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Project Gambia boosts St. John’s School with food items worth D620,000

Dec 9, 2015, 10:44 AM | Article By: Cherno Omar Bobb

Project Gambia, a charitable organization, yesterday supported St. John’s School For the Deaf with food items with D620,000 to aid the school’s feeding programme.

The materials included 160 bags of rice, bags of flower, onions, tomato paste, cooking oil, palm oil, garlic, soaps, detergent and other items.

The charitable organisation also donated 250 school bags to the students of the school.

Speaking at the presentation of the materials, Francis Devine of Project Gambia recalled that when they first visited the school they had only one bag of rice and a tube of tomato paste left, adding that it was meant to feed over 200 kids.

During their second visit they gave the school 6 bags of rice, he went on, saying that last year they bought food items meant to keep the school feeding program running for 6 months.

“The only way we can guarantee to get children in school is to ensure kids get a proper hot and nutritious meal,” he said, adding: “Education can eradicate poverty for children in developing countries, and it is therefore truly important for people to support the school feeding programme.”

He added: “There are hundreds of people back in Scotland who supported us over the last 12 months, and we therefore thank them.”

Daniel Mendy, principal of the school, said they were moved by the gesture but equally grateful to the donors.

He prayed that the Almighty God would continue to protect and bless donors for the support.

Amadou Touray, honorary life president of the parent teachers association of the school, for his part, described the donors as “true friends” of the school.

The gesture was timely, he said, thanking the donor - Project Gambia.

Father Anthony Gabisi, the School Manager, said they hope the relation between the school and project Africa would continue to go from strength to strength.