Mother's Day Treat

The Cosmetology class at the Guyana Foundation’s Sunrise Center, headed by Facilitator Jem Britton, decided to offer free manicures, pedicures and facials to members of the public. This was a special treat for mothers on the occasion of Mother’s Day. The event was held on Wednesday 8th May at the Anna Regina car park, Essequibo. All twenty-two students were able to put into practice what they had learned over the past few months. 

In excess of one hundred persons came to enjoy the free services offered by the team. This included some men who could not wait for Father’s Day. The event came to a close at 17:30 pm unable to cope with the number of persons who wanted to enjoy this experience which they normally would not be able to afford. 

Though it was a tough day for the girls, they had fun, enjoying what they did. They gained valuable experience. They shared information with their clients about the work of the Sunrise Center and made many new friends. 

Supriya Singh-Bodden, Founder of the Guyana Foundation was delighted at the turn out and would like to repeat the event for Father’s Day. Wellness is so very important she said, often times we go through life so busy trying to stay alive, to earn, to provide for those around us and we forget that there is only so much the human body and mind can take. Our physical well-being and our mental well-being must take center stage. If we can help with these small initiatives to offer care and advice to those persons who really cannot afford these types of services, then we are happy to do so.

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Third Annual Conference on Mental Health, Drug Abuse, Suicide and Domestic Violence

The Guyana Foundation intensified its ongoing focus on Mental Health and Suicide by working with Ambassador Halim Majeed and the Government of Cuba to host its Annual Conference in the Republic of Cuba.

On 29 – 29 March 2019, the Guyana Foundation and the University of Medical Sciences at Ciego de Avila jointly held the Third Annual International Conference on Mental Health, Drug Abuse, Suicide and Domestic Violence at Ciego de Avila at the Coco Playa Hotel in Cuba.

Two days of presentations and discussions were held by Professors and Lecturers from the University of Medical Sciences aptly coordinated by the Ministry of International Affairs.

Presenters and officials included Dr. Angel Enrique Batista Diaz, Dr. Liset Rodriguez Benitez, Dr. Bertha Jimenez Suarez, Dr. Lourdes Lopez Alvarez, Lic. Nathaly Duenas Lopez, Dr. Laura Dominguez Garcia, Dr. Miguel Angel Roca Perara, MsC. Maria Luisa Ellis Yard, Lic. Yeline Ruiz Betancourt, Lic. Danis Rodriguez Ceballos and Medical students from Guyana, Trinidad & Tobago, Venezuela, Mexico, Nicaragua, Niger, Ghana, El Salvador, Zambia, Sierra Leone and Cuba. Certificates were presented to the students as part of their Medical education.

The hospitality provided by the Government of Cuba and the Embassy of Guyana to the Guyana Foundation was unsurpassed. Participants expressed their deepest gratitude to the Guyana Foundation for supporting this well coordinated Conference. Trustee, Mr. Eric Phillips represented the Guyana Foundation.

This event constitutes an important highlight for Guyana and the Guyana Foundation.

Mr. Eric Phillips (second from left, front row) and other participants at the conference.

Mr. Eric Phillips (second from left, front row) and other participants at the conference.

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Guyana Foundation skills training programmes uplift persons in Mashabo, Wakenaam and the Essequibo Coast

The Guyana Foundation Sunrise Center, Essequibo, continues its mission to uplift the lives of people.

Poverty is still real in many communities around Guyana. In some cases, children are unable to attend school; their parents find it difficult to afford transportation and supplies to allow them to do so. There are many single parents who continue to struggle to make it through the day.

In keeping with our vision, the Guyana Foundation has been offering extensive training programmes in a variety of disciplines over the years. These courses are all offered free of charge. They give persons a chance to learn how to generate income.

Presently, we are proud to announce that we are able to hold training sessions in three remotely located areas at the same time. This is a first for us. We wanted to share this with the public.

In the village of Mashabo on the Itiribisi Lake we started a fabric design programme. The programme is taught by Ms. Abiola Ulele Garraway, an accomplished craft maker and agriculturalist. Products that have already been produced by students will be sold in the Cayman Islands to be made into beach towels, beach wraps and garments.

