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US-based Gambian non-profit organization supports Gambian pupils again

Oct 13, 2016, 9:59 AM

The Gambian American Network (GAN), a New York-based non-profit organization, has once again given assistance to 57 Gambian pupils in 16 senior secondary schools in The Gambia for the current (2016/2017) academic year.

The beneficiary schools include Somita, Nyakoi, Bakadaji, Farafenni, Nioro Jataba, Panchang, and Kalagi, among others.

Last academic year, 2015/2016, GAN awarded scholarships to 51 pupils across the country. This reinforces the vision of the organization to extend its generous ambition of fulfilling the dreams of the needy and deserving pupils in The Gambia. We pledge to contribute our quota to national development by producing future GAN Scholars and help play a vital role in their individual development to greatness.

The scholarship package to each of the beneficiary GAN Scholars include items such as a school bag, past WASSCE Mathematics and English questions textbook, Comprehensive English textbook, First Aid in English (new edition) textbook, Oxford Learner’s Dictionary,

New General Maths textbook 3, Scientific electronic calculator (for new beneficiaries), Math set box, Gambian history reader and spiral bound exercise books.

The GAN public relations officer, Samba Jawo, who doubles as the GAN Scholars project coordinator, said the project is one of the integral projects of the organization.

GAN Chairman Alhagie Jallow added that he was thrilled that for the second year in a row, over 50 Gambian youths who had the potential to be educated, but were constrained by limited financial resources, could now attend school and study without worrying about how their parents would pay for their education, or procure the materials necessary to achieve their educational aims.

He thanked The Gambia-based coordinator, Hassoum Ceesay, for his invaluable efforts in making sure the beneficiaries were diligently identified and efficiently serviced in their individual educational needs.

He also thanked Tumani Nyassi for his invaluable support since inception. He further expressed gratitude to individual members of the organization that contributed towards the funding of the project, and prayed for Allah to multiply their donations beyond their expectations.

The GAN Scholars’ Programme is meant to augment the efforts underway to promote quality education for all Gambians, especially through the provision of required and supplementary textbooks to pupils.

One of the beneficiaries from Nyakoi SSS in URR said: “Thank you GAN. I am very happy for the support. We will work harder in our school to be better in the future.”

Another said: “The support is in the right direction, because investing in education is an investment to eradicate poverty and for sustainable development.”

GAN is hopeful that the project, which is an annual commitment, would stay and relate the intention of GAN to still support more scholars with school materials in madrassas and other senior secondary schools.

If you are willing to contribute and support our cause, please contact us through Mr Hassoum Ceesay in the Gambia or Sam Jawo in New York City at gambianamericannetwork@gmail.com.

We wish our scholars a successful academic year.

GAN Scholars Media Report October 11, 2016