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Jaabe Roberts Foundation boosts Bundung LBS

Jul 13, 2011, 3:08 PM | Article By: Cherno Omar Bobb

Jaabe Roberts Foundation, a charitable organization, on 11 July 2011 boosted Bundung Lower Basic School with educational materials through its coordinator Bubacarr Babou Jonga.

The charity, named after the late Jaabe Roberts, is aimed at helping the less-privileged around the world.

A statement written by Marcia Roberts, mother of the deceased, and read by Bubacarr Babou Jonga, stated: “Jaabe Roberts wanted to help the less-privileged around the world; so Bundung Lower Basic School was chosen as the recipients of educational aids and books from the Jaabe Roberts Foundation, in the hope that through the support of the foundation the pupils will be empowered to strive for a better future.”

The statement continued: “We know that knowledge is power and once you have education, no one can ever take that away from you. We pray that as we provide this support for the pupils of the school that they too may be inspired to share in the spirit of charity which was Jaabe’s vision.

“Jaabe would love all of you to be able to read, write and be numerated. Educate yourselves because learning and knowledge is everything and to make a bright future for yourselves.”

Mr Jonga, coordinator of the Foundation, in his statement, said his wife Anna Jonga is a friend to Marcia Roberts, mother of the deceased who always wanted to help children in Africa including The Gambia.

He added that last August he came to the school and discussed with its management who agreed to name the boy Jaabe Roberts after the school library, adding that the library will be refurbished and beefed up with good books.

He added that they have decided to support the Bundung Lower Basic School because “the community needs help”.

He noted that fifty students have benefited directly and three thousand will benefit indirectly from the Foundation’s support, adding that the donated items worth more than £2, 000.

Mr Jonga was accompanied by Sang Jane from the SOS Training and Production Centre who spoke about the value of education and learning materials.

Baba Jarjusey, headmaster of the school, and Sulayman Jobarteh, representative of the School Management Committee (SMC), both spoke at the ceremony.