Manajai kunda Youth Development Association (MAYDA) Sunday presented 18 bags of cement, one bag of rice and three packets of corrugate to Salieu Manneh, the ward councilor of Manjai-Kotu, as part of their social responsibilities.
The presentation ceremony was held at his residence in Manjai kunda and was witnessed by the executive members of the association.
The gesture followed the recent fire outbreak in Mr. Manneh’s house where two rooms and a sitting room were seriously burnt on 1 February 2016 in Manjai kunda.
According to the association’s Vice President, Buba Camara, the reason of intervening was that they feel there was a need to support him and his family, as their contribution to the community.
He said the association is for the whole of Manjai Kunda, and that was why they intervened in assisting any member of the community who is in need of help.
He said since the fire incident occurred they called for an executive meeting and sent some people to go and inspect the degree or the seriousness of the fire, and they decided to come with a token as their contribution.
“I am informing this august gathering that this is not the first time Manjai kunda youth association is rendering help to the communities,” he said.
They first donated second-hand clothes to the National Disaster Management Agency (NDMA), he said.
The association is always in the forefront when it comes to the development of the country, especially in Manjai kunda, he added.
On behalf the executive members of the association, he thanked all for the assistance.
The Alkalo of Manjai Kunda, Momodou Salieu Gomez, thanked MAYDA for their stance towards the development of Manjai kunda as a community.
He was reliably informed that the youths in the area have done extremely well on the day of the incident, by saving some many valuable items in the house at the time of the fire outbreak.
He said Manjai Youth Development Association has been participating in so many development projects in Manjai kunda, and they have been doing this for a long time now.
He mentioned that recently MYDA had fixed the cemetery gate in Manjai kunda, since KMC alone could not do it.
He said the association is involved in all kinds of development projects in the community like education, health and environment, and they also organised a lot of sensitisation workshops to enlighten their members about the current issues.
Boto Keita, an elder in the community, said Manjai kunda before and now are totally different, noting that Manjai kunda used to be a destination for criminals, but through the support of the youths, the area is now freed from such malpractices.
He said since the onset, the residents of Manjai kunda used to be very cooperative in all kinds of developments because it’s a culture in Manjai to help each other.
Speaking on behalf of the victim, Aunt Haddy Manneh thanked the Manjai kunda Youth Development Association for coming to their aid at the time when they really need support from the community.
They are really grateful to the youths of the community for their physical support during the fire outbreak, she said, adding that they have really done their best to save their brother and his family.