Reconnect With Old Friends Message Board
Messages Posted from September 1997 - June 1998

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Returned Peace Corps Volunteers

Name: Amy Suleski
Other name(s): Binta Silla
Dates lived in Gambia: 1993-1995
Location/assignment: I lived in Fulla Kunda/Jakkaba south of Kuntaur on the North Bank...
Message: Nimbarra everyone! I thought I would sign on since everyone else seems to be doing it! Columbus, Ohio can be a boring place, but I am trying my damnnedest to liven' it up. Currently, I am pursuing life as a rock and roll star and writing grants for kicks on the side. If you need a wedding singer or entertainment for any other social functions, I give special discounts to RPCVs.

Friday, May 22, 1998 at 16:25:27 (EDT)

Name: Wendy Kestner
Other name(s): Jarra Dibba!!!!
Dates lived in Gambia: '94-'95
Location/assignment: Illiasa with Bill!
Message: Hey everyone! you'll never guess! I am a .... COLLEGE PROFESSOR!

of course not in America, (think they'd have me?!)
I am in S. Korea going on my 22 month.
Surprisingly, I have Gambian friends here! (Surprising that they are in Korea not that they are my friends! )
What is funny is that they are uncomfortable about being stared at (by Koreans) all the time. And they insist Gambia is not like that! I tried to explain the impact the word TOUBAB! had on my life, but to no avail.

It is so great Andy has this site. It is the lazy girls way of keeping in touch. And I welcome anyone to e-mail me!

On the love front, (i always have one, don't I?) I am engaged to a Korean, but we are having VISA difficulties. If love will endure... only time will tell. I don't know if I can spend my whole life here!

I hope to hear news about you all, soon!

Love Jarra Dibba!

Friday, May 15, 1998 at 00:37:31 (EDT)

Name: Gene Monette
Other name(s): Seiku Samara
Dates lived in Gambia: 95-97
Location/assignment: Kiang, Kolior/ agroforestry
Message: Hello people. Cheri & I are living in Burlington VT for at least another year and welcome visitors even if we even remotely know you (this includes Heath). America is weird. What's with the baggy pants? Can't wait to hear from y'all.

Saturday, May 09, 1998 at 15:29:11 (EDT)

Name: David Salas Wheeler
Other name(s): Sitookoto Sillah
Dates lived in Gambia: Fall 1989 - Summer 1991
Location/assignment: 1. Bansang -- math teacher at Bansang Secondary Technical School
2. Dumbutu -- field naturalist assigned to Kiang West National Park

Thursday, April 23, 1998 at 17:18:38 (EDT)

Name: Karen Salas Wheeler
Other name(s): Hawa Silla
Dates lived in Gambia: fall 1989 - summer 1991
Location/assignment: 1. Bansang -- English teacher at Bansang
2. Dumbutu

Thursday, April 23, 1998 at 17:13:55 (EDT)

Name: mickie dent
Other name(s): arokee gibba
Dates lived in Gambia: 1990-1992
Location/assignment: afsi/horticulture in kanuma, near somita and sibanor
Message: i'm living in st. paul, mn. i hope to reconnect with some old friends. i married eric and we have a beautiful little 1 year old boy(Sawyer). Visitors are always welcome in our home.

Thursday, April 23, 1998 at 15:05:20 (EDT)

Name: Lainie Thomas
Other name(s): Nyakingyamba Sanyang
Dates lived in Gambia: 1992-94
Location/assignment: I taught English, Math and Science at Kerewan Middle School in Baddibu, NBD.
Message: Hi everyone! Glad to see that there is a place to leave messages for old friends. Some of us Baddibunkers are trying to organize a reunion this June. We'd love to see all volunteers (even south bankers!) from everywhere, from all organizations (we have some APSO and VSO interest so far, too), and from all years. Drop me a line if you want more details. It's less than $250 round trip from London- less than you thought? Plus, aren't your last pair of samaotos wearing a bit thin lately? Time to have them remelted together! Hope to see LOADS of people!

