Footsteps Eco-Lodge, The Gambia

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Dodou Touray, Manager - Footsteps, local Gunjur man

Dodou Touray, Manager – Footsteps, local Gunjur man

David proudly adds, “Here at Footsteps we have a saying which goes: ‘There is no waste in nature.” The Footsteps Eco-Lodge also has strong Community & Industry Involvement. David is deeply committed to The Gambia that is his home for the last decade, and says, “We work closely with The Institute of Travel and Tourism of The Gambia and The Gambia School of Business Management encouraging future generations to embrace and understand the need for sustainable, profitable and socially responsible tourism. We also support local schools, business initiatives, and educational programs dealing with clean water supplies. These include The Niaforang project, The Gunjur Upper Basic School, The Gunjur Museum Project and The Abubacar Sidique Foundation for Orphan Welfare.” Due to his charity works in the village of Gunjur, David has been invited to sit on the board of the Abubacar Sidique Foundation for Orphaned & Needy Children.

Front entrance of Footsteps. The gates are made by Lamin, a local metal smith

Front entrance of Footsteps. The gates are made by Lamin, a local metal smith

Footsteps’ fresh water pool, powered entirely by solar

Footsteps’ fresh water pool, powered entirely by solar

Room interior, bathroom door and decoration above bed made from palm leaves

Room interior, bathroom door and decoration above bed made from palm leaves

Permaculture design emphasizing patterns of landscape, function, and species assemblies.

Permaculture design emphasizing patterns of landscape, function, and species assemblies.

Sweet peppers growing in Footsteps garden

Sweet peppers growing in Footsteps garden

A selection of some of the wooden crafts made in the village and sold at Footsteps

A selection of some of the wooden crafts made in the village and sold at Footsteps

 

Gibril, one of the chefs, collecting fresh coconut for breakfast

Gibril, one of the chefs, collecting fresh coconut for breakfast

One of the younger guests learning about beach erosion and ways to prevent it from happening; planting a coconut tree sapling

One of the younger guests learning about beach erosion and ways to prevent it from happening;planting a coconut tree sapling