The Guyana Foundation Sunrise Center, on Sunday 9th April 2017, held its second graduation ceremony since its opening in October 2016. The graduation of forty-nine (49) students who successfully completed programmes in Electrical installation, Catering and Fabric Designing was held at the Center’s location at Lot 1 Zorg-en-Vlygt, Essequibo Coast.
The programme was chaired by the Managing Director of the Guyana Foundation, Ms. Susan Isaacs. The guest speaker of the day’s activity was Dr. Ranjit Singh, a Specialist in Neurology and Electro-diagnostic medicine and is based in Canada. In his brief remarks to the gathering, Dr. Singh spoke of his childhood which he spent in Essequibo and from there onwards to attain higher education. He also congratulated the students for achieving their success through hard work and tremendous efforts and wished them well in their future endeavours. Dr. Singh said that, “If this idea could spread across this country, I think we can be looking at a fantastic country in the future.”
In her address to the gathering of over 100 invitees, Mrs. Singh-Bodden, CCH, explained how the Sunrise Center came about as part of the Foundation’s on-going efforts to provide urgently needed training, counseling and support to individuals and families in need across Guyana. The center is largely funded by Scotiabank’s Community Project in Guyana, in addition to assistance from private individuals, companies and even Rotary Clubs, most of them around the world. She wished the graduates all the best
The following services are available free of charge to residents of the surrounding areas. They are:
1. Professional counseling and mental health support services;
2. Holistic wellness activities;
3. Kids Club: programmes to empower children and teens;
4. Homework assistance and mentoring programme for Primary School children; and
5. Skills training courses in various areas.
Most of the facilitators and mental health counselors are from the Essequibo Coast, in keeping with the Foundation’s desire for the Center to be grassroots based, staffed by individuals who understand the realities of the surrounding communities.