This from the Observer:
Gambia Association of Physically Disabled received vehicle
Africa » Gambia
Tuesday, April 09, 2013
The Gambia Association of Physically Disabled (GAPD) Brikama branch recently received a vehicle from a donation made by the Heart for Gambia Foundation at a ceremony held at the GAPD head office in Brikama, West Coast Region.
Speaking at the presentation ceremony, Abdoulie Jawneh, the president of GAPD, spoke at length on his organisations’ contribution towards national development, saying that his members have been engaged in meaningful development in the country. According to him, a good number of disabled persons with skills are working in many sectors of the society especially in public offices.
GADP, he informed, has a membership of one hundred and seventy-six including both male and female. He therefore called on other disabled persons especially those in the West Coast Region to join the organisation so as to enjoy some benefits like trainings, exchange visits among others.
With the help of partners like Heart for Gambia Foundation, he revealed GADP has built a skill training centre in Brikama, which he said, has trained many disabled persons in the region including tailoring, tie and dye, computer, soap making and batik. Jawneh said the foundation has also given scholarships to some students in the area who are pursuing education at the University of The Gambia, GTTI, MDI among other higher institutions of learning.
He thus commended the foundation for the gesture and thanked the government of The Gambia for creating the enabling environment for the private sector to operate smoothly in the country; and Governor Lamin Sanneh of West Coast Region for allocating a piece of land to GADP to build its office and skill centre.
GAPD president called on others to support organisations for the disabled in the country to enable them play their part in national development.
The donation of the vehicle, Jawneh said, would ease their transportation problems, while assuring the donors that the vehicle will be used and handled with care.
Author: by Samba Jawo