11 December 2012

Gambia: Swiss NGO Assists Orphans in Gambia

World Wide Watch (WWW), a Swiss-based Non-governmental Organisation recently donated non-food items to orphans at the SOS Children's Village in Bakoteh.

Established a few years ago, the NGO is dedicated to better education for underprivileged kids, in its quest to make the world a better place.

The organisation also recognises the fact that parents, institutions, government and the private sector needed to work together in order to help the children to better understand and live in their emotional, physical and cultural environment.

WWW also has the objective to bring various bodies together by attracting their attention to different topics in the quest of not only fostering unity and networking, but as well stimulate efforts to ensure that the welfare of underprivileged children is changed for the better.

The SOS donation, which was followed by a similar one by the NGO to one of Senegal's leading orphanage centres in Dakar, is symbolic in the sense that it basically meant to enhance awareness.

Presenting the items, the president of WWW, Flavio Luchessi thanked the children and mothers of SOS for the warm welcome accorded him. Luchessi informed the gathering that the number of stuffed animals to be distributed is more symbolic as it is meant to enhance awareness.

While calling on mothers to take good care of the kids as future leaders, he also wished the kids a happy and wonderful Christmas celebration in advance.

On receiving the items, the director of SOS Bakoteh Children's Village, Haddy Njie-Touray, thanked the donor on behalf of the children and mothers at the centre.

She disclosed that they have about 92 children at the orphanage, while indicating that they also have youth facilities for both boys and girls. She told the benefactor that a second centre was opened in Basse, Upper River Region, currently catering 120 kids.

The SOS Village director described the donation as timely, taking into account the Christmas festivities that are just around the corner, saying the gesture will be used as a Christmas gift to the kids.

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