Facts About Our Work in Guyana
Food For The Poor began working in Guyana in 1991, delivering food and other basic items to Guyana’s poor. Since then, the Florida-based nonprofit has expanded its services to meet the growing needs of the country’s impoverished residents. It is now the leading organization providing aid from the Food For The Poor-Guyana distribution center in Georgetown.
- We have built built 80 housing units so far this year for a total of 3,532 housing units
- Food For The Poor has delivered more than 910 computer workstations to community centers, schools and other teaching institutions
- Food For The Poor works with 12 orphanages in Guyana
More About Our Work
As of August 2017, four new projects were initiated:
The West Coast Berbice Bee Project: The project will provide 30 bee farmers with new, modern equipment and supplies to significantly improve their existing beehives. The project will have the capability to generate more income by producing quality honey and bee colonies. Pollen, a natural source of vitamins, and beeswax used in cosmetics and other items will be produced and sold.
- The project includes the following: 150 boxes with frames, 150 stands, 30 smokers, 30 protective overalls, 30 pairs of protective gloves, 30 hats and veils, 30 5-gallon buckets, 30 hive tools, 150 bee colonies, four extractors, 30 filters, 30 bee brushes and training.
- Each family will receive five boxes with frames, five stands, one smoker, one protective overall, one pair of gloves, one hat and veil, one 5-gallon bucket, one hive tool, five colonies, one filter and one bee brush. The four extractors will be shared.
- Agricultural tools and other supplies are donated to farmers throughout the country to boost the agricultural sector and promote food security.
The Coomacka Resource Centre: The project involves the construction of a 50-by-30 foot concrete building. The objective of the project is to enhance the academic performance of students and young adults in Coomacka Village, Guyana, by providing them access to an education and skills training.
Wheelchair Program: A total of 550 wheelchairs will be distributed during the year to the disabled throughout the country. Distribution will be conducted by the Ptolemy Reid Rehabilitation Centre, the Palms, Saint Francis Developers, Linden Hospital Complex, the Suddie Hospital, in Essequibo and Food For The Poor.
Vreed-en-Hoop Wesleyan Church Resource Centre Project: The project was commissioned on July 1, 2017, and will provide academic and vocational training to individuals in the surrounding region with a keen focus on the community of Plastic City.
In 2016, Food For The Poor completed the following projects:
- Woodley Park Farmers Shade House Project
- Now or Never Village Shade House Nursery Project
- New Hope Community Development Project at Onderneeming, West Coast Berbice. The village consists of 86 homes with sanitation facilities, water components and a community center.
- The St. Monica Health Centre Boat Project, which included the construction of a shed for a water ambulance outfitted with a 40 HP outboard engine that was donated to benefit the residents in the Upper Pomeroon River, Region 2. The ambulance serves the St. Monica and Karawab Villages.
- Food For The Poor has delivered more than 910 computer workstations to community centers, schools and other teaching institutions.
- A total of 13 communities received marching band equipment.
- Food For The Poor works with 12 orphanages as part of the Angels Of Hope program. Through this program, 248 children receive shelter, an education and loving care.
- Ten families were provided with income-earning opportunities through the Mibicuri Farmers Group Sheep Project, Black Bush Polder, Corentyne Region 6. Each family received three ewes and the group received three rams for breeding.
In 2015, Food For The Poor completed the following projects:
- A community center for the residents of Bara Cara Village, Bara Cara River Berbice, and a new nursery school for the students of Kairuni, Kairuni Village, Soesdyke, and Linden Highway.
- Food For The Poor also works with four primary schools as part of the School Feeding Program. Through this program 315 children receive a nutritious lunch.
In 2014, Food For The Poor completed the following projects:
- A village in the extremely remote Akawini Amerindian Village in Pomeroon-Supenaam, Guyana, located in the northwestern part of the country.
- The community development project at Akawini was officially inaugurated in 2015, with the following components:
- Twenty-seven double unit homes.
- A passenger boat to transport students to school and residents to the nearest town.
- A cargo boat and engine to assist residents with getting their products to local markets. (lumber, cassava bread , fruits and vegetables)
- Four cassava mills, which are used to grate cassava (yucca) for the cassava bread. This process once required a day's labor, but with the mills it only takes 30 minutes.
- Six sewing machines.