21 December 2009



Trust Agency for Rural Development (TARUD) in collaboration with Concern Universal recently donated items including bags of rice, cement, buckets, corrugated iron sheets and sanitary materials to over twenty disaster victims in a ceremony held at Gunjur, Kombo South, Western Region.
Speaking at the ceremony, Faburama Darboe, TARUD’s focal person for disaster and risk reduction thanked Concern Universal for their timely donation of essential items to flood victims which would go a long way in alleviating their suffering.
Mr. Darboe also hailed the newly appointed Western Region Disaster Management coordinator, Mr. Serigne Modou Joof for supporting and helping them in the identification of the needy and most vulnerable of those affected by heavy rains and flood.
For his part Alhagie Sandang Bojang, the director of TARUD also hailed Concern Universal for collaborating with them in helping disaster victims.
“Many of the victims receiving this donation have to rebuild their homes and lives all over again after having their houses razed to the ground and food stuffs destroyed by the flood, and I guess this would go a long way in helping them rebuild their homes and lives,” Bojang said.
Mr. Bojang also thanked the regional disaster committee for helping in many ways to enable them achieve their desire to help the disaster victims. He also promised that his office would always be ready to work with the newly established disaster coordination committee to help the needy.
Mr. Serigne Modou Joof, speaking on behalf of Governor Lamin Sanneh of Western Region and National Disaster Management Agency, thanked TARUD and Concern Universal for coming to the aid of disaster victims. He added that the government, left alone, cannot do everything by itself. He commended nongovernmental organisations like TARUD for helping in complementing the efforts of the government.
Mr. Joof lamented that over seven thousand families were affected during the rainy season. He also used the opportunity to counsel victims to stick to proper building codes to avoid building their houses in places or areas prone to disaster and floods. He mentioned optimism of his committee to work in closer collaboration with NGO’s and partners in the region to help disaster victims.
Sheikh Alhaji Shaiban Cham, representative of Gunjur village Alkalo at the ceremony also thanked TARUD and Concern Universal for the wonderful gesture and also advised the beneficiaries to put the donated items to good use. Musukebba Bojang from Sanyang village, one of the beneficiaries, thanked the donors for coming to their aid at a time when they need it most.

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