Lower Basic School, Sika village in Upper Niumi District, has recently received
a donation of 500 exercise books and other learning materials worth D10,000.
The items were donated by Sika Development Fund (SDF), a non-profit, non-partisan organisation with branches in The Gambia, Europe and the United States.
Speaking at the presentation, president of the association, Dr Omar Janneh, said the donation was part of SDF strategic programme to support education in the village.
He said the association’s main goal is to sustainably improve the socio-economic condition of the people of Sika village.
Dr Janneh pointed out that since the formation of the association in 2014, it used its meagre resources, raised through the annual subscription and voluntary donation of members both in The Gambia and outside, to support impactful projects in the areas of fisheries, healthcare and education.
He expressed optimism that the donation of educational materials would go a long way in complementing the efforts of others in enhancing education.
Receiving the items on behalf of the headmaster of the school, Malamin Janneh commended the association for the “incredible and thankful gesture”.
In a related development, SDF has also presented 150 copies of British Medical Journal, a copy of the British National Formulary and Monthly Index of Medical Specialities to the Edward Francis Small Teaching Hospital in Banjul.
Receiving the donation on behalf of the hospital, Dr Ahmadou Samateh thanked SDF for its “laudable gesture”.
He said the materials are “indispensable resources” for all healthcare professionals across the world.
Meanwhile, SDF website is www.sikadevelopmentfund.com for anyone who wishes to support its development undertakings.