Tuesday, March 10, 1998 at 10:35:15 (EST)

Name: John Gustafson
Other name(s): Monee Dampha
Dates lived in Gambia: 1989-1991
Location/assignment: Taught ESL and mathematics and served as the librarian at Pakalinding Secondary Technical School in Mansa Konko

Wednesday, March 04, 1998 at 14:21:54 (EST)

Name: Bob Kirk
Other name(s): Bob Joof
Dates lived in Gambia: '89-'91
Location/assignment: Kaur Secondary Technical School on the North Bank
Message: For my birthday I had my friends give me school supplies to send to Kaur rather than presents. It saves on the clutter.

I'm moving to Ecuador in June, '98.

Wednesday, March 04, 1998 at 13:14:38 (EST)

Name: Karen Burroughs
Other name(s): Aroci Jarjou
Dates lived in Gambia: 7/95-1/98
Location/assignment: Kassa Kunda, Nyofelleh, Jambanjelly, Brikama
Education (resource center teacher) sector

Tuesday, February 17, 1998 at 13:48:16 (EST)

Name: Claudine Elzey
Other name(s): Fatou Njie
Dates lived in Gambia: 1993-1995
Location/assignment: Fatoto town, Kantora district, URD
AgroForester/river scout
Message: Greetings everyone. I am currently in St. Louis, Missouri. If you're ever in the neighborhood...let me know...I'll put the kettle on.

Tuesday, February 10, 1998 at 18:34:31 (EST)

Name: Sunil Gupta
Other name(s): Grumpy
Dates lived in Gambia: 94-96
Location/assignment: St. Peter's High School, Lamin, The Gambia
Math,Science, Computer Teacher. Head, Computer Department.
CHIEF CHEF, Babou's Bar and Grill
Message: Yes, it is true, I am still unfortunately stuck with computers and making a living in the Bay Area, California

Thursday, January 22, 1998 at 19:24:05 (EST)

Name: Hans Deutsch
Other name(s): Haunsee Deutech
Dates lived in Gambia: July '94 through '96
Message: Yes, it's true. Heath, Hans, and friends have been hard on it playing cards. In fact, they find time to do little else. The action has been fast and furious (Pitch, Gin Rummy, Hearts), and many a snort and giggle has been had by all involved. In case you're wondering, pictures of all that has been will soon be posted on Heath's Web-Page. Our Broncos Rule! (Colorado, Colorado, Colorado)

Wednesday, January 14, 1998 at 19:27:05 (EST)

Name: Heath Stewart
Other name(s): Faring Touray
Dates lived in Gambia: 95-97
Location/assignment: Lamin - St. Peter's Technical High School - Math/Science and Head of Computer Department - Honorary degree as assistant bush pig chef at Babou's
Message: Oh the horror...of living in the same city as Hans and still being caught in the betting cycle. I was last seen running around Wash Park in my Gambia clothes.

Monday, January 05, 1998 at 01:13:49 (EST)

Name: Bill Retherford
Other name(s): Musa Jammeh, Musa Duttoe, Bill 2-Buckets
Dates lived in Gambia: 7/93 - 8/95
Location/assignment: Assigned to the very cooperative region od Badibu and lived in Illiasa
Message: Just wanted to say hello to everyone. Miss being a volunteer. Working in Houston, TX for an intermodal company and attempting to get my MBA. I do miss the JulBrew.

Thursday, December 18, 1997 at 13:52:16 (EST)

Name: Julie Mueller
Other name(s): Shady, Tenenfing
Dates lived in Gambia: July 1993-October 1995
Location/assignment: Sutukonding, URD
Message: For some reason I feel compelled to get into medical school, so that I can go live in a really hot place again and be a doctor. To complete the fantasy, I want to get my pilots liscence and fly all over Africa bringing good cheer and medical supplies to everyone. Maybe I should stop taking mephaloquine.

Saturday, December 06, 1997 at 17:14:00 (EST)

Name: Jen Hardt
Other name(s): Jarra Sanneh
Dates lived in Gambia: 1992-1994
Location/assignment: Forester in the village of No Kunda on the North Bank, Baddibu district.
Message: Greetings to everyone! Living in Omaha. Would like to hear from RPCVs.

Saturday, October 25, 1997 at 18:12:20 (EDT)

Name: Paul Cichello
Other name(s): Ebrima Dibba
Dates lived in Gambia: 1992-94
Location/assignment: Kaur/ Middle School Teacher
Message: SWM seeking erotic adventure, ohhh, wrong website.
Actually, I'm engaged and just starting a five year Economics program at Cornell. The e-mail address should allow anyone who's interested to contact me.

