Aug 26, 2008, 6:42 AM
Karmic Angels, an international charitable organization run by a British couple in The Gambia, has promised to build a classroom block for
Karmic Angels said it would carry out the construction of the classroom block in March 2011.
The British couple Stephanie and Alan Turner cum philanthropists said they regarded the project as their 5th Project in 2010 in The Gambia. They also said they had embarked on four projects of construction of classroom blocks for different schools in The Gambia.
The British philanthropists also made a surprised donation to the school on Tuesday, which included educational materials such as books and other stationery.
The charity also promised to pay the tuition and other educational fees of five orphans attending the school. “Anything is possible and Karmic Angels will help the school achieve its goals as education is one of the most important aspects one needs to acquire,” Stephanie said.
As part of its resolve to complement government’s efforts in its development goals, Karmic Angels aims to uplift Gambian communities from poverty and improve the people’s livelihood by providing educational materials, health equipment and sports items, as well as by constructing classroom blocks for schools and communities.
Stephanie and Alan Turner, who arrived two weeks ago in the country, also donated materials to various communities and schools in the greater Banjul Area.
Speaking at the presentation ceremony held at the school ground, the proprietor of the school Augustine F.D. Mendy, who also a senior Assistant Secretary at the Office of the President, said the school was constructed by himself through his salary during his time as teacher.
He added that the pledge made by Karmic Angels had relieved him of his long standing dream of transforming the school to a lower basic school in future.
Mr Mendy commended the charity and its members calling them true friends of The Gambia. Educating one’s children is cause for celebration as many parents cannot afford to pay for their children in school, he says.
“The school is here to stay for the entire benefit of the whole community,” he said.
Mendy also gave a rundown of the schools, saying it is young one but has a bright future and it’s a pride for the community.
For his part, co-founder and director of Karmic Angels, Stephanie Turner, said: “We are proud to be here. We will build the school as our fifth projects. Well, the children impressed me; they are well behaved and need to be held in fulfillment of their dreams.”
“You have told us what you want and we will also see what we can do,” Stephanie told the school proprietor at the presentation.
For Alan Turner, chairman of the charity, the schoolchildren impressed them so much that they could only try their best to help the school.
He expressed the commitment of his charity to helping Gambian community, adding that Karmic Angels had embarked on a lot of school building projects.
Louis Fracais Mendy, director and Trustee of Karmic Angel Gambia, also made similar sentiments.