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Africa: Nursing assistant starts community garden in Gambia

Victoria Smith and Saikou Gibba dig to plant a cassava near the at the Bwiam General Hospital in Gambia.

Gambia is one of the poorest countries in Africa, she said, because of scarce resources like water and electricity.

By Rory Wilbur
Des Moines Register
The Record-Herald
June 20, 2017


On a day-to-day basis, she has worked on starting a garden at the hospital. The 90-meter garden is the first of its kind in the district to grow its own food for patients and the community.

Resources are very limited in the area, fruits and vegetable are difficult to find. Typically, most meals in Africa consist of white bread or white rice. Smith said it’s her mission to improve the health conditions of the country despite the limited resources.

“The work is both hard and rewarding,” Smith said. “A project like starting a large garden does not magically happen overnight, so it has tested my patience.”

Most of the time, Smith works individually on her garden project, with support from other volunteers.

The project will help patients at the hospital have access to better nutrition, because it’s important for patients to receive nutritious foods when recovering.

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