Gander's Production Foundation, a Fagikunda based charitable organisation founded by a Gambian philanthropist and musician, has recently donated a cash amount of D10,000 to the GOVI Resource Center for the Visually Impaired. The ceremony was held in the school hall at Kanifing.
Speaking at the presentation ceremony, the founder and the head of the Foundation, Mr. Omar Ndong, commonly known as Dr Olugander, said it was after his return from his annual Europe tour when Junior Pieces invited him to the school where he became so emotionally overwhelmed by the condition of the visually impaired students that he thought of helping them through his Foundation. He said Gander's Production Foundation is a registered entity that offers support to those in need and that its motto is 'Each One Support One'.
Dr Olugander said they have over the years donated to the disaster flood victims and rehabilitated the school toilets in Wassu Upper Basic School. The Gambian reggae king said he was motivated to create such a voluntary initiative to assist people in desperate situations.
"Disability does not mean inability and any of us could be disabled at anytime, so this is why I decided as a musician to lay a foundation called Gander's Production Foundation which is registered with the registration number 493/2012 ", he said.
He said he had chosen GOVI as a beneficiary of the donation among other schools. "Imagine someone not being able to see his or way and needed another person to be showing the directions. This is not easy at at all. Upon visiting the school, I was touched by seeing these little kids in this situation. I said well I'm not rich but no matter how small it might be, I have to do something for them", he said.
He said the funds are generated by the organisation about two weeks ago when it organised a fund raising show at the Serekunda East Mini Stadium which was well attended by both local and international artists.
He concluded by urging others to give a helping hand to efforts aimed at supporting the physically challenged.
Mr. Mamud Touray, the Executive Director of GOVI, speaking on behalf of the school, described the gesture as 'timely'. He noted the numerous financial challenges the school is being faced with and said the donation will go a long way in filling some gaps among which is the maintenance of their school bus that has not been operational for a long time now.
He described Dr. Olugander as a good citizen whose efforts need to be emulated. He thanked the donors for their support while urging the government, NGOs and other philanthropist to come out and help these young vulnerable students as their education is very expensive due to the high cost of learning materials involved.
Mr. Abdou Aziz Jallow, aka Junior Pieces, a visually impaired teacher at the said school, reiterated similar concerns and noted that the donation is a timely intervention and will be used for the maintenance of their school bus as highlighted by Director. He also thanked the donors and described Olugander as a 'True friend' of the school.
Other speakers at the ceremony were Mrs. Sireh Njie Singhateh from Region 1 and Mr. Pa Gaira Lamin. They both thanked the donors and urged others to emulate them.
The donation was presented to the school by the Vice President of the Foundation, Mr. Ebou Kanteh.