May 10, 2010, 12:46 PM
The donated items were two hundred bags of 25kg of rice and one thousand dalasi sealed in envelop for each beneficiary.
The presentation ceremony attended by various Muslims communities including Imam of Bijilo and some members of Kerr Sering, was held at the Bijilo Lower Basic School.
The provision of the rice was made by the founder of the Friend of West Africa, Ousman Ndow, a citizen of Bijilo based in the United States of America.
Speaking at the presentation, Matarr Loum, a member of Friend of West Africa-Gambia, commended the founder, Ousman Ndow, for his foresight in helping humanity, especially during the holy month of Ramadan by providing food aid to the Muslim communities of Kerr Sering and Bijilo.
He said the foundation had been very helpful to Muslim communities and thanked the founder, a citizen of Bijilo but based in the United States of America.
Ousman Ndow, the founder, said the foundation was registered in 2011 in the United States of America with the aim of reaching the poor and needy, especially to support promising students in school.
He also said the aim of the foundation was to intervene in supporting dropout students with financial constraints and find it very difficult to pursue their education.
He said the foundation would intervene and give support to those students for the continuity of their educational careers.
Mr Ndow added that the foundation deemed it very necessary to contribute its quota to the country and his own people, which he said led him to give a lot of support to his community in Bijilo and Kerr Sering, especially during the holy month of Ramadan.
He also spoke on the importance of investing in young people of a country, since investing in them is investing in brighter future and life.
Therefore, Friend of West Africa through the founder, Ousman Ndow, deemed very fitting to plough back to his community and his own country.
Also speaking, the Imam of Bijilo, Aabdoukarim Tambedou, who was also a beneficiary, thanked the founder for the laudable initiatives, saying the gifts would go a long way in addressing some of their domestic issues, especially during the holy month of Ramadan.
He urged Gambians in the Diaspora to emulate the founder of Friend of West Africa-Gambia, Ousman Ndow, for ploughing back to his community and country.
He described him as a patriotic citizen who has his country at heart and encouraged him to continue the good work.
Habby Faal and Dado Sowe among other beneficiaries also joined previous speakers to commend the founder for the gesture and described him as “patriotic citizen who loves his community and his country”.
Through his foundation, Ousman Ndow has been very supportive of the Muslim community in The Gambia, particularly his own village of Bijilo and Kerr Sering.