I have posted a very important project to Lend A Hand Society to share with you and I have attached the concept document along with it.
Friday, 29th July 2011, marked the launching the ‘Hope, Is You’, with its slogan; ‘We know you care and have the heart to share’, at the American Corner at Comium Building along Kairaba Avenue. The project is implemented in partnership with the National Disaster and management agency, under the office of the Vice President of the republic of The Gambia.The project based on resource mobilization through the collection of clothes, shoes, game, toys and other materials, donated by individuals and groups, will be a continuous one and its success will rest upon the willingness of people to share.
At the event the head of the Hope, Is You Project Committee, Naffie Sissoho, said the project was initiated to boost the spirit of caring and sharing for one another. Making strong emphasis on the conditions of the materials donated, Naffie further stated that any material given out should be in decent condition.
Essa Khan, the executive director of the NDMA, expressed the Agency’s willingness to partner with individuals and organisations in rendering help to the needy. Mr. Khan LAHS of the Agency’s readiness to work with them to make a difference in the lives of the less fortunate.
Deputising for the vice president, Aja Dr. Isatou Njie-Saidy, the deputy minister of Petroleum, Teneng Mba Jaiteh, commended LAHS for initiating such a project. She said the government of The Gambia attaches great importance to the development of the young people , noting that LAHS is the first youth organisation to partner with the government on such a cause. Mrs Jaiteh in her closing remarks officially launched the Hope, is You Project.
The event ended with the signing of an MOU between Lend A Hand Society and the National Disaster Management Agency and the presentation of the first Hope is You Package to the NDMA. Other speakers at the ceremony included Cindy Gregg, Deputy chief of Mission at the American Embassy and Jeffery Cornish, the Peace Corps country director. Members of LAHS, sister youth organisations and the press were also present. The ceremony was chaired by Binta Ceesay, a member of Lend A Hand Society.
Signing of MOU: Left to right: Essa Khan-Executive Director, National Disaster management agency and Muhammed Njie - National Executive Coordinator, Lend A Hand Society
Have you ever imagined walking around with torn clothes or barefooted? Have you ever thought that you could be struck by natural disasters and lose your lifetime earnings and all your valuables? Do you think you have the heart and the means to share with people in these hardships? We believe you care, we believe because,
Hope, is YOU.
How many times have we looked into our wardrobe and see clothes that we don’t need but don’t know what we are going to do with it? How about that pair of shoes that does not fit any more, and there is no one to pass it on to? and how about those books that are not needed anymore?
Well, giving that shirt,skirt,pair of trousers, shoes,books or any other material that could be useful; will make a whole lot of difference because it can put a smile on someone, a mile away, because it means hope and Hope, is YOU.
About Hope, is YOU
Hope, is YOU is an initiative of Lend A Hand Society, a leading grassroots youth organisation in the Gambia. The project is conceived to mobilise resources in the form of shoes, clothing, books and other materials to help less fortunate people in the Gambia. You can join us by helping people who are struck by natural disasters as well as those who cannot simply afford decent clothing and footwear.
Hope, is YOU is not asking you to contribute money or give away your wardrobe or shoe locker, Hope, is YOU is simply asking you to part with that dress that has been with you for so long and you do not want it anymore but it is still decent to put a smile on another less fortunate face. The project is asking you to donate that pair of shoes that does not fit you anymore but can protect poor feet from sunburns.
How can you contribute?
Do you have more than you need or do you just want to share? All you need to do is to part with those clothes or pair of shoe (s) or books. You don’t need to come to us; we will come to you to collect your donation. All you do is to ensure that whatever you are giving away is in good condition and can be used with pride by a less fortunate person.
There is joy in giving…. But this is not just giving, it is putting a smile on a face or faces.
Can I volunteer?
You can be a part of the Hope, is YOU project by not just giving but by being a volunteer. All you do is to inform us that you want to volunteer for the project. You can volunteer by collecting materials on our behalf from your neighbourhood, help in ironing dresses, spreading the word about Hope, is YOU around your neighbourhood or simply sorting and packaging donated items.
The lofty goals of Hope, is YOU cannot be achieve by one single organization alone. There is need for concerted efforts and partnerships to be able to reach out to more people in terms of donors and recipients. In this vein we are happy to collaborate and partner with all organizations that share the noble goals of Hope, is YOU… Together we can make a whole lot of difference.
How to contact us
Visit us at the American Corner at Comium Head Office along Kairaba Avenue or call us on the following numbers:
“It is the greatest of all mistakes to do nothing because you can do little-do what you can.”
LEND A HAND SOCIETY MADNESS, ONE HAPPY FAMILY OF AWESOME VOLUNTEERS