May 6, 2008, 6:25 AM
The presentation, which attracted representatives of various beneficiary groups, was held at Tallinding Islamic Institute.
The donated items included bags of rice, sugar and gallons of cooking oil, and clothing.
The beneficiaries also included Tallinding Islamic Institute, which received 30 bags of rice, 30 bags of sugar and 30 gallons of oil, and Gambia Supreme Islamic Council received10 bags of sugar, 10 bags of rice and 10 gallons of oil.
Other beneficiaries included National Disaster Management Agency, who received 50 bags of rice, 50 bags of sugar and 50 gallons of oil; and the Sumulaya Islamic Institute received 20 bags of rice, 20 bags of sugar and 20 gallons of oil.
Sierra Leone Muslim Jamat received 20 bags of rice, 20 bags of sugar and 20 gallons of oil; the SOS Children Villages received 20 bags of rice, 20 bags of sugar and 20 gallons of oil; the Nyabou Kaffo Women Association received 20 bags of rice 20 bags of sugar and 20 gallons of oil and some individuals also benefited.
Speaking at the presentation, Sheikh Jarju, a senior member of the board who was also the master of the ceremony, said the purpose of the event was to distribute foodstuffs to various institutions in the greater Banjul areas as part of CHRO activities during the holy month of Ramadan.
He noted that CHRO is focusing not only in helping the communities with wells or hand pumps but also contributing their quota to helping Muslims during the holy month of Ramadan.
He commended their donors IGMG HASENE-a Turkish Islamic organization based in Germany operating in seventy countries in the world and thirty-five in West Africa including The Gambia.
He noted the significant role of CHRO in the local communities in providing them with access to clean drinking water and also supporting madrassas in boosting Islamic education.
He added that the vision of CHRO is caring and sharing without discrimination of tribes or color or location.
For his part, the country coordinator of CHRO, Musa Jallow, described the gathering as a very important moment in their partnership in the fight against poverty in the country.
He noted that over the past years, the organization has been actively involved in a series of projects all geared towards improving the living condition of the Gambian people.
He also stated that CHRO has successfully implemented demand-driven projects of Ramadan gifts and Tobaski as well as other projects on water sanitation and support of orphans and institutions.
Mr Jallow then used the occasion to thank the IGMG HASENE main office for their relentless effort in supporting needy people in The Gambia.
For his part, Mustafa Uyanik, vice chairman of IGMG HASENE organization based in Germany’s main office, also thanked CHRO official for ensuring the project operates in all corners of the country.
He noted that the organization is out to support the poor and needy, especially orphans, as well as other projects such as accessing water.
He also emphasised the need for collective effort in sustaining the project within the communities.
Sheikh Camara, representative of the Gambia Islamic Council, hailed the donors for the Ramadan gifts and for sponsoring projects in the country.