The event coincided with the six-year anniversary of the association, and it witnessed the formal christening of Mr Yusupha Saho as the Kafoo’s honorary father and Mariama Darboe as its mother. The occasion was also attended by a delegation from the national GSM and telecommunication (Gamtel/Gamcel) companies.
This delegation comprises Mr Abdoulie Bas, public relations officer, Gamcel, Mr Bakary Sanneh, media relations officer, Gamtel, Moro Jarjue, senior manager, support staff, Gamtel, Lamin Fofana, product development and research manager, Gamcel, Mustapha Ceesay, senior marketing manager, Gamcel and Sering Ceesay, product and development officer, Gamcel.
Speaking to The Standard, Mrs Mariama Darboe, mother of the Kafoo, described this event as a milestone in the efforts of the village women united to move the development agenda of their community to another level. She said over the past six years, the Kafoo members have been engaged in weekly contribution of D25 each, which is saved and subsequently invested in supporting community development initiatives.
“We use the money collected to buy paints for the mosque, and the ceremonial prayer ground. We also use the money to cook, prepare food and drinks for workers each time the village cemetery is cleared of grass, among other things,” said Mrs Darboe. She said it is one reason why they sought partnership with a public company like Gamcel to mutually cherish the values of “self-ownership and self-help”.
“We appreciate that this is a Gambian company that among other things, support the social development of the country. We hope that such partnership will help redouble our efforts in continuing what we started.”
An unforgettable experience,” was how Mr Yusupha Saho, father of the association, described the event. “Gamcel is the nation’s ears and eyes and making me the honorary father of this Kafoo is such an honour. We hope the partnership will yield unbridled dividends for both Gamcel and the Kafoo,” he said.
An estimated 10, 000 people attended the event where Jaliba Kuyateh performed. Gamcel/Gamtel, in showing their appreciation of the christening, gave out a hundred T-shirts, 50 sim cards, and D10,000.
Author: Sanna Camara]]>