Thursday, March 18, 2010

Caravan of Mercy benevolent gesture to Girl Guides

NEWS BANJUL, THE GAMBIA(MB)- In its drive to complement the efforts of the government of The Gambia under the leadership of His Excellence Sheikh Professor Dr.Yahya AJJ Jammeh, Caravan of Mercy a charitable organisation on 2nd March 2010 donated 2 boxes containing Brownie skirts to The Gambia Girl Guides Association at a ceremony held at Farato village in Western Region.

Speaking at the presentation ceremony, Caravan of Mercy Overseas Coordinator, Mr Pa Modou Sillah said that his organisation is here to complement the efforts of the government and to contribute to the socio-economic development by giving a helping hand to the poor, needy, widows, and orphans among other vulnerable peoples in the country and outside.

“We do not discriminate in giving out our alms, irrespective of their age, race, tribe, religion and even ideologies. We are here to support people based on humanitarian grounds".
According to him, since the registration of the organisation with the registrars of chambers, they have been giving assistance to many people in the country, adding that they even cross the borders of the country to help the people in the southern Senegal in the Cassamace region.
As he puts it, in helping the poor, the orphans and widows needs no boundary and calls on others to support them at all times saying that " for Caravan of Mercy , we will continue to render support to them when ever the needs arises.

" When ever we received our consignments, we assigned people to go around and carry out a needs assessment as to who most need them, but not just giving it like that," he told the gathering.
Explaining further, Sillah said that “when these particular items arrived, I thought it will most suite the Girl Guides Association as their Brownies were brown uniforms. So we put all the brown colours aside for them", he positioned.

Sillah recalled on other donations the organisation give out citing donations during the holly month of Ramadan, Tobaski, and during raining season when natural disaster occurred in Western Region and other parts of the country. He revealed that they also give Holy Quran's to Muslims and some educational books to schools.
Caravan of Mercy, Sillah said since its registration, has built Islamic school, in Medina Mannen in North Bank and Kuntaur in the Central River Region stating that the schools are free for students, while the salaries of the teachers and other needs are taken care of by the organisation.
He thanked the government of The Gambia for locating a land to the organisation for constructing headquarters in Brikama Western Region, promising that they will not be found wanting in their operations.
In receiving the donated items on behalf of Girl Guides Association, Chief Guide Commissioner, Mrs Yamundow Jange- Jobe, saluted the efforts of Caravan of Mercy noting that the donation has come at a right moment. As volunteer's" we need such wonderful good will gesture from people, individuals, NGOs, philanthropists to come and offer what they can as they are helping the people and we are calling on all to give benevolent gesture and emulate Caravan of Mercy", she spelled out.

Madam Jange- Jobe explained that the Gambia Girl Guides Association is also a voluntary / charitable organisation in the country that has as it’s mission to help the girls in the country to develop their potential to the fullest to be able to contribute fully their quarter in the development of The Gambia and the world at large.

According to her, such a timely donations will make them to succeed in their crusade noting that the Girl Guides Association is here to compliment the efforts of the government, saluting again the government of The Gambia for creating an enabling environment for the Gambian women and young girls to participate fully in national development.

”We have all seen what the President has done and is doing for the women of this country. Women are today handling high positions in the government. " I joined many to thank His Excellency Sheikh Professor Alhagie Yahya AJJ Jammeh for what his government has done for the Gambian women."
Jange-Jobe noted that the Girl Guides Association, have a skills training centre where they build the capacities of young girls by training them in hotel management, cantering and other viable skills. This is a form of making girls to be self reliant and economically empowered. Membership of the organisation comprise of young girls and women from all walks of life across the country."
As future leaders of any nation, she said that the young girls at their centre need help and thus calls on others to come to their aid while disclosing that some of their graduates have already secure jobs in the hotel industry.

Mrs Jagne - Jobe in her concluding remarks once more on behalf of her executive members and the whole Girl Guides Association thank the Mercy Caravan for their benevolent gesture and hope that this will just be the beginning of a relationship that will continue forever.

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