The Sugar Company of Senegal (Companie Sacre De Senegal) on Saturday 7th August 2010 donated three bags of rice, a bag of sugar, a bag of milk powder and two gallons of vegetable oil to SOS Children's Village in Bakoteh, through their children who are currently in The Gambia for a three-week holiday camp.
Speaking at the ceremony, Oumou Taal, the National Director for SOS Children's Village, The Gambia said the donation is a manifestation of the interest the Sugar Company of Senegal has in children, and how they want to be associated with them.
She stated that other people who are kind-hearted are also welcome to follow-suit, adding that the quantity does not matter. She underscored the need for quality food to be given to children.
Ms. Taal thanked the Sugar Company of Senegal, and then prayed for children to become worthy and responsible elders in The Gambia and the world at large.
Ms. Taal also wished them a happy stay in the country and a safe journey back home, and hoped they would come back to the country in years to come.
Djiby Guisse, the Director of the Holiday Camp said this is the second time they are donating to the Gambian community, noting that last year they donated to the Royal Victoria Teaching Hospital.
According to him, the donation is meant to teach their children how to share with others. He said the fathers of the 108 students that came for the camping are the ones working for the Sugar Company of Senegal.
Mahamed El Bechir Sall, the Director of Human Resource and Communications for the Sugar Company of Senegal, in his brief speech, thanked SOS The Gambia for the good job they are doing, while expressing hope that when they come back next year the donation would be much bigger.
Haddy Njie-Touray, the Village Director at the SOS Children's Village welcomed the delegates to the country and also thanked them for the gesture.