Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Little Jainaba receives D110,000 for treatment
Thanks to the readers of the Daily Observer, including the First Lady Madam Zainab Yahya Jammeh, our plea for assistance for the treatment of little Jainaba Jallow has borne much fruit. Two hours after the Daily Observer hit the street, a Gambian gentleman, who prefers to remain anonymous, rang to offer D20,000. With the Daily Observer's own contribution, the total of D30,000 needed to continue Jainaba's treatment in Dakar, Senegal, had been reached.
At 11:00 am, the Daily Observer received a call from the Vice-President's Office, informing us that the First Lady had offered Jainaba D50,000.
"We were overwhelmed as we drove the little girl's grandmother and their supporter, Fatou Kanyi of Standard Chartered Bank, to collect the money from the vice-president. But that was not all", said the MD of the Observer Company, Dida Halake.
The deputy MD of the Observer Company, Andrew Dacosta had received another surprise for for the little girl. A well-known Gambian, who again wishes to remain anonymous rang to offer D20,000, while yet another rang to offer D10,000. By the end of the day, the generosity of Gambians had raised a total sum of D110,000 for Jainaba's treatment and welfare.
Welfare Trust Fund
A quick meeting between the Observer's MD, his deputy, and the girl's supporter, Fatou Kanyi, concluded that an account will be opened today in the name of little Jainaba Jallow, with deputy MD Andrew Dacosta and Fatou Kanyi as trustees/signatories.
"The money will be used exclusively for Jainaba's welfare, specifically medical treatment and food. Fatou Kanyi will travel to Dakar with D30,000 so that Jainaba's treatment can continue.
We wish to thank our readers, including the First Lady, for such an overwhelming response to little Jainaba's plight. Thanks to your generosity her future will be much brighter should she, Inshallah, come through her gruelling operation.
We will keep you informed of her progress, and ask that if you want to contribute to her funds further, Andrew Dacosta will be happy to receive and bank all donations for her, however small. Thanks again," said Observer's emotional MD, Dida Halake.