WHIPSO Gambia supports over 250 families with food packages
By Cherno Omar Bobb
WHIPSO Gambia Foundation, a charity organisation established to support disadvantaged Muslims to be able to meet their basic needs such as health, shelter and other necessities last Thursday supported over 250 families with food packages.
The distribution held at Pan Africa in Sukuta, was meant to lend a helping hand to needy Muslims to be able to meet their nutritional and other needs as Muslims around the globe observe the Holy month of Ramadan.
Muhammed Nyan, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of WHIPSO Gambia Foundation, said their aim this year is to support over 600 needy Muslims in communities like, Gunjur, Faraba, Soma, Basse and Nuimi with Ramadan food packages at the beginning of the Holy month.
He recalled that last year, the foundation gave out over 850 food packages across the country, but depending on donors reaching out to them, their intention is to assist every needy Muslim across the country this year.
He explained that they have not only been supporting needy Muslims during the month of Ramadan, but are currently building four classrooms for an evicted Arabic school along the Sukuta highway, sponsored at least 10 boreholes for schools and communities across the country.
“We also donated a 40ft container of learning materials to the Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education, boosted the water capacity at Sukuta Horticultural Garden at the tune of D1.1M to help women in agriculture, and intend to boost NAWEC’s water capacity at Edward Francis Small Teaching Hospital with nine water tanks to ensure patients have uninterrupted water supply at all times following the failure of a borehole they established for them.”
CEO Nyan indicated that they want to have sustainable projects and to not only give out food packages, saying their intention is to support every needy Gambian provided they have the funds.
He said they have also signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education to help the educational sector. “We are here to complement government efforts.”
Adama Drammeh, a native of Sukuta and beneficiary, thanked the foundation for their generosity over the years.
She observed that basic food commodities in the country are expensive, which forces most single parents into difficult circumstance to make ends meet.
For this reason, she said, every beneficiary family is thankful and pleased with the foundation.
The food packages, he added, donated by the foundation would at lease serve them for the first two weeks of the Ramadan ‘if not the whole month.’
“There is a lot of reward in feeding the poor, needy and someone who fasted and therefore those that can should assist the less privilege.”
Baboucarr Nyockeh, a native of Pipeline and also a beneficiary said the gesture is commendable and therefore thanked the foundation for supporting the needy during the Holy month of Ramadan.