A UK charity group, Orphans in Need, has donated food items to 200 families in Gambia most of whom are either single parents or orphans.
The donated food items were bags of rice, sugar, onion, beans, cooking oil, among others.
The charitable organization has made a similar donation to the people of the west African nation last year in the month of Ramadan.
“This organization normally helps widows and orphans and the aim is to help widows in order to support themselves and their families to reduce the burden on them especially during the month of Ramadan,” Aminata Correa, the program officer of the charity, said.
Binta Colley, a widow residing in Brikama said that the donation couldn’t have come at a better time.
“I have six children and I lost both my first and second husband,’’ Colley added.
“I thank this organization a lot and I pray their dreams come true so that they can continue to do this for us.”
‘’It was a surprise for us when we were called on phone and told to come for Ramadan gifts,’’ Sally Camara, another widow’s daughter from Latrikunda also said.
Gambia is currently battling with high income poverty where about 48% of its tiny 1.8 million earns less than $1 a day.
The local economy also struggles with higher consumer price inflation which hugely affect the buying power of an average Gambian family.
Culled from Eye Africa