Friday, October 17, 1997 at 17:21:42 (EDT)

Name: Leslie Di Nal
Other name(s): Fatoumatta Ceesay
Dates lived in Gambia: 1994-1996
Location/assignment: I lived on the north bank of the river near Georgetown in the village of Jarumeh Koto.
Message: I hope all fellow RPCVs are doing well. I spent some quality time with Tamra and Scott this September in the northern California wine country. Hope to visit again soon. Check out my webpage at: Not working

Friday, October 17, 1997 at 01:13:47 (EDT)

Name: Hans Deutsch
Other name(s): Baakari Jawneh
Dates lived in Gambia: July of '94 through July '96
Location/assignment: Worked as a elementary teacher/trainer in Nyakoi-Kerewan (across the river from Basse Santa Su).
Message: Greetings! I'd love to hear from anyone except Larry Dixon and Jason Messick. Go Broncos!

Monday, October 13, 1997 at 18:50:43 (EDT)

Name: Pauline Lohr
Other name(s): Fatoumata San Yang
Dates lived in Gambia: July1993-95
Location/assignment: Sankuleykunda--MID Natural Resources Volunteer
Message: Just wanted to post this to let folks know I am on line and missing my RPCV friends terribly. Drop me a line if you have a chance. Had a kick butt rock n roll jam fiesta reunion at my parent's farm this past summer for all those 93-96 volunteers. Had a blast and drank a lot.

Monday, October 13, 1997 at 06:23:18 (EDT)

Name: Richard Smiley
Dates lived in Gambia: July 1992 - July 1994
Location/assignment: Education Volunter -- I taught Maths and Stats at Armitage High School, Georgetown, Maccarthy Island Division (now Central River Division); I also worked with The National Population Division on preparation of the "Population Databank" publication.
Message: I'm currently working at the Bureau of the Census on improving questionnaire wording and design. If I haven't heard from you in a while, drop me a note and say hi!

My current address (as of September of 1997) is:

1635 N. Oak Street, Apt #1
Arlington, VA 22209-2715
phone: (703) 524-2007

Friday, September 19, 1997 at 11:42:51 (EDT)

Name: Andy Lyons
Other name(s): Filijee Daffeh
Dates lived in Gambia: 1991-1995
Location/assignment: I taught at Nusrat High School in Bundung and worked at the Book Production Unit in Kanifing.
Message: I'm now a graduate student at the University of Florida in Gainesville. I hope to return to Africa in the summer of 1998 to do my masters thesis research in Zambia. I maintain this web page as a hobby. Greetings to all my former Peace Corps friends, colleagues at Nusrat and BPMRU, and former students. Kori tanante!

Thursday, September 18, 1997 at 20:40:54 (EDT)

Other Returned Volunteers

Name: Hervé Grosdoit-Artur
Other name(s): Bubba Touray (my gambian name)
Dates lived in Gambia: 01-95 to 10-96
Location/assignment: Kanifing
Message: I was a VSO volunteer working at the YMCA training centre to set up computer courses. I miss Gambia ! If any of my friends, colleagues or students read this, please email me !
Read you all soon ! Herve

Sunday, May 17, 1998 at 05:51:51 (EDT)

Name: Paul Fervoy
Other name(s): Modou Barro
Dates lived in Gambia: Summer 1989
Location/assignment: Barro Kunda, NBD.
Message: Coming up on the tenth anniversary of my Crossroad's summer in The Gambia. I catch myself lost in those memories from time to time, like today. So I went searching the Net and found this and other sites. I found that our group leader John Mitchell is still writing for the L.A. Times. I wonder what others are up to, especially Matarr Bah who emigrated to the US in 1991 and was last heard from living in North Carolina. Anyone?

