annual report 2014

Message from the President
Sen de Gel Association at a glimpse
Brief Information about the Gambia
Executive Bodies
2014 Projects
Life in the Gambia
Projects to be Supported in 2015
Independent Audit Report
2014 Financial Figures
Our Supporters
Message from the President
We have achieved to touch the lives of more than 200.000 people in the Gambia with the projects we have done through our
journey to start and develop socially and economically sustainable projects in the least developed countries.
The projects we started without any ideological or ethnical discrimination to contribute to the lives of people of planet are going
on. In 2014, we prioritized ovine and building of drinkable water wells. The number of beneficiary families of our animal
husbandry projects is now more than 900. 7 water wells have been constructed; 15 new water wells will be built in different
villages thanks to the support of UNDP and TİKA. You will find the related information in this report.
We had the opportunity to advertise our work, especially with the support of ALL Magazine, in social and printed media thanks
to our volunteer contributors.
Our priorities for 2015:
** Our search for trustful civic organizations to collaborate in other least developed countries is going on. We would be happy if
you share your ideas on that.
** We want to increase the number of our members.
** We are in search of new institutions and individuals who will support us.
I wish a year during which we can spread our work starting with small contributions and moving to big projects; and we can
contribute to the determination of hunger, drought, and poverty.
İbrahim Betil
Our association which was founded with the aim of maintaining sustainable development in social and economic fields by cutting
cross all boundaries, creating employment by fighting against poverty, creating projects for the development of the youth and
women, cooperating with similar minded national and international organizations in the field, keeping to Millenial Development
Goals of the United Nations, implementing projects especially by taking “The Least Developed Countries’” problems into
The first seed of SEN DE GEL was planted in September 2011.
Two Gambian NGO representatives came to İstanbul to visit İbrahim Betil in his office as a result of their search of successful civic
aid projects in Turkey. They shared the socioeconomical conditions of the Gambia during their meeting. Upon this, İbrahim Betil
went to the Gambia to observe the conditions of the country and the organization in its place. After this visit he, together with
volunteer individuals, decided to establish a non-profit organization to support social and economic life in starting from the
Gambia. By this move, a more active civic initiative to aid the least developed countries with both local and international focus
was born.
Our projects effect more than 200 villages in the Gambia.
In the Gambia, the average population of each village is
1000. In the last 2,5 years since our establishment, the
total cash resource created is $405.000 thanks to 31
organizations and 92 individuals including TİKA, CocaCola Foundation, Ekrem Kayalı MOGUL Textile and two
anonymous donors. We have achieved touching the lives
of more than 200.000 people with this resource.
We started to communicate our work and projects in
introduction meetings to employees of many corporations.
• To create, support and implement similar projects to support social and economic lives of people on local, national and
international basis,
• Doing research to improve and develop the work of the association,
• Preparing the young people and women for life and job market,
• To support educational, social and economic development and cultural projects related to all segments of the society by
collaborating with UN and related organizations, ministries, official bodies, international organizations, and NGOs,
• Provide scholarships, training and internship opportunities for young people,
• Implementing micro-credit programs for young people and women to encourage them to become entrepreneurs,
• To finance projects with productivity and responsibility approaches.
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which states that all
human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights, was
adopted by United Nations General Assembly in December 10, 1948,
67 years ago. However, human rights in Africa, where millions of
people suffer from poverty and hunger, cannot go beyond the good
will statements. The facts of this land are the existence of thousands
of children dying of hunger, the struggle to find drinkable water, the
prayers to eat meat once a year... We will keep working with the
hope that each newborn has really equal rights.
Brief Information about the Gambia
• The smallest country in African continent with the population of nearly 1,7M people.
• The country was colonized for centuries. It has common history with a lot of Western African countries as it was
the center of slave trade by external forces on the Gambia River.
• After gaining independence in 1965, it retrieved relatively stable politics; however the country is still one of the
poorest in the worl: 168th out of 185 countries.
• Described as the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) by the United Nations (UN).
• According to 2011 Human Development Report by UNDP, almost 1/3 of the country is living under international
poverty line ($1,25)
• 96% of the population is Muslim, 50% of people are under 18, the rate of literacy is 46.5%, ratio of people
registrated in elementary education is 33%
• Main resoruce of employment and nutrition is agriculture.
• More than 70% of the country is employed in farming including animal breeding and peanut growing. Fishing is an
important source of income.
• Decrease in peanut growing effects the household income and fastens the immigration from countryside to city.
The Gambia is a poor country in terms of natural resources.
