Ansaar Agency on sensitisation campaign
Friday, July 11, 2008
The Ansaar Agency, comprising of young muslim men and women, is expected to embark on a sensitization campaign, according to its founding members. The Agency, bearing the Arabic word for helpers, 'Ansaar', was established on January 12, 2008, by some concerned muslim brothers and sisters.
Their campaign, according to the members, would take them to Government departments, NGOs and the society at large.
It will take the form of radio and television talk shows and press conferences, in a bid to sensitise members of the community on their aims and objectives, mode of operations, mission, entry requirement and other issues concerning the Agency.
Speaking to the Daily Observer, Dodou Jah, an Executive member of the Agency, said his Agency was registered, as a charitable organisation, on February 27, 2008, and that it was approved by The Gambia Supreme Islamic Council on the 19th March, 2008.
He said that his Agency had long and short term project proposals, citing Education as one. He revealed that they intended to set up an earlychild development institute, a Social service system, eg. the Janaza service; and Arts and cultural projects all of which are geared towards bringing the youths together,so as to change their attitudes.
Mr Jah further dwelt on other activities intended to be embarked upon, such as Fund raising, which would take the form of selling 'ebbeh' to school children, Membership dues collection, among others.
For his part, Alieu Addo, another Executive member of the Agency, said they have over 64 registered members.
According to him, membership is divided into three (3) categories, namely; Associate, Support and Honorary memberships.
"Our office is located along the Coastal Road in Kanifing, opposite Aji Sukai Ndateh Senior Secondary School. Membership is open to all muslim brothers and sisters and the forms are available at our offices", Mr Addo remarked.
"Our main aim," he went on, "is to cultivate understanding and unity in The Gambia and also to work towards improving vulnerable lives in the country and the world large. This will benefit people physically, mentally and spiritually,both here and hereafter.
Of course, people have to understand that all these will be done through the comandments of Allah (SWT) and the Sunnah (the way of life) of Prophet Muhammed (SAW).
Mr Addo however complained of financial constraints, citing the burden of having to meet the annual rental fees of their office as an example.
He called on Government, Charitable organisations, and other philanthropists to support the Agency in the course of Islam.
Mariama Manneh, also an Executive member, called on her muslim sisters, to join the Ansaar Agency. She said that at the female wing, some of their main responsibilities are the 'Janaza' service and the cooking of 'ebbeh' for school children.
Any one interested in helping the Agency, can contact them through email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com mobile; 7712663/9827254/9916176/7538193.
Author: by Assan Sallah