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Covid-19 Campaign extends generosity to families of sponsored students

May 6, 2020, 11:53 AM | Article By: Yunus S Saliu

Belgian Friends of The Gambia (BFoTG), Saturday distributed food packages and soap to families of their sponsored students in The Gambia.

The fund was raised in Belgium to help the needy and vulnerable people during the period of stay at home due to coronavirus pandemic.

The distributed food packages include 33 bags of rice, nine bags of onion, eight bags of potatoes, 33 packets of bath soap, thirty-three gallons of cooking oil and nine bags of sugar.

BFoTG is a humanitarian organisation based in Belgium. For over a decade, the organisation has been sponsoring students at different levels. With the outbreak of coronavirus pandemic, BFoTG launched ‘Covid-19 Campaign’ in Belgium to help their sponsored students and their families amid the pandemic.

Chairman Patrick De Vos said the food and non-food packages came from the goodwill gesture of the Belgian people, explaining that his organisation launched the Covid-19 Campaign 4 BFoTG Sponsored Students to gather fund for their sponsored student families across the country.

“Any amount of money generated from the campaign in Belgium will be used to buy food and important items for the families of our sponsored students in The Gambia to better their lives during this trying time of covid-19,” Mr. Vos explained.

Handing over the items to the parents of the sponsored students, Mariama Darboe, headmistress of Nyodema Nursery School thanked BFoTG’s chairman for the largesse.

She said both the organisation’s present and past assistance are recognised by the school and the community of Manjai Kunda since it started sponsoring students of the school in 2002.

In a similar development, Buba Jammeh, headmaster of Jambanjelly Nursery School has also distributed similar items to families of students sponsored by BFoTG, while similar presentation was also conducted at Siffoe Lower School, another school sponsored by BFoTG.

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