22 November 2012

Gambia: Noor Aid Gives D10 Million Worth of Support to Local Communities

Noor Aid, a charitable organisation based in UK, also operating in The Gambia has provided support worth over 10 million Dalasis to communities in The Gambia, according to Hashim Bharucha of Noor Aid.

Bharucha made this disclosure in an interviewed with the Daily Observer on Sunday at Palma Rima Beach Hotel in Bijilo.

He revealed that the organisation is an international relief charity organisation established in 2002, with the objectives of helping and complementing government's efforts in alleviating poverty, by giving out donations to support crucial sectors like agriculture, girls and women empowerment, education, among others, in Africa and Asia.

"Much of our work is concentrated in The Gambia but we also have ongoing projects in Rajasthan, India and we also supported the past disasters in Myanmar and Gaza," said Bharucha.

He recalled that in their earliervisit to The Gambia they saw the need to support the poor and needy in terms of food aid, health, education and agriculture, in a bid to improve livelihoods.

Their activities, Bharucha said include: orphan and family sponsorship, wells and taps installation, clothes distribution, rice, sugar, oil distribution, roof, Quran distribution, Masjid building and refurbishment among others.

For his part, Ousman Jammeh, the contact person for Noor Aid The Gambia, affirmed that some of the interventions include provisions of pipe borne water, constructions and rehabilitations of mosques, food and clothes distribution, educationalsponsorship, health support, water projects, distribution of cattle and sheep for local communities during Tobaski feasts among others.

"The organisation is operating in the Greater Banjul, LRR, CRR and NBRtrying to complement government's efforts in reducing poverty in these areas," Jammeh added.

He thanked the government of the Gambia under the leadership of Sheikh Professor Alhaji Dr. Yahya Jammeh for creating the enabling environment for the organisation to operate fully in the country.

He also commended the chairman of the Noor Aid and the organisation at large for the support they have been rendering to Gambians and urged other philanthropists, organisations, here and abroad to emulate Noor Aid.

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