Nov 11, 2008, 4:59 AM
School 4 Schools, a charity organisation on Monday presented one thousand and ten (1010) treated bed nets to the community of Jalambang village Kombo Central in Western Region.
Founded by Management Maintenance Ltd (MML) in 2009, School 4 Schools charity, among others, seeks to assist Gambians, especially the schools. The organisation also seeks to link schools in The Gambia with schools in the United Kingdom.
Speaking at the handing over ceremony held at Jalambang Nursery School, the President of the organisation Mr. Keluntang Camara said that the charity aims to improve the standards of school children to see to it that each child in the community have good health and education.
"This was why we came up with the bed nets and distributed them to the community of Jalambang," he said.
He stated that the government has over the years done a lot of effort in the fight against malaria, adding that the presentation of 1010 bed nets is not only important to the community of Jalanbang, but for the whole country.
He advised the beneficiaries of Jalambang to make good use of the bed nets.
For her part, the ambassador of the School 4 Schools in the UK, Miss Beaky, described the donation as of paramount importance to her organisation, noting that the children cannot be well-educated without good health care.
The Alkalo of Jalambang village, Mr. Lamin Jatta, commended the donors for what he described as timely and wonderful gesture, adding that they are not only helping the community of Jalambang, but also complementing government's effort.
According to him, whenever there is a need for help, women and children should always be at the forefront, because women are the breadwinners of most families as they take care of children's education, including their health care. "Therefore, we need to help women as much as we can," Alkalo Jatta said.
He said government cannot do it all alone, and thus need others to complement their efforts in nation-building. He further commended the donors for their support to the community of Jalambang over the years.
He also commended the government and the Ministry of Health without whom, he said, the donation would not have been possible.
Other speakers at the ceremony included Ebrima Bah, the Chairman of the school and Nyima Ceesay, a women representative.