Dec 22, 2020, 11:31 AM
The Gambia Red Cross Society (GRCS) on Monday launched an unconditional cash transfer of about 6.4 million dalasis to be distributed totwo thousand vulnerable families across the country.
The donors, Marie S Mendy, Sang Mendy and Lamin Njie, made the benevolence in observance of the birthday celebrations which fall on Wednesday.
The donated items include packets of laundry soap; Cartons of bathing soap; sanitary pads; toiletries rolls and bags of Omo Madar.
Presenting the items, Marie S Mendy, gave a brief rundown of the move, saying the idea came about while they were at the University of The Gambia and as colleagues having the same birthday.
“So we came up with this as to plough back to the society through lending a hand of support to the less privilege like the prisoners with donated items. We want to make this an yearly gesture and will do better in celebration of our birthday to support the less privilege.”
Receiving the items, Ansumana Manneh, Director of Gambia Prison Services and Dr Saikou Gassama, administration director, showered praises on behalf of the Prison management to the donors for the foresight and commitment.
The duo described the move as first of it kinds that young Gambians are extending a helping hand in observance of their birthdays to remember those currently in incarceration, instead of spending their monies on party celebrations.
“But you decided to celebrate your birthdays by remembering those imprisoned.”
DG Manneh thus encouraged youths in the country to emulate these three youngsters, so as to help improve services at the Gambia Prison Department in its quest to help those currently incarcerated.
The Vision Development Foundation VDF through its chief executive officer, Modou Turo Darboe over the weekend distributed bags of sugar to regional governors and security agents in the country.
As part of the annual Quranic recitation, Iftar and award ceremony, the Committee of Banjul Muslim Elders (CBML) recently awarded certificates to outstanding imams in Banjul in recognition of their outstanding efforts in leading congregation prayers at King Fahad mosque during the month of Ramadan.
Jurarim Organisation for Youth Excellence (JOYE); a US-based nonprofit organization operating in the provision of learning environment for underprivileged children in The Gambia, over the weekend supported its sponsored students and volunteers in North Bank, West Coast and Central River Regions with 50kg bag of rice, 10kg sugar and 5 litters cooking oil each.