Barely three days after giving out 24 bulls to Muslims across the country for the observance of Laylat Al Qadr (The Night of Power), Modou Turo Darboe, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Vision Development Foundation last Wednesday gave another set of 39 bulls to Muslims across the country in observance of the holy feast of Eid-ul Fitr (Koriteh).
The gesture, which brings the total of bulls given to Muslims by the Faji-kunda based business tycoon to 63, followed a month of other benevolence from the VDF among them bags of rice, onion, sugar, dozens of bread and cash amounts to those Muslims in needy daily in respect of the holy month of Ramadan.
The beneficiaries come from across the country including mosques, as part of Darboe’s annual Koriteh gift to those who cannot afford it, as prescribed in the Holy Quran, for those who can afford it to give a helping hand to those who cannot.
The animals were slaughtered and given to the needy in kilos. The gesture, an annual largesse, is geared towards helping needy Muslims to meet the most important rite of the annual Koriteh feast.
Hundreds of people including the young and old, women and children, joined queues at his Churchill’s Town office to benefit from the gesture
An ardent Muslim himself, Momodou Turo Darboe declined to comment when contacted by this reporter, but was quick to say that he believes in the culture of sharing his God-given wealth with the poor and the needy, just as his late father used to do.
It should be noted that Turo occasionally donates generously to mosques, hospitals and schools across the country.
At his Banjul-based NGO Vision Development Foundation (VDF) office, a good number of students are currently benefiting from scholarships, all thanks to his generosity.
This is not the first time he is extending a hand of support to the less fortunate in society, as he has been giving rams to Muslims for Tobaski for the past 20 years.
Speaking to our reporter, Sainabou Jatta, a 62 year old woman said she has been a beneficiary of Turo Darboe’s Ramadan, Koriteh and Tobaski gestures for the past 16 years.
According to her, she and her family have annually benefitted from Ramadan gifts including sugar, rice, meat and even cash from the man hailed by many as a rare philanthropist.
‘‘For the past 16 years, throughout the whole month of Ramadan, all our feeding comes from Turo Darboe. This is a man who continues to put smiles on the faces of thousands of people annually,’’ she said, while calling on all to pray for his long life, good health and God guidance so as to enable helping the poor and the needy.
Fafanding Kuyateh, another beneficiary narrated how he and his family have and continued to benefit from Turo Darboe’s benevolence, noting that such gestures are worth emulating.
According to him, since he came to know Turo Darboe 10 years ago, a lot of burden on him has reduced significantly due to the fact that he has been able to benefit from annually Ramadan, Koriteh and Tobaski gestures from the Faji-kunfda based business tycoon.
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The Vision development foundation is a charitable non-governmental organization registered in the Gambia with the associations of non-governmental organizations (TANGO) in 2006.