By Lamin Njie

Karpowership has donated food items to three orphanages in the country as part of a grand initiative aimed at supporting underprivileged Gambians.

The leading power production company donated 90 bags of rice, 15 drums of oil, 15 bags of onion and 400 loafs of bread to Al-Ihsaan Foundation, Madina Salam Center and Jawhareh Orphanage at a ceremony held on Friday at Al-Ihsaan Foundation school in Wullingkama.

Speaking at the event, the Turkey ambassador to The Gambia Mr Ismail Sefa Yuceer said the donation was timely and meaningful and underscored Karpowership’s desire to support Gambians.

Yuceer said: “This donation is very timely and meaningful especially during at a time when the holy Ramadan approaches. Karpowership is part of the mother company Karadeniz Holding. Karadeniz Holding is a group of companies which is a leading group in Turkey.

“They are not only active in the economic life, they are also active in humanitarian issues in the countries that Karpowership is implementing projects. They are also having social projects. As part of its responsibilities, Karpowership implemented many projects in The Gambia in the last one year.

“When the team from Karpowership came to the embassy almost one year ago, and to have a meeting with me, during that meeting one thing that struck my attention was the motto which was to make a difference. In the last one year, they made a difference in our life here. They touched on our daily lives. They touched economic life so we are grateful to Karpowership.

“Because we’re having uninterrupted energy, uninterrupted electricity. So far we’re experience less number of power outages in the country. For that matter, we should be grateful to the government of The Gambia and also to Karpowership company. This is very essential for the country, for our daily lives. The second thing, the country representative told me what we get from the country we give it back to the people and this is the testimony.”

Speaking earlier, the project manager of Karpowership in The Gambia Mr Yankuba Mamburay said Karpowership was committed to the development of communities in The Gambia.

Mamburay said: “As many of you already know, Karpowership has connected its 36 MW Karadeniz Powership Koray Bey to the Gambian national grid in ealry 2018 and started generating electricity on 2nd May 2018. This came about as a result of the PPA signed by Nawec and Karpowership in February 2018.

“Karpowership’s current fleet of 3,100 MW Powerships are operating all around the world in seven countries. We are very glad and grateful for the opportunity to contribute our quota towards the amelioration of the power supply in The Gambia and as a result towards the development of the country, for no country can develop without electricity.

“As a socially responsible company committed to the development of communities and Gambia in particular, we have already undertaken several activities in the country, among them the distribution of 200 bags of rice and sugar to the needy during last year Ramadan, donating $2,000 to NEA for environmental cleaning during international Coastal Clean Up Day last September, the rehabilitation of the premature babies’ unit of the children’s wing of EFSTH where we spent $6,000 to fix the water problem there.”

Representatives of the various orphanages in their statement thanked Karpowership for the gesture and said the donated food items will be put to good use.