As part of their efforts to foster mutual partnership and retention of sponsorship and correspondence with the respective federations under ChildFund The Gambia, The ChildFund Alumni Association (CFAA) recently paid a courtesy call on two of their federations.
Speaking at the meeting sites, Alassana Badjie, the Chairperson of the Alumni Association, said the meetings will no doubt yield a formidable partnership, saying the Association was formed in order to support the ChildFund and its grassroots federations.
“The Alumni Association exist to aid ChildFund The Gambia and affiliated federations in the areas of sponsorship retention, correspondence as well as community development projects,’’ he said.
The Association according to him, since its formation in February 2016, has embarked on series of meetings, developed an action plan for the coming three years, the opening of bank account, courtesy calls on to the ChildFund National Office, the registration of the Association, taking part in ChildFund’s 75-year anniversary, May Day Sports, the Day of the African Child Commemoration and a Joint Federation visits with Network of Organisation for the Development of Children and Youth (NODCY), among others.
He described the strengthening of both sponsorship and correspondence through letter writing as key in the formation of the Association.
He thus called on the other ex-sponsored children to join them in their quest to promote the sustainability of sponsorship which the back bone of both the ChildFund and Federations.
Njolly Bah, board chairperson, Eastern Foni Federation (EFF), stated that the Association is worthy as it is mainly focused on how to work with the Local Partners (LPs) in all the Federations, assuring the visiting Alumni delegation of their unflinching support at all times.
Yusupha Joe Gomez, Sponsor Relations Officer at EFF, deputising for the Federation Manager, noted that sponsorship is integral in the work of the Federations.
“All the LPs must endeavour to work closely with the Association in order to help them achieve their goals as ex-sponsors who came to complement the efforts of their respective Federations,’’ he said.
Alassana Jarju, Child and Youth Officer at EFF, appealed to the Association to join them in their drive to eradicate early and forced child marriages as well as illegal migration which are all factors affecting the Federation.
Yaya Tamba, a board member tasked the Association to work in unity and to have all legal documents that are binding them in order to avoid any inconvenience, saying it is their responsibility to put their house in order and work on all pending issues that the association needs to work on without any delay.
“I am indeed delighted with the executive and we would also do all our best to support your aims and objectives.” he added.
At Ding-Ding Bantaba, the Federation Manager, Ebou Sowe described the meeting as timely and worthy, assuring the association of their readiness and willingness to work with them without any limitation as their wish is to promote sponsorship and correspondence which are very key.
Sankung Colley, of Ding-Ding Bantaba, Samba Keita, Programme Development Officer (PDO),Modou Lamin Badjie, Board Chairperson, both lauded the association for their foresight and humanitarian move towards supporting the efforts of their Federations and Child-Fund The Gambia.
Similar visits are expected to be conducted at the Kaira Nyining, Kombo North, Saamasang and Kaira Su Federations respectively.