The Gambia Association of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (GADHOH) Banjul Branch, in collaboration with Gamworks, recently inaugurated rice and coos milling machines for its members in a ceremony at Jammeh Kunda, behind the Sukuta Lower Basic School.
According to the Branch officials, the project is part of their contribution to alleviating poverty amongst the Deaf and Hard of Hearing persons within the Greater Banjul Area. The machines, which are based in Sukuta, are funded by the Islamic Development Bank and the Government of The Gambia through Gamworks.
Speaking at the ceremony, the Project Coordinator of Gamworks, Maria Dacosta, informed the gathering that her Agency and The Gambia Federation of the Disabled (GFD) had signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the project.
She said the main aim of the project is to give support to vulnerable persons within the society. “It is not an individual project, it’s for GADHOH members,” he stressed.
She suggested that five dedicated committee members be given the task to manage the machines at all times, while urging them to have partnership with other institutions that can be beneficial to them in future
The Gamworks Project Coordinator urged that proper mechanism be put in place to ensure that records and funds are being kept safely, adding that without those things in place, the machines will not last long.
For his part, father of the GADHOH Banjul Branch, Alhaji Lamin Jammeh, urged other fathers of disabled persons in the country to have care for their disabled children.
He expressed sincere thanks and appreciations to the GADHOH Banjul Branch for installing the two machines in his compound, which he promised would be properly monitored in order for them to serve long.
The Executive Director, Gambia Association of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (GADHOH), Dodou Loum, informed the gathering that his Association will continue to assist disabled persons throughout the country.
Loum expressed his profound gratitude to Gamworks, through Maria Dacosta, for making sure that the project was completed on time. “This is the biggest project my Association gets from the Government of The Gambia. The whole idea about the project is to involve disabled persons under the Banjul Branch into meaningful things that would better their lives in future,” Loum informed the gathering.
Isatou Sanyang, the Director of GADHOH female wing and chairperson of The Gambia Federation of the Disabled (GFD), commended the elders of Sukuta for gracing the ceremony, which she said shows the significance attached to the project.
She thanked the Government of The Gambia for providing her Association the funding, while urging the beneficiaries to take good care of the machines. “Let me also commend Gamworks for their assistance. As for the beneficiary disabled persons, you should know that this project is not a small project,” Madam Sanyang said.
Other speakers included the Executive Director of GFD Ebrima Dibbassy, Life President of GADHOH Amadou Touray, Vice Chairperson of GADHOH Banjul Branch Adama Jammeh, Amie Bojang-Sissoho from GAMCOTRAP and Abdoulie Njie the Chairperson GADHOH Banjul Branch.
by Lamin B. Darboe
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