Aug 3, 2010, 2:49 PM
A charitable organization operating in both the UK and The Gambia last week made handsome donation of educational materials to Kudang Lower Basic School in Central River Region.
Alkamba Kafo presented the items to the school through the Village Development Committee (VDC), at a brief ceremony held at the school grounds in Kudang.
The donated items included 500 exercise books, pencils, pens, chalks, rubbers/erasers, footballs and a couple of tennis rackets.
This donation came barely few months after the association made a similar donation geared towards completing efforts in a drive to attain excellence in education.
The Alkamba Kafo was formed mainly by natives of Kudang residing in the UK with the sole aim of uniting natives of the village in the Diaspora for the development of their motherland.
Speaking to this reporter shortly after presentation of the items, Talibo Ceesay, chairman of the VDC, could not hide his impression about the gesture saying the magnanimous act would go a long way in alleviating the problems facing the school.
The VDC chair praised the association further saying that the donation demonstrates their commitment and love for education and their village as a whole.
“The donation came at the right time when schools are opening and most parents cannot afford to buy school books and pencils for their children. So this donation will surely bridge that gap,” Mr Ceesay said. “Kudang can only be developed by Kudangkas and no one will come and develop it for us.”
He promised that the donated items will reach the targeted beneficiaries while assuring the group of the VDC’s desire to partner with the Gambian UK-based organisation in any development-oriented initiatives aimed at helping the village.
“I hope and expect that many likewise donations will follow suit as far as partnership and cooperation is there,” Mr Ceesay re-echoed, saying: “At this moment there are no exercise books available at schools for students; so the coming of this consignment has surely helped us.”
He also called on residents of Kudang to emulate Alkamba Kafo by contributing their quota in various ways to the development of the village.
Lamin Marenah, a medical doctor and member of the Kafo in the UK, was also present at the presentation.