On the island of Wakenaam, Ms. Glynis Streete is the facilitator for our catering course. She is an outstanding home economics teacher. Many of the students she has trained for us have gone on to set up their own micro enterprises. Her course in Wakenaam is full and students are very grateful for this opportunity to learn a valuable skill.

Meanwhile in the village of Zorg-En-Vlygt on the Essequibo Coast, Ms. Gem Britton a beautician and business owner is teaching a cosmetology course. Twenty-four young women are in the process of training. They are learning the skills of pedicures, manicures and facials.

The students will be hosting a free beauty makeover for persons in the Anna Regina market area a few days before Mother’s Day. They are all so committed and excited about this training.

Supriya Singh-Bodden, Founder of the Guyana Foundation shared this comment: “If you are not willing to learn no one can help you. If you are determined to learn, no one can stop you. Our mission is to bring a ray of light into people’s lives, it is up to them to make it burn bright to uplift themselves and their families.”

 

Ms. Gem Britton (left) and students of the Cosmetology class at the Sunrise Center.

Ms. Gem Britton (left) and students of the Cosmetology class at the Sunrise Center.

Ms. Gem Britton

Ms. Gem Britton

Cosmetology class at the Sunrise Center.

Cosmetology class at the Sunrise Center.

Cosmetology class at the Sunrise Center.

Cosmetology class at the Sunrise Center.

Ms. Glynis Streete

Ms. Glynis Streete

Ms. Glenis Streete (right) and students of the Catering class at Wakenaam.

Ms. Glenis Streete (right) and students of the Catering class at Wakenaam.

Fabric Designing at Mashabo.

Fabric Designing at Mashabo.

Students of the Fabric Design class at Mashabo.

Students of the Fabric Design class at Mashabo.

Ms. Abiola Ulele Garraway

Ms. Abiola Ulele Garraway

Mrs. Supriya Singh-Bodden, CCH

Mrs. Supriya Singh-Bodden, CCH

Commonwealth Rower, Richard Allen, visits Essequibo

On Wednesday evening, 27th February, Commonwealth Rower and former Royal Marines Commando of the British Army, Mr. Richard Allen arrived on the shores of Guyana after rowing for approximately 3,000 miles across the Atlantic Ocean from Freetown, Sierra Leone in West Africa. This is an incredible achievement showing determination and courage on his part. His journey is about raising awareness of the Commonwealth and to draw people from around the Commonwealth together in order to achieve one common goal, that is people helping people through health, education and enterprise. His boat, named “Tamu’kke’ is the Patamona language of the Indigenous people of Guyana, meaning "Together or United." Mr. Allen reached out to the Guyana Foundation in 2018 to request their collaboration on this mission.

On his arrival, he was welcomed by Founder of the Guyana Foundation, Supriya Singh-Bodden, CCH, British High Commissioner to Guyana, H.E. Gregg Quinn, British Security Advisor to President David Granger, Retired Lt. Col. Russel Combe, Trustees of the Guyana Foundation as well as his parents who travelled all the way from London.

 The following morning a brief welcome ceremony was held on the Marriott Beach at the Kingston Seawalls. Attending were children and teachers from the J.E. Burnham Primary, St. Margaret’s Primary, North Georgetown Primary, Providence Primary, St. Gabriel’s Primary and West Ruimveldt Primary, who were following his voyage online. Also present were government officials and other persons who were very interested in his journey. Gifts and tokens were presented to Mr. Allen by some of the schools and Mrs. Geneva Ross-Tyndall of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Educational packages were distributed to each school. A dinner hosted by Mrs. Che Jian Ping, a Trustee of the Guyana Foundation, was held in his honour on the evening of Thursday 28th February, at the New Thriving Chinese Restaurant.

 On Friday 1st March, Mr. Allen accompanied by the Guyana Foundation team along with Ms. Krystyna Wojnarowicz, an official of the Canadian High Commission in Georgetown, Mr. Neil Bacchus, Chief Executive Officer of the Indigenous Peoples’ Commission and his parents, travelled to the Sunrise Center at Zorg-en-Vlygt on the Essequibo Coast. They were welcomed by the Managing, Ms. Meena Upeacehan, staff, volunteers, facilitator of the Center, Ms. Jem Britton and students of the Cosmetology class.

