Association New York chapter, comprising of natives of Brikama in the US, have
recently donated 80 bags of sugar to Imams of the town. Officials of the
Association said the gesture amounted to more than one hundred thousand dalasis.
The gesture is part of the Association’s continued commitment to give back to their communities, particularly during the Muslims holy month of Ramadan.
Chairman of the coordinating committee in The Gambia Ebrima Cham said the gesture is a significant one, saying that it is well appreciated and came as a big relief to the beneficiaries. “Members of the Association are committed to give back to their communities by supporting the development of the town with regards to health, education, religious and sports, among other pertaining issues,” he said.
Mr. Cham said the gesture started in 2017 when the Association gave out 50 bags of rice to disaster victims of Brikama Nyambai and the surrounding, adding that last year, they also sponsored all the ‘Spelling Bi’ contests of Lower Basic Schools within Brikama.
According to him, 80 bags of sugar was also distributed to Imams last year in observance of the holy month of Ramadan. “Sugar is a commodity that almost all Muslims need during the month of Ramadan. Therefore, we though it is of paramount importance to support the Imams in the town so that they can also support some needy people within their areas.”
West Coast Region governor Bakary Sanyang dwelled on the importance of supporting Muslims during the month of Ramadan, while commending the donors for their generosity towards the Muslim Ummah.
Governor Sanyang said the donation is another manifestation of the Association’s resolve to continue putting smile on the faces of needy people, while encouraging other people to emulate the people of Brikama by supporting their communities.
Alhagie Drammeh, Co-founder of the Association and Imam Lamin Kanteh both hailed the Association members for their intervention in providing sugar to them, describing the gesture as laudable and timely especially in the holy month of Ramadan.