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Munyagen Foundation gives over D300K of food items to fight COVID-19

Apr 22, 2020, 2:14 PM | Article By: Pa Modou Cham

Munyagen Development Foundation; a local charity over the weekend donated over D300,000 worth of food and non-food items to Munyagen village in North Bank Region’s Jokadu District.

The items, which include 166 bags of rice, 40 bags of sugar and sanitizers were designed to enhance and strengthen the community’s quest to stem the spread of COVID-19 in the country.

At the distribution ceremony, Ebrima K. Dampha, governor of the region, expressed delight to be associated with the move championed by natives of Munyagen both in country and in the Diaspora, saying the money spent on the items could have been used on other needs.

 Governor Dampha said the move demonstrates their love and resolve to assist their community during these trying moments.

“I want to applaud the people of Munyagen, Kerr Omar Saine and Kerr Jarga Jobe for the support they are rendering to their communities. I urge people of the other communities to follow these communities in terms of community development. The people of Munyagen coming up with 300,000 worth of bags of rice, sugar and sanitizers are outstanding.”

Governor Dampha said now is the time these communities need assistance from philanthropists and even natives both in country and in the Diaspora.

He equally reminded residents of the village to adhere to the WHO and Ministry of Health safety precautions to contain the spread of the deadly virus.

He also called on people to stop denying and doubting the existence of the virus, affirming that it is real. “The reason that caused both Muslims and Christians to close their worshipping grounds is not a joking matter,” he said.

Ahmadou Jaw, imam of Munyagen, while thanking the youth for the kind gesture, also prayed that Allah continue to guide and shower His infinite blessings on the donors to continue to cause serving humanity.

Alhagie Joof, chairman of Munyagen Development Committee (VDC) hailed the donors for their foresight, recalling that last year the foundation also spent over D600,000 to renovate the village mosque.

Mr. Joof recalled that in January 2019, they also contributed over D800,000 to make sure that the community has access to portable and clean drinking water supply.

“When we heard about the coronavirus, the youth in the Diaspora came together and provided over D300,000 worth of 166 bags of rice, 40 bags of sugar and sanitizers.”

Alhagie Sakou Gaye, chief of Jokadu also expressed similar sentiments, praying to Allah to guide and bless the youths of the village.