 In her brief remarks, Ms. Supriya outlined the aims and objectives of the Foundation and the positive effects it has had on the lives of thousands of people. Mr. Allen in exchanges with students gathered at the Sunrise Center, spoke about his journey and there was much excitement among everyone gathered there.

 The team then visited Abram Zuil Secondary School where Mr. Allen shared his journey and experiences with the Forms 4 and 5 students. They were amazed at his accomplishment and they asked many curious questions about his life during the journey and how he managed to survive those three months.

 The next stop was at Fisher Primary School where the team was introduced and had discussions with the headmistress, Ms. Roopdai Gangoo, teachers and some of the pupils from the Sunrise Center After-School programme. The pupils were happy to meet with Mr. Allen after been told about his amazing voyage.

 A visit was then made to Nateefa John’s home in Onderneeming Sand Pit, Little Red village. Nateefa is a young lady who had completed a cosmetology program with the Guyana Foundation Sunrise Center and is currently offering this service to her community. She is presently engaged in construction of her own salon.

 The final stop was Mashabo, an Indigenous village across the Ituribisi Lake, also known as the “hot and cold” lake. They were welcomed by Toshau, Mr. Sylvian Raphael on their arrival. He discussed some of the difficulties facing his village with the visiting team. Mr. Allen was invited over to the community center where he observed a Guyana Foundation programme in progress. Ms. Abiola Garraway, a facilitator of the Guyana Foundation was engaged in a fabric design course. Students were able to show off beautiful hand crafted materials. The visiting team also took the opportunity to buy craft from the villagers.  Ms. Supriya made an offer to purchase 200 tie-dye fabric beach wraps for her shop in the Cayman Islands. Before departing Mashabo, Mr. Allen received two hand decorated mini oars from the Toshau as tokens for the oars he broke on his journey across the Atlantic. He was overwhelmed by the hospitality, generosity and kindness of the Guyanese people.

The Guyana Foundation Team along with Richard, his parents and others arriving at Mashabo on Friday 1st March 2019.

The Guyana Foundation Team along with Richard, his parents and others arriving at Mashabo on Friday 1st March 2019.

Arriving at Mashabo Village.

Arriving at Mashabo Village.

Richard being welcomed by residents of Mashabo at the Community Center.

Richard being welcomed by residents of Mashabo at the Community Center.

Richard being presented with two mini oars by Toshau Slyvan Raphael of Mashabo.

Richard being presented with two mini oars by Toshau Slyvan Raphael of Mashabo.

Richard with his token of two mini oars.

Richard with his token of two mini oars.

Richard speaking with the women of the Fabric Design Programme spnsored by the Guyana Foundation at Mashabo.

Richard speaking with the women of the Fabric Design Programme spnsored by the Guyana Foundation at Mashabo.

Arriving at the Sunrise Center.

Arriving at the Sunrise Center.

Mr. Roger Allen, Richard’s father on his arrival at the Sunrise Center.

Mr. Roger Allen, Richard’s father on his arrival at the Sunrise Center.

Mrs. Sheila Allen, Richard’s mom and Mr. Neil Bacchus, CEO of the Indigenous Peoples’ Commission on their arrival at the Sunrise Center.

Mrs. Sheila Allen, Richard’s mom and Mr. Neil Bacchus, CEO of the Indigenous Peoples’ Commission on their arrival at the Sunrise Center.

Briefing session at the Sunrise Center on the arrival of the team.

Briefing session at the Sunrise Center on the arrival of the team.

Very interested at what the students of the Cosmetology class is doing at the Sunrise Center.

Very interested at what the students of the Cosmetology class is doing at the Sunrise Center.

Ms. Krystyna Wojnarowicz of the Canadian High Commission in Georgetown.

Ms. Krystyna Wojnarowicz of the Canadian High Commission in Georgetown.

Ms. Jem Britton, Facilitator of the Sunrise Center speaks with Founder, Ms. Supriya Singh-Bodden.

