Humanity First- The Gambia extends support to fire victims in WCR
By Sulayman Waan
Humanity First- The Gambia Chapter last Saturday presented humanitarian assistance to the victims of the December 11 fire incident, which claimed the life of a 7-year-old in Kitty, destroying properties.
Food stuffs were donated to three families from the communities of Kitty, Wellingara and Sukuta all in the West Coast Region.
The materials donated include; 10 bags of 25kg rice, onion, cooking oil and a cash of five hundred dalasis presented to each family.
Presenting the items, Amir Baba Trawally, chairperson of Humanity First-The Gambia Board of Directors, expressed sorrow with the victims, describing the incident as ‘very unfortunate and shocking.’
Amir Trawally prayed that Allah in His Infinite mercy continues to protect the country from such large scale disasters.
He equally called on other philanthropists and NGOs to extend helping hands to disaster victims, reminding that this unfortunate situation could happen to anyone.
As an international charity registered with the United Nations, Humanity First currently operates in over 60 countries, assisting natural and the man-made disaster victims.
“Three victims’ families will benefit from the assistance but we have a general policy of helping the poor and needy, because things are not easy with everybody, and this is why we should assist each other. The Government cannot do it alone, therefore, we have to come together as a community and society to assist our people.”
For his part, Mamadou B.K. Ceesay, National Disaster Management Agency (NDMA) regional coordinator for West Coast Region, said in December alone the region registered 20 domestic fire victims.
“Out of this figure one death case was registered at Kitty, while an adult sustained serious injury at Wellingara in the Kombo North.”
Ms Hajie Jallow, a beneficiary commended Humanity First for the invaluable support in ameliorating the livelihoods of disaster victims.
The gesture, she added, would go a long way in helping victims cope with the challenges in feeding their respective families.