revising and enhancing the data collection for reducing bias factors.

As the first such organization Project Lighthouse Africa has established, in close cooperation with the Waste Management Department of Kanifing Municipal Council, a valid database for the volume and the flow of waste, generated in the KMC area.


Chief Engineer inspects landfill

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Dipl.-Ing. Klaus-Arno Herzberg measuring CO2 and Methane output at a temporary gas well.

Bakoteh – On behalf of Project Lighthouse Africa e.V. Lead Engineer Dipl.-Ing. Klaus-Arno Herzberg carried out a first survey and measure¬ment of gas potential of the Waste Disposal Site Bakoteh at the end of 2011. High level talks with KMC representatives and visits of the newly constructed fish market supplemented the survey. Mr Herzberg’s evaluation and potential assessment for further development in relation to the landfill project was positive.

This engineering consultancy operates internationally and has extensive experience in the development of CDM and Environmental projects, reclamation of Waste Disposal sites, as well planning, realization, and control of Renewable Energy projects.


First Green Desert workshop and researches at PLG’s Training and Knowledge Centre (VTC)

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Robert Strey from Green Desert shows the volunteer workers Ebrahima Samusa and Yaya Jallow how to produce organic fertiliser. After the four weeks workshop the volunteers have been able to produce their own fertiliser and gained experience in seedling breeding and planting on the experimental training field of ProLightGambia’s VTC area.

New Yundum – During a first Green Desert workshop in May 2011 a team from ProLightAfrica’s partner organisation Green Desert e.V. has trained volunteer workers from ProLightGambia’s Vocational Training and Knowledge Centre (VTC) at New Yundum in the Gambia.
The training was focused on the production of fertiliser with local available material, construction of a fertiliser station and the experimental seedling breeding and planting by using fertilised soil.
Mr. Robert Strey, a senior student in geology and soil science and Mrs. Bianca Kummer, a landscape architecture candidate, spent more than three weeks in the West African Country. Goal of the excursion was a first feasibility study for Green Desert projects like innovative farming techniques, mechanical pump systems, wind generators and compost toilets. Green Desert e.V. is a charitable science and technology association based and registered in Hannover, Germany.


CDM project at Bakoteh: MoU between ProLightAfrica, ProLightGambia and KMC

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Joint signature of the MoU.

Kanifing – With the joint signature of the Memorandum of Understanding between Kanifing Municipality Council, Project Lighthouse Gambia and Project Lighthouse Africa e.V. the foundation has been laid for the landfill gas combined heat and power (CHP) unit project at Bakoteh landfill in the Gambia. The project will be implemented in the Kanifing Municipality which represents more than 1/3 of Gambia’s population and which is the economy centre of the West African country. The CHP will contribute to a more stable and ecological responsible power supply to Gambia’s population and economy.


Establishment of a systematic waste flow data base in collaboration with KMC

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Analysing waste log files

As the first such organization Project Lighthouse Africa has established, in close cooperation with the Waste Management Department of Kanifing Municipal Council (KMC), a valid database for the volume and the flow of waste, generated in the KMC area.


Vocational Training Centre at New Yundum

Project Lighthouse Gambia has constructed and established a Vocational Training Centre (VTC) in the West African country the Gambia. The VTC aims to give young people from the surrounding communities the opportunity to gain hands on experience either on practical as well as on theoretical skills in farming and trade. The VTC is located at New Yundum close to the Banjul International Airport.

The Vocational Training and Knowledge Centre has been mainly founded by Pamodou S. Jallow, supported by the women garden community of New Yundum and volunteer workers from Tabokoto.

It consists of a training area for mixed farming concepts and experimental cropping and a workshop area for practical applications. The different workshops include carpenter, tailor, metal processing and electrical training facilities.
Experienced specialists and technicians from the surrounding area in charge of the training of interested and motivated youth. The VTC gives them the possibility to develop their skills and get a positive direction in their life even if they were inferior to social, financial or other circumstances. Also workshops with experts from Germany are organised. Therefore a close cooperation with the organization of Green Dessert e.V. based in Hannover was established.

Manufactured work pieces and provided services contribute to the revenue of the VTC and after the build-up and familiarization phase the centre will become financial independent. Thorough engagement of the community of New Yundum and a continuous readiness of volunteers from Tabokoto enabled ProLightGambia to finish the shell of VTC building in a one year period.  
Reaching completion of the training centre and for entering the operational phase the VTC project still asks for further supporting (financial as well as donations in kind, e.g. sewing-machines, tooling, machinery for divers workshops).

The workshop complex is still under construction. Vocational training on carpentry, sewing, electricity and mechanic skills will offer a big opportunity to the youth. Especially to those who don’t have the chance to get a proper education on theoretical and practical level.


Cooperation between ProLightAfrica e.V. and Green Desert e.V.

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Agreement about Green Desert support of ProLightGambia’s VTC in New Yundum / The Gambia.

Hannover – In March 2011 Project Lighthouse Africa e.V. and Green Desert e.V. have agreed on a close cooperation fostering different projects in Gambia and Kenya. One of the first collaboration projects will be a workshop at ProLightGambia’s Vocational Training and Knowledge Centre in New Yundum / The Gambia. A Green Desert team will travel to Gambia in May 2011 for a first exploration and facility study at the VTC.

Green Desert e.V. is a charitable science and technology association based and registered in Hannover, Germany. The organisation is engaged in open source knowledge transfer and development of customised solutions for renewable energy production, water management, water treatment and sustainable farming. All concepts are realised with locally available materials and are planned for easy adaption by the local population. Green Desert benefits from different skills and knowledge of its members – students, Ph.D. candidates, scientists, engineers, project managers and master craftsmen in relevant disciplines.


Project Lighthouse Africa formated as umbrella association in Germany

Munich – Project Lighthouse Africa e.V. was formated as international operating umbrella organisation in Germany in Dezember 2009. Since 18th February 2010 Project Lighthouse Africa e.V. is registered under the number VR 202798 at the Register of Associations of Munich. ProLightAfrica will join the different operating branches of Project Lighthouse as international headquater. Project Lighthouse Gambia and Project Lighthouse Kenya are currently working as regional NGOs in West and East Africa. For further information about ProLightAfrica klick the icon in the navigation bar.