On Friday 6th January 2017, the Guyana Foundation hosted a reception at the New Thriving Chinese Restaurant, Main Street, Georgetown. The event saw a full house of new and old volunteers along with invited guests who had the opportunity to be introduced to Mrs. Che Jian Ping who is the owner of the New Thriving Chinese Restaurants in Guyana. She is a naturalized Guyanese. She has now officially joined the Board of Trustees of the Guyana Foundation. Mrs. Ping thanked the Foundation for giving her the opportunity to serve the people of Guyana through its programs and pledged to do everything possible to make her time and contribution as meaningful as possible.
In addition, Ms. Susan Isaacs was introduced as the new Managing Director of the Guyana Foundation. Ms. Isaacs has volunteered one year of her time to doing the administrative work of the Foundation. She expressed her excitement of being able to serve in this way and signaled that she will encourage people from all walks of life to join in the work of the Foundation to uplift those less fortunate and to serve Guyana.
Meanwhile, Mrs. Supriya Singh Bodden outlined some of the new projects that will roll out in 2017. She mentioned that two new Sunrise Centers will be opened, one to be located in Parfait Harmonie and the other in Charity. These centers like the one recently opened in Zorg-En-Vlygt, Essequibo, will offer free skills training in a number of disciplines. Catering, craft and fabric printing, electrical repairs, to name a few, along with free confidential counseling for at risk individuals will be available at these centers. Each center will assist individuals with certain income generating programs such as placement of trained catering staff in establishments around Guyana; the export of fabric designed by students at Zorg-en-Vlygt; and the export of craft from the students of the Charity Center. In addition, the Guyana Foundation will be opening a public garden in April to benefit the residents of the Essequibo Coast. This garden known as “Rashbeharry Gardens” is located at Adventure, Essequibo.
Mrs. Singh Bodden also mentioned that a craft order has been place for US$25,000 from Cayman which will include leather slippers, belts, wallets, baskets and pottery to be exported to the Cayman Islands, a notable cruise ship port. The order has already created employment for a number of crafts people in Guyana.
Mr. Stanley Ming, in his brief remarks, extended an invitation to all to volunteer with the Foundation in its programs to uplift those less fortunate and to strengthen our communities.