3 January 2014

Gambia: First Lady's Initiative Receives Another Support

The 'Operation Save A Baby' initiative of the First Lady of the Republic recently received a donation of D50, 000 from COFA foundation, a charity founded by a Gambian international footballer, Aziz Corr Nyang and businessman, Ndeneh M. Faal.

The gesture was received on behalf of First Lady Jammeh by the vice president and Women's Affairs minister, Her Excellency Aja Dr. Isatou Njie-Saidy at State House. It was meant to complement the efforts of 'Operation Save A Baby' in promoting the health of mothers and newborns. Speaking at the ceremony, the VP praised the two young Gambians for the support, saying their contribution will go a long way in supporting the country's would-be newborns to access benefits their parents could not provide. She described Aziz Corr as a committed young man who has put The Gambia high on the world map through sports. She equally acknowledged Ndeneh Faal's contribution to the development of the country's business sector.

This support by COFA Foundation, the VP added, will go a long way in complementing the efforts of the First Lady in promoting maternal and child health in the country.

The minister of Health and Social Welfare, Omar Sey, described maternal health investment as key in the entire health care system. He assured the two young men that their efforts are well recognised. A board member of the 'Operation Save A Baby', Fatoumatta Jahumpha-Ceesay expressed their appreciation to the duo for the donation.

Speaking on behalf of the Foundation, Ndeneh M Faal said their move was meant to support President Jammeh, the First Lady and the government in the process of national development.

The chief medical director at the Edward Francis Small Teaching Hospital and the chairman of the 'Operation Save A Baby', Dr. Ammar Al-Jafari and Tombong Saidy, both thanked the benefactors for the gesture.

Combined Security Services, Titi meet VP

Also on the same day, the VP granted audience to members of the Combined Security Services of The Gambia who were at the seat of the government to inform her of their annual fundraising show with the Senegalese Mbalax sensation, Ndey Fatou Tin alias Titi. Among the group included outstanding Gambians - the country's United Kingdom based international modeling queen, Regina Mariam Manneh, who was last year crowned as the Face of the Africa Fashion Week London 2013 and Amie Mustapha Joof, who won the 2011 Miss Africa.

In her remarks, the VP commended Titi for always answering to the call of Gambians in their worthy causes, assuring her that she is being treated in the country like a Senegambian.

She also commended Regina Manneh and Amie Mustapha Joof for their contribution to promoting The Gambia at the international level. She commended the Combined Security Services for organising the fund raising activity and expressed hope that it will be a successful one.

The Inspector General of Police Yankuba Sonko, said the Combined Security Services is playing a vital role in cementing relationship among the various national security setups in the country.

DJ Lamin Cham of the Champion Sounds, Titi, Regina Manneh and Amie Mustapha Joof all expressed their appreciation for The Gambia government's support towards the development and empowerment of young people.

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