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Coconut contributes to fight against covid-19 in Gambia

Sep 1, 2020, 1:32 PM | Article By: Cherno Omar Bobb

Coconut Organisation, an international development NGO headquartered in South Korea through its Global Emergency Relief Supplies Support Programme recently donated hand wash buckets with taps to two ministries in The Gambia.

The donation is in consideration of the rapid contagion of COVID- 19 and the shortage of preventive supplies in communities across the world.

On 24 July, 2020, the organisation presented 78 wash hand buckets to the Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education (MoBSE) for onward distribution to schools to help in the fight against the spread of COVID-19.

Receiving the items, Claudiana A. Cole, minister of Basic and Secondary Education expressed deep appreciation to the donors and assured that the items would be used by intended beneficiaries.

On 28 July 2020, the organisation again donated 77 hand wash buckets to the Ministry of Youth and Sports at a ceremony held at the Gambia National Youth Service Scheme (NYSS) in Bakau, for onward distribution to its satellite institutions.

The donated items, according to officials, would significantly help in fight against the spread of COVID-19 especially among the youth.

At the presentation, Hadrammeh Sidibeh, minister of Youth and Sports underscored the importance of the buckets especially their coming at a time when needed most.

"The buckets are very important items for The Gambia, especially at this time. We are grateful to the Coconut Organisation for this support."

Coconut organisation provides human rights character education, relief projects and talent support opportunities to the underprivileged around the world. It also helped in the establishment of a football club in The Gambia in 2018 to support fourth division players.

Coconut is recognized as a trustworthy organisation and has established a strong relationship with the Government of The Gambia.

Coconut Gambia Branch was officially registered in The Gambia in 2019 and has started carrying out activities such as implementation of a project to strengthen the talent and capacity of the Coconut Football League and students.

"It is important to highlight that as the spread of COVID-19 increases in The Gambia, the government is also reinforcing the virus prevention policy so Coconut’s support was indeed timely".

Coconut’s CEO Park Jang-yong stated, “I am happy that Coconut is able to help. Even though the world is facing difficulties due to COVID-19, we will continue to support through cooperation with the government of The Gambia and local organisations.”

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