The government of the People’s Republic of China through its Embassy in The Gambia has donated US$210,000 to the First Lady’s Operation Save the Children Foundation at a ceremony held at the First Lady’s office at State House in Banjul.
Speaking to the First Lady’s Office Press Corp shortly after meeting Her Excellency Madam Zineb Jammeh, His Excellency Zhang Jiming, the Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China said, “We are very honoured and humble to have this opportunity to present to Her Excellency the First Lady and chairperson of the Operation Save the Children Foundation this donation to the expansion project of the Paediatric and Maternity ward of the Serekunda General Hospital. We came to realise that that this hospital serves nearly 1/3 of The Gambian population among whom 10% are children. We fully understand the need and urgency to expand the hospital. So as a gesture of goodwill and solidarity and appreciation of the admirable efforts of Her Excellency and the Foundation in improving the welfare of Gambian children and women, the embassy decides to make this donation to the Foundation for the project”
The Chinese ambassador was hopeful that the contribution will go a long way in helping Her Excellency achieve the Foundation’s objective to create a conducive environment for the wellbeing of Gambian children and women.
“By this donation, we are confident and committed to the bilateral relationship between China and The Gambia”, Ambassador Jiming told reporters.
Since the resumption of diplomatic relations between the two countries, a lot, he said has happened in the past six months.
The First Lady also presented to Ambassador Jiming a Goodwill Ambassador Certificate and trophy. Ambassador Jiming said he was honoured to receive the certificate as a goodwill ambassador for the Foundation.
“This is yet another huge honour to me, to my team and to the embassy in recognising our efforts and commitment in promoting the friendly cooperation between our two countries. It is a big encouragement and we feel more motivated,” he concludes.
by Alieu Ceesay