By Saidou Baldeh
The Association of Soninkara Women Entrepreneurs Gambia Branch and Gambia Action France Branch Saturday distributed bags of sugar, rice and cooking oil to needy families.
The donation which was coordinated and chaired by the CEO of Star FM Alpha Karanga is meant to encourage the needy families to stay at home in an attempt to contain the spread of Covid-19.
Musa Kijera, who presented the food items on behalf of the Gambia Action France Branch, a women’s organisation in France said the donation is part of their contribution to complement government’s efforts in the fight against Covid-19.
“…and we hope the donated food items will help the families stay at home as recommended by health stakeholders,” Kijera said at the presentation held at Star FM office.
He said the donation is very special to them especially at this time when the world is battling the deadly Covid-19 pandemic.
“As we speak, many people are forced to sit at home whiles many others have lost their economic gains. This is why the organisation thought it prudent to support the most vulnerable,” he added.
Kijera urged Gambians to take Covid-19 with all the seriousness it deserves “so that we could contain its spread.”
Amie Simaha, a representative from the Soninkara women entrepreneurs said her organisation comprises Sarahule women entrepreneurs galvanised to promote women entrepreneurship in The Gambia.
“We are giving out this donation to complement government’s efforts in the fight against Covid-19. As we are all aware of the realities of Covid-19 we thought it wise to do our own part to complement government’s efforts,” she said.
Isatou Simaha, the Vice president of the organisation of Sarahule women entrepreneurs said donation has been a routine one dated back to February.
However, she said the organisation felt that donating to the needy at this moment could even be more crucial due to the Covid-19.
Muhammed Gikineh, a beneficiary expressed his delight to the two associations on behalf his fellow beneficiaries and urged other philanthropists to join hands with the government to support the needy.