May 19, 2020, 1:40 PM
In early March 2020, The Gambia Government declared a state of public health emergency in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, which has hit country just as it has on the rest of the World.
The presentation was held at the former Plaza Cinema at Churchill’s town with each family receiving a bag of rice, a gallon of cooking oil and detergent.
HEPDO executive director, Omar Ceesay said they have been in existence since 1997, operating as an NGO in promoting health and development in The Gambia. He said they deemed it necessary to support unemployed people who are above 50 years during the period of coronavirus pandemic knowing that they are currently faced with difficulties.
He observed that there is a break down in social support system as a result of the pandemic while many people rely on family members for support.
According to him, half of the fund spent to buy the donated materials was from voluntary contribution of their members. He said they aim to continue the generosity beyond the covid-19 pandemic as their motor is helping improve life and living conditions of people.
Pa Yusuf Sowe, HEPDO manager for Malaria said they have previously supported communities and will continue to do their best.
It is already known that Team Europe is providing a global response of some 15,6 billion EUR for the response to the Covid-19 pandemic worldwide.
Gambia Bar, Restaurant and Night Club Association (G-BRANA) has pleaded to form a representative and inclusive association through a strong consultative process. This follows what they referred to as “inappropriate approach” taken by certain group who created an association after the government had announced covid-19 funds to the staff in the tourism industry.
The Kabafita United Diaspora Association (KUDA), in collaboration with Kabafita Village Development Committee, last Thursday presented 228 bags of 25kg rice to various households at Kabafita at a ceremony held at the Kindergarten Wattenschied Nursery School.
On Saturday, Karmic Angels and Sir Farimang Singhateh Foundation charitable organisations conducted their 3rd distribution of rice to the poor and needy families in The Gambia as part of their support during the course of the covid-19 outbreak.
In a bid to ameliorate the living conditions of people in need, China Aid Road and Bridges Project team recently donated 30 bags of rice and 320 liters of hand sanitizers to local communities in the Upper River Region (URR).