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Sukutarians support community with medical, food items

May 7, 2020, 11:52 AM | Article By: Cherno Omar Bobb

Natives of Sukuta at both home and abroad, last Thursday supported the community’s health centre with medical items. They also donated over three hundred thousand dalasis to the community to purchase food items for the needy and most vulnerable members of the community.

During this difficult period of global coronavirus pandemic outbreak, organisations are doing their best to feed needy people within their communities and across the country.

Sukuta Alkalo, Ba Ismaila Cham commended the sons and daughters for the initiative to support their own people during this difficult period.

Buba Cham, chairman of the Village Development Committee (VDC) of Sukuta explained how they came with an idea to set-up a taskforce in the wake of COVID-19 pandemic, which they call “Sukuta Covid-19 task force.”

He said the task force has been sensitizing the community about the danger of the coronavirus and how people can prevent contracting it and how to avoid its spread.  “We’ve been going around the community to put hand-washing stations all over the place. When we started this, our effort became known to Sukutarians all over the world and as a result, our brothers and sisters in the diaspora also came-up with a program that they named as ‘each person feed one.”

He said they donated US$5000 towards the mitigation of COVID -19, saying since the outbreak started, there are families who cannot make their earnings now as they used to.

Mr Cham said the community has also raised some funds which they will put together and buy rice for the needy people.

Abass Cham, a member of NASUA said this was not the first time Sukuta citizens’ were giving back to their community.  “We have been participating in various activities - like sports, helping the needy in the community and helping bereaved families,” he explained.

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