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Concern for Gambian Children donates to Deaf School

Feb 7, 2012, 2:17 PM | Article By: Halimatou Ceesay

Concern for Gambian Children charitable organization based in Denmark yesterday donated 3000 elements to deaf students of the St. John’s School for the Deaf in Kanifing.

According to officials, the donated boxes of elements are valued at D40, 000.

The donated materials, according to the school principal, came at a time when students are in dire need of the elements for hearing aid.

At a brief presentation held at the school grounds, Pa Omar Bojang, coordinator of Concern For Gambian Children, said the donor is also a deaf person herself and used to buy African dresses and other valuable items in The Gambia and take them to Europe for sale at exhibitions and bring the proceeds in a form of materials back to The Gambia.

He added that the donor has been doing this trade because she feels as a handicap she knows the difficulties other disabled people face.

The materials are small but cost a lot of money, he said, adding that they will be of immense benefit to the deaf children in the school.

For her part, Kirsten Ranhoff Hansen said she has brought a lot of element for hearing aid from a pharmacy in Denmark, over the years.

Kirsten hopes to return to do more for deaf children in The Gambia.

Mr Daniel Mendy, principal St. John’s School for the Deaf, said the items will be of immense benefit not only to the school but also to the community.

Each of the items, he said, cost D50 and “having D3000 of means a lot to them. He also heaped praises on the donor for her generosity and noble act.

He urges others to emulate the gesture of Madam Hansen describing her “true friend.”

Meanwhile, in a related development, the school also benefited from a gesture from another Danish organization, Good Run Overdosing, who donated six cartons of second-hand clothes mainly for students.

The principal of the school expressed happiness in receiving the items while assuring the donors that the students will benefit from the gesture.