ChildFund launches Alumni Testimony Book

Thursday, January 31, 2019

ChildFund The Gambia during a flamboyant reception in honour of the Organisation’s Global Operational Leadership Team (GOLT) from ChildFund International, launches its first ever Alumni Testimony book held at a local hotel in Kololi.

The alumni testimonies serve as an opportunity to share the impact of the Organisation’s work in the country as it is a collection of stories about their ex-sponsored/supported children in The Gambia.

Speaking at the occasion, Lasana Badjie, ex-beneficiary, entrepreneur and deputy executive director for administration, Orphan Concern Gambia, said that the sponsorship came at a time when his parents were struggling to make ends meet with the burden of his educational expenses.

“The sponsorship programme brought real life to me and put me on the right path to a more meaningful future,” he beamingly stated.

The ex-beneficiary mentioned that he is currently a young Gambian entrepreneur engaging in fashion, adding that the clothes that he was wearing on the launching were made by him.

Mariama Touray, ex-beneficiary and a nursing student at The Gambia College School of Nursing, said that she was fed by ChildFund from nursery school to grade six.

“I never asked my mother to pay for my tuition fee because it was never asked by the school administration, knowing they were being catered by ChildFund The Gambia,” she explained.

She, however, recited a poem to show her appreciation for the work by ChildFund and its affiliation federations entitled: “Thank you ChildFund The Gambia and its affiliation federations.”

Abubacarr Drammeh, ex beneficiary and cost surveyor, National Roads Authority (NRA), said that he underwent a Higher National Diploma in Quantity Surveying at the Insight Training Centre. “I have set my own construction firm called Space Engineering and I am happy that one of my first major works was the directional signage in the form of five sign boards ChildFund The Gambia has contracted me,” he lamented.

Other speakers included Lamin Darbo, ex beneficiary and executive director National Youth Council and Alieu K. Darboe, councilor at the Brikama Area Council who elaborated on their success stories with support from ChildFund The Gambia.

Author: Fatou B. Cham