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Published On: Wed, Apr 3rd, 2024

About Fifty Pensioners Receive Donation From SSHFC 

About fifty pensioners Yesterday received donations from the Social Security and Housing Finance Corporation (SSHFC) at the corporation’s headquarters in Banjul to extend a helping hand to its pensioners by presenting Iftar essentials worth half a million Dalasi.

The Support for bedridden pensioners was launched in 2022 as part of new initiatives introduced by the corporation. Each of the pensioners received a bag of rice, sugar, onions, potatoes, cooking oil, and tomato paste.

SHFC Managing Director Saloum Malang, said the donation to the pensioners is part of the corporation’s initiatives to support its sick or ailing members, and that it is just a small token that they hope will assist the beneficiaries. Adding that they pray that all those who are feeling unwell will speedily recover.

Saloum Malang stated that it is the corporation’s firm belief that during this reverent period, no member of the SSHFC community should go without the basic necessities of life. “Therefore, we have meticulously curated a selection of essential items, including bags of rice, sugar, onions, potatoes, cooking oil, and tins of tomato, to alleviate the burden on our bedridden pensioners for Ramadan and Eid ul-Fitr (Koriteh)

Mr Malang highlighted that this gesture is not merely an act of charity but a testament to their unwavering commitment to the welfare and well-being of their pensioners who have dedicated their lives to the service of the nation, adding that it’s a gesture to show appreciation for their invaluable contributions and a reminder that the pensioners are cherished members of the society.

He further buttressed the corporation’s longstanding tradition of supporting its community through the provision of medical assistance and providing support to medical facilities like the Ndeban Clinic.

Mr Malang Further disclosed that its corporation also supported Gambia’s participation in Afcon 2023, the renovation works at the Independence Stadium in Bakau, and the youth endeavors such as The Gambia Under-16 football team which became victorious in Norway.

He encouraged his staff and the pensioners to embrace the spirit of compassion and solidarity and come together as a community to uplift and support those in need. And he further wished his members and stakeholders a pleasant Koriteh in advance.

A Pensioner and Member of the Pensions Committee Alphonso Mendy, commended the corporation for the gesture, saying it will go a long way to alleviate the financial burdens his bedridden colleagues face, especially during the month of Ramadan, and said the donation is unprecedented in the history of SSHFC.

Mr Mendy further said that this gesture is very timely and well calculated because he said all of those who are benefiting from this initiative were active members of the corporation.

Mr Mendy concluded that initiatives like this should be expanded and done more regularly because those who are going to benefit need them badly, adding that the majority of pensioners don’t have any other means to make money apart from the payments from the corporation.

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