For years, Amady made a living carving wooden masks, animals, and sculptures at his workshop.
He took special pride in the quality of the work. Wood carving remains one of the most common local arts in The Gambia, and craftsmen like Amady can be seen at many of the local markets.
Much of his family lives together in Banjul, including several grandchildren, his 21-year-old daughter, Daba, and his 25-year-old son, Malick, who followed his father into the carving trade.
For Amady, wood carving was more than a job. It was his livelihood. His passion. At just 50 years old, he expected to continue working for many more years. But that took a serious turn when his eyesight began to fog–like smoke, as he described it. Eventually, he could no longer recognize faces or make out many of the details in a carving. When we launched our campaign in The Gambia in the fall of 2015, Amady was one of the first patients to receive care.
Several days after surgery, we caught up with Amady and his family again to see how he was recovering. Just days after he visited the hospital, he was ready to get back to his workshop.