The Gambia, last Thursday handed what it name as Dream Bikes to its three local
partners at a brief presentation ceremony held at the child and youth
empowerment agency’s country office in Kanifing.
The bicycles are meant for school girls who are enrolled in the organisation’s programmes, targeting to help in the fulfillment of their educational dreams.
“We are cognizant that girls are more vulnerable to risks, especially in situations where they need to move from one community to another to attend school,” ChildFund’s programmes and sponsorship director Nfamara Dabo said.
Country Director Musu Kuta Komma-Bah said the event is symbolic of her organisation’s relationship with the girl child, saying, “For those girls who trek long distances to get to school, the bikes will enable them to arrive at school on time, get the required contact hours in school and enhance their productivity.”
Edi Bah, manager of Ding Ding Federation in Foni, who spoke on behalf of the three beneficiary federations said the issue of bikes was one of the concerns raised during one of the quarterly reflections they organised together with ChildFund The Gambia.
“In addition to solving the problem of lateness, these bikes will also help boost the performance of girls in school. As such, the bikes will serve their purpose,” Mr. Bah stated.
ChildFund The Gambia works with three local partners namely Foni Ding Ding, Saama Kairo and Ding Ding Yiriwaa all within the West Coast Region, mainly in the areas of child sponsorship, responsive parenting programme in Lower River, Central River and North Bank Regions as well as a Gift-In-Kind programme which is countrywide.