for Education and Local Projects in The Gambia (HELPING) Charity last Saturday
donated bags of rice to 87 of their sponsored students at Fass Njaga Choi
village in in North Bank Region’s Lower Niumi District. The annual gesture showed each student
receiving a bag of rice.
Speaking at the presentation held at HELPING Charity Lodge, the Charity’s sponsorship coordinator, Karamo Manjang said they believed that the bags of rice would greatly benefit families of the sponsored students.
He urged parents to continue supporting their children in their education, saying to whom ‘much is given much is expected.’
Mr. Manjang said in few weeks to come they will start paying the students’ school fees, buy uniforms, shoes and school bags for them, among other school materials.
Ajara Lowe, a parent of one of the sponsored students commended HELPING Charity for their continuous support to Gambian students particularly the less privileged ones. She said the sponsors did not only stop at sponsoring the students but they also monitor their progress in school.
She called on parents to be actively monitoring and assisting their children at home and to ensure that monies given to them for the education of the children is spent for its rightful purpose.
She said the rice came at the right time as August is always a difficult month with people also just from observing the Muslims feast of Tobaski.
Colley Sam, also a parent of a sponsored student expressed delight and appreciation for the generosity.
Buba Sowe, HELPING Charity Lodge manager said the cost of a bag of rice is expensive and as such the presented rice will go a long way in helping families of beneficiaries. He thanked founders of the Charity, Chris and Magaret Meeks for their support to Gambian students and the society.
The Charity aims to unlock the potential of highly disadvantaged children in The Gambia through sharing resources, knowledge and respect; work in partnership with the local communities to provide children with access to education, health care, clean water and nutrition; provide teachers and schools with resources and support to improve literacy, numeracy, life-skills and self-esteem; and provide local projects to improve self-sufficiency.