The economy depends on the income from agriculture and
tourism. GDP is $1,1B and yearly personal income is $550.
According to 2012 Human Development Report by UNDP, the
Gambia is the 165th out of 186 countries, which means that it
is one of the 45 countries with the worst Human Development
Index. The Gambian Dalasi is the official currency since 1971.
The existence of «smiling faces» on all Dalasis expresses
the need for a very small amount of money to meet the
basic needs, hopes, and expectations of the poor people.
Executive Board – Permanent Members
• President: İbrahim Betil
• Vice President: Aziz Akgül
Inspectorate – Permanent Members
Member: Mutlu Şen
Member: Emir Kanpulat
Member: Bike Geçkinli
• Secretary: Mehmet Arda
• Treasurer: Derya Sel Bozkurt
• Member : Aslı Ayşen Aydın
• Member : Kerim Urallı
Executive Board – Substitute Members
• Member: Selda Şerifsoy Çakar
• Member: Kaddafi Bozkurt
• Member: Samir Bayraktar
• Member: Tuğba Jabban
• Member: Ceren Kalı
Inspectorate – Substitute Members
Member: Elif Derman
Member: Çiğdem Oker
Member: Meliha Sunay
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• Chicken Farms in 15 villages (Soma Sateebaa, Kwenalla Sansankono, Dumbuto, Tankular, Jalokoto, Bulock Santanba, Bullock
Village, Faraba Bantang, Busumbala Medina, Kuntuar, Soma, Kubariko, Kembujeh Nema (ETC), Yundum, Kanikunda)
• 1 Rice Grinder (Kanwally Village)
• 1 Solar Cooling Unit (Bureng Village) started to be used with 2 big fridges.
• 8 different workshops open to the participation of more than 50 young people. (Brikama Village)
• Beneficiary villages of 7 well projects and their population: Dasilameh Village (1500 ppl), Wurokan ve Dumbuto Village (3500
ppl), Pirang Village (10000 ppl), Soma New Town Pakaliding Village (1000 ppl), Kwinela Fula Kunda Village (1000 ppl), Kanjibat
Village(200 ppl)
• 2 water wells are being built with UNDP support
• 8 water wells are being built with TİKA support.
• We have got 2086 animals since our establishment until the end of 2014. 1986 of them were left to local authorities. We were
able to get 100 new ovine animals with Danone.
Look into her eyes, if you dare!
It has been more than a year since I came to the Gambia. I have been to countless
number of villages, make my way of thousands of kilometres, and took hands of
thousands of children, played with hundreds of them. However, one girl broke my
heart and my pride. I did not dare meeting her at all. The cut she made in my
heart and pride never stopped bleeding and I don’t know if it will stop. I took her
picture in Dankunku Fula Kunda village based in Niamina Region of Central River
Region when she fixed her eyes on me.
We were searching for water in terracotta behind us with the support from TİKA,
maintaining the water well work, chatting together with the women and young
people of the village. I was making jokes to the tall ladies of the village by asking
why they are this tall and knowing that this question would be so much fun for
them. The women had collected peanuts, put a handful of each in the sack and
gave it to me as a thank you present. And then there she was.
She was very different from all the kids around us. I could not even ask who her parents were. I could no way ask her name,
either. Her posture hurt me, I was about to touch her cheek, but I could not do that. My intention was to include her to our fun;
but she did not react. She only looked at me just as she looks at us in this photo. Her dress, face and hair was full of dust. She
put her hand on her belly and looked at me. I immediately gave up on making her cheerful; but nobody noticed. No other
children around were interested in her either; but she was staring at me as if she was the soul of Africa coming from earth. I did
not hear single voice of her, could not ask her name, could not hug her or kiss her. She, the daughter of the earth was the soul
of Africa and was telling something totally different to us. I, occasionally, look at her picture on my phone and then turn it off
with panic and try to forget. It has been like that for some days. The girl from earth was telling us “What you do is not enough
to maintain fairness.” This was what I heard from her heart. “This is not enough until you do the necessary things. I will look
straight into your eyes until you do the necessary things. If you are conscious and human enough, you do what you need to do
and look straight into my eyes.” Do you know how the world will look like when she smiles? That is what we are fighting for,
that is why our hearts are bleeding. We will go on showing that another world is possible as long as you support Sen De Gel.
With gloom, love and hope from the Gambia…
Projects to be supported in 2015
As there is no stove in the region, a lot of small enterprises meet their needs of bread in Brikama and so the cost of transportation is reflected to
cost of bread. One of our beneficiaries in the region has demanded micro credit. If we meet this need, we will directly employ 10 people and
contribute to the nourishment of 6000 people.
