Following the tragic sudden death of Gerard Quinn, his mother Winifred and brother Joseph chose to donate money from his legacy to The Gambian Schools Trust, to build a new school in his memory. An extremely generous man throughout his life, his family knew it was something he would have loved to have done himself. Through this gift the lives of many Gambian children and their families will be transformed now and for years to come.

The site was carefully chosen in an area of need, to serve several rural villages without a school. Work commenced in November 2012 clearing and building foundations on a large area of donated land at Loumen and a deep well was dug through hard rock, to provide fresh drinking water.

The school was completed in February 2013, fully equipped and ceremonially opened in true Gambian style. The villagers were full of excitement and gratitude. Confirming our expectations, large numbers of children from Loumen and surrounding villages came to be enrolled.

Our deep gratitude to the Quinn family for turning their sadness into such positive enrichment for so many Gambian children. The villagers, many of whom have photos of Gerard, will remember their kindness for generations.

“Always caring for others, his generosity lives on”

Loumen Nursery School

opening ceremony

new class of students

school near completion

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