Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Caravan of Mercy gives largesse to villages in LRR, others

Beneficiaries of Caravan of Mercy food distributions
Caravan of Mercy, Overseas Coordinator Mr. Pa Modou Sillah who is also coordinating Caravan of Mercy activities in the Republic of Senegal and Guinea Bissau stated that his organisation will continue the good will gesture for Gambian peoples in complementing the efforts of the government by given Ramadan donations to families.

Mr. Sillah was speaking in an exclusive interview with our reporter in his office in Brikama Caravan of Mercy Head Office shortly after the Ramadan food items distributions recently. 

According to Sillah, Caravan of Mercy which is registered as an international Non-Governmental Organisation in the country through its partners in the United Kingdom has donated food items to Gambian as part of their contributions to help the poor and needy.

His NGO, he stated donated bags of rice, sugar, oil and tins of tomato paste worth D680, 625.00 covering 948 families to the people of Lower River Region in the following villages Nyorojataba, Sankandi, Wudehba, Wurokan, Dumbuto and Kwinella saying that every year, they identify a new place and do their Ramadan food distributions.

“This year, we went to LRR to do our normal Ramadan food distributions”

Mr. Sillah recalled that last year, Caravan of Mercy distributed Ramadan food items in the region of Central River Region (CRR North) to 700 families and some parts of West Coast Region where widows, orphans, and needy children’s has benefitted as well as some Madarasas and Masgids (mosques).

“We’re very much grateful on behalf of our beneficiaries to our donors in England, United Kingdom who immensely contributed towards this noble course that Caravan of Mercy is doing in the country,” he described their partners in England as true believers of Allah.

“We’re praying to Allah the almighty to continues given them the strength and blessings for them to continue helping the poor and needy as it is not easy to devote your time and energy doing such an important work around the world nowadays, because of the economic crises where everyone is thinking how to feed his or her own family.,” pointed out Sillah.

According to Mr. Sillah, helping the poor, widows and needy is one of the objectives of his NGO saying that his organisation will continue to support the Gambian populace.

Given background information of how Caravan of Mercy a charitable organisation registered in 2006 and now we turns into an international NGO in 2012, Mr. Sillah says “I started this from my own pocket when I was teaching in Bermuda (UK) whereby I do savings from my monthly salaries to help students back home (The Gambia)”

According to him, when he (Sillah) is in the country for vocations, he will visit schools to pay schools fees for few students who are academically capable of receiving sponsorship and make best use of their education.

And, later on, some of my colleagues in Bermuda  noticed what I was doing and they also join by given me donations to support my work in the Gambia which we started with 45 students, today we build our own two Madarasa in North Bank Region and Central River Region with more than 1500 students.

As an international NGO, we’re also providing safe drinking water for local communities and providing quality education as well as supporting schools with educational material and also given medical items hospitals.

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