The Gambia

Ndey Jallow was one of 280 participants in CRS'

Ndey Jallow was one of 280 participants in CRS' "seed multipliers" program. Photo by Lane Hartill/CRS

CRS' Commitment to Catholic Teaching

The Gambia is rated 165 of 186 countries on the Human Development Index (HDI). Approximately 33.6 percent of the population lives on less than $1.25 per day, 48.4 percent lives below the national poverty line and 35.5 percent lives in severe poverty. The Gambia faces many difficulties that go hand in hand with poverty, such as food insecurity, high prevalence of communicable, high levels of malnutrition, maternal and infant mortality, unemployment, and illiteracy.

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Population:1,883,051 (July 2013 est.)
Size:4,361 sq. mi.; slightly less than twice the size of Delaware
People Served:2,912,927


Catholic Relief Services (CRS) began working in The Gambia in 1964 at the invitation of the Catholic Bishop of Banjul. CRS is located in Fajara Kanifing Municipal Council and engages 21 national staff, one international staff member based in Banjul, and one country representative based in Dakar, Senegal. Since its inception, CRS has been involved in the provision of emergency relief to the communities, maternal and child health, education and nutrition. Over the past 3 years, CRS has focused on Agriculture, Health (Malaria) and HIV and AIDS working with government, local and international NGOs, and CBOs.


Global Fund for AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria
Nova Scotia Gambia Association
The Catholic Development Office



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