Aug 19, 2011, 1:49 PM
The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) recently donated 18,800 shoes to school children in the country.
The beneficiary schools are within the Greater Banjul Area, West Coast, North Bank, Lower Rriver and Upper River regions.
Speaking at the presentation ceremony held at the SDA School in New Jeshwang, Emmanuel Tawiath Tetteh, program director of ADRA, said the agency was established in the early 80s and has been doing a lot of projects in the country.
He said that they have been partnering with the ministry of Education to boost education.
Tetteh noted that they are working hard to improve the lives of Gambians in order to reduce poverty in all sectors, and promote social justice in helping the needy.
He explained that the shoes came from one of their donor agencies in the United States, and cost about 300,000 US dollars.
Tetteh expressed hope that the gesture would contribute to the development of the country, adding that at times children will go to school without putting on shoes, especially in the provinces, thus motivating them to support them.
Pastor Karamba Jassey, director of ADRA, told the gathering that ADRA Gambia aims to bridge the gap, they feel that by providing the kids with shoes to the schools, they could put a smile on their face.
He expressed appreciation of President Jammeh’s efforts in providing the enabling environment, the ministry of Education and the media for supporting and working with them.