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Maintenance Worker for hospital – Gambia

Join WEC's primary healthcare team in Sibanor as an interim general helper. The clinic provides primary health care services including antenatal, maternity, paediatric and adult medical care. There is a small ward and a specialist HIV clinic.

Be responsible for keeping the clinic rooms stocked with supplies, managing the storerooms, keep the doctors informed about what is available, and help out as a porter in the clinic wherever needed. Possibilities also include administration, or repairs, according to your interests and skills.

Gain local language skills, build relationships with the Muslim staff, and be involved in discipleship activities in the community alongside the Gambian church.

Qualities & Gifts Sought

Flexibility and a willingness to try new things are essential. This role would suit anyone interested in studying medicine or nursing and would like to experience work in a low-income setting.

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About Medical ministry

WEC has been involved in medical work from its beginnings in the Congo, the Amazon and the Himalayas. Our members today run clinics and hospitals, offer expertise in fields like HIV-AIDS, ophthalmology, midwifery, dentistry, etc in several countries across Africa, Asia, and Central America.

One midwifery nurse writes: "Three mornings a week I work at a local hospital. Together with a local nurse we encourage women with newborn babies to breastfeed their infant. We have only a few minutes with each mother yet it is a great opportunity to share God’s love with these young women at a very special, precious and at the same time vulnerable moment of their lives."

About Gambia

The Gambia is a country in West Africa that is entirely surrounded by Senegal except for its coastline on the Atlantic Ocean at its western end. It is the smallest country on mainland Africa.

The Gambia is a very small and narrow country whose borders mirror the meandering Gambia River. The Gambia is less than 50 km wide at its widest point. It is the smallest country on the African mainland. Banjul is the Gambian capital and the largest cities are Serekunda and Brikama.

Gambia has a tropical climate. A hot and rainy season normally lasts from June until November, but from then until May, cooler temperatures predominate.

The Gambia has a market-based economy characterised by traditional subsistence agriculture. There is also a significant tourism industry.

A variety of ethnic groups live in the Gambia, each preserving its own language and traditions. The Mandinka ethnicity is the largest, followed by the Fula, Wolof, Jola, Karoninka, Serahule, Serers, Manjago, Bambara, Aku Marabou and others.

The cuisine of the Gambia includes peanuts, rice, fish, meat, onions, tomatoes, cassava, chili peppers and oysters from the River Gambia that are harvested by women.

[Source Wikipedia. more here]

There are 30 people groups in the Gambia and 16 are unreached groups.

The Gambia has a population of just over 2 million. 84% of the Gambian peoples have little or no access to the hope of the gospel.

The largest religion is Islam at 84.4%. 4.8% profess to be Christian and of those 0.7% are evangelical.

[source Joshua Project]

Please pray with us for:
-freedom and harmony between religious groups
-the evangelical church which is small

-the peoples yet to hear of the hope of the gospel: Mandinka, Fulani, Jola and Wolof
-young people
-Christian radio projects
-Bible translation
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development projects
[Operation World, 2010 print edition]

You can also use the Operation World and Prayercast online resources for prayer.

WEC in the Gambia

WEC has been registered with the government as an Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) in the Gambia since 1966. We have established different social programmes in order to contribute to the development efforts of the government and other stakeholders.

We co-operate with different government departments, non-governmental organisations and charitable organisations to support national development efforts and capacity building through its holistic ministries.

We have projects in agriculture, medical work, education and youth, and literacy.

WEC is looking for committed believers who are willing to contribute to the development of The Gambia and support the local church in outreach, discipleship, training and mercy ministries.

We need people willing to:
– live a simple lifestyle
– serve others and respect people, regardless of their cultural or religious background
– commit to life-long learning, because understanding people and establishing relationships (both in social projects and church life) takes time
– commit to local language learning and cultural studies
– be willing to work in a multinational team
– be flexible and humble
– be financially self-supporting.

Gambia welcomes short-term mission. It is best to stay at least six months, however, one to two years is more rewarding. So the longer you come, the better!

Nicola has used her medical training to serve in Gambia for many years. Read her story.

Read more about our projects on the WEC Gambia website

Details

Position Type
Practical & Maintenance
Health & Medical

Contract Type
3-12 months i Ideal commitment between 3 months and 1 year

Location
Sibanor
Gambia
Africa
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