Muslim Jama’at The Gambia, Saturday donated food aid to Tanka Tanka Psychiatric
hospital and Mile 2 prisons as part of their gesture for the Muslim feast of
Tobaski which was observe on Sunday.
The Jama’at presented three bags of 50kg of rice, a bag of onion, a bag of potato, a goat and two gallons of 20 litters of cooking oil to Tanka Tanka and nine bags of 50kg of rice, two goats, bags of onion and potato to Mile 2 prison.
Receiving the materials on behalf of the Tanka Tanka Psychiatric hospital matron, Baba Manneh, a nursing officer said the gesture is a long-time initiative of the Ahmadiyaa Muslim Jama’at and thanked them for it.
He said they are grateful to the Jama’at for their continuous support, adding that the Jama’at are very concern about them and about mental health in The Gambia.
Ebrima Mbowe, deputy Amir of the Ahmadiyaa Muslim Jama’at The Gambia said they were grateful to Tanka Tanka for their acceptance of the gifts even though it was small. “We will continue to help and it is in our minds to do more any time we come,” he said, while urging them to pray for each other for the routine to continue at a bigger magnitude.
He also called on philanthropists and organisations to emulate the gesture, saying if at least five organisations were to support Tanka Tanka, they will not only have something to eat during the Tobaski but even in the months to follow.
“This place is for everybody and anyone can have their people or themselves here because it is a state of illness,” he said, and added, “people should come forward and help not just with food items or cash but also with clothing and others.”
Yankuba Suwareh, also a nursing officer thanked the Ahmadiyaa Muslim Jama’at for the support, pointing out that Government alone cannot do it all. “Mental health can happen to anybody and as such we should always remember our brothers and sisters here,” he emphasised while praying for Allah to reward the Jama’at for their service to humanity.