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GAHC’s helping hand reaches more families

Mar 13, 2012, 1:44 PM

Two more families have benefitted from the benevolent gestures of the Gambian Association Houston Chapter (GAHC) based in the United States of America.

The beneficiaries, Jallow Kunda family of Jangjangbureh in the Central River Region South and the Marong Kunda family in the village of Yunna in the West Coast Region, benefitted from cash donations amounting to D4,500.

The gesture, which forms part of the association’s “Feed a Family” project, is part of its contribution to nation building and towards alleviating poverty in the country.

The humanitarian and philanthropic programme was launched  in November last year,  to complement the efforts of the Gambia government in achieving national development targets and aspirations as it is enshrined in the nation’s blueprint development document.

This weekend’s presentation followed similar ones to needy families across the country since November last year.

Presenting the gesture to one of the beneficiaries in CRR on behalf of Muhammed Saidykhan, president and official representative of the association, Abdourahman Sallah, The Point newspaper’s correspondent in Central River Region, told the beneficiaries that the aim of the organization is to support the needy and most disadvantaged families to improve their standard of living.

The organization has over the past few months been supporting a lot of families in the country, particularly those in the rural and peri-urban areas, Mr Sallah said, adding that the project also seeks to provide assistance to families in rural villages who otherwise have very little access to opportunities for basic necessities. 

Also speaking at a similar presentation to one Kumba Marong, a widow in the village of Yunna in the West Coast Region, Baboucarr Senghore, editor-in-chief of The Point Newspaper who is serving as trustee in identifying deserving beneficiaries for the assistance in targeted populations, told the beneficiaries that the GAHC seeks to maintain this gesture as an ongoing initiative with more assistance to be delivered to selected families on monthly basis.

Mr Senghore explained to the beneficiary that those who benefit from the assistance may range from 1 to 3 families at a time depending on the amount raised by the GAHC in a given month or the presence of an urgent need that may require the total sum to go to one family.

He however stated that the monthly funds to be given to needy families might vary from month to month based on how much the GAHC is able to raise in a given month.

 He commended the beneficiaries for accepting the gesture and assured them that the organization “will do everything possible” to raise more funds to be able to support more families in The Gambia.

In receiving the gesture, Ebrima Jallow, a guardian who currently takes care of a family of eight, lauded the association for coming to their aid.

According to Jallow, 53, the gesture came at the right time when he really needed support to take care of his family.

Kumba Marong, also a beneficiary, commended the association for their “humanitarian gesture”, noting that the assistance “will go a long way in helping her” take care of her young family.

“I am really grateful,” Kumba said.