29 January 2013

Gambia: Fotga 5th Award Ceremony Held

Friends of The Gambia Association (FOTGA), a charitable organisation based in the United Kingdom on Sunday held its 5th award anniversary and its annual PTA meeting at its head office in Kotu Layout.

Speaking at the event, Sukai Jallow, FOTGA country representative, thanked the organisation for the support they have been rendering todeserving students all over the country through their scholarshipscheme, which cuts across; from nursery to university.

Madam Jallow informed that FOTGA is a charitable organiation formed in 1990 but started operating as an NGO in The Gambia in 2000. "The organisation is currently sponsoring 195 students and also supporting projects in the health and agriculture sectors," she disclosed.

Jallow revealed that currently the organisation is raising funds to build a health centre at Bakindik in the North Bank Region, which would be named after the late Yaya Camara, a past member of the organisation.

The organisation, she said has executed projects such as a garden at Nairo village, construction of staff quarters and patients' waiting area at Sukuta clinic, building and equippinga health centre at Kerr Sering, building and furnishing a nursery school at Maka Ali Sarr and a nursery school at Brikama Jeddah among others. Jallow thanked the Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education and the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare for their support.

For his part, Rob Isdale, the chairman and project manager of FOTGA, congratulated all the deserving students, who were awarded certificates and prizes and assured of his organisation's unflinching support towards the socio-economic development of The Gambia.

Other Speakers included Lamin Cham, a media practitioner; Sohna Williams, a parent and head master of Brikama Jeddah Lower Basic School.

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