90% percent of public skill center which has nearly 120 trainees. The women, who will contribute to the family income with their products, ask for
sewing kits, batik painting tools and materials, and needlework materials.
• MILL PROJECTS (fotoğraf?)
There are two agricultural nutrients in the Gambia. These are rice and corn. In very few of more than 1000 villages of the Gambia there are
grinding mills. The crops are processed in certain central mills with payment thanks to the efforts of women. Because of the electricity problems
in the villages , electrical devices are redundant. As Sen De Gel, we discovered this basic vital need and started providing villages with self
generated diesel fueled mills. We handed over 8 mills to village communities or local village associations. These are (except for the one in Foni
region) monofunctional mills. As the demands for bifunctional mills increased, we searched for mills to grind both rice and corn and provided
Kanwally village in Foni region with bifunctional mills. The prices are almost the same. If we can provide these mills to 26 villages, we will make
life easier for almost 55000 people.
Projects to be supported in 2015
We have around 2000 sheep and goats in more than 700 families in 90 villages. We give these animals to the families with the
condition of not selling them for 3 years and give out each one of 2 hatchlings to another family. We want to spread this project
all across the Gambia. We follow up the process with local authorities and our local coordinators, and vaccinate the animals in
every 3 years.
One of the biggest problems of rural areas in the Gambia is electricity. Solar projects that were started in Bureng and handed
over to Village Development Committe is important in many terms from food preserving to education. Considering the
multiplying effect, when we establish this system in 12 villages, we will touch the lives of 33000 people.
Another important problem in the Gambia is access to drinkable water resources. The cost for a well changes depending on
depth. It is impossible for the village communities to afford the cost. 20000 people will have access to drinkable water resources
if we drill wells in 24 villages.
2014 Country Supporter (logo)
• TİKA- Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency
2014 yılı Project Supporters (logos)
• Coca Cola Foundation
• MOGUL Textile
2014 Corporate Supporters (logos)
• Gürteks İplik A.Ş
• Danone Nutricia Middle East
• IBM Turk
• ASAŞ Aluminium
2014 Individual Supporters
• Osman Serdar Türkoğlu
• Ahmet Şireci
• Ahmet Muktad Ziylan
• Cem Akşehirlioğlu
• İbrahim Betil
2014 Corporate Donors: (logo)
• Adapazarı ENKA Schools Rainbow Social Service Club
• Angora Carpets -Ersoy Şiveydinli
• ARGOS Media Film Tourism
• Ay Education, Research and Aid Foundation
• AYN Printing
• ETC Investment Project Consultancy and Software
2014 Probono Donors: (logo)
• Müka Printing
• Nar Restaurants
• Webdenal
Individual Donors 2014
• Alper Aslan
• Ali Boztaş
• Ali Haydar Başıbüyük
• Alican Altıparmak
• Ali Osman Menteşe
• Ahmet Açık
• Aynur Coşer
• Arzu Canik
• Aslı Ayşen Aydın
• Ayfer Gülüm
• Aytül Balcı
• Ayşe Pakay
• Bedri Demiroğlu
• Berna Kamacı
• Betül Turan
• Betül Ünal
Berrin Yorgun
Behiç Sağduyu
Burçak Gökçeer Baltaş
Cebrail Turhan
Cengizhan Boztepe
Ertan Dündar(Özel Yıldız Anaokulu)
Erhan Ongun
Esat Tayfur Yeltekin
Esra Birol
Fora Ela İstanbul’un Seyyah Tulumcuları
Figen Oran
Gürkan Turan
Hande Ertan
Habibe Özsoy
Hasan Sami Atik
Hamdi Uğur
Hüseyin Kaya
İbrahim Mutaf
İrem Suvat
Kavacık Resim Grubu
Kaddafi-Derya Bozkurt
Kerim Urallı
Kübra Köseler
Metin Demirkıran
Mehmet Arda
Mehmet Cengiz Sezen
Merih Boz
Mehmet Zafer Üskül
Mustafa Çiper
Murat Sel
Neslihan Kahyaoğlu
Nejat Müldür
Nilay Kolat
Nuri Şahin
Onur Selvi
Okşan Atilla Sanön
Öğretmen Akademisi Vakfı(ÖRAV)
Ömür Angı
Özge Akalın
Rana Yardım
Sabahat Çatma
Sahrap Soysal
Sara Aykar
Sevap Zuvin
Serap Kayhan
Sibel Yücesan
Tuba Arasıl
Tugba Jabban
Zehra-Samir Bayraktar
Zeynep Berker
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