RUCA presents over D200, 000 worth of learning materials to orphans
By Sulayman Waan
Rural Charitable Association (RUCA), a local NGO with funding from Muslim Global Relief (MRG) recently donated D242, 000 worth of learning materials to 250 orphans in The Gambia.
The presentation was held at a ceremony in Lamin village, Kombo North District.
The materials donated include exercise books, pens, pencils, school bags among others.
The gesture is designed to support orphans in their educational pursuit and to help to reduce the burden of expenditure on single mothers.
Presenting the items, Lamin M.S. Jobe, project manager for RUCA, said the gesture would significantly reduce the burden of expenditure on single mothers, whom he said, suffer a lot in caring for their children.
“Looking at the society, single mothers take care of the children’s feeding, cook for them and also provide the orphans’ with learning materials. And many at times, single mothers face lots of difficulties. Therefore, we deem it necessary to help orphans and single mothers as part of RUCA school programme.” he said.
Jobe further advised the beneficiaries to take good care of the items to ensure it serves its purpose as well as last long.
“MGR has done a lot of good work in this country.” he noted.
Sarata Barrow, single-mother, whose children are beneficiaries, thanked RUCA for the gift.
The gesture, she added, would go a long way in helping the children to pursue their education.
“These children are orphans. I am responsible for all their learning material and feeding. But thank God that they got learning materials, now I will only focus on some of their needs.” she said.
“In fact, one my children did not go school yesterday because he was without a school bag. However, now we got one. So, tomorrow he will go to school.”
Ramatoulie Jallow, another beneficiary mother, also commended RUCA and its partners for the gesture.
The donation, she added, would help her and her children a lot.
“I am a single mother of three children. I have to provide all the needs for my children. It is not easy but this gesture will help me immensely because I will not buy bags and books for long time from now,” Jallow, a widow from Farato said.