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30 November 2009

A Turkish organisation known as IHHINSANIYARDIMVAKFI (Foundation for Human Rights, Freedom and Humanitarian Relief), in collaboration with the Rural Orphans Charitable Association (ROCA) on Tobaski day distributed sacrificial meat to over seven thousand people in The Gambia.

As many as fourteen bulls were slaughtered at seven different locations across the country.

Speaking at the occasion, Mr. Lamin Sanyang, the Chief Executive Officer of ROCA revealed that this is the second time his organisation is partnering with the Turkish organisation to extend support to the poor and the needy in the country.

"Our target for next year is to cover the whole country by making sure that the less privileged in the society also enjoy the Holy feast," he stated.

According to him, Islam believes in the principles of caring and sharing, and thus the need for the distribution of meat.

When approached for an interview most of the beneficiaries expressed delight in the gesture. They were however quick to heaped praises on the donors.

Alhagie Fabala Gassama, the Chairman of Faji Kunda Central Mosque Committee applauded the ROCA and their Turkish partners for extending a helping hand to the needy.

"Without this kind of intervention most of these people here will not enjoy the feast," he observed. He prayed for the donors while encouraging them to keep up the momentum.

Momodou Susso, another beneficiary also expressed appreciation and thanks to the two humanitarian organisations for helping people like him. "This kind of gesture needs to be continued," he said.

Mrs. Banna Sibi hailed the donors for the sacrificial meat.

"We are appealing for more next year," she appealed.

Mr. Bekai Sonko, another recipient expressed happiness with the move.

"The Gambia as you know is a Third World country and most people cannot afford the sacrificial meat, and as a matter of fact it is highly welcomed for those of our Muslim brothers and sisters in Turkey to stage this massive meat distribution," he said.
"I am very happy to receive meat from ROCA this year as well, our expectations were high before the Eid and thank God they did it again," said one Isatou Fofana, a widow.

Article Originally Posted on The Point Newspaper

12 December 2008

A Turkish organisation known as IHH INSANIYARDIMVAKFI (foundation for human rights and freedom and humanitarian relief) in partnership with the Rural Orphan charitable Association (ROCA) on Tobaski day distributed sacrificial meat, known as Qurbani, to over 15,000 needy Muslims in the country.

The slaughtering and distribution were held at different locations across the country namely Faji Kunda, Wellingara, Kiang Keneba and Pirang.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Lamin Sanyang, CEO of ROCA, informed the gatherings that the sacrificial meat is a benevolent gesture from IHH INSANIYARDIMVAKFI to the poor and needy Muslims in The Gambia on the occasion of the Muslim feast of Tobaski.

For his part, Imam Omar Ceesay, of Faji Kunda central mosque, applauded the donors for the kind gesture.

According to him, the gesture is in line with the teachings of Islam.

Alhagie Fabala Gassama, chairman of the mosque committee, said it's important for Muslims to always care for and support each other particularly during significant occasions like Tobaski. He hailed the donors through ROCA for supporting the poor and needy in The Gambia. "Majority of Gambians can't afford to slaughter as the poor are far more than the rich therefore the intervention of donors like these is highly needed and commendable," he said.

Pa Sanuwo a community elder a beneficiary commended ROCA for exercising a high sense of accountability and transparency during the exercise. "Organizations like ROCA is what this country need to help the government alleviate poverty" he noted.

He called on the IHH INSANIYARDI to strengthen their partnership with ROCA.

Mrs. Sali Bojang another beneficiary thanked ROCA and all those who made it possible for her to receive the meat that she could not afford to buy. "I will cook this for my family as soon as I reach home and I am happy that we will also enjoy the feast thanks to ROCA and their partners," she said.

Other speakers included Oustass Keba Ceesay and the board chairman board of ROCA trustees Mr. Ebrima Minteh who both thanked the donors for the gesture. The later appealed for more come next year's Tobaski as the needy are large in number.

Aritlce Originally Posted on The Point NewsPaper