Jan 24, 2011, 1:50 PM
Foundation in collaboration with Rotaract Club of Fajara on Tuesday donated
secondhand clothing to three schools in Kanifing: St John’s School for the
Deaf, GOVI, and Methodist Special School.
The items were presented by the founder of Swiss-Gambia Foundation, Madam Astrid Manneh, who is married to a Gambian Rotarian, Sainey Manneh.
Speaking at the presentation at St John’s School for the Deaf, Daniel Mendy, principal of the school, expressed appreciation for the donation to his school.
He said the donors’ intervention “is very timely” as the weather is cold these days so the clothes would be useful to the students now than ever.
“We are very much grateful for the gesture,” Mr Mendy said. “We have nothing to say to you but a big thank you and we pray for your long life so your foundation can continue to help humanity.”
Founder of Swiss-Gambia Foundation, Madam Astrid Manneh, said she is passionate about helping the physically challenged and the blind to carry on with their lives.
She said the objective of her foundation is to help the most vulnerable children in The Gambia.
GOVI headmistress, Natoma Camara, commended the foundation for their “timely intervention”, saying the donation of secondhand clothing is not a small thing to them.
She explained that GOVI is a charitable school and most of the services being offered there are on voluntary basis.
Yai Fatou B.M. Jobe, Rotaract Club of Fajara, affirmed that Swiss-Gambia Foundation has been helping children in the society for quite a while now.
Mamudou Touray, executive director of GOVI, thanked the donors for their “mighty intervention”.
Adou Assiz Jallow, commonly known by his artiste name Junior Spices, said the gesture of the foundation will go a long way in helping the children.
“I am so proud of Swiss-Gambia Foundation, particularly the founder who came all the way from Switzerland to render support to the Gambian children,” he said.