Oct 7, 2009, 4:53 AM
The acting-Secretary General of the Rotary Club of Fajara, Achigbue Uzoma, has said the club is out to serve the community and humanity, in particular.
He said the main target of the club is to give support to the community where they are operating.
Mr Uzoma was speaking in an interview with this reporter recently, after their weekly meeting held at the Senegambia Beach Hotel.
He spoke about the formation of the club and their partners abroad, adding that the club is part of the international community, as Rotary Club is an international organisation formed for a long time by mainly professionals in different fields such as law, banking, education and health.
Their slogan is “service above yourself”, he said, adding that “Rotarians have never been found wanting” as they try to give a sense of belonging to those that lose hope.
According to him, Rotarians always try to make sure that the less-privileged in the community are supported.
Mr Uzoma also said the Rotary club focuses mainly on health and education, adding that currently the Rotary Club of Fajara is working very closely with the UNAIDS health team in the drive to fight against HIV/AIDS.
He disclosed that during the consultative meeting held at the Senegambia Beach Hotel, the UNAIDS team explained their role and stance in the fight against the menace, and are looking forward to partnering with the Rotary Club of Fajara.
The Rotary Club of Fajara is also partnering with the Edward Francis Small Teaching Hospital (EFSTH), he said, adding that the club donated to the hospital brand new highly sophisticated medical equipment.
“We are working with some friends from abroad who are very supportive, and want to donate valuable medical items to The Gambia through the Rotary Club of Fajara.”
He added that recently the club presented medical items worth US$22,000 from Switzerland to the EFSTH, adding that plans are also underway for early next month to receive containers full of medical items, which will be donated to major health centres in The Gambia.
He also revealed that the Rotary Club of Fajara is focusing on agriculture through the provision of portable drinking water to the community.
“The Rotary Club of Fajara is sponsoring ten water projects in various locations of the country with the aim of supporting the community with subsistence agriculture through marketing their produce from the garden.
“We also empower the people with microfinance projects, to help women who find it very difficult to have a loan from the microfinance institutions. We empowered them by giving them some funds to kick-start a small business to support their families.”