By Amadou Jadama
Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at The Gambia on Tuesday donated food items to Tanka Tanka Psychiatric Hospital.
They donated a goat, 3 bags of 50kg rice, two gallons of 20 litre cooking oil, a bag of onion and potato.
The idea was to help the mentally disturbed as part of observance of the Muslim feast of Eid-ul-Adha.
Presenting the materials, Alhaji Ebrahima Mbowe, deputy Amir of the Jama’at, said: “It is traditional that every Eid we come to Psychiatric Hospital with a token of gifts. We have been doing this because we realised it is necessary that people here have these things, no matter how small. We also see this as a fulfilment of our obligation. We have been doing this for the past five years. Sometimes we receive request from Tanka Tanka but now we have taken on ourselves so much so that we no longer wait for a request, we took it as an obligation.”
Saying that TANKA TANKA can be anyone’s “home,” he called on other institutions and philanthropists to come and render support.
Receiving the items, Yankuba Suwareh, a psychiatric nurse, expressed joy. He assured the Jama’at that the items will be used accordingly.
“Here we have a free health care system. Nothing is paid here, from clothing to feeding. So what the government is giving us is not enough.”