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GADHOH female wing holds AGM

Jun 21, 2010, 2:32 PM | Article By: Lamin B. Darboe

Gambia Association of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing GADHOH female wing over the weekend held their Annual General Meeting at the GADHOH headquarters in Kanifing. Speaking at the ceremony, the Honourary Life President of GADHOH, Mr. Amadou Touray said GADHOH's female wing AGM was very important in the annals of the association.

According to Mr. Touray, despite their (female's) disability as women, they have a big role to play in nation-building, urging them to do all they can to contribute their quota in society to the fullest.

Touray advised them to take their rightful position in the society they live in, while urging them to prove to the whole world that although they are disabled, they can contribute to development efforts.

The Executive Director of GADHOH female wing, Mrs. Isatou Sanyang thanked their members for their large turn out to the AGM, noting that the AGM is important for its members, as they will know what is happening within their association. She said her association started operation in 1997, and has since then carried out activities pertaining to the progress of the association. Mrs. Sanyang informed the meeting that her association has deaf skills centre and a nursery school. She called on other deaf women in the country to join their association for their own personal benefit and that of their family.

According to her, many of their former students are now employed in the hotel industry and other business circles.

She said as women, they should not put all their hopes on their husbands, but should engage in petty trading to earn a living. She thanked the wife of the British High Commission in Banjul and the entire staff at the high commission for their help to the association. Lamin Ceesay, the Deputy Director GADHOH, for his part, thanked both the Social Welfare Department and Gambia Federation of Disable GFD through their President Muhammed Kora for the help they have been rendering to the GADHOH female wing. He revealed that last year, the Social Welfare Department donated an amount of D10, 000. 00 to GADHOH female wing.

Other speakers at the AGM included Mr. Muhammed Kora, the President of Gambia Federation of Disable GFD, Miss Adama Jammeh GADHOH's Vice-President, and Mr. Sainey Camara, a representative from the Social Welfare Department.

At the end of the AGM, delegates elected into office were Chairperson Adama Jammeh, Treasurer Binta Nyangadou, who went unopposed, Secretary-General Binta Badjie and Adviser Jai Darboe.