Friends of the Gambia association (FOTGA), a charitable organisation based in United Kingdom (UK) on the 27 January 2013, held its 5th award anniversary and its annual PTA meeting at their head Office situated at Manjai highway.
Miss Sukai Jallow FOTGA country rep, in her opening remarks after greetings, on behalf of the management and staff at FOTGA, took the opportunity and wished everyone a happy new 2013.
Miss Jallow said that Friends of Gambia Association is a charitable organisation based in UK and sponsoring needy students from the level of nursery to the university level in the Gambia. She said FOTGA was formed by a group of people from UK, who are friends of the Gambia association. She added that the organization is formed in 1990 and registered as a charitable organisation. She said in 1995 it has started operating as an NGO in the Gambia. She informs that the organisation is also supporting projects in different sectors, from Education, Health and Agriculture. She said they are currently sponsoring one hundred and ninety five (195) students from nursery to the university level across the country.
She informs that the projects completed by fotga include the building and equipping of a health center, building and furnishing a nursery school at make Alisarr, the building and furnishing of a nursery school a Brikama Jidda, the repair of a building at St. Martin's school Kartong, construction of staff quarters and Out patient unit at Sukuta clinic, introduction of a garden project of Nioro village.
Miss jallow thanked all Fotga members for their continued support for the socio-economic development of the Gambia for the past 25 years.
Miss jallow, FOTGA country Rep. then expressed special thanks to the NGO Affairs, ministry of Basic and Secondary Education, Ministry of Health and Social Welfare for their support. She told the gathering that a Mr. Yaya Camara who just passed away is indeed a committed FOTGA member who is very couragious and said he would always be remembered by Fotga. She prayed that his gentle soul rest in peace.
She also informed them of Mr. John Jones who she said worked tirelessly for friends of the Gambia association but died on 16th of January. She said the two gentlemen will be sadly missed and thanked them for their service, partnership and support rendered to the association.
Mr. Rob Isdale, chairman and project manager of FOTGA, also expressed thanks to all those present and seized the opportunity to commend the students for their hard work and discipline.
Deserving students were given certificates and prizes for their excellent academic performance and Rob once again thanks all his friends/relatives for attending the program.
Mrs. Sohna Williams, Head Mistress of Pirang Lower Basic School expressed on behalf of the parents thanks the sponsors Rob and lsdale for the entire good things they do for the needy children of Gambia.
She said without fotga some of their children would not have reached the university. She said it is the good intervention of fotga that they benefited from the health center, and the children receive rice from this program and finally registers their appreciation of the services rendered by the association.
The ceremony was graced by the invited parents, students and their respective Headmasters, representatives from the Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education, Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, Secretary General, Alkalo of Manjai, Mr. Darboe Brikama Jiddah school, Mr. Willams and Mrs. Haddy Njie, Bakau New Town, Lower Basic School etc.