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May 2, 2014, 10:38 AM | Article By: Bakary Samateh

The Gambia Association of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (GADHOH) recently held a two-day annual general meeting (AGM) for its members across the country, at the Gambia College conference hall in Brikama, West Coast Region.

GADHOH is a charitable association working for the promotion of equal opportunities, rights and full participation of deaf and hard of hearing persons in an enabling environment in the development processes.

Speaking at the two-day AGM, Dodou Loum, executive director of GADHOH, said his organization had embarked on monitoring the Trainee Deaf Trainers in the upcountry for their performance and adherence to policies and planned activities.

Alhagie Amadou Touray, honorary life president of GADHOH, expressed his gratitude to GADHOH for its contribution to national development.

Abdoulie Sarr, secretary general of GADHOH, said the AGM is considered a very important event, as it is one of the few meetings where annual plans of actions and policies of the organization are either adopted or rejected.

He said approved action plans had been declared and the most important of all was the meeting which prepared for each and every member of the association to let his or her voice be heard.

The participants took part in decision-making including election of representatives at all national levels, he said.

He said participants at the meeting consisted of GADHOH board members, representatives of regional branches of Banjul, KMC, WCR, CRR and URR.

The event also witnessed the auditor’s financial report by Jeffery Renner, external auditor and Mrs Amie Cham, GADHOH treasurer, as well as the election of new executives to run the affairs of the organization for the next few years.

The AGM also highlighted the leadership training for the regional branches for 24 participants, including 11 females.

Awareness workshops for the deaf are also intended to help deaf people to become aware of themselves, as the deaf also need to embrace deaf culture and sign language.

Highlighted also at the AGM was the yearly meeting between GADHOH and Finnish Association of the Deaf (FAD) project.