Wonderland in The Gambia

Wonderland is entirely in aid of charity and run by volunteers, we do not make a penny from these events, we do them 'cos we love them and 'cos we love all of you too. All profits go to the Wonder Years Charity, supporting communities in The Gambia.

So far, we've raised over £31000 for charity!

Since 2007, Wonderland have been raising money for charity through hosting unique and wonderful parties, stages, rooms and interactions. All of the Wonderland crew are volunteers, working hard and partying for the love of it, and have grown to be one of London's most renowned alternative nightlife names.

Since 2010 Wonderland have been raising money for The Wonder Years Centre of Excellence (WYCE) in the village of Medina Salam, Gambia. This tiny charity has a big vision to make the village safe, healthy and sustainable for the whole community. WYCE provides free education in the school, free healthcare in the clinic, a stable job for many villagers in the working lodge and malaria support for the wider area. Relying on donations and volunteer visits for now, WYCE is looking to become self-sustainable as charitable donations are invested in enterprises such as shops, a bee farm and the future generation of Gambians.

Our certificate from the charity!

Here's a video diary playlist of our 2012 trip to the project...

Please take a moment to visit WYCE on Facebook, 'like' their page and spread the word!

Wonder Years

More information on Wonder Years on their website

Here's some other projects that money from Wonderland has gone towards or entirely funded:

African Jeniba

African Jeniba is a range of jewellery made by the women of Madina Salaam, The Gambia. This project is a self-sustainable project for the WYCE charity. Around 25 women aged ranging from 17 years - 40 years are now involved in the project.

African Jeniba

For more information and sales please visit: africanjeniba.wordpress.com or visit us on Facebook.

The story so far...

Using money raised from Wonderland events we funded the equipment, training and development of this sustainable jewellery project. We invited women of the village to come and learn the skills needed to make the jewellery. We worked through ideas to use local materials, resources and low impact on the use of technical equipment. We advanced our ideas to be able to train two boys to make the beads in the village and source the fabric from a shop only 20 minutes away. We also only use a saw, hand drill, scissors, tapestry needles and a measuring tape to make everything needed for the jewellery.

There's now around 25 women involved in making the jewellery. The ladies visualise the project as a chance to learn new skills, time to get together and socialise outside of their compound, and earn some money for their family. Which is really positive for the women in this society. Two boys aged 15 and 18 who have been out of education since the age of 11 have been trained into making the wooden beads to make the jewellery. They also now have a skill and are earning some money to contribute to their families.

We are now selling the jewellery at Wonderland events and at various craft markets. ALL profits from the jewellery go to paying the ladies & bead maker's wages and go back into supporting the WYCE charity project in all its endeavors.

Previous work

Between August 2007 and October 2009 Wonderland raised £3167.63 for Cancer Research UK. Since then our Wonderland events have been raising money for Wonder Years Centre of Excellence.