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.