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By Administrator, Nov 7 2017 01:58PM

Kombo Sillah Association (UK) donates to Gunjur Health Centre
Kombo Sillah Association (UK) donates to Gunjur Health Centre

By Sainey Darboe  - @Gunjur - The Voice of Dabanani

Kombo Sillah Association in the UK on Saturday 4th November presented a cheque of D100,000 to Gunjur Health Centre for the expansion of the maternity ward. The presentation ceremony which was coordinated and facilitated  by Gunjur Development Association (GDA) took place at Gunjur health centre attended by National Assembly Member for Kombo South and Majority Leader, Hon. Kebba K Barrow, representative of Alikalo, Chief Lamin S Darboe, Imam Muhammad Lamin Touray, Village elders and residents.

Speaking to this medium on the initiative, KSA Finance Director Bakary Touray had this to say:

“In October 2015, we did our first fundraising events which were intended to help the Gunjur Health Centre fight against malaria. When I visited the place in December 2015 and held meetings with staff regarding the money that had been raised from our fundraising events, the head of the Health Centre pointed out the support they already received from other organisations to fight malaria and urged us to help in an area in dire need of support - the maternity ward. We have since redirected our focus onto improving conditions in the Gunjur maternity ward.

“About a month ago, KSA held its first ever cultural weekend in Bristol to raise some money for the Gunjur Maternity Ward, where we promised that all proceeds will be put towards improving its facilities. The events were successful and we raised just over £1,630. This amount was handed to our partners in development in a beautiful ceremony today. In Gunjur, as in many parts of the Gambia, women experience many difficulties in pregnancy and it is the wish of KSA to make the experience of childbirth as safe and stress-free as possible for Gambian women”.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank my colleagues, the organising committee, all the donors, particularly Neneh Bojang Touray and her delegation from Norway, Mamakaddy Bajo and Aminata Faye Manjang from Sweden, Awa Bah Sanneh, Nanna Jatta Bojang and Ida Jallow Rashid of the U.K for their generous donations”, concluded Mr Touray.


 The Chief of Kombo South, Lamin Darboe on his part, said he is the happiest among the crowd and indicated that the donation embodies a demonstration by KSA “that they are worthy sons and daughters of Gunjur and Gambia as a whole” . He said the intervention will go a long way in alleviating hardships hobbling the facility. Chief Darboe indicated that the government attaches great importance to the improvement of health sector, but due to limited resources, government alone cannot do it. He thanked Kombo Sillah Association on behalf of the entire community for remembering home even though they may be many miles away.

Demba Jobe Touray, VDC chairman expressed his delight in witnessing yet another presentation ceremony in which Kombo Sillah Association is contributing towards the development of Gunjur Health Centre. Mr Jobe Touray indicated that the association have in the past donated medication to the health centre to a tune of D32,000. He thanked KSA on behalf of the community.

On his part, MP for Kombo South who also doubles as Majority Leader of the National Assembly seized the opportunity to thank KSA for the wonderful gesture. Hon. Barrow informed the gathering that he has had fruitful interactions with members and executive of the Kombo Sillah Association dating back to 2005. He indicated that he has seen the tremendous work KSA is doing both in the UK and in Gambia and recognises the fact the the association is worth its salt given that they have successfully registered as a UK charitable organisation.


Hon. Barrow further indicated that the donation to the Gunjur Health Centre is timely as the health sector is one of the key areas of their intervention as being one of the sectors that are in the doldrums in the country. He therefore welcome the donation as it will go a long way in alleviating the sufferings of women and children not only in Gunjur, but the entire population of Kombo South.


Hon. K K Barrow further thanked the executive committee of Kombo Sillah Association for the right gesture in helping the young people of Gunjur to ensure that their health status is improved. He conclude by thanking the entire membership of KSA on behalf of the Alkalo, Chief and all the 8 Kabilos and ad Kafos of Gunjur.

Lamin J Darboe, prominent Gunjur lawyer and representative of Kombo Sillah Association at the ceremony gave background of Kombo Sillah Association, her membership, as well as vision and mission of the association. Barrister Darboe informed the meeting that KSA was formed initially largely by majority of Gunjurians residing in the United Kingdom but has since expanded to include other people across The Gambia.

Speaking on behalf of the Gunjur Health Centre, a member of staff thanked Kombo Sillah Association and informed the gathering that when they were initially informed of the donation two weeks ago, they thought it was some form of a hoax but come to realise that this is real and as such could not have come at a better time. She thanked the donors on behalf of her entire staff of the health centre.

