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Qatari Philanthropists donate food items, cash to Pakalinding

May 20, 2020, 1:36 PM | Article By: Fatou B Cham

Qatari philanthropists last week donated food items and cash to the community of Jarra Pakalinding in the Lower River Region (LRR) as part of their support to families during the state of public health emergency in The Gambia due to coronavirus pandemic.

The support was provided through Alieu Manjang, a native of Pakalinding and the distribution was coordinated by Ansumana Kinteh, the village’s diaspora liaison and implemented by the Village Development Committee. The distributed items include 58 bags of 50kg rice, 87 gallons of 5L cooking oil, 133 bags of 25kg rice and cash amounting of D43, 500.

The food aid was provided to 58 high risk families with each of them receiving 50kg bag of rice, 5L cooking oil and D500 cash, second high risk families received 25kg of rice and 5L of cooking oil each and the last group numbering 104 families received 25kg of rice e each.

Alkalo of the village, Rtd. Chief of Jarra West, Alh. Buwa Kinteh thanked Alieu Manjang and the benefactors for their magnanimity and prayed for Allah to shower His blessings on them.

“One can live for almost a century but will never come across a pandemic disease like the coronavirus, which has brought lot of causalities in all countries around the globe,” he said.

Secretary of the Village Development Committee, Momodou Darboe and Sillah Manneh expressed joy in receiving the food items, saying the aid will go a long way in supporting the villagers especially during the holy month of Ramadan amidst the covid-19 pandemic.

The village’s diaspora liaison, Ansumana Kinteh, who coordinated and supervised the distribution on behalf of Alieu Manjang and friends thanked the sponsors and described the gesture as unique.

He added that this is a huge support for the community spearheaded by an illustrious son of the village Mr. Alieu Manjang through his current and former University classmates in Qatar.

On behalf of Ansumana Kinteh, Mr. Manjang donated D16, 000 to the community’s Islamic school.

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