During their trip to Gambia, the Portlaoise College students and teachers also visited a health centre and hospital.
Student Dovile Greblaiskaite said that the health centre was only for people with certain infections.
“They do not stay there overnight. The doctor gives them medicine, and after a couple of hours they have to leave.
“We gave out some of the things that we brought over with us in the container, such as plasters, bandages, vitamins and disposable gloves,” she said.
After this, the group visited the Brikama Hospital. Dovile said that it looked very different to the hospitals that we are used to here in Ireland.
“There were about twenty women sitting outside with their kids, waiting for the doctors and nurses to help them.
“The children’s ward was full of babies crying. It was sad looking at them being sick,” she said.
Again the group gave out plasters, bandages, blood pressure machines and disposable gloves to the hospital.
For this trip to happen, the school raised nearly €20,000 through various fundraisers over the past few months.