part of their corporate social responsibilities, the Guaranty Trust Bank
(GTBank) one of the leading commercial banks in the country on Thursday morning
presented a cheque amounting to two hundred thousand dalasis to the Bundung
Maternal and Child Hospital. The bank also gave five thousand U.S. Dollars to
the SOS Children’s Village.
The amounts, officials say were meant among others to support the beneficiary institutions with a view to able to eradicate some difficulties they are encountering at their institutional levels.
The presentation ceremony which was attended by the GTBank officials and the beneficiary institutions was held at the GTBank’s main office along Kairaba Avenue.
Speaking at the ceremony, the managing director of GTBank, Adesina Adebesin, spoke at length the significance of the occasion, saying: “Our belief is that every child should leave in a proper home and have access to decent education and enjoy health care services which are some of the most important factors that will ensure a good future for them. We hope that the monies will be utilized and will go a long way in providing hope for so many disadvantaged children and also provide them with good services.”
The GTBank MD explained that they have numerous saving products such as; Smart Kids Saving Accounts. He urges parents to open such account for their children as a way for securing their future, adding that the opening of that bank account requires zero dalasi.
This, he went on, is another way of building the future of our children in order for them to become responsible.
For her part, the national director of SOS Children’s Village, Mariatou Sallah, commended the donors for their continuous support to the SOS Village over the past seven years. The financial support, she added, covers the cost of children’s feeding, tuition fees, clothing, medicasl as well as support for the mothers and aunties taking good care of the children at the village.
“We are indeed grateful to your institution for the tireless effort in providing a better and loving home for the needy and vulnerable children in The Gambia. The house in the SOS children village in Bakoteh is being sponsored by GTBank. I can tell you that the children are so much happy about the continued support you are rendering to them.”
The SOS, she went on, has been in The Gambia for the past 32 years and they are taking care of children’s that lost their parents and those that are on the verge of losing their parental care.
The Bundung Maternal and Child Hospital Board vice chair, Theresa Drammeh, said the population of people that the hospital is covering is on the increase, saying the bank’s support is of paramount importance to the hospital. The government, she said, cannot do it alone, thus it is crucial for institutions to compliment government’s effort.
“We will never forget about the continued support you are rendering to us for the past years. The amount of money given to the hospital will go a long way in ensuring that the hospital gets the required materials that are needed in supporting the needy children.”