4 February 2013

Gambia: Belgian Philanthropic Group Donates Medical Equipment and School Items to Sukuta

A group of Belgian philanthropists have donated medical equipment and educational items to the Health Centre and the primary school in Sukuta at a presentation ceremony held at school grounds on Friday, 1st February 2013.

In receiving the donated medical equipment on behalf of the Sukuta Health Centre, Mrs. Rohey Jammeh, the Nurse -In-Charge, expressed appreciation for the support and assured the Belgian group it will be put in good use.

Mr. Dawda Jarju, the Head Master of Sukuta Lower Basic School, for his part, thanked the Belgian group for what he called as "this latest benevolent gesture". He disclosed that it was last year when the group rehabilitated a three classroom block and after which they promised to come back to give more "lend a hand" intervention in the development of the school. He said they have also assisted in the electrification of the classrooms. He expressed his wish for a continued closer collaboration between the group and the community of Sukuta.

Mr. Jarju said noted that the school is working a project plan for the repairs of roofs of four blocks and two of them with asbestos roofing as well as other renovations.

"We shall ever remember the good work they have started", said the Head Master.

He informed the gathering about the proposed linking of Sukuta Lower Basic School and a school in Belgian which will involve the grade 3 puplis.

Mr. Francois Peeters, speaking on behalf of the Belgian group, said they would like to thank the recipients for accepting the donations. He also thanked the members of his group who initiated this cooperation and have been in it since day one and for five years now.

He said their first intervention started in January 2008 when they donated some medical equipment to the Sukuta Health Centre and that in 2009 they started a three year program with outstanding results. He noted that the one of the projects they undertook included the installation of a theatre and another one ended in 2011. He added that last year the laboratory at the health centre and three classrooms were renovated.

Mr. Peeters concluded that they will be continue with their assistance for the community including the establishment of a public library, other infrastructural development works as well as the electrification works for the Sukuta Health Centre.

The village Alkalo, village development committee members, village elders and other personalities were present at the ceremony.

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