African Orphans, a charity established in The Gambia and the U.S, recently
organised a Feed the Orphans programme at an orphanage in the village of
The event, attended by government officials and social workers, both in government and civil society, witnessed the handing over to the orphanage of donated education materials, clothing and food items. Through SAO’s solicitation, the President of the Republic Adama Barrow, has also donated 20 bags of rice which were also handed over to the orphanage.
In her keynote speech, the founder and CEO of SAO, expressed organisation’s commitment to improving the lives and livelihoods of orphans and underprivileged children.
She said: “The situation of orphans and vulnerable children is an issue of concern. Every indication points to rising population and immense suffering of orphans due to political, economic and social factors.
“The fact that these children do not have protection exposes them to abuse and exploitation. Human trafficking, child labour and child sexual exploitation are reported to be high in The Gambia. Orphans are soft targets. These children are often malnourished and are denied access to such basic needs, such as proper health care, education, shelter and nutrition.”
She thanked President Adama Barrow and his government for the support while hailing the steadfastness of the orphans at the orphanage and their guardians.
Mr Dodou Sano, an adviser to President Barrow, reiterated the government’s commitment towards the wellbeing and empowerment of all children, including orphans. He hailed SAO for the foresight and affirmed the continuous support and collaboration of the presidency.
Speaking earlier, the Director of the Department of Social Welfare, he his agency is ready and willing to partner with charities like SAO towards addressing children’s issues. He encouraged the SAO team to embark on their quest in putting a smile on the face of humanity.
Others speakers were Mr. Wurra Bah, who deputized Mayor Bensouda of Kanifing Municipal Council and Mr Njundu Drammeh, National Coordinator of Child Protection Alliance (CPA).