Facts About Our Work in Guyana

Food For The Poor began working in Guyana in 1991, delivering food and other basic items. Since then, the Florida-based nonprofit has expanded its services to meet the growing needs of the country’s impoverished residents. Food For The Poor-Guyana is now the leading organization in the South American country providing aid from its distribution center in Georgetown.

  • In the first six months of 2018, Food For The Poor built 37 homes in Regions 2, 3, 4 and 6 for a total of 1,846 homes since inception.
  • Food For The Poor has delivered more than 900 computer workstations to community centers, schools and other teaching institutions
  • Food For The Poor works with 11 orphanages in Guyana

More About Our Work

Food For The Poor has 20 active projects in Guyana, including four agricultural, six community development, five educational and several feeding programs. In the first six months of 2018, Food For The Poor shipped 101 tractor-trailer loads of food, medicine, healthcare items and educational supplies.

In the first six months of 2018, Food For The Poor built 37 homes in Regions 2, 3, 4 and 6 for a total of 1,846 homes since inception.

In 2017, Food For The Poor completed or established the following projects:

The West Coast Berbice Bee Project: Thirty farmers from the Profit, Trafalgar, Hopetown and Seafield communities in West Coast Berbice (WCB) in Region 6, benefited from apiculture training. The WCB Bee Project was launched in November 2017 in Trafalgar.

  • Each family received 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 were shared by the group.
  • 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 was completed in November 2017, at Coomacka Mines, Region 10, and Upper Demerara-Berbice. The one-story 50-by-30 foot concrete building has a library with an information technology corner, a children friendly space, an area to facilitate skills training, a water trestle with a 450-gallon water tank, sanitation facilities, sewing machines, computers with printers and a 32" television.

Wheelchair Program: A total of 550 wheelchairs were distributed throughout the year to the disabled across the country. Distribution was 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 new facility serves to provide academic and vocational training to individuals in the surrounding region with a keen focus on the depressed community of Plastic City.

  • Food For The Poor works with 11 orphanages as part of the Angels Of Hope program. Through this program, 244 children receive shelter, an education and loving care.
  • Food For The Poor has delivered more than 900 computer workstations to community centers, schools and other teaching institutions and has shipped marching band equipment to 13 communities since inception.

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 St. Monica Health Centre Boat Project

In 2016, Food For The Poor also provided 10 families 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, a Food For The Poor donor built 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.

  • The nursery school is designed to accommodate 18 students.
  • Food For The Poor also works with four primary schools and one secondary school as part of the School Feeding Program. Through this program, more than 700 children receive a nutritious lunch.