Project Gambia: People Feeding People, a Scotland-based charity working in The Gambia recently donated food items, including rice, onions and macaroni to St. John’s School for the Deaf at a presentation held at the school ground.
The Scottish charity is committed to supporting the country’s school feeding programme.
Paul Lafferty, treasurer of the Project said the donation is an annual affair, saying they also supply the school with new uniforms.
He promised that more supplies are in the offing which includes bicycles, clothing and books for the students.
Mr. Lafferty disclosed that a sum of 25,000 British pounds was spent to buy school uniforms, shoes and other materials for students and also spent 15, 000 pounds for the school’s feeding program.
The move, he went on, is aimed at changing the condition of the students in the school.
“Teaching the students some gainful skills is what we are looking forward to, now,” he said
Marine Allen, vice principal of the school said they have realized tremendous changes in the lives of their students with the coming of this Scottish charity.
She expressed gratitude on behalf of the management and students of the school to the Scottish charity for their benevolence.
Board chairperson Hannah Davies said; “We are so glad to the organization for their wonderful support. People should spent money on people who needs it most and the deaf school needed that kind of support.”
Amadou Touray, honorary life chairman recalled that the school started in Banjul with one class, seven students and one van. However, the school now has a total of 40 classes with 260 pupils.
He said at the beginning, they had one car to transport students, but now they have four vehicles. “We still need support because fueling is a big challenge to us. The school is also very congested because it is the only school for the deaf in the country.”
Touray informed that the school offer courses in carpentry and joinery, welding, tailoring and audio room for both students and public service.