By Saidou Baldeh
BelGambian Dream Foundation, a Gambian-based charity, Friday distributed boxes of learning materials among its sponsored children.
The donated items included exercise books, toys, second hand clothing and a supply of food.
Suzanne Mortier, one of the co-founders of the charity said their objective is to help Gambian needy children especially orphans, achieve quality education.
“We choose the Gambian children because of the love our families have for the country and our intention is to continue investing in a drive to help these children realise their dreams,” she said.
She said the foundation has 25 parents who are sponsoring about 25 children in The Gambia. Another 25 is on a waiting list for sponsorship.
“We are with the conviction that education is not a privilege but a right of every child including the underprivileged,” she said.
Abdoulie Ceesay, National Assembly member for Old Yundum, said about five children in his constituency are benefitting from the sponsorship program.
“Foundations like BelGambian are here to complement government’s efforts and I want to call on other philanthropists to emulate the foundation and come forward because there are many Gambians out there in need of support,” he urged.
The foundation’s coordinator in The Gambia, Lamin Sonko said all the beneficiaries are visited regularly in a bid to ensure they keep improving.
Nyima Conteh, a beneficiary and student of Methodist Academy thanked BelGambian Dream Foundation for giving her the opportunity to pursue her dream.