11 February 2013

Gambia: 'Cyfeillion Sankwia Friends' Gives to Schools in LRR

Cyfeillion Sankwia Friends, a charitable organisation based in Wales in the United Kingdom recently donated educational materials worth D71, 500 and a cash of D766, 550 to three schools in Jarra West District, at a presentation ceremonyat Sankwia Skills Centre in the Lower River Region (LRR).

The D766, 550 cash amount is a scholarship package meant to sponsor over 400 students from Sankwia village and its surroundings. The beneficiary schools were Tahir Senior Secondary School, Pakalinding Upper Basic School in Mansa Konko and Kani Kunda Lower Basic School.

Speaking at theceremony, Buka Fofana, the coordinator of Sankwia Skills Centre disclosed that over 406 students in different grades are currently benefitting from the scholarship package, which has been in existence for the past five years.

According to him, the organisation did not only stop at sponsoring students but also established a fully equipped skills centre in Sankwia village, provided a borehole and solar panel at Soma Major Health Centre and an ambulance and tractor for the community of Sankwia.

Alhaji Yaya Jarjusey, the chief of Jarra West District commended the organisation for the gesture and thanked them for complementing the efforts of government in bringing development to their doorsteps. Chief Jarjusey urged the students to make good use of the donated items.

Myrddin Owens, the chairman of Cyfeillion Sankwia Friends thanked the community of Sankwia for the warm welcome accorded them and expressed delight at supporting the people of Sankwia village. He said the organisation was registered in 2005 as a UK-based charitable organisation with the sole aim of helping and supporting the Gambian community especially the Sankwia village.

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