By Aisha Tamba
In observance of world orphans’ day, the Abubakar Siddique Foundation for Needy and Orphans Welfare (Afnow) Monday donated materials to five schools and hospital in Gunjur.
The items donated were books, toys, second hand clothes, sport materials and hospital equipment.
The materials were donated to Khalid bin Walid Islamic School, Gunjur Lower Basic School, Immaculate Conception nursery and lower basic school, Gunjur Madina Kunkunding LBS, Imam Islamic School and Gunjur Health Centre.
The donation is also aimed at contributing to the welfare of the needy people in the community at large.
Abodoulie D Touray, the program officer, explained that the strategic role and overarching goal of the organisation is “to work with orphans, needy children, widows and the community of Gunjur in order to enhance their quality of life by supporting them through scholarship, awareness raising, skills training, sports and games, micro-credit finance and promotion of academic excellence, as well as protecting and promoting their rights and welfare.
“Afnow seeks to achieve this through non-partisan, political and discriminatory approach and it was initiated in 2003 but the actual operation started in 2006,” he highlighted.
Mba Serreh Bojang, a member who also benefited from the foundation noted that the items were given to the foundation by some of their donors who are natives of Gunjur.
“For me, this is a great thing because the foundation has been sponsoring me since I was in grade nine. Then things were very difficult for my family, but now I am at the college studying,” she added.
Fafoday Darboe, the principal of Khalid bin Walid Islamic school, expressed delight and gratitude to the foundation, preaching that giving charity is one of the most important aspects in Islam.
The ward councilor of Gunjur, Momodou Charreh Gibba, applauded Afnow and described the donation as a ‘great initiative,’ calling on other people and philanthropists to support their communities.