Guyana Foundation receives largest donation

L-R GF Founder Supriya Singh-Bodden, John and Leticia Homlish, H.E. President David Granger and Mr. Robert Bodden.

L-R GF Founder Supriya Singh-Bodden, John and Leticia Homlish, H.E. President David Granger and Mr. Robert Bodden.

The Guyana Foundation has announced that it has received a container of clothing and hospital scrubs for its charitable programmes in the hinterland regions of Guyana, a donation the group claims to be its largest to date.

These items were donated by John and Leticia Homlish, the owners of one of the largest garment manufacturing establishments in the Americas, through the charitable arm of their business – the Maria Milagrosa Foundation.

In a release, the Guyana Foundation noted that the items received will be distributed shortly to needy remote communities by the Foundation teams. The group said they also welcome hearing from persons with in-depth knowledge of remote hinterland locations and logistical knowledge of reaching these communities to join in their initiative, and included that they will be handing over scrubs to the Ministry of Health for distribution to remote Medex centres.

Earlier this year, the Foundation, through its founder Supriya Singh-Bodden, CCH, had arranged a courtesy visit for the Homlishs to visit Guyana. They were able to meet President David Granger and Minister of Education Dr Roopert Roopnaraine.

According to Singh-Bodden: “The Guyana Foundation team is extremely grateful to John and Leticia Homlish for their generosity in making what is the largest material donation to date that the Foundation has received. These items will be greatly appreciated by the remote communities, as many families are still hand-stitching clothing in these villages where funds are hard to come by. Clothing is oftentimes unaffordable and rations to feed their families take precedence.”

The Foundation also expressed its appreciation to Minister of Finance and the Guyana Revenue Authority for granting its request for an exemption on duty and VAT on this donation, and for their continued support of the charitable work of the organization. The group also thanked the rice farmers from West Coast who assisted them with trucks and sorting of the donation.

The Guyana Foundation said they remain committed to serving as a conduit for donations from individuals and charitable entities around the world, and to facilitate the distribution in an accountable manner to underprivileged individuals and families.