EYEAFRICA TV, Banjul, The Gambia: First Lady, Fatoumatta Bah-Barrow have been decorated with a Distinguished Global Award for Excellence in women, children and youth development by a US-based organisation; Global Empowerment Movement (GEM).
Mrs. Bah-Barrow was awarded in the United States, where she is participating in the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) high-level segment. The award recognised her for her outstanding work as the First Lady of The Gambia.
“As the loving mother of The Gambia, we are happy to collaborate with The Gambia Mission at United Nations to celebrate Her Excellency for her dedication to the establishment of programs to reduce extreme poverty, assisting marginalised rural women, girls and vulnerable children in The Gambia,” GEM said in their citation of the award.
The organisation says it takes delight in honouring and celebrating leaders who dedicate themselves to positively impact lives of the people they are serving. It says The Gambia First Lady has been exemplary at using her platform –Fatoumatta Bah-Barrow Foundation- to make a difference.
Farewell to eight Gambian students
The First Lady also bade farewell eight students who won scholarships through her Fatoumatta Bah-Barrow Foundation to study at Al-Azhar University in Egypt.
Through her Foundation’s education project, the students benefited from full scholarships awarded by the Egyptian government, to enable them to pursue higher education in medicine, management, and computer science.
The First Lady wished the awardees well and appealed to them to be good ambassadors of The Gambia during the course of the studies at the University.
It is a normal practice create the office of the First Lady, with a Foundation that focuses providing support to Gambians in areas of importance. Gambians began to lose confidence in Mrs Bah-Barrow’s Foundation when a mysterious bank transfer of $752,544.42 dollars, equivalent to D33 million dalasis was made from a Hong Kong private bank last year, to a UK Guaranty Trust Bank account, which was traced to the First Lady’s Foundation account.
Donation of electric hospital beds to the EFSTH
The First Lady also donated 100 electric hospital beds to Edward Francis Small Teaching Hospital (EFSTH) in Banjul, through Her Foundation.
Through the Foundation, the First lady has been championing the cause for the health, protection, and wellbeing of Gambians, particularly women and children and the less privileged in the society.
The donated items were provided by the EGALISE Association in France, with support from Africell Gambia Ltd.