By Olimatou Coker
People Empowerment Project Empowering People for Life, PELP over the weekend distributes Ramadan gifts to visually impaired people, widows and orphans within the country.
The items were distributed in Latrikunda, along the Piccadilly junction and includes 11 bags of sugar, second hand clothes, books, toys and a cash amount of two hundred D200 was also distributed to each of the beneficiaries as per diem for transport.
Its secretary general Fafading Tarawally, said since formation in 2011, PELP has rendered so much support to the needy, particularly visually impaired persons, widows and orphans.
He said PELP is also engaged in helping various schools with materials such as chalks and books to upgrade libraries and other departments.
“Presently, we have some boxes of books that we want to distribute to some schools in the urban areas,” he said.
“We all know that the country belongs to everyone, so we need to take ownership by helping the government in some aspects in developing our beloved nation because the government may not see some hidden things.”
He said PELP was founded by one Mustapha Jaiteh, a Baddibunka, based in the United Kingdom.
“After forming PELP, he asked his people back home in The Gambia to be part of it and run its Gambia chapter for efficiency.”
Member Sulyman Sawaneh, said PELP feels ‘blessed’ in giving back to communities.
Lamin Jawla, a beneficiary from New Yundum, and a 3rd year student at the Gambia College, expresses delight.
“I thank the benefactor for the gesture. And I am appealing to the donors to help us with materials especially when it comes to visually impaired educational books and materials. Books are our main problem and of course, technological materials.”