Apr 25, 2017, 11:29 AM
Jurarim Organization for Youth Excellence (JOYE), a non-profitable organization based in USA, last Friday presented D10,000 to the Scholarship Trust Fund under the Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education (MoBSE).
The presentation ceremony was held at the office of the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education (MoBSE) in Banjul.
Speaking at the ceremony, PS Baboucarr Bouy said Mr Alphonse Jurarim, aka Alphy, is a Gambian schooled in The Gambia who now resides in the US and has now decided to extend some assistance to his brothers and sisters in the country.
“He is starting it modestly but his intention is to be able to expand on this little initiative by getting other philanthropists who are interested to join him in his noble gesture.”
According to him, the donor’s intention is to work with MoBSE in order for him to continue with his project in a manner that would open up avenues to have people in the Diaspora who will contribute to MoBSE Scholarship Trust Fund.
“In a nutshell, Mr Alphy has already identified some needy students in the country; this is why he is here to present the cheques to me on behalf of the MoBSE Scholarship Trust Fund,” PS Bouy said.
For his part, Mr Alphonse Jurarim, aka Alphy, founding member of JOYE organization, said his organisation is a non-profit organization set up in the US with the purpose of providing an enabling and conducive environment for the Gambian youth.
He said they are also committed to helping Gambians in the US to be productive, caring and responsible citizens.
“The work we would like to do is to provide the environment that would give the future leaders of The Gambia dignity and voice through education to become responsible citizens,” Mr Alphy said.
“During my short stay here in The Gambia, I visited North Bank and West Coast regions, where I receive almost 400 applicants for the needy students but we are very certain that we will be able to provide approximately little bit over 100 needy students with scholarship.”
This is going to be a continual process, he promised, saying they intend to give more support in the future.
Lamin M. Darboe, Scholarship Trust Fund Administrator at the MoBSE, also spoke at the ceremony witnessed by JOYE’s Gambian-based Vice-Chairman.