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IHHNL Netherlands donates 32 rams, food aid to Muslims in Gambia

Jul 21, 2014, 2:03 PM | Article By: Abdoulie Nyockeh

The communities of Kiang Central in the Lower River Region (LRR) were Wednesday presented with rams and food aid by the International Humanitarian Hulporganisatie Netherlands (IHHNL).

The items presented were 24 rams which was slaughtered after the presentation and some foodstuff amounted to 150 bags of sugar, 150 bags of rice and 150 gallon of cooking oil which were distributed among twenty-three villages in Kiang Central.

The donation made by IHHNL Netherlands through their counterpart in The Gambia, Cemiyatul Hayr Relief Organization (CHRO), was held at Kiang Kwinella village in the Lower River Region.

As part of the project, the organisation made the gifts in the month of Ramadan to help the needy and the poor, another set of eight rams were also slaughtered in Lamin Daranka village and the meat was distributed among Muslims within the said community through the coordination of the Cemiyatul Hayr Relief Organization CHRO country director, Musa Jallow.

Speaking at the distribution point in Kwinella village, Alkalo Lamin Manjang expressed delight and appreciation to receive such gesture, saying the move had shown that IHHNL are a true friend of The Gambia.

He thanked them through their local counterpart for putting smiles on the faces of people of his community at this particular time of the Ramadan.

He said the gift would go long way in helping the neediest and noted that this was not only the gift that the organisation had been providing for them. 

The donors from IHHNL spoke about the organization in helping the vulnerable people in the continent, saying the organization is operating in many parts of the continent where there is no war.

He expressed happiness for what he had seen in the country in terms of hospitality and friendliness, adding that his organisation was delighted to provide the gifts to the needy people, especially during the month of Ramadan, which is a sharing and caring month.

He thanked the Government of The Gambia for creating the conducive environment for them to come and invest in the people of The Gambia, adding that all what they need as an organization is prayers.

The Chief of Kiang Central, Alhagie Demba Sanyang, expressed  delight and appreciation on behalf of his district about the donated items by the organisation.

He cited last year’s Tobaski when his district was blessed with adequate meat to celebrate with their families and loved ones, which was donated by the same organization in collaboration with CHRO.

He said the organisation had done everything possible to ensure the entire district enjoys meat with their families, and thanked the organization for helping humanity, especially in Ramadan.

Chairman of Mansakonko Area Council, Fabakary Sanneh, thanked CHRO and the donors for their benevolent gesture, adding that the organization had wiped out many tears and put smiles on the faces of many people in Kiang Central.

He said the items came at a better time it would be really used for its intended purpose, adding that they are very grateful to the organization for providing not only sugar but also local well.

CHRO country director Musa Jallow gave a brief background of the relationship between CHRO and IHHNL and some of the activities CHRO are embarking on in the country.

At the end of the presentation, the community presented a certificate of appreciation and recognition to IHHNL Netherlands and CHRO for their invaluable contribution to helping the vulnerable in the country, particularly in Ramadan.