Gambian philanthropist donates to Chigambas Nursery school

Monday, September 03, 2018

Balla Jallow, a Gambian philanthropist based in Sweden recently donated second hand clothing to Chigambas Nursery School in Basse, Upper River Region.

Speaking at the presentation ceremony held at the school premises in Basse Manneh Kunda, Bunama Krubally, manager of the organisation in The Gambia commended the donor for his continued support to the school.

He said the donated materials have come at the right time, saying such move will go a long way in complementing government efforts for national development. “Chigambas is a charitable organisation that has been in operation for the past 22 years with the objective of helping poor and needy children to realise their academic dreams free of charge.”

Mr. Krubally said Chigambas has established a skill center where different skill works such as welding, sewing, woodwork and information technology are taught. He urged NGOs, local government authorities and Gambians philanthropists within and outside the country to emulate the donor in contributing towards the development of their own communities.

Balla Jallow himself who is a native of Basse thanked parents and children for responding to their call while expressing delight for the successful presentation of the goods.

He explained that the whole initiative started through his godson Robin Winklund, whose parents are Swedish. “Robin is the only child of his parents who are my best friends in Sweden. They gave me Robin for me to be his godfather. Then 3 years ago, I invited them to my home country for holidays.”

He said when Robin returned to Sweden, he consulted the authorities in his school and laid down plans to export clothes with a view to donate them to the Chigambas organisation in The Gambia.

He, however, called on other Gambian philanthropist in the Diaspora to also consider home and give back to the society, while thanking Robin and his parents for making this important initiative a success.

Madi Trawally, chairman of the Chigambas skills center and Musa Sowe, chairman of Chigambas Nursery school in Kaba Kama both echoed similar sentiments and urged the donor to continue on his humanitarian gesture in helping the needy people in his community.

Author: Momodou Jawo