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 2017, Food For The Poor shipped 139 tractor-trailer loads of food, medicine, healthcare items and educational supplies.
- In 2017, we built 166 housing units for a total of 3,618 housing units
- Food For The Poor has delivered more than 918 computer workstations to community centers, schools and other teaching institutions
- Food For The Poor works with 12 orphanages in Guyana
More About Our Work
In 2017, Food For The Poor built 166 housing units in Regions 2, 3, 4 and 6 for a total of 3,618 housing units since inception, and initiated four new 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, benefitted from apiculture training. The WCB Bee Project was launched in November 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 will be 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 at Coomacka Mines, Region 10, 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 12 orphanages as part of the Angels Of Hope program. Through this program, 255 children receive shelter, an education and loving care.
- Food For The Poor has delivered more than 918 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 702 children receive a nutritious lunch.
In 2014, an ambitious project was initiated to build a village in the extremely remote Akawini Amerindian Village in Pomeroon-Supenaam, which is located in the northwestern part of the country. The community development project at Akawini was officially inaugurated in July 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.