Youth Development Association (BYDA), a legally registered self-help charitable
community based association in The Gambia on 6 September 2017 donated 8 fire
extinguishers to the Bundung Maternal and Children Hospital.
Speaking at the presentation ceremony held at the hospital ground, Awa Bah, Vice President of the association, declared that the contribution of young people was key in any development agenda of a country.
This, she said, was why they established the association to contribute their quota to the development of the nation.
She explained that they have established a library, sponsored 60 students, constructed a community stand pipe water among other projects, all geared towards contributing to national development.
Ms Bah said they hoped the materials would be useful to the hospital and urged them to use the materials wisely for the purpose they are meant for.
Jabel Ceesay, Secretary General of the association, said the materials were donated to them by Geven Voor Gambia based in Netherlands.
He stated that the hospital is meant to serve humanity, which is in tandem with their goal, hence they chose the hospital to donate the materials to them.
Haita Ndimbalan, Principal Nursing Officer at the hospital expressed gratitude to the donors for the gesture, which, she said, was a step in the right direction.
She noted that no one knows when something could happen, and as such, it was important that they had such materials at their disposal.
Hospitals belong to everybody as everyone could be a patient, she remarked, saying that they hoped the partnership would continue to grow from strength to strength.
Kebba Manneh, administrator of the hospital also commended the association for their foresight and also thanked them on behalf of the hospital management, staff and patients.
He pointed out that there are expansions going on at the hospital and as such, the gesture was timely.
He assured them that they would utilise the materials to the maximum, adding that they would also try to organise training on how to operate them.
“Together we can develop the health of Gambian people,” he told the association, saying government could not do it all alone.
BYDA started when a group of young adults from the village of NemaKunku casually discussed how they could help their community develop.
From the informal discussion, they decided to take formal action and established the BYDA in May 2010.