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Go for Africa Visits Sponsored Schools

Mar 5, 2009, 5:04 AM | Article By: Alieu Jabang

As a follow up to their humanitarian gesture and to have first hand information on how their sponsored children are doing, the Holland- based philanthropic organisation 'Go for Africa' visited their sponsored schools in The Gambia alongside providing them with more aid.

Officials of the organisation yesterday visited their project site. One area visited is the Fajara Skills Training Centre.

There the Director of the center, Mrs. Chidi Thomas, expressed delight at the support provided by Go for Africa to Gambian schools especially her skills centre.

According to Director Thomas, all their support in most developments of the school is coming from Go for Africa. She described them as real philanthropists and urged them to continue supporting Gambian schools.

For his part, the director of Go for Africa, Mr. Yan Hidizinga, said they started the process four years back with his daughter upon their visit to Africa.

According to Mr. Hidizinga they are supporting seven schools, four in Senegal and one in Mauritania. They came with 25 students to learn about Africa and teach their colleagues here in The Gambia.

Alagie Saho, the co-coordinator of the project, delightedly expressed his certification in the achievements his organisation has registered in The Gambia within this four years. He said the project is helping to support and learn from the different cultural values of the two countries. He said it is also meant to foster unity and understanding within them.

Mr. Alhagie Saho, alias Tupac, however appealed to the beneficiaries' to make good use of the items provided.

Delivering the vote of thanks, Mr. Rietger Van Zanten, a student from Netherlands, expressed his gratitude for the link between them and their Gambian counterparts. He said his two visits to The Gambia have proven many wrong that see Africa as a land of trouble, disease and much more. "In fact Africa is peaceful and enjoyable place to be," he concluded."