9 January 2013

Gambia: Man in Desperate Need for Support for His Child's Education

A middle aged person with a history of mental illness, visited the Foroyaa office to seek for assistance for he described as "academically ambitious" to continue his education. Muhammed Touray, is originally from Numuyel in the Upper River Region (URR) but is now staying in Bundung, wants support for his 16 years old son,

Alasan Touray, who is in Grade 8 at the July 22 Academy formerly Charles Jow Memorial Academy.

According to the teacher's remark on his school performance report, Alasan is noted to have made "an outstanding term's performance" and was also advised to "study harder to keep it up". He has good grades but needs assistance to pay for his school bills (fees and books) to continue with the second term which commences this month (January).

"I used to help with the meager income I earn to pay his school fees and book bills. I used to sell watches, shoes and second-hard clothes", said the father.

Muhammed disclosed that all the businesses he was engaged in have now stopped partly due to the illness which requires him to be going to the hospital monthly and also because of the poor business environment.

"This is why I am seeking for sponsorship from any philanthropist to support the education of my son and also daughter who is equally doing well in school", he appealed.

He explained that he is facing serious challenges now to support his children and even encounters difficulties sometimes to get money to buy medicines for his treatment.

Anybody who wants to support the education of Muhammed' son can either contact the school directly or Foroyaa Newspaper as he does not have a phone of his own. The Foroyaa number is 00 220 4393177

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