Sunday, May 03, 1998 at 19:46:30 (EDT)

Gambians Living Abroad

Other name(s): ABUBACAR DABO
Dates lived in Gambia: BORN&BRED
Location/assignment: BANJUL

Saturday, May 30, 1998 at 16:37:30 (EDT)

Name: Amie Webb
Other name(s): Ma Amie Fye
Dates lived in Gambia: up to 1990
Location/assignment: lived in Fajara
Message: I am looking for a friend called Yusupha George. The last I knew he was living in Stockholm, Sweden.
Also If anybody has any information on Momodou Jawara(ex president's son) please E-mail me. He used to be my best friend back when we were Teenagers

Friday, May 22, 1998 at 00:28:48 (EDT)

Name: momodou njie
Other name(s): naya
Dates lived in Gambia: 22
Location/assignment: banjul
Message: i was living jones in banjul

Tuesday, May 05, 1998 at 15:23:08 (EDT)

Name: Mamadou S Jallow
Other name(s): Bala or M S Jallow
Dates lived in Gambia: Born Gambian
Location/assignment: Basse Santa su
Message: I am presently living in Stockholm Swden with my wife Pia Jallow and two sons Ibrima and Yusuf Jallow. I have been living here since 1986. Working as a computer cordinator at the Labour Union in Stockholm. I am furthering my education in cumputer science. This i do parallely to my job.

I am born citizen of Basse. Attended school at LKJ.
Mail me any time you wants.

Lets keep in touch through CyberSpace.

Thursday, October 30, 1997 at 14:58:15 (EST)

Name: Ebrima Touray
Dates lived in Gambia: 1972-1994
Location/assignment: I was born in farafenni. Attended high school and Six form. After graduating from Six Form I went to work for action aid from 1992-1994. In the winter of 1994 I traveled to the United States for college.
Message: I am married and live with my wife in Minneapolis MN. I am currently a junior at the Carlson School of Management at the University of MN.

Monday, September 29, 1997 at 12:24:00 (EDT)


Message: I want to locate an old from the Gambia who I met in 1993 when he was working for the African Development Bank in Abidjan. A mutual friend from Uganda introduced us. My friend is named Aliyu. Any one with help please respond.

Tuesday, April 21, 1998 at 15:48:50 (EDT)

Name: Awamary Lowe
Other name(s): Mary
Dates lived in Gambia: 1988-97
Location/assignment: i lived at kanifing south and went to school at gambia high school. I now go to shaw university in north carolina.
Message: i love ya all gambians out there!

Monday, March 16, 1998 at 15:14:44 (EST)

Name: usha banerji
Dates lived in Gambia: 1982
Message: For Hatib Janeh, Have written to you earlier no reply,Please contact if you are on net,KLove to the family,Whereis Makiyu? Usha.

Thursday, February 19, 1998 at 19:14:51 (EST)

Name: michael cummins
Other name(s): tangle man
Dates lived in Gambia: holiday 29.1.98-5.2.98
Location/assignment: cape st mary,bakau
Message: hello to saja samusa c/o buba samusa pmb.232...arrived back in england and have sent you some photographs and a letter .hope you a nd your family are well.

Monday, February 09, 1998 at 07:11:28 (EST)

Name: Boris Maksimov
Message: Help!!!!!!! I am trying to find the email address of a journalist Christine Ceesay-Nimaga, who lives in Banjul now. I would be terribly grateful, if someone could send me her details.



Tuesday, January 13, 1998 at 12:12:05 (EST)

Name: siti salmiyah tahir
Other name(s): siti
Location/assignment: District Veterinary Department of Hulu Langat,
Jalan Bukit Indah, 43000 Kajang,
Selangor,West Malaysia.
Message: To my friends in Gambia i.e.Samuel,Bonto,Matar and Omar Gibba from veterinary department of Gambia.Happy new year and hope to hear from any of you again.Bonto and Matar... I received your regards from Negeri Sembilan,where you had your last practicals before leaving for Gambia.Omar...hope to also hear from you again. Bye...

Thursday, December 04, 1997 at 09:40:57 (EST)

Name: Gerald Sawyer
Other name(s): Captain of Sipa ll
Dates lived in Gambia: sept.1986-dec.87
Location/assignment: Banjul,as captain of a shrimp boat for National Parnership Enterprises.
Message: I would like to hear from anyone that was in the Gambia that I knew,or any of the people I worked with at N.P.E. I would especially like to hear from Connie at Radio Syd.

Friday, October 03, 1997 at 20:11:30 (EDT)

Name: maria
Other name(s): J

Sunday, September 21, 1997 at 21:48:53 (EDT)

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