By Saikou Suwareh Jabai
The Burr Njie Foundation -The Gambia, on Tuesday 16th May, 2017, called on Mrs. Fatoumatta Jallow- Tambajang, the Overseer of the Office of the Vice President and Minister of Women Affairs, at the State House, in Banjul.
According to officials, the courtesy call was meant to introduce the foundation to her Office and to establish a strong collaboration for a better Gambia.
Speaking at the meeting, the Acting Vice President, Madam Tambajang expressed delight about the Foundation’s objectives and commitment to achieve them. She said their programmes will no doubt complement government’s efforts especially in the education sector.
She assured the foundation of her Office’s support in their development agenda.
Talking to the press shortly after the meeting, the Chief Executive Officer of The Burr Njie Foundation, Ebrima Njie, said the meeting marks the beginning of what seem to be a cordial relationship between his foundation and the Gambia government. As partners in development, Njie said it is only pertinent for them to enhance the cooperation for sustainable development.
“We believe that serving our community is not a charity but our divine responsibility. I was a school dropout; I sat for three years without going to school. So this is what inspired me to form the Foundation so as to advocate and prevent young people from going through what I went through,” the founder said.
He said The Burr Njie Foundation is a youth-led nonprofit organization established to work with women and children, to enhancing their development.
Ebrima Njie, who led the delegation to VP’s Office, said the Foundation seeks to provide the right instructions, equipment and facilities for women and children to enhance their well-being, abilities, artistic talents, adventure skills and development.
“We want to complement The Gambia government’s efforts in ensuring that women and children attain their full potentials in order to be productive assets for national development,” Njie concludes.