Ms. Jem Britton, Facilitator of the Sunrise Center speaks with Founder, Ms. Supriya Singh-Bodden.

Commonwealth Rower, Richard Allen with students and facilitator, Ms. Jem Britton (6th from right) of the Cosmetology class at the Sunrise Center.

Commonwealth Rower, Richard Allen with students and facilitator, Ms. Jem Britton (6th from right) of the Cosmetology class at the Sunrise Center.

With students and teachers of the Fisher Primary School.

With students and teachers of the Fisher Primary School.

Talking to students of the Abram Zuil Secondary School.

Talking to students of the Abram Zuil Secondary School.

Students of the Abram Zuil Secondary School.

Students of the Abram Zuil Secondary School.

Mrs. Geneva Ross-Tyndall of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs presenting Richard with a gift.

Mrs. Geneva Ross-Tyndall of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs presenting Richard with a gift.

Richard with the Founder of the Guyana Foundation, Supriya Singh-Bodden and Trustees, Mr. Eric Philips, Mrs. Che Jian Ping and Mr. Stanley Ming.

Richard with the Founder of the Guyana Foundation, Supriya Singh-Bodden and Trustees, Mr. Eric Philips, Mrs. Che Jian Ping and Mr. Stanley Ming.

At the Marriott Beach with students of J.E. Burnham Primary School.

At the Marriott Beach with students of J.E. Burnham Primary School.

At the Marriott Beach with students of the West Ruimveldt Primary School.

At the Marriott Beach with students of the West Ruimveldt Primary School.

At the Marriott Beach with students of the North Georgetown Primary School.

At the Marriott Beach with students of the North Georgetown Primary School.

At the Marriott Beach with students of Providence Primary School.

At the Marriott Beach with students of Providence Primary School.

At the Marriott Beach with students of St. Gabriel’s Primary School.

At the Marriott Beach with students of St. Gabriel’s Primary School.

At the Marriott Beach with students of St. Margaret’s Primary School.

At the Marriott Beach with students of St. Margaret’s Primary School.

Dinner at the New Thriving Chinese Restaurant.

Dinner at the New Thriving Chinese Restaurant.

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Commonwealth Rower, Richard Allen has arrived in Guyana

“It’s amazing what can be achieved when people come together.” – Commonwealth Row.

The Commonwealth Row is about raising awareness of the Commonwealth amongst us 2.4 billion citizens. The objective is to row the Atlantic Ocean without leaving the Commonwealth. The aim is to raise much needed money for some of the best charities and foundations operating within the Commonwealth, those that are helping people, health, education and enterprise. As well as financial help, persons involved, like Richard Allen, will be giving physical assistance to the charities where possible in-country, getting first-hand experience of their work and seeing where kind donations are going.

The Guyana Foundation is pleased to introduce you to Mr. Richard Allen, a former Royal Marines Commando of the British Army who have served in some of the most extreme, hostile, and remote places on earth, including jungles, deserts and the Arctic; and travelled further during his own adventures. Over the years, Richard set about testing the possibility of how far one person with a small bag could travel around the world without the use of a plane. Heading east, he did eventually make it back to his front door, having travelled through places and countries such as France, Spain, Morocco, Italy, Tunisia, Malta, Greece, Rhodes, Turkey, Cyprus, Egypt, Jordon, Saudi Arabia, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Iran, Pakistan, Over The Karakoram Highway, China, Lao, Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, East Timor, Australia, Tahiti, Easter Island, Peru, Bolivia, Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil, Venezuela, Colombia, and Trinidad & Tobago.

Richard began on a solo and unsupported journey in December 2018, which has covered over 3000 miles from Sierra Leone, West Africa to Guyana, South America with the sole aim of raising awareness of the Commonwealth in collaboration with the Guyana Foundation. He was assisted on his journey by Mr. Simon Rowell, who is a Meteorologist for the British Sailing Team since 2015, and forecaster for the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race since 2011, to name just two of his posts. Simon lives and breathes ocean weather, racing and endurance. His knowledge of meteorology coupled with his ocean-going experience as winning skipper of the 2002 Clipper Round the World Race and the 2005 assistant race director will give us the best chance possible of successfully rowing the 3000-mile journey.

