Timeline

How it all began:

  • February 23, 2007 – Incorparation of the non-profit organization Steen vzw (Stone) (Belgian Official Gazette 2007-03-21 / 0043749 – enterprise number 887 901 277)
  • January 2008 – Shipping of medical equipment and medicines to Sukuta Health Center, The Gambia. Two members of Steen travel to The Gambia to see how the gift is being used. Plans to provide effective support take shape.
  • June 2008 – Contact with the Royal Atheneum Shoten (school), followed by a proposal for collaboration. The ‘Sukuta Health Center renovation project’ will be carried out by students of the BSO stream of RA Shoten (school), accompanied by a number of teachers.
  • August 22, 2008 – A representative of RA Schoten and the project coordinator from Steen prepare the realization of the project on site.

Three year project 2009-2011:

  • January 2009 – The three-year project ‘Sukuta Health Center renovation’ gets under way. A  shipping container full of equipment and material is sent. Ten students, two teachers and two project managers (one volunteer and the coordinator of the association Steen vzw) work on site for 2 weeks. Students of the Gambian Technical Training Institute (GTTI) join the project of the realization of the 1st phase.
  • August 2009 – Two project managers prepare the 2nd phase (contacts are made with the national and local government of The Gambia)
  • January 14, 2010 – The 2nd phase is performed by ten students, two teachers of KA-Schoten-Schilde, a project manager, the project coordinator and two volunteers. Once again, pupils from the GTTI take part in the project.
  • January 27, 2011 – The 3rd phase of the three-year project is completed by eight students, two teachers from the Royal Atheneum Schoten-Schilde, a project manager, the project coordinator, two volunteers and the students of the GTTI. The completion of the project was celebrated in the presence of representatives of the Gambian government and the local authorities. Work on preparing a new project is started.

Project 2012, and subsequent:

  • August 2011 – The project coordinator makes an on-the-spot visit to prepare a new project.
    The focus shifts to the Sukuta Lower basic School in addition to following up the development of the Sukuta Health Center. Sponsorship by a member of Steen makes it possible to fully reequip Sukuta Health Center’s Malaria Laboratory.
  • December 2011 – A 40′ containerfilled with equipment is sent to Sukuta, as well as a light truck for the Gambian Technical Training Institute, and various items of technical apparatus.
  • January 2012 – Eight students and two teachers from the Royal Atheneum Schoten-Schilde, a project manager, the project coordinator and two volunteers go to The Gambia. The malaria lab is fully refurbished and a rundown structure is transformed into a new building with three renovated classrooms. Once again numerous pupils of the GTTI are also involved in the project.
  • January 2013 – With a 20′ container full of medical equipment and furniture already on site, eight students and two teachers from the Royal Atheneum Schoten-Schilde, a project manager, the project coordinator and three volunteers continue the project. It entails alterations to the Sukuta Health Center and electrical works at the Sukuta Lower Basic School. 300 packages with school materials where delivered to the pupils of the 3rd degree.
  • February 2014 – Alteration works at the Sukuta Health Center, delivery of hospital beds, matresses and other equipment; building work for a library for the Sukuta Lower Basic School (and public use) and repairs to desks. Again, 300 packages with school materials are delivered to the pupils of the 3rd degree. Preparations are made to recover a water well in the Sukuta Health Center (sanitary use).
  • February 2015 –
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