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Aid for Smile Director calls for support

Feb 4, 2010, 3:35 PM

Aid for Smiles International is a non-profit organisation, initiated by a few young people from The Gambia and Albania, meant to reach out to socially-disadvantaged poor, the marginalised and the vulnerable.

They aim to achieve this through provision of free, quality and relevant basic education to vulnerable children in disadvantaged communities.

In The Gambia, the organisation is in the process of building a first class nursery and primary school in Farafenni, North Bank Region.

According to the Executive Director of the organisation, they have been allocated a plot of land in Farafenni for the construction of an educational centre.

The project, he said, would cost about two hundred thousand Dalasi and have so far raised a little over hundred thousand. He added that they need about hundred thousand to reach the project target.

In an interview with the Youth Forum yesterday, Mohammed Lamarana Barry, the organisation's Director said they have realised the importance for a childhood education, thus the need for a solid educational foundation.

"We have noticed that the best way to empower young people is to give them access to quality education at very early age," he said.

Barry appealed to the government, philanthropists, and corporate institutions to come to their aid by giving them support, be it cash or in kind to enable them achieve their objectives.

The Gambia school project would begin as soon as we raise the required resources, says Lamarana.

Meanwhile, anyone who wishes to support these young people make their dream come true can reach them via email:gapafranka@gmail.com or better still dial 00220 3437149.