Sep 12, 2013, 10:04 AM
The occasion was graced by cabinet ministers, senior government officials, and school children.
The first lady thanked the children for giving her the “best birthday”.
Speaking on the occasion, Fatou Mas Jobe-Njie, Executive Director for “Operation Save the Children Foundation”, stated that the first lady had organised the lunch so the children could celebrate with her on her birthday.
The gesture was a clear manifestation that the first lady always remembers the children of The Gambia at all times, she said.
Mrs Jobe-Njie said the occasion was a moment of thanksgiving and joy, as well as of happiness to share with the ‘mother of the nation’ and to interact with her accordingly.
She pointed out that the welfare and well-being of children receives the first lady’s unparalleled devotion and attention, with the sole aim that children of The Gambia would receive the due attention and care they deserve, so they would all to grow up in an environment that is free from violence, exploitation, abuse, hunger and poverty.
The first lady’s caring and sharing towards children is a demonstration of her spirit of compassion and kindness, Mrs Jobe-Njie went on, adding that caring and sharing is about love and generosity.
She thanked the first lady for the care and love she has for children of The Gambia, in particular, and women, in general.
She also thanked ChildFund The Gambia, UNICEF and The Gambia Civil Aviation Authority for their unwavering support.
The occasion was chaired by Fanta Bai Secka, director of Social Welfare, and the vote of thanks was delivered by Sireh Jallow of St. Therese’s Lower Basic School.