CHRISTMAS MESSAGE 2015 FROM THE VERY REV JAMES ALLEN YAW ODICO BISHOP-ELECT, ANGLICAN DIOCESE OF THE GAMBIA
Dec 28, 2015, 11:01 AM
Baobab Charity, a non-profit making organization based in Belgium, recently donated materials worth over €1,000 to Sulayman Junkung General Hospital (SJGH) and the community of Bwiam in the West Coast Region.
The items donated to the community and the hospital include school materials, toys, sports materials, secondhand clothes, wheelchairs, insulin for diabetic patients, among other medical supplies.
The donation was facilitated by Zakaria Ceesay, a native of Bwiam, and handed over to the community through Alkalo Musa Amul Nyassi.
Speaking at the ceremony, Musa Amul Nyassi thanked the organisation through Zakaria Ceesay for the gesture while imploring other natives of Bwiam to follow the footsteps of Zakaria.
He underscored the significance of the donation while stressing the importance of strengthening the bond between Baobab charity organization and the community of Bwiam.
For her part, the head of Baobab Charity organisation, Pim Ampe, said that her charity was established a year ago with her friend, Brijitte, who works with an airline and knew the situation of The Gambia well.
The motive of the support, she said, is to share what they have with the less-privileged and show humanism to the world.
Pim urged the community to make best use of the materials while expressing her delight and trust to the community. She pledged to extend their support to the community radio and schools in their next visit.
The Village Development Committee (VDC) secretary, Alagie Camara, commended the donors for their “kind hearts” for Gambians.
The support, he said, would help not only the community of Bwiam but also other people who will be seeking treatment at the hospital.
The VDC, he noted, will always open its doors for such support and relationships to develop the community.
Sulayman Junkung General Hospital administrator Ansumana Mendy, on behalf of the CEO, thanked the donors for the “excellent intervention”.
The hospital is always there to support its community and will always do so, he said, adding that he promised that his staff would make best use of the materials donated.
Other speakers on the occasion included the ward councillor of Bwiam, Mam Fatou Nyassi, Imam of Bwiam, Bernadeth Mendy, and headmistress of the Bwiam Early Childhood Development Centre, Topo Ceesay.
They expressed delight and gratitude to the donors while promising that the donated items will be put into good use.