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NGO Awards Those Who Contribute to National Development

May 23, 2008, 4:43 AM | Article By: By Yerro Mballow & Njie Baldeh

Baldeh Kunda, a charitable organisation based in The Gambia with branches in Belgium, Israel and Spain, has recently awarded 35 people for their efforts in contributing to national development.

The Vice President Dr. Isatou Njie Saidy was among those honoured at the recent ceremony.

According to Mr. Momodou Baldeh, the CEO of Baldeh Kunda, the organisation was formally set up in 2004 and formally had its name branded in black and white by the Attorney General on the 1st of January 2007.

In an exclusive interview with The Point CEO Baldeh said that the aim of the organisation is to focus on education particularly in rural areas. Their first priority is to help children attain a quality education so that The Gambia can forge ahead vigorously in the 2004 - 2015 education policy blueprint.

Mr. Baldeh also said that the organisation aims to compliment government efforts in the area of empowerment as well as their quest for habitual development. He further revealed that in 2007 alone the group helped over 120 orphans and needy children by paying their school fees and other forms of social assistance.

Nationally and internationally over 420 members have been registered with the NGO with 28 registering in The Gambia.

In conclusion Mr. Baldeh said that this year the organisation will be focusing on URR, adding that it has presently established six branches across the globe.