14 February 2013

Gambia: Child Fund Furnishes GAF's Child Welfare Unit

Child Fund The Gambia, the focal agent of Save the Children International on Wednesday donated office equipment to the Child Welfare Unit of The Gambia Armed Forces (GAF), at a presentation ceremony held at the Defence headquarters in Banjul.

The donated items that include office furniture, books among others, were meant to enhance the operational efficiency of the beneficiary's Child Welfare Unit, in the protection of children from abuse and exploitation.

Speaking at the occasion, the director of Logistics at the Gambia Armed Forces Defence headquarters, Colonel Hina Sambou, acknowledged the benefactor's role in the country in the promotion and protection of children.

"The GAF realised that there is a need to also come up with a unit within the army structure that will take care of the welfare of the children," he stated, while noting that the donation will contribute to the improvement of the wellbeing of the children in the country.

Col Sambou informed that it is the desire of the GAF to ensure that the services of its Child Welfare Unit reach the doorsteps of every child, thus asserting that the gesture will be crucial in this process.

The senior GAF officer commended Child Fund for championing the cause of children in the country, particularly the needy, while assuring them of GAF's continuous support and collaboration.

The Sponsor Relation manager at Child Fund, Nfamara Darboe, indicated that it is part of their plans to build the capacity of the military on child protection issues and apply such knowledge in their professional assignments both at home and at peace missions.

He disclosed that Save the Children International would be sending funds through Child Fund to support the military's child protection unit.

The director of Child Fund, Mustapha Kebbeh, said the presentation marked a milestone in their relations with the Gambia Armed Forces. "Child Fund provided guidance to the GAF personnel during previous training programmes. It has been around for over three decades. We spend over 100 million Dalasis every year in different projects; from health, education, and nutrition, capacity building for youth and sponsoring children in the kindergarten up to the level of the university," he indicated, while assuring them of a continuous collaboration.

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