International Islamic Youth League (IIYL), African Youth Development Centre, in
partnership with the National Disaster Management Agency (NDMA) and the Gambia
Red Cross Society recently presented food and non-food items, worth over two
million dalasis to 130 households affected by the recent flash flood in the
Upper River Region.
The materials included bags of rice, sugar, cooking oil, mats, blankets, bed nets, buckets, soaps and kitchen sets.
IIYL is one of the leading humanitarian, non-governmental, non-ethnic organisations, providing minimum standards of protection and assistance to refugees, returnees and internally-displaced persons in the areas of water and sanitation, education, primary healthcare delivery services, food aid, agriculture and orphan support.
It also provides other community development services assistance in the form of repatriation, resettlement, reconstruction and emergency relief and disaster response worldwide, helping to alleviate the sufferings of affected people, through both natural and human disasters.
Its mission is building partnership and networking with humanitarian, development agencies and governments to promote positive agenda for young people and provision of protection and programme assistance to the most marginalised and disadvantaged people and people affected by forced disappearance and natural disasters.
Speaking at the distribution of materials held at the Upper River Region Governor’s office, Omar M. Jammeh, Head of Orphan Department at IIYL, said they could not satisfy everyone, but with the help of the Almighty the materials would assist the affected victims somehow.
Mr Jammeh thanked NDMA and Gambia Red Cross Society for their hard work, pointing out that it’s ‘Islamic’ to help relatives in their times of need, and as such, they decided to extend a helping hand.
He also thanked the URR Governor for opening her doors to them, saying they aim to continue doing the same in the near future.
Sering Mondou Joof, Deputy Executive Director of the National Disaster Management Agency, declared that he was quite moved by the prompt response, efforts and actions of IIYL.
He said when such an incident happens, it touches everybody, adding that as a coordinating body they thought it prudent to get in contact with some local and international NGOs to see how to work together to alleviate the plight of the victims.
Mr Joof said they are working with other organisations to ensure such assistance reaches all corners of the affected regions in the country.
He called on people to change their attitude, saying the money used to buy the materials could have been invested into health, education or road constructions.
Hon. Yusupha Cham, adviser to President Adama Barrow expressed delight at IIYL’s intervention, saying their intervention was complementary to government’s efforts in trying to alleviate the sufferings of flood victims.
Beneficiaries expressed appreciation to the donors, saying the materials would go a long way in alleviating their sufferings.