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support Sangmarie Gomez in his nursing training

Thank you so much for helping Sangmarie with his nursing training! Together we are improving the health of an entire community, and we are supporting an inspiring young leader who has a passion to serve.

For more information about Sangmarie Gomez and why I, maddy schafer, am raising funds to support Sangmarie in his nursing training, please see Sangmarie Nursing in Facebook.

Are you an Abundant, Infinite, Limitless Angel?

Can you contribute 50 cents, a dollar, or a dollar-fifty a day so Sang doesn’t have to go hungry while he studies?

That’s US$15, US$30 or US$45 per month, and we need it for four months in a row (longer if you wish.)

It costs at least US$350 to keep Sang running for a month. In the context of COVID-19 this barely covers food (because prices have risen) and keeping him connected via the internet.

Sang has other pressing needs but right now being able to eat and communicate is top priority.

Yes, I'll be an angel!

Wondering why four months?

Most people can get their head around making a new payment for four months. You can try it out and see how you find it.

At the end of the four months I will ask you if you're willing to continue, and whatever you decide we will be very grateful.

We'd love you to become a monthly supporter, but if that doesn't fit you can also make a one-off donation.

Together with Sangmarie, I thank you!

Set up a regular payment via PayPal

Or contact me on Facebook to set up a different monthly donation

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Money transparency - how we manage donations

How we collect donations

I set up a separate PayPal account just for Sangmarie's fundraising and it is not used for anything else. The email address for this PayPal account is

Note that it is not possible to withdraw money from a Gambian PayPal account to a Gambian bank account. Money in Gambian PayPal accounts can ONLY be used for shopping online which is no use to us. Sangmarie must buy his supplies locally.

Why I use Western Union to send money to Sangmarie

It started off being expensive to send money to The Gambia. I spent hours looking for a cost effective way and finally came to the conclusion there wasn't one. At the time the best option was (and remains) Western Union. This is how it works:

  • I send New Zealand dollars to Sangmarie via Western Union who charge fees to convert them to Gambian Dalasi and complete the transaction; these fees are deducted from the total New Zealand dollars available
  • Western Union bills the full cost of the transaction to my New Zealand credit card
  • I move available funds from PayPal into a New Zealand bank account used only for Sangmarie's fundraising
  • I withdraw the funds from the New Zealand bank account and pay off my credit card
  • I have checked with my accountant to be sure I can do this without incurring tax liability.

I realise this payment method is less than elegant, however it is what I was able to arrange with the time and resources available.

How much it costs to send money to Sangmarie

Before, if I sent NZ$150 to Sangmarie via Western Union, fees to move the money were NZ$28. This was 18.6 percent of the amount paid, nearly one fifth. However the transaction was completed in seconds and the total cost of the transaction was known before I sent, which was helpful in many ways.

Now, depending upon how much I send it costs $6 to send! Some time in July 2019 the fees suddenly dropped. I don't know why and I'm not asking, I'm just grateful.

If I send money via bank to bank transfer the cost is higher because there are multiple bank fees. Additionally the transaction takes 3-7 days to complete, and the final cost is not known until after it's complete. This makes sending money harder to administer and I need to keep it simple.

Why I am sure Sangmarie will use your money well

I have watched Sangmarie handling money for more than a year now. He is responsible and intelligent with it, even and especially when there are conflicting demands. I was certain in our knowledge of this, but decided to ask him to put it in writing as well. Here is a a photograph of his signed letter:

Sangmarie's signed letter of intent

I also wanted the Headmaster of the school to have a copy of the letter, because he has shown great faith in Sangmarie. Here you can see Sangmarie with two copies of his letter, one for his records, and one for the Headmaster, Mr Dodou Sanyang.

Sangmarie Gomez with his signed letters of financial intent


If you have any questions or concerns about how your donation is handled please message me on the Sponsoring Sangmarie Gomez page on Facebook.