Sep 21, 2010, 3:26 PM
Two British couple who were the founders of a British NGO, called ‘Support for Schools in Sohm’, Mr. John Walker and Mrs. Sandra Walker rounded-up their seven-week stay in The Gambia.
The philanthropists ended their stay with a donation of 100, 000 textbooks to both Jersey Technical Senior and Junior Secondary; and Sohm Lower Basic Schools, all of them in Sohm village, Kombo East District of West Coast Region.
Speaking to our reporter over the weekend, the couple expressed gratitude to the villagers, head teachers of both institutions and students for the warm welcome accorded them.
“The textbooks were meant for the students in grades10, 11, and 12, respectively and we want to make sure that the two schools are equipped with textbooks for reading purposes and they can also have direct access to the key textbooks for their daily studies,” they stated.
The couple said they are only a small NGO, but they are of the view that they can help the future leaders of The Gambia, by concentrating their help at one institution instead of extending their help to unaccountable number of institutions throughout the country.
“We are delighted with the high standards of the Sohm students’ thank-you letters, which they wrote to their sponsors in the UK and we know their sponsors will be very pleased with the letters anytime they receive them,” they stated.
The four best students at Sohm Lower Basic School in grade (6) were awarded with prizes for writing the best letter to their sponsors in London, UK.