for Education and Local Projects in Gambia (HELPING), an international
non-governmental organization registered in The Gambia and England to support
in the areas of education, health and other local projects Saturday opened a
lodge at Fass Njaga Choi Village in North Bank Region’s Lower Niumi District.
All proceeds that will be gained from the lodge including a training centre and a meeting room will support in the sustainability of the Charity’s projects and communities. The lodge can cater for 30 participants at one time.
The Charity is sponsoring over 400 students in the Gambia from nursery school to university. 29 Gambians are currently employed by the project.
Governor of North Bank Region Ebrima S.K. Dampha said at the opening ceremony that no one can estimate impact that the Charity is making on the lives of Gambians.
“You are changing lives of Gambians for the better and we commend you for that,” he stated.
Muhtar Jeng, National Assembly Member for Lower Nuimi thanked Chris and Margaret Meeks for their contribution to national growth and development.
Lamin Camara, chairman of the Charity’s board of directors said, “We are deeply grateful to the Charity for their support. This is in line with government priorities.”
National coordinator of the Charity Sarjo Sarr said as part of the support for access to health facilities, a 24/7 ambulance is placed at Fass Njaga Choi village to cater for emergencies and referrals to Essau major health centre.
He added that in 2014, the Charity rebuilt Fass Clinic, installed a new solar system and provided a fridge there. “In 2016, Fass and its 17 cluster villages joint together and build a standard labour ward at Fass clinic to help cater for more deliveries. That was supported by the Charity and it is final stages.”
Mr. Sarr said the Chessay Majaw community skill centre was also built by the Charity to support women to have access to income generation activities which is used as livelihood support to their families.
Margaret Meeks, one of the donors thanked the beneficiary communities for their close working relation with them since the beginning of the project.