Freedom Ndogu’ was an initiative of Power Of Freedom, a civic movement mainly comprised of young Gambians from all walks of life. The initiative started on May 27th which marked the debut of the Holy month of Ramadan, to June 24th which marked the end of Ramadan. Most people faced difficulties to find hot water ‘tea or coffee’ when stucked in traffic or when there is scarcity of transportation. Knowing how times are trying, the movement organized caravans of food, dates and drinks which were distributed during ‘iftar’ for the stranded Fasters in the Greater Banjul area. We sought support from individuals both home and abroad and opened a GoFundMe Account seeking financial sponsorship to be able to cater for a lot of people and material donations to help us prepare the meals. We had a key donor of 200 loaves of bread daily from the proprietor of Chaakra Bakery. We had several boxes of dates donated to us.Other individuals also donated food items like butter, chocolate, mayonnaise, sugar, boxes of tea and coffee. We chose locations based on the many stranded ‘fasters’ around that area who were either stuck in traffic or had no transportation to get home before time to break their fast. We also made a distribution at the Serekunda General Hospital, Kanifing as most people came to visit their families and found it hard to get something to break their fast with. We went to Latrikunda (Kaw Junction) for the first time and realized that those present there really needed food and drink. It was amazing that we ran out of breads before we could even start distributing thus made us come back there a day after with twice of the first distribution and it was all distributed as well. We also went to Oustass Gaye’s Quranic memorization ‘Madrassa’ in Serrekunda where special meals were prepared for the kids who learn there. This was done in collaboration with Give Back Foundation. We made our final distribution to the main Mobile Police Stations around the Kanifing Municipality(Bakau, Kotu, Kairaba & Manjai) for the all inmates and the Police officers. Though we faced various challenges during the process but our members and sympathizers who voluntarily helped despite our religious differences came on board to make this initiative a success. We worked harmoniously together and brought out the best we can from contributing financially and materially, preparing the meals and distributing them to the people in the name of serving humanity. Finally, we want to thank all those who contributed directly or indirectly to make this initiative a successful one. We are grateful for your support. Keep supporting for a better Gambia.
The different distribution areas
Traffic Lights (Kairaba Avenue) – Westfield (Alvihag) – Westfield (Cooperative) – Tippa Garage – Bakau (Market) – Brusubi (Turntable) – Banjul (Terminal) – Serekunda (Market) – Churchill’s Town – Lamin (NTC) – Birkama (Garage)
See you again next Ramadan!