Boost for Sankwia, Soma villages

Tuesday, January 15, 2008
Myrddin Owen, a Samaritan, on behalf of his village, Cyfeillion Amlweh, in Wales, on Saturday, donated an ambulance to Sankwia Village and medical equipment to Soma’s major health centre in Jarra West at a ceremony held at Sankwia Skills Centre and Soma Health Centre respectively.

Cyfeillion Amlweh twinned with Sankwia village in 2005 thus establishing a charity called Cyfiellion-Sankwia Friends.  The Cyfeillion friends have since sponsored over 250 students, a skills centre and an adult literacy class.

Speaking at the presentation ceremony, a native of Sankwia, Lieutenant Colonel Sarjo Fofana head of The Gambia Navy, who is the president of the village’s development association thanked the donors for their unflinching support. He pointed out that the Cyfeillion-Sankwia relationship has impacted positively in alleviating poverty in Sankwia. He urged the  villagers to make the best use of the donation. He finally thanked the government for providing the conducive environment without which such achievements wouldn’t have taken place.

In handing over the ambulance, Myrddin Owens, reiterated that the charity will continue to provide more support to the village in the near future, adding that already, they have provided solar panels for the skill centre. He also pledged to provide an incubator for the Soma Health Centre. He commended the villagers for their collective collaboration for the tesito work while they provide the money and materials.

Also speaking at the ceremony, Momodou Soma Jobe, the governor of Lower River Region (LRR), said that the provision of the ambulance complements to government efforts and would enhance the health delivery system in the area.

He urged the community to ensure the sustainability of the ambulance by ensuring that it is properly taken care of.

At Soma, Rohey Saidykhan Dampha, the nursing officer in charge received the medical equipment.  Ebrima Kanaji, the head of the  Divisional Health Team also expressed sentiments of appreciation. Malang Fofana chaired both ceremonies.

Author: by Sheriff Barry