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Over D1m Gift For Schools, Agricultural And Medical Centres

Nov 12, 2009, 12:59 PM | Article By: Lamin B. Darboe

In their efforts to improve the status of the Gambian people, Friends of the Gambia Association, a Belgium Based NGO last Sunday arrived in Banjul with a forty feet container of items worth over One Million Dalasi.

The items, according to Patrick De Vos, the Chairman of the Association will be donated as gifts to schools, agricultural and medical centres around the country.

According to Mr. Vos, he came with a delegation of thirteen men and women, adding that his association is sponsoring 285 students, from Nursery to University level in The Gambia. He singled out some of the schools his association is sponsoring, such as Bakoteh Proper -15 students, St. Therese's-12 students, Bakoteh Annex- 85 students, Jambangjelly Day Care, Nursery, and Lower Basic 70 students, Siffoe Lower Basic Schools 20 students, Bakoteh Upper Basic-3 students and Nyodema Nursery Schools 70 students.

The remaining ten students, Mr. Vos added, are attending other tertiary institutions. He revealed that the head teachers of the above named schools were each given some amount of money to be paid as lunch money, study fees, uniforms, shoes and schoolbags for the sponsored students.

He said during their stay in the country, his delegation will visit their sponsored schools to deliver the items, discuss with the school heads about their sponsors, and finally officially hand over the items to the authorities of the schools.

Mr. Vos added that they will also hand over agricultural and medical items to women vegetable growers of Somita Village in Foni Berefet District of Western Region and Jammeh's Foundation for Peace Health Centre at New Yundum Village in Kombo North District also in the Western Region.

Mr. Vos and his delegation yesterday opened a new tailoring shop at Sukuta in Kombo North District, geared towards providing income for the people in the area.

The delegation will this weekend visit two projects in Somita, where they will take part in a communal work with the villagers.