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A trying moment for communities!

Mar 31, 2020, 11:49 AM

Jacques-Yves Cousteau, AC a French naval officer, explorer and conservationist once famously states that -“It takes generosity to discover the whole through others. If you realize you are only a violin, you can open yourself up to the world by playing your role in the concert.”

This clearly shows the importance of being kind towards others. Since the first reported case of COVID-19 in The Gambia, fear among ordinary Gambians was an understatement.

But with encouragement and regular sensitisation on adhering to the best practices as per WHO guide lines, things are improving.

Around the globe, countries are struggling to come to terms amid lockdowns, quarantines and, sadly, deaths in the light of the spreading coronavirus.

But what is amazing is the show of solidarity among Gambians with pledges from Gambians and even non-Gambians alike.

We thus salute all those who in one way or the other donated either materials or cash towards the containment of Covid-19.

This support from individuals and donors partners if wisely utilized, would go a long way in bettering the lives of people and communities a great deal.

It takes a special mindset for philanthropists who want to take time out of their own lives to help people and to see them act towards that regard.

Despite our differences in religion and party affiliations, Gambians are more united than ever in the fight to contain the spread of Covid-19. The other days, we’ve seen different political parties in the country expressing their resolve to partner with government in these trying times. And that is not only a lip-service, but they’ve put their words into action by donating cleaning and sanitizers to local communities.

Certainly, the act of donating our monies or material or even time can bring positive benefits for our communities and the larger world; and make us feel good, too.

Remember that our communities need support now than ever before especially in the State of Emergency, which has paralysed normal businesses in all parts of the country.

Let’s bear in mind that a number of households in the country depend on their daily activities to make a living. For instance, if a market vendors or petty traders on the streets are asked to stop using the main markets, how do we expect those types of people to make a living? Government needs to look into that area too.

We are of the view that government and its implementing partners will make sure these funds which are designed for communities filter down to the last people in the remotest part of The Gambia.

“You’re going to go through tough times - that’s life. But I say, ‘Nothing happens to you, it happens for you.’ See the positive in negative events.”

Joel Osteen