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African Muslim Agency, donates to KM flood victims

Nov 5, 2010, 1:26 PM | Article By: Lamin B. Darboe

The Africa Muslim Agency, through its Gambian office, Wednesday donated food and non-food items to flood victims in the Kanifing Municipality.

The donated items, which were presented at a ceremony held at the Kanifing Municipal Council conference hall, included 100 bags of rice, 10 bags of sugar, 10 gallons of 5-litre cooking oil, 10 bags of 25kg powder milk, 200 bundles of second-hand cloths and 100 sets of Quranic and Biblical books.

Speaking at the ceremony on behalf of Africa Muslim Agency's Director Abdelmouim Mhindate, the company representative at the occasion, Khalid Houda, said the items were meant for the families affected by the 2010 flood.

"We at African Muslim Agency are not looking for cheap popularity neither are we looking for reward from anyone, but as Muslims we need to help each other as dictated by Islam," he said.

The agency is involved in different fields of operations, he said. It sponsors orphans and students, constructs mosques, promotes education, digs wells, organises Iftar in every Ramadan, and gives out Tobaski rams among other assistance.

Mr Houda used the opportunity to preach, saying: "Let's look at our present-day dressing, our attitude towards each other, and our worship to the Almighty Allah. As Muslims we need to surrender ourselves to the Almighty Allah."

Receiving the items on behalf of the beneficiaries, Yankuba Colley, Mayor of Kanifing Municipal Council, thanked the agency for their timely intervention in donating food and non-food items to flood victims.

He told the victims at the occasion: "The items donated to you (the victims) cannot sustain you for so long; this is why the Government of The Gambia is trying by all means to provide new settlements for those families and people affected by the 2010 flood."

Other speakers at the ceremony included Binta Sey Jadama, Regional Disaster co-ordinator for Kanifing Municipality.

The ceremony was chaired by Musa Mendy, chairman of KM disaster committee, while Aunty Kebbeh, a beneficiary, gave the vote of thanks on behalf of the beneficiaries.