Mandinaba Community Library boosted

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Wings of the Down International Institute for Children based in the United States of America recently donated solar power materials to “Nafaa” a library in Mandinaba, Kombo East.

Wings of the Down is an institution dedicated to the shipping of books and school supplies to Africa countries.

Speaking at the ceremony, Lesly Copetand alias Fatou Jammeh, a Peace Corps volunteer based in Mandinaba and one of the initiators of the library, said the donation was made possible through four people namely Dario Rabboin, Pam Montgomery and Mary and Joe Kenny via the Wings of the Down at a total tune of over twenty-five thousand dalasis.

According to her, education is a valuable asset that needs patience and determination. She urged the students to make maximum utility of the library as it is the most conducive place for reading and research.

Lamin Darboe, chairperson of the “Nafaa” project expounded on the importance of libraries and education.  According to him, one can only read and understand sufficiently in a library adding that education is the bedrock of any meaningful development.

Mr Darboe further highlighted the impact the library has made in the village since its inception. He revealed that all the students who have been actively using the library have all passed their examinations with excellent grades especially those from Grade nine and twelve. 

He then thanked the donors and promised that the materials will be wisely utilised.

Ousman Bah, Wings of the Down representative in The Gambia, described the donation as another in the right direction. He assured the beneficiaries that the materials will be put into good use.

Biram Bah, a user of the library said that the donation has come at the right time and will enable them to read in the library at any time of day.

Ousman Manneh, the librarian expressed gratitude to the donors noting that this gesture will relieve them of the burden of buying candles every day.

Author: by Amadou Jallow
Source: The Daily Observer
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