members of International Humanitarian Relief Organization (IHHNL); a Turkish deputy charge affairs to The Gambia- based
charity in the Netherlands and partners from the United Kingdom last Thursday
embarked on a massive cataract operation on over one hundred patients at
Bansang hospital and over twenty-five cataract patients at Jarra Soma Hospital
The delegation also witnessed the inaugurated of a refurbished structure at Tallinding Islamic Institute on Wednesday and a four classroom block at Sare Samba Tacko Madarassa.
The charity equally targeted to support Bwiam General and Brikama District Hospitals. The launching of the project at Tallinding Islamic Institute was graced by the Turkish deputy charge affairs to The Gambia and other Islamic scholars as well as the National Aseembly member of the area Fatoumatta Jawara who expressed profound appreciation to host the team from the Netherlands and UK.
The visiting delegation during their stayed provided free cataract operations at various hospitals and met their Gambian counterpart, Cemiyetul Hayr Relief Organization (CHRO); a local-based organization. The delegation also distributed aide items including bags of rice, school bags and slaughtered 12 cattle as charity to communities.
Speaking at the official inaugural ceremony in Tallinding, Musa Jallow, CHRO country coordinator said the main focus is to provide humanitarian support by empowering vulnerable people through sustainable programmes like building schools, health centres, Mosques, water points and sponsoring orphans.
He said over the past years, they have implemented and completed very important projects that have touched the lives of beneficiaries, adding that they deemed it appropriate to inaugurate the project with their partners.
Mr. Jallow indicated that among the completed projects is the construction of a female classroom block and the painting of Tallinding Islamic Institute classroom blocks.
According to him, the delegation will also embark on surgery operation on some 300 cataract patients at various hospitals in The Gambia as well as provide food items to nearly 100 families. “Each family will receive food items like rice. We will also assist beneficiaries to venture into animal husbandry programmes with the sole aim of helping them to raise domestic animals for themselves”, he added.
Hassainou Gunduz, leader of the delegation expressed gratitude and thanks to the people of The Gambia for their warm hospitality, saying the purpose of their visit was to provide free surgery services to patients suffering from cataract cases at various hospitals in the country and to see their ongoing projects in the country.
Mr. S. Tamgue, a member of the delegation thanked the government of The Gambia for creating an enabling for the charity to support poor and needy.