By Olimatou Coker
The Baddidu Society -United Kingdom on Tuesday distributed cash amounting to 61,000 to six disaster affected communities in the North Bank Region.
According to the donors, this is a gesture undertaken by the movement to support disaster victims. The communities that benefited included Baddidu Noo Kund, Konteh Kunda Niggi, Alkali Kunda, JalillKunda, Baddidu Illiassa and Baddidu India.
The delegation was accompanied by the Deputy Governor of NBR and LRR, chief of Baddidu Illiassa, Alkalolu and some members of the organization.
Speaking toThe Standard, Siaka Jatta,council of elders for Basuk, who doubles as the deputy governor of LRR, said they assisted the communities because they formed the association in the United Kingdom to help the people on the ground.
“We have been giving out to this region for so long and this is the 4th or 5th time. I was here last year and I visited 189 schools to distribute some learning materials,” he said.
He said a heavy rain destroyed some houses last month which prompted them to reach out to the victims.
Beginning as a collection of nine individuals, Jatta however said the organization has since grown.
“We were here last year on calendar and chalks distribution where we have reached out to various schools countrywide. This time we have come out with a difference in dishing out some cash amount to disaster affected households in Baddidu,” he said.
Bunja Conteh, the Alkalo of Konteh Kunda Niggi, who also benefited from this kind gesture thanked the organisation for such a wonderful move in helping them out.
“I am so happy today. These are the types of organisations that we need in the country because the government can’t do it alone,” he said.
Also speaking, the Deputy Governor of NBR, Ajie Fatou Joof, one hundred and seventy-seven families have been affected by the heavy rain storm in NBR, with 75% of the affected families displaced.