The President of Ebbeh-Gi Youth Development Association has revealed before his members that his association is sponsoring 42 students from lower and upper basic, senior secondary schools, tertiary institutions and vocational training centres across the country since its establishment in January 2007.
Mbye Jeng revealed this on Saturday while delivering a report on his association’s 7th Annual General Meeting (AGM), held at the Social Welfare Centre behind Buffer Zone in Serekunda East.
“In 2013 we spent D19,230 for our sponsored students across the country and this was made possible due to collaborative efforts from our members and a marathon of donations from our well-wishers, collaborators and fund-raisings,” Mr Jeng said.
According to him, Ebbeh-Gi Youth Development Association is a charitable non-profit organization operating within the Kanifing Municipality (KM) with the main aim and objectives of fostering togetherness among the youth and bringing development to the doorsteps of the people of KM and the country at large.
Ebbeh-Gi credit union, Mr Jeng said, was formed in 2007 with an active credit union membership of 29, operating with a total account balance of D41,847, adding that the credit union was operating on two schemes: savings and loans.
He also highlighted some of the projects his association had undertaken seven years ago at the community level, key among them were the community water standpipe project, which mainly targeted communities in real need of water.
He also revealed that they installed four standpipes in the communities of Fajikunda Dumos, Sinchu Alagie, Sinchu Alkali and Fajikunda New Layout.
He added that arrangements have been finalised for the installation of a new standpipe at Fajikunda Dumos Jawo Kunda, which would increase the total number of community standpipes to five, which his association had installed within a seven-year period.
“My association also increased the links by creating more links with the following youth organizations within KM: Gambia Family Planning Association, New World for Youths, The Gambia Red Cross Society, Ohio Brothers and Medina Football Club just to name few,” he added.
These creations had increased more awareness about his association’s mandate and plan of actions for the community and the nation at large, he said, adding that it was part of his association’s arrangements to set up a new cleansing service to collect waste in compounds for pay at a cheaper rate.
“This will help my association by increasing the support it renders to the communities, creating a clean environment and creating job opportunity for members of the association,” Mr Jeng said.
Because of his association’s collaboration with the youth groups mentioned above, he said, it was awarded by the ‘New World for Youth’ as the most outstanding association of the year, during the celebration of ‘All Girls Day’.
Ebbeh-GI Youth Development Association’s executive committee gave certificates of award to 6 youth groups, 110 of its members and 4 elders all within the KM for their contribution towards the progress of the association in the past years.
The new committee members are the president, Mbye Jeng (unopposed); vice president, Haddy Jabbai (unopposed), and secretary general, Ebrima Jawara (elected with 52 votes against Sira Gai with 25 votes and 3 invalid votes).
Treasurer, Sheikh Jobe (unopposed); PRO, Buba Sawo (unopposed); Social Community Officer, Lamin Drammeh (unopposed), and auditor general, Mam Fatou Gai (unopposed).
Mamat Saine is the overall head of the following committees, namely organizing, sport, arts and culture, and social committees to be assisted by other members of the said four committees.