 The Boat named "Tamu'kke" is the Patamona language of the Indigenous people of Guyana, meaning "Together or United." It was equipped with solar panels so that Richard was able to charge his batteries and in order for him to communicate via satellite with Simon. Richard arrived on the shores of Guyana on Wednesday afternoon, 27 February, at approximately 6:45 pm.

No matter where or how far, no matter good, bad or indifferent, it’s always people that makes a place what it is.

Commonwealth Rower, Richard Allen announcing his arrival with flares.

Commonwealth Rower, Richard Allen announcing his arrival with flares.

The boat, Tamu’kke, as it approaches land.

The boat, Tamu’kke, as it approaches land.

The boat, Tamu’kke, as it approaches land.

The boat, Tamu’kke, as it approaches land.

Richard’s mother, Ms. Sheila waved as she is excited and emotional at the same time to see her son. Next to her is Founder of the Guyana Foundation, Supriya Singh-Bodden.

Richard’s mother, Ms. Sheila waved as she is excited and emotional at the same time to see her son. Next to her is Founder of the Guyana Foundation, Supriya Singh-Bodden.

A section of the gathering at the MARAD wharf to welcome Richard.

A section of the gathering at the MARAD wharf to welcome Richard.

Richard being flocked by the media.

Richard being flocked by the media.

The boat, Tamu’kke, presently at the front of the Marriott Hotel on exhibition.

The boat, Tamu’kke, presently at the front of the Marriott Hotel on exhibition.

Community outreach at Tapakuma (St. Deny's Mission)

On Tuesday 15th January 2019, a team which included staff and volunteers from the Guyana Foundation conducted an outreach at Tapakuma or St. Deny’s Mission. This is an Amerindian village which is located in the hinterland and is 12 miles or 27 kilometers from Anna Regina. It is populated with 400 residents. There is approximately 15,000 acres of land space where farming and lumbering are the main sources of income.  Even though the villagers engaged themselves in securing jobs to meet their demands, there are still some basic needs that are not covered and as such, poverty continues to prevail. Within Tapakuma is Dawa, which is the conservancy that controls the water for the rice farmers in the entire Region No. 2. 

Managing Director of the Sunrise Center, Ms. Meena in her opening remarks to the gathering, explained the mission and the role the Guyana Foundation plays in the development of communities and the lives of poverty stricken citizens. This information was shared so that the participants would be aware of the services/benefits available so that they can utilize them as a community or individually.  

Ms. Sharon Slate, the Canadian Psychologist who is attached to the Guyana Foundation through CUSO did a presentation on “Mental Health – it causes and prevention”. This information was well received by persons who heard about mental health but were not certain what it was all about. Persons sought clarification on their beliefs and facts.   

Ms. Supriya Singh-Bodden, Founder of the Guyana Foundation, has committed herself to give assistance to the community by offering a free skill course of the residents’ choice which on completion will generate income for them. She will also arrange for someone to be trained to assist the Health Worker with cases of Mental Health. 

Tapakuma Village in Region No. 2

Tapakuma Village in Region No. 2

Ms. Sharon Slate delivering her presentation to the gathering at Tapakuma.

Ms. Sharon Slate delivering her presentation to the gathering at Tapakuma.

Some of the persons who attended the meeting.

Some of the persons who attended the meeting.

Rowing the Atlantic Ocean without leaving the Commonwealth

The Guyana Foundation and the Commonwealth Row partnership is one of the coolest things yet. This is to notify everyone that Mr. Richard Allen of the Royal Marines Commando left Sierra Leon in Africa on the evening of Thursday 13th December to row to Guyana. 

The Guyana Foundation has given him the name, “Tamu’kke”, for his boat, which is an Amerindian word for togetherness or unity. He will arrive in Guyana in February of 2019.  

Mr. Allen has sent us educational packs to distribute to schools about the Commonwealth and the value of protecting the ocean. The Foundation will be working together with Richard on many projects in the future and his row will raise awareness about our work in Guyana globally. 

