Yiriwa Federation, an affiliate to Child Fund-The Gambia, has donated 35, 600
exercise books to sponsored students within the enrolment of the federation in
Kombo South and North districts, in a presentation held at Jambanjelly.
This distribution was not the first time the federation had extended its helping hand to school-going children in the area.
According to officials, more than 4, 300 children are benefiting from the sponsorship from nursery to university level.
The federation is a household name in Kombo South and North, because of the invaluable contribution they offer to residents, ranging from education, health to skills development.
The federation covers 10 community associations: 5 from Kombo North and 5 in the South.
Alieu Mendy, Dinding Yiriwa Federation Manager in both Kombo South and North Districts, said the books were meant to help parents in the attainment of quality education for their children.
According to him, their intervention was also to contribute their efforts or quota to nation-building in the area of education, in order to reduce cost for parents. “Our support is focused on deprived, excluded and vulnerable families in ensuring that the health of infants (0-5 years) and their parents are taken care of; provide education for children 6-14 years, by helping their parents to meet the school bills and skill training for the youth from 15-24 years.”
He pointed out that all these are geared towards empowering children to become better people in future.
He challenged the beneficiaries to communicate to their sponsors at all times; since they are supporting their children, saying what they need is recognition and information.
Lamin Ceesay, federation’s accountant, said their aim was to empower children to have access to quality and affordable education.
He said the books would go a long way in helping the beneficiaries in addressing their problems.
Ensa Bojang, an elderly man in Janbanjalley, said their cluster has been benefiting from the federation for the past years.
Banna Darboe, women leader in Janbanjalley, noted that the federation has since its inception been sponsoring many children in the area.
“We now have some of the sponsored children at the University of The Gambia and some are now working with various offices in the country and outside,” she said.
She commended the federation for their continuous support to the community.