On Friday 21st December done at the paradise suites hotel, the NDA Mariama Foundation was launched, a registered charity striving to contribute to the health sector specially focusing on maternal health, development of youth talents through football clinics and focusing on a strong educational foundation for children.
The foundation also strongly believes in the cliché that No woman should die giving life and is promoting the concept of scholar athletes in young people and children who want to take up sports particularly football as a career.
In giving her statement NDA Mariama Jagne said that the foundation is the brainchild of her husband Pa Modou jagne, a Gambian international football player playing for FC Gallent a first division team in Switzerland and her humble self.
She said that the love they have for their country and the need to give back to the Gambia is one of the key things that motivate them to start the NDA Mariama Jagne family foundation. She said their main focus is to help complement efforts of the government by providing support to the maternal health care services especially in impoverished areas in the Gambia and helping to reduce the rate of maternal mortality.
My husband also has a personal experience because he lost his mother as a result of pregnancy related complication and as a woman, wife and mother, her opinion is that every woman deserves to have the best treatment during pregnancy and child birth, she said.
Mariama said that the health care system is wide but there is no doubt in their minds that they wanted to help improve the maternal health care in the Gambia, mainly because a healthy and happy woman means a happy family and this is what any great nation would want.
She added that knowing that her husband is a football player they felt that the foundation would not be complete without them giving some attention to sports. "we will be using the football clinic and promoting to sponsor scholarly athletes, we want to encourage young aspiring athletes to realize that they can focus on school for a while still following their dreams becoming professional athletes. There is a life after athletic career ends and if these young people are not set up on a strong educational background they would be lost when their sport career comes to an end", she Mariama.
Pa Modou Jagne, said women play a very important role in their lives and as a husband and father he felt that there is no better way of giving back to the Gambia than through maternal care. He said they want a smile on every women's face but they would not have achieved anything without the support of all present today and those that are not there but rendered some kind of support.
Jagne told the gathering that this did not happen overnight; that the wheels started rolling months ago. "Before we have been very fortunate to be backed by a group of very motivated and dedicated people. I can say that the NDA Mariam Jagne Foundation has the best of trustee and volunteers.These members have been doing all they can to make sure that the setting up the foundation is successful", said Jagne.
Jagne sends his gratitude to the Government and people of the Gambia, his friends and team mates on both national and FC Gallant and their coaches, officials and fans, members of the press, their friends and supporters on social media like facebook and twitter and especially their sponsors, Prof consulting to inspire, motivate and support them.
The Vice President of the GFA Alhagie Omar Sey was also present and he thanks the representatives from the Ministry of Sports and Basic Secondary School, family members and well wishers among other things.