If you would like to follow the live tracker on his website, https://commonwealthrow.com/the-team/ and https://commonwealthrow.com/the-row/, you can see how he is progressing over the Atlantic heading to Guyana.

It is a challenging journey and he will have to deal with the doldrums; he is a Commando and highly trained. The fact that he found the Guyana Foundation and to reach out to assist us in this way is just incredible.  We will continue to keep you posted on the events planned when he approaches Guyana. In the meantime his website can keep you informed.

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Guyana Foundation spreads Christmas Cheers to the children of Essequibo

On Saturday 15th and Wednesday 19th December, 2018 the Guyana Foundation gave back to the children of Essequibo by spreading Christmas Cheers.

The Sunrise Center came alive last Saturday 15th December with a children’s Christmas party which saw over two hundred children enjoying themselves and having fun. Guyana Foundation Trustee, Mrs. Che Jian Ping travelled to Essequibo Coast where she handed out gifts and entertained children from villages within Adventure to Affiance and pupils from our after school program.

Our Center manager, Ms. Meena welcomed the children to the Sunrise Center and along with staff and volunteers, (Mr. Punesh, Ms. Deowattie, Glennis, Maharanie, Kendra, Rachael, Anousckha, Lorraine, Narima and Carlene), served snacks and drinks along with goodies from New Thriving Restaurant. The children had fun participating in games, singing of carols and dancing. Transportation was provided for the safe arrival and departure of the kids so that they can continue to enjoy the holiday in the best of health.

On Wednesday 19th December, a children’s Christmas party was also held at Mashabo’s Health Centre, which is an Amerindian village across the Ituribisi Lake on the Essequibo Coast. Regardless of the inclement weather there were over one hundred children who were entertained, received Christmas gifts and party bags for this holiday. Ms. Deowattie one of the Center’s ancillary staff assisted in the preparation of the party bags. She has been fully involved in the work of the Guyana Foundation for more than two years now and assists with the kids programme at the Center.

The children at the Health Center had their face painted and enjoyed games such as tagging the tail to the donkey, throwing the ball through the clown’s mouth, among others. Each child was rewarded with confectioneries for their attempts. Gifts were distributed by Pliston Charles, Deputy Toshau of Mashabo village, who was Santa, Mrs. Ramdat and Ms. Deowattie.

Great support and assistance to ensure this party was a success came from Mr. Punesh, Ms. Deowattie, Mrs. Arlene Ramdat (Regional Chairman’s wife), Kendra, Anousckha and Rachael. The Toshau, Mr. Sylvian Raphael and Ms. Faye (Medex) expressed their gratitude to the members of the Guyana Foundation for this party since it was the first of its nature and they look forward to making it an annual feature. This was indeed a festive occasion with Christmas carols in the air and so much to eat and drink and the kids clutching unto their gifts and party bags with smiles lighting up their faces, what fun and happiness.

Toshau Raphael, councillors and villagers of Mashabo village extends best wishes, happiness and a successful 2019 to Mrs. Supriya Singh-Bodden, Trustees and staff of the Guyana Foundation and look forward for our continuous support to their village in the future.

A section of the children and with their parents at the party at Mashabo village.

A section of the children and with their parents at the party at Mashabo village.

Toshau Slyvian Raphael of Mashabo dressed as Santa distributed gifts to the children of the village.

Toshau Slyvian Raphael of Mashabo dressed as Santa distributed gifts to the children of the village.

Some of the Christmas gifts that were presented to the children of Mashabo.

Some of the Christmas gifts that were presented to the children of Mashabo.

Children of the Essequibo Coast being entertained at the Sunrise Center Christmas party.

Children of the Essequibo Coast being entertained at the Sunrise Center Christmas party.

Some of the children with their gifts at the Sunrise Center.

Some of the children with their gifts at the Sunrise Center.

GF Trustee, Mrs. Che Jian Ping assisting with the distribution of gifts.

GF Trustee, Mrs. Che Jian Ping assisting with the distribution of gifts.

Cuso volunteer joins the Guyana Foundation

The Guyana Foundation in association with its major donor Scotia Bank, are extremely pleased to announce that the organization will have the benefit of a trained Canadian registered psychologist to join its staff.

