Kombo North Federation over the weekend convened an interface on issues affecting their sponsored children so as to map out a way forward for effective sponsorship management in the district.
The event, held at Lamin health centre on the theme “Promote community ownership and participation in child protection”, attracted influential leaders, staff, board members of the Federation, parents and enrolled children under the sponsorship programme. Kombo North Federation Manager, Alieu Mendy said it was envisaged that at the end of the meeting they would map out sustainable approaches towards the sponsorship management, child protection and development in the district.
The forum, he went on, would serve as an opportunity for parents and influential leaders to interact and exchange ideas for a better understanding of their role and responsibility toward their sponsored children and also to clear any doubt or concerns regarding their sponsored children.
Mendy explained that the Kombo North Federation is a community-based organisation affiliated to ChildFund The Gambia and comprises of five different community clusters; namely Bijilo, Sinchu Sori, Banjulinding, Lamin and Makumbaya, all within the Kombo North Distrcit, West Coast Region.
He further informed the gathering that the main intervention of the federation’s office based in Banjulinding is to support parents of deprived and vulnerable children and youths to acquire requisite education, nutrition and livelihood skills in a bid to participate in national development.
He described the interface as the first of its kind in the history of the Federation; and this is one of the most successful forums ever conducted by the Federation in Kombo North.
Speaking earlier, the Paramount Chief of The Gambia Alajie Demba Sanyang, thanked The Gambian leader for creating a conducive environment for the peace and tranquility that the people of this country continue to enjoy.
He also thanked the management and board of the Federation through their manager for their foresight and brilliant ideas in organising such an important forum.
Chief Sanyang described the forum as very timely and necessary in the sense that it is all geared towards bringing more understanding and cordial relationship between the parents and management of the Federation to ensure smooth operation.
The Paramount Chief used the forum to call on parents to take the Federation seriously and take ownership of the Federation, as it is out to help their children attain quality education.
He also urged Alkalolu, chiefs, parents and women in particular to work with the Federation.
For his part, Momodou Jallow Regional Area Manager ChildFund office based in Brikama, spoke on the new global strategy and relevant issues to the work of ChildFund .
According to him, ChildFund The Gambia support is all geared towards compliementing government’s efforts.
“The Kombo North Federation management board coming up with this kind of forum involving community, influential leaders and parents is worthy of commendation”.
Jallow also highlighted the relationship between the Federation and ChildFund, which he said, works through agreed annual operational plans and budget, all geared towards development and protection of children.
The forum attracted about twenty-five village heads and their VDC chairpersons.
by Samba Jawo