Apr 21, 2010, 11:42 AM
Glove Project, a foundation assisting rural villages in The Gambia, on Tuesday donated medical supplies to the Gambia Immigration Department, and the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare.
The presentation of the materials was held at the premises of the Serekunda immigration branch and the Ministry of Health respectively.
Receiving the donated items on behalf of the Immigration Department, Commissioner Pa Modou Ndure, thanked the donors for the “magnificent gesture to the immigration department”.
He said the donation was long overdue even though it came at a “better time”.
Commissioner Ndure thanked Glove Project while calling on the founder, Jackie Church, to continue to work closely with the immigration department as its “doors are always open” for support.
The senior immigration officer recalled that that was not the first time Glove had extended a helping hand to the immigration department, saying that some time back some uniforms were given to the department by the foundation.
Ndure said the donation of the medical items was a clear indication of “the love that Glove Project has for humanity in general”.
He assured the donors that the items would reach the right people.
Inspector Saidu A. M. Bah, pubic relations officer of the immigration department, said the medical items would go a long way in solving some of their basic needs at the (immigration) training school.
For his part, Dr Samba Ceesay, acting director of Health Services, expressed gratitude and appreciation on behalf of the Health Ministry “for the timely donation of medical supplies to the ministry”.
Jackie Church, founder of Glove Project, thanked both the Health ministry and the immigration department for appreciating the kind gesture of her foundation.
The initiative is part of the foundation’s efforts to complement The Gambia government as it (the government) cannot do everything alone, she said.
Glove Project is currently operating in Lower Nuimi District of North Bank Region and aims at improving the life of the rural people by ensuring that they have access to clean drinking water and other basic social facilities.
Ms Church said the foundation is mainly focused on sanitation, building of taps and hospitals, providing medical items to hospitals, second-hand clothing as well as supporting agriculture through tourism.
The foundation started some years back and is working closely under the Tilly Tours in Senegambia, Kololi.