Balal Public Library is the first public library in Soma which provides safe space for less privilege children to interact and learn basic skills to solve real life issues to meet the challenges face in a fast changing world. At the library children are challenge to think critically to find solutions to some of the issues their communities face.

In the previous years, we have expanded to include sports and entrepreneurship training to promote critical thinking, innovation, career counseling, mentorship, and healthy life. We also want to provide children with the required technological skills and tools to learn independently to be able to connect to other children around the world to solve real life issues their communities face.

Furthermore, as a library we want to encourage children write about local stories and current issues around their community to preserve the cultures and tradition of our community. Balal Public Library is founded on a shared vision of our community that every child deserves a good education to meet the right skills they need to succeed in life.

The library was founded in 2011 with funding support from a British Philanthropist Sally Readers who founder of Friends of Gambian Schools FROGS through Kim Lam a United States Peace Corps. Today Balal Public Library has impacted the lives of more than 1000 children who are graduates from the University of the Gambia, Gambia College and other learning institutions in the country.


Support children from less privilege families in our community with the required skills, tools and training to fulfill their full potential in a fast-changing world.


One day every child in our community should be able to have the required skills to fulfill his full potentials.


  1. Provide free English and Mathematics classes to less privilege children
  2. Provide mentorship and career counseling to students
  3. Provide a platform where students and experts in different areas can have an interface
  4. Promote reading and writing among school children in our community.
  5. Encourage children to write take part in preserving the local history by writing articles.
  6. Teach children how to use the internet to search for opportunities and connect to other children around the world.
  7. Organize talk series where children can talk about some of the challenges their communities face and find solutions.
  8. Conduct entrepreneurship and design thinking training to help children learn to solve real life problems.
  9. Prepare children to be social justice advocates to promote inclusion and participation.
  10. Organize debates, spelling competition and awards to recognize the effort of educators.

Core Values