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14.11.2005 Regional News

RAINS gave 10 rpt 10 bicycles to girls - Manager

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Tamale, Nov. 14, (Caesar), GNA - A Tamale-based NGO dedicated to providing humanitarian and development services to deprived communities in the Northern region on Monday said it gave 10 bicycles to girls commuting long distance to schools in Gushiegu district but not 300 as reported earlier in the media

Mr. Seidu Abdul Samed, acting Programmes Manager of Regional Advisory Information and Network Systems (RAINS), in a reaction to the story said the NGO supported 300 girls in the district but only ten out of them who were commuting long distances to school were given the bicycles.

He said the America Jewish World Service (AJWS), US-based charity is funding this component for a-3-year grant totaling 27,000 US dollars, which the first year grant of 9,000 dollars was used this year to carry out its educational support in the district. Part of the money would be used to carry out RAINS support projects in other districts, including the Karaga district. Mr. Samed said RAINS was expecting additional 9,000 dollars support from the same AJWS next year for the same purpose, which 300 girls would be supported and 10 out of them would receive bicycles.

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