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Belgian Donors Give Items Worth Over D3m

Nov 25, 2008, 4:16 AM | Article By: Lamin B. Darboe

Four Lower Basic and one Nursery School, a clinic, a women's garden project and JammehFoundationHospital at new Yundum village of Western Region last week received their donors from Belgium.

The donors have supported the said institutions with educational, medical and agricultural materials worth over D3 million. The donation was revealed by Mr. Patrick Ve Vos, chairman of the VZW De Gambiavrienden an organisation based in Belgium.

Speaking to this reporter at their residence in Manjai- kunda Lodge, Mr. Vos said his organisation is helping in the areas of education, health and agriculture adding that presently his organisation is sponsoring 300 students from Nursery to Tertiary level in Regions one and two.

According to Mr. Vos, their aim is to see more Gambian children enrol in schools especially girls and also to teach computers at their younger age to allow young people to become computer experts. He said grade four pupils at BakotehProperLowerBasicSchool start computer training and asserted that his organisation has built a two-story building at NyodemaNursery School in Manjai-Kunda.

Mr. Vos commended the Headmistress of Nyodema Nursery School, Ms. Mariama Secka, for her generosity to his organisation calling on other partners to emulate her.

One of the beneficiaries the head teacher, Mrs. Ajaratou FB Chow of Bakoteh proper LowerBasicSchool, also spoke to this reporter. Mrs. Chow thanked their donors for their continuing support adding that his school is lucky to have support from Belgium. She said the grade two block was named after their donors called Vzw De Gambiavrienden.

She said the donors good gesture was appreciated by her school saying that her school is working closely for the past few years with their Belgian supporters.

The beneficiary institutions were, Bakoteh Proper and Annex, Jambangjelly, Nyodema Nursery and SefoeLowerBasicSchools, JammehFoundationHospital in new Yundum, Somita Clinic and The Women's Garden Project.