Oct 30, 2009, 11:55 AM
Kaira Nyining Federation in Kombo East District of West Coast Region (WCR), in partnership with Child Fund The Gambia, on Wednesday donated non-food items to two of the Child Fund sponsored disaster student victims.
The beneficiaries are students of Jiboro Basic Cycle School in region two. The presentation took place at Duwasu village bantaba, the home village of the two students.
Speaking at the handing over ceremony, Ebrima Sanneh, Kaira Nyining Federation manager of Kombo East District, told villagers of Duwasu that the two students were selected because of the severity of their situations.
"The selection was based on actual fact-finding assessments our officials conducted in the village," he said.
He added that his officials did the assessments in collaboration with the village alkalo, who sent all the names of the affected families' to their main office in Kanifing.
"From there the names were screened and out of the lots it was only two families of the sponsored students, Maimuna Kandeh of Grade 5 and Salifu Jafunneh of Grade 2, that were lucky to be selected," he noted.
He advised the family members of the beneficiaries to use the donated materials for the right purpose.
"Make sure that the Child Fund sponsored students who are the beneficiaries of these materials go to school," he said.
Speaking on behalf of the beneficiaries, the father to one of the beneficiaries, Saloum Jafunneh, thanked Child Fund The Gambia and Kaira Nyining Federation for their "timely" donation.
He promised that the items donated will be put into good use, while thanking officials of Child Fund and Kaira Nyining Federation for coming to their aid.
Other speakers at the ceremony included Ya Sainey Gaye, communication officer of Child Fund, and Ebrima Boto Badjie and Karamo Jatta, Kaira Nyining Federation board chairman and development officer respectively.
The Alkalo of Duwasu, Yaya Nyassi, welcomed the donors to the village.
Maimuna Kandeh, a student beneficiary, received 5 packets of corrugated iron sheet, 18 kilos of cap-nails and 8 bags of cement valued at D9,910.
The other student beneficiary, Salifu Jafunneh, received 6 packets of corrugated iron sheet, 20 kilos of cap-nails and 10 bags of cement valued D11,200.