The United States ambassador to The Gambia, Patricia Alsup recently visited the Embassy’s project intervention sites in the Tumana District of the Upper River Region.
The visit of the ambassador to the Tumana Youth Development Kaffo farm in Kundam and the Competitive College Club of Nassir Senior Secondary School were led by the governor of the region, Omar Sompo Ceesay. The visits were part of her nationwide outreach to meet Gambians from diverse religious backgrounds.
Speaking at the Kundam Farm, the farm manager, Alhaji Mawdo Susso, hailed the ambassador for her support towards the socio-economic development of young people in the District. He acknowledged that the groundnut processing machine given to them by the Embassy has been very useful saying a lot of young people are benefiting from the project.
“Through the project we were able to employ some young people who are currently working at the farm. This goes a long way towards empowering them and in particular stop the ‘back way’ menace,” he said, noting that within these past few months alone, the machine was able to accrue D55, 000.
Mr. Susso said the oil that the machine produces is clean and healthy, thus they are working tirelessly to ensure the sustainability of the project. He however urged the ambassador to help the women of the area with sewing machines.
For her part, Ambassador Alsup expressed the Embassy’s delight in partnering with the association. “The Embassy is always committed to partnering with people who work towards building their communities,” she remarked, adding that the Kaffo should be an example for other youth-led groups in the country to engage themselves in the socio-economic development activities of the country. “I am confident that you are going to ensure the sustainability of the project.”
Speaking earlier, the chief of Tumana, Julaba Kora, the treasurer of the Kaffo, Nurse Jambo and the former councilor of Dampha Kunda Ward, Mba Sawaneh all hailed the US Embassy for their support to the Kaffo.
Nassir Senior Secondary School
Elsewhere, the ambassador visited the Nassir Secondary School and donated some books to the Competitive College Club of the School.
The principal of the school Mamadi Ceesay said through the support from the Embassy, some of his students were able to partake in the Pan African Youth Leadership programme in the United States.
The Competitive College Club he said is one of the most outstanding clubs in the school which does not only limit it activities within the school but also involves in community services.
“I believe that all of you in the Competitive College Club have made commitment to education, and I hope all of you appreciate the importance of education,” Ambassador Alsup said. She further challenged the students to make best use of the books in order to advance their educational career.
The deputy head girl of the School, Susan Mendy gave the vote of thanks.
by Momodou Jawo in Basse, URR