The handing over ceremony was chaired by Mr Badara Njie Bajo who is the President of Gunjur Development Association(GDA. Mr Bajo was assisted by the ground team of GDA which included the GDA Treasurer Omar Diamond Darboe, Bunama Jatta, Hatab Jobe, Jenny Ribgstead and Dr Amadou Scattred Janneh amongst others. 


Kombo Sillah Association is a UK-based registered charity set up, amongst other things, to help alleviate poverty both in the U.K. and in The Gambia.  

By Administrator, Jul 23 2017 05:15PM

KSA Cultural Weekend 2017

Kombo Sillah Association UK is pleased to announce the 2017 Cultural Weekend from Friday 29th September to Sunday 1st October 2017

By Administrator, Jan 16 2017 08:14PM

It's February again and it's AGM time at Kombo Sillah Association.

Kombo Sillah Association UK Annual General Meeting and celebration of Gambia's 52nd independence anniversary in Bristol.




St. Werburghs Community Centre

Horley Road

St Werburghs



February is also a time of change of guards at KSA. If you want to become a trustee of the charity for the next 12 months, this is the opportunity. You must be a registered member and must have paid a one off registration fee. Paid up members can vote and be voted into office.

In line with our AGM traditions, this event will be used to celebrate the Gambia's 52nd independence anniversary after the presentation of yearly reports and certificates.

Join us to welcome the Gambia into the 3RD REPUBLIC.


By Administrator, May 18 2016 07:08PM

Kombo Sillah Association(UK) in collaboration with our very own Paradise Express Services Limited is pleased to announce the 2016 UK Tour of the "King of Kora" Jaliba Kuyateh and Kumareh Band.

Jaliba Kuyateh will be back in the UK due to popular demand following the recent launching of two brand new albums: "Janfang Jang Kano" and "Tanyo Yaa" to once again wow his numerous fans with his mesmerising Kora playing and stage skills.

Funds raised thnrough these fund raising "Kora Shows" will be used to finance the Charitable Objectives of Kombo Sillah Association which are summarised thus:

a) The prevention or relief of poverty in the United Kingdom, in particular but not exclusively for people from The Gambia or West African Countries, by providing grants, items and services to individuals in need and/or charities, or other organisations working to prevent or relieve poverty.

b) To promote social inclusion for the public benefit by working with people in Bristol and other areas of the United Kingdom, in particular (but not exclusively) those from the Gambian community, who are socially excluded on the grounds of their ethnic origin, religion, belief or creed to relieve the needs of such people and assist them to integrate into society, in particular by:

- providing advice and information on the legal framework in which they will be living in the UK, including (but not exclusively) child protection issues and the law on female genital mutilation

- providing social and recreational facilities and events involving local communities

- providing a local network group that encourages and enables members of the Gambian community to participate more effectively with the wider community;

- increasing, or co-ordinating, opportunities for members of the Gambian community to engage with service providers, to enable those providers to adapt services to better meet the needs of that community.

c) The relief of poverty and need for people in The Gambia by providing financial relief

d) To advance education for public benefit”

By Administrator, Mar 22 2016 10:43PM

Kombo Sillah Association UK is pleased to invite you to an #FGM and #Children Safeguarding Conference scheduled to be held on the 19th April 2016 from 10:00 till 14:00 at St. Werburghs Community Centre, Horley Road, Bristol. BS2 9TJ. The conference is funded by The Big Lottery Fund, and the aim is to educate our community on FGM, and the safeguarding of children in our communities.

Speakers for the conference and workshops are as follows:

Henry Chan (10:30 - 10:45)

School Safeguarding Advisor (East Central)

Angela Evans (10:45 - 11:00)

Manager of the Asylum team in Bristol

Layla Ismail (11:00 - 11:15)

FORWARD Bristol FGM Community Project Coordinator


1. Safeguarding -

Jacalyn Mathers MBE

Designated Nurse for Safeguarding Children

Bristol Clinical Commissioning Group

Henry Chan

School Safeguarding Advisor (East Central)

2. UK Law - FGM

Angela Evans

Manager of the Asylum team in Bristol

Leanne Pook

Avon and Somerset Constabulary

Detective Chief Inspector (Manage South)/Force Lead FGM

3. Community Engagement

Layla Ismail

FORWARD Bristol FGM Community Project Coordinator

Saadye Ali

FORWARD Youth Assistant

Amie Touray

Community Health Advocate

There will be refreshments, a workshop and certificates will be presented to participants.

Everyone is invited.

We look forward to seeing you all.

Kombo Sillah Association

Venue: St. Werburghs Community Centre, Horley Road, Bristol. BS2 9TJ.

Time: 10am to 2pm

The conference is sponsored by The Big Lottery Fund, and the aim is to educate our community on FGM, and the safeguarding of children safeguarding in our communities.

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