The U.K. Sightbox
project officials, Rotarian Ambassador Angela William and her husband, Rotarian
Nigel from Chester Riverside recently visited The Gambia to discuss with
partner organisations such as The Gambia Organisation of Visually Impaired
(GOVI) and Ministry of Health and Social Welfare.
The objective of the officials’ visit to the country was to discuss the Sightbox project with partners on how to support the visually impaired persons.
At a reception organised for them at the end of their visit, Ambassador Angela William told Gambian rotarians that Sightbox started in 2016 by the Rotary Club of St. Vincent in Liverpool who are working with St. Vincent School for the visually impaired. She said the project targets to tackle segregation of visually impaired children in the developing world.
According to her, they had discussions with several authorities during their stay in the country including the minister of Health and Social Welfare which, she said was part of their mission. She said Bijilo Rotary club will be the main drivers of the Sightbox project in The Gambia.
She also revealed that the project has successfully delivered sight boxes to schools in several countries like Nepal, Pakistan and Sierra Leone with the help of local rotary clubs and schools.
President of Rotary Club of Bijilo Banky Njie thanked the Sightbox project officials and Minyan Jobe, the assistant district governor of Rotary International for the laudable gesture.