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Scanaid-Norway donates 40ft container to Brufut Scanaid Nursery

Jun 29, 2012, 2:50 PM | Article By: Abdoulie Nyockeh

Scanaid-Norway on Tuesday donated 40ft container filled with food items (137 bags of rice.), bicycles, educational materials, among others, to Scanaid Nursery School in Brufut.

The presentation, which attracted parents, various communities and school children, was meant for the poor and needy.

The donated materials include 130 bags of rice which would lift much of the food burden off the parents of the schoolchildren.

Speaking at the presentation, the headmistress of the school, Terema Njie, said the relationship between Scanaid in The Gambia and Scanaid-Norway started in 1994.

She also disclosed that the donors have been sending containers to their school annually and this year it was school materials the donors decided to send to the school, which included tables, bags of rice, gallon of oils and soaps. She then expressed appreciation and joy over the donated materials to Gambian schools.

She also assured the donors that her school will live up to expectations and “the material donated will be put into good use” by ensuring they reach the targeted beneficiaries.

She also used the occasion to advise parents to write a return appreciation letters to the donors in Norway expressing their appreciation about the donated materials to their schoolchildren.

According to the mistress, as a result of the gesture, the school would organize a picnic for the schoolchildren at the beach to show how appreciative the parents and schoolchildren were over the donated materials.

For his part, Pateh S. Baldeh, liaison officer for Scanaid Norway, also expressed similar sentiments on the intervention of Scanaid in Norway in making sure Scanaid Nursery School children in Brufut receive free education, books and meals.

Mr Baldeh also used the opportunity to advise the parents to ensure the donation reach the schoolchildren, the organization and the poor, since the objective of the organization is to help the poor and the needy.

Mr Baldeh further highlighted some of the numerous developments their donors have brought to the doorsteps of the schoolchildren, which is a clear indication of their generosity and support to the community.  

He also appealed to the donors to extend their support to other schools in the country. 

In conclusion, Mr Baldeh said he was proud working with Scanaid as the organisation continues to support and encourage schoolchildren to obtain quality education.

For her part, the donor coordinator in Norway, Torum Battegard, said the donors in Norway are always excited to assist with educational materials and other items to Scanaid in The Gambia.

The container cost over D250,000, Ms Battegard said, adding that it is now the responsibility of the school to take ownership of the donated materials. She also promised her organization’s continued support to the school.