The New Gambia Movement has launched its Feed the Family Project by supporting the charitable work of the Sisters of Charity and Serekunda Central Mosque. Dr. Pierre Gomez and Mrs. Naha Tambadou, two members of the leadership team on the ground were accompanied by some volunteer members when they visited the Sisters of Charity facility in Bakoteh and Serekunda Central Mosque on March 7 to hand over some items in support of their ongoing work helping needy members of our Family Nation in the area. Below are brief reports on their activities sent by the leadership team on the ground.
Sisters of Charity at Bakoteh: We arrived at the venue at 11am and were met by the lady sister responsible. The sister, a very gently mannered elderly Irish nun, welcomed us into the administrative office but requested that as per their charity founder’s (Mother Theresa’s) policy she could not pose for photos or allow the journalists to take photos inside the facility for fear of inappropriate use of their name for solicitation of donations or publicity. She was happy to learn that our organization was an initiative by ordinary Gambians wishing to lend a hand to the less privileged.
The sister took us round the facility, a very serene and well-kept environment. We were able to see the children and women who are the patients at the home. She assured us that the items will be very much useful to them as they also provide food for any hungry visitor and hold clinics and visits to homes of families suffering from malnutrition and other poverty related situations.
Four bags of rice, two bags of sugar, three Victoria oil cartons, two bags of biscuits and two boxes of second hand clothes and shoes were donated. The sister expressed her personal gratitude for our consideration and extended prayers for the New Gambia Movement. She also provided her contact details and we hope to visit at other times.
Serekunda Central Mosque: We arrived at the mosque promptly at 11.55am. We were warmly received by Buba Senghore who was delegated by the Imam to receive us. He also invited the Deputy Imam to join us. They were not only surprised but pleased to be selected as beneficiaries of our timely gesture. Pierre and Nahla had a good interaction with them explaining the purpose of our visit and the idea behind the contribution. It was stressed that the food items were purely for distribution to the poor and less fortunate. The imam informed us that each day, although with much difficulty, over 50 to 100 people come to the mosque to solicit for food. They are able to provide lunch and dinner to the majority of them and the imam sends others over to his house to share with the family.
Four bags of rice, two bags of sugar, four Victoria oil cartons, and three bags of biscuits were donated to the mosque.
The handing over was witnessed by a vibrant group of journalists both TV and print, who took the time to interview some of us present and record the discussions. The Deputy Imam offered prayers for the success of the New Gambia Movement and encouraged all present to register and be members of the Movement. He stressed that the good example of NGM should be emulated.
The activity ended at 13.10. Our thanks to Papa Secka for his support.
Meanwhile, the New Gambia Movement’s leadership team has welcomed one new member and is currently composed of the following offices and officers:
President: Dr. Baba Galleh Jallow
Vice President: Dr. Omar Janneh
Administrative Assistant: Ms. Adama Jabang
National Organizing Secretary: Dr. Pierre Gomez
Education and Civic Empowerment Secretary: Mrs. Nahla Tambadou
Director of Communications and Media Relations: Mr. Badou Gaye
Treasurer: Dr. Bakary J. Sonko
Director of Research and Documentation: Dr. Bala Saho
Director of Charitable Projects: Dr. Atta Ceesay
Co-Director of Charitable Project: Dr. Amina Sillah
Legal Affairs Secretary: Ms. Aisha Ceesay
Other members of the Movement’s leadership team are Abdou Rahman Jallow, Ndey Tapha Sosseh and Isha Savage.