WHAT WE DO and WHERE
INTBN provides free health education and educational support services in The
Gambia, West Africa and Chicago, IL U.S.A.
The organization conducts health education workshops in
Chicago and The Gambia that are tailored for the participants, health fairs and
health literature. We focus on health topics that affect Africa and the
African American Community such as HIV/AIDS, STI(D)s, Malaria, Heart Disease,
Hypertension, Diabetes, Mental Illness and other topics that affect the
communities we serve . Our educational material is in line and in
compliance with local and international standards.
| ||The Gambia, West Africa |
The educational support service of INTBN in The Gambia
provides financial support for the education of children that are at risk for
exploitation and or extreme poverty with a focus on the female child.
The organization also funds basic literacy programs for
adult females 18 and older that cannot read, write or sign their name.
INTBN donates new and used usable goods to individuals,
families, organizations, schools and communities when these items are
For information on The Gambia please visit these sites.
(This site is recommended for its' statistical data.)
| || Chicago, IL USA |
Lack of education and jobs brings about a frustration that
begets violence and crime in underserved communities.
Educational support services
in the Chicago land area focuses on helping those out of school to return. The
organization provides resource information on GED programs, alternative high
schools and training programs. INTBN
also provides information on Chicago City Colleges for adults.
For more information on Chicago, IL U.S.A. please visit
INTBN is governed by an international board of directors in
Chicago, IL, U.S.A. and has an advisory board in The Gambia that oversees
Gambia specific projects.
The management team at each respective location oversees the
basic day to day operations of the organization. Our work is done in part through our network of volunteers.
INTBN was first started and developed as a registered a
nonprofit, charitable organization in The Gambia, West Africa. In 2004, Ms Victoria D Blakey began to teach basic health
education on communicable as well as non communicable diseases to her neighbors
in a local community while on a short stay in The Gambia. These neighbors, knowing that she was a
nurse would ask for different kinds of medications. Ms Blakey didn’t have any medicine for them
but what she did have was the information and or access to the information to
help individuals and families take better care of themselves and treat some
minor problems with nutrition and proper hygiene.
A few weeks later Ms Blakey met a young school age local
girl on the beach selling mangoes, bananas and peanuts from a tray the little
girl carried on her head. It was in a
tourist area, which is not safe for children, especially young girls. On her face this young girl wore a grimace and a look of
confusion, but with deep knowing eyes.
She was not in school and had never been to school because she had to work to help
support her family. This young girl
touched Ms Blakey’s heart and spirit to fund this young girl’s education and
give minimal financial support to the family to supplement the loss wages of
the little girl and other children like her. The short stay became a very long stay.
While praying for clarity on these new challenges in a new
land Ms Blakey received her divine inspiration and understood her purpose. Core essentials were missing for many, the
ones needed to survive, progress and lead fulfilled lives. Good health and education, this is the
mission of INTBN. INTBN was registered in February of 2005 as a non profit,
charitable organization in The Gambia, West Africa. The organization was self funded and
developed by Ms Blakey. In June of 2008,
INTBN registered in the state of Illinois, (Ms Blakey’s home state) as a
charitable non profit organization to serve the Chicago land area. The organization has been mainly self funded and
has partners that contribute many of its educational material.