By Olimatou Coker
Health Promotion and Development Organisation (HePDO) in partnership with Aging With a Smile Initiative (ASI) on Thursday donated food and sanitary items worth over 66,000 dalasi to 50 different households in KM and Kombo North, at a presentation held in HePDO office in Serekunda.
The items included 50 bags of 25kg of rice, 50 galons of 5 litters cooking oil and some packs of sanitary items.
Speaking, Omar Ceesay, executive director of HePDO, said they work on health promotion and development.
He said the pandemic has posed few challenges in terms of feeding, which inspired HePDO’s efforts to help struggling families.
“We partner with another organisation called Aging with a Smile Initiative (ASI) who also contributed half of what they are able to raise and that is all what you are all seeing here today,” he explained.
He said the food is for those above 55 years and are not gainfully employed or they don’t have immediate family support, or they have health conditions.
“Today we are reaching out to 50 different households in KM and Kombo North but this wouldn’t be the last, we will continue to support them because that’s the only way we can make impact.Our intention is to make an impact by improving living conditions of the needy and the must vulnerable people in the society”.
“We invest in 65-66,000 dalasi in buying these items; we will also be visiting them to provide free health services by checking their blood pressure and other things concerning health,” he added.
Other speakers inculded Yusupha Sowe, project manager of HePDO, who said the organisation has been in existence since 1997.
“We though it’s really important to help the needy ones in our communities,” he remarked.