Helping disaster victims is what we cherish

Wednesday, January 03, 2018

The Gambia Red Cross has proven to be a shining example in reaching out to disaster victims and that is what we cherish.

This proven track record is no doubt cherished by everyone who cares about humanity. The institution’s reputation to giving out relief materials to flood victims in this country is something that the institution has for so long take pride in safeguarding.

This is all about humanity because today, no one has a guarantee against disaster when it hits. No nation has enough technology to avert disaster as climate change is inevitable. So all we could do is to mitigate or adapt.

Climate change remains a fundamental threat to all, signaling that disasters will continue to strike even against our wishes. And the fact that all these are our own makings (through anthropogenic process), it’s incumbent on us as human beings to always cherish the course in reaching out to those who are affected by disaster and are in need.

The Gambia Red Cross for decades of existence in this country recognised that the only way to make a case for change in people’s lives specially the disaster stricken ones is to come to their aids when they are in need. And for quite a while now, the body has forged that substantial partnership with the National Disaster Management Agency (NDM) to making sure that disaster victims are not left but assisted.

The Gambia Red Cross since its inception in 1948 has been a major government partner. It was established in Banjul during Colonial times as a branch of the British Red Cross and became an autonomous national society in 1966.

Helping disaster victims is part of our humanity and our values and the institution has been in the forefront of that crusade. Distributing D1.95 million among 200 households in this country by and large is no small measure and we hope that other humanitarian institutions will soon your magnanimity.

Other partners such as the World Food Programme (WFP) and U.S. Embassy have also proven to be outstanding partners to government in terms of reaching out the disaster victims in The Gambia. Their efforts are always appreciated and we hope that in future, helping disaster victims would be the priority of all.

The governments, we all know are primarily responsible when it comes to disasters, but they cannot do it all and that is why the public-private sector partnership is very essential anywhere and anytime. 

“If a natural disaster strikes your community, reach out to your friends, neighbors, and complete strangers. Lend a helping hand.”

Marsha Blackburn