This has been made possible by CUSO International, which is a not-for-profit development organization that works to eradicate poverty and inequality through the efforts of highly skilled volunteers, collaborative partnerships and compassionate donors. Its vision is a world where all people are able to realize their potential, develop their skills and participate fully in society. Their mission is to reduce poverty and inequality through the efforts of volunteers, partners and donors.

Country manager of Cuso, Ms. Vanessa Thompson, began talks with the Foundation some weeks ago. Volunteer, Ms. Sharon Slate, holds a Masters’ Degree in Counselling, and a Bachelors’ Degree in psychology and is a Member of the Psychologist Association of Alberta, Member of the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis, and a Member of the College of Alberta Psychologists. This forms a part of her credentials.

Miss Slate will assist us in our mental health work in Region No. 2 and hopefully she will assist us in our work in others regions for the duration of her stay here. The Foundation has made great headway in raising awareness about mental health issues in an effort to bring down the suicide rate in the country.

We continue to use Cognitive behavioral therapy and other approaches to help persons work through difficulties they are facing in their lives. Our skills training programs equipped many persons with viable skills which have allowed them to open small micro enterprises and to turn their lives around.

Guided always by the words of Mother Teresa, “We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop”

We take this opportunity to thank CUSO and we extend a warm welcome to Miss Slate.

 

From left are Mr. Stanley Ming, GF Trustee; Ms. Nafeeza Gafoor of Scotiobank; Mrs. Che Jian Ping, GF Trustee; Ms. Sharon Slate, Volunteer; Ms. Vanessa Thompson, Cuso country manager; and Mr. Eric Phillips, GF Trustee.

From left are Mr. Stanley Ming, GF Trustee; Ms. Nafeeza Gafoor of Scotiobank; Mrs. Che Jian Ping, GF Trustee; Ms. Sharon Slate, Volunteer; Ms. Vanessa Thompson, Cuso country manager; and Mr. Eric Phillips, GF Trustee.

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Guyana Foundation expands its operations

Founder of the Guyana Foundation, Supriya Singh-Bodden, CCH, will travel shortly to the United Kingdom, to establish a presence of the organization there for persons who have expressed an interest in contributing to the work of the Foundation.

The mental health education and counselling programs, the skills training programs, and the community renewal programs have touched thousands of lives in a positive way since the organization was established in 2013. The Foundation will soon open another Sunrise Center in Georgetown.

The Foundation’s work has gained international support from Universities, Scotiabank, other global Foundations, Rotary International. Its work continues.

Supriya Singh-Bodden had this to say when interviewed:

“Guyana needs unity, Guyana needs healing, it is clear that if a road map is not found to sincerely and genuinely create this way forward, our communities will continue to be troubled no matter what any politician says.

We can continue to do our programs, we can do thousands of programs but we cannot fix the deep-seated problems in each community, we cannot lift the general fog that pins people down in poverty making them feel hopeless. We can only do so much.

If you read recently of the mother who stabbed her toddler to death and you were horrified then we have to tell you that there is more of this level of dysfunction in our communities. Our work reveals this every day.

However hard and difficult forging a united Guyana is, it has to be done if we are to really make any headway. No one wants to hear from divided leaders. No side is bringing them hope that all will be well; some feel they are taken care of, some feel they are abandoned, that is the nature of the fractured politics of Guyana. Oil cannot help us. We need to be united.

We say this with great conviction because we have worked in the villages and we have seen firsthand that the people are too needy, too shattered, too poor, too troubled.

Nice words and photo ops showing some small handout we give to them is no longer enough. We will continue our work because if we stop, there would be a terrible void and one less good thing happening in the lives of the POOR people of Guyana. Yes, we have thousands of very poor people whether we want to admit it or not.

Guyana Foundation is saying a united Guyana is the only way to bring healing to our communities. We will continue doing our part.”

Supriya Singh-Bodden, CCH

Supriya Singh-Bodden, CCH

Supriya Singh-Bodden, CCH

Supriya Singh-Bodden, CCH