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Friends Of The Gambia Gives To Somita Clinic, Others

Nov 16, 2009, 3:14 PM | Article By: Lamin B. Darboe

Friends of the Gambia Association based in Belgium over the weekend presented medical, agricultural and educational materials to Somita Clinic and the Women Vegetable Growers Association in Foni Brefet district of Western Region.

Speaking at the ceremony held at the clinic, the VDC Chairman for Somita Village Denani Jarjue thanked their Belgium friends for the goodwill gesture to his village since 2006.

Mr. Jarjue informed their Belgium friends that the donated items, which were received in the past had been put to good use.

For his part, Sidu Sibi, Nurse-in-Charged Somita clinic, described the gesture as timely, noting that it comes at a time when the donated items were highly in need of.

According to him, areas like Health, Education and Agriculture are very significant in every government's agenda.

Speaking on behalf of the women of Somita Village, Mrs. Fanta Jarjue commended Patrick De Vos and his delegation for providing them with good vegetable seeds. She informed their Belgium friends that they had a very good harvest from the seeds given to them. She appealed to their friends to continue assisting the villagers of Somita in all forms.

Speaking earlier, Patrick De Vos, the Chairman of Friends of the Gambia Association said his organisation started sponsoring the village clinic and vegetable garden in 2006. According to Mr. Vos, his delegation is always happy when they come to Somita, and promised that they will always be with the villagers of Somita.

Omar Sanyang, VDC's Secretary-General outlined the constraints faced by his committee at the clinic, which he said, includes potable drinking water, drugs and ambulance.

Other speakers included Chief of Foni Berefet District Junkung Camara, Ms. Chris Laevvaerts from Belgium, Karafanding Badjie and Sutay Sanyang.

It could be recalled that Patrick and his delegation arrived in the country eight days ago with a 40-ßfoot container of agricultural, medical and educational materials worth over D1m.