Facts About Our Work in Guyana
Food For The Poor (FFTP) 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. FFTP-Guyana is now the leading organization in the South American country providing aid from its distribution center in Georgetown.
In March 2020, Food For The Poor responded quickly when COVID-19, a respiratory disease caused by the coronavirus, became a pandemic. By mid-March, FFTP had airfreighted five pallets of antimicrobial wipes, gloves, masks, protective suits, bars of soap, facial tissues, and medical waste bags. The supplies were donated to FFTP by Gleaning For The World, one of the charity’s partners.
- By the end of December, there were more than 6,632 coronavirus cases throughout the country, according to worldometers.info. That number had more than tripled by the end of January 2021.
- Reusable masks were airfreighted to 1,000 households in 10 communities in the Mabaruma Sub District to help curb the spread of the coronavirus. Masks also were airfreighted to 1,200 households in 10 communities in Region 9. The Catholic Church distributed the masks.
- FFTP established the Solus Christus COVID-19 Food Relief Program in Guyana to provide critical relief to 64 families. Over a three-month period, food, cloth masks, cleaning supplies and other essential supplies were delivered directly to residents living in Solus Christus.
- FFTP also created an opportunity for 25 women to earn an income by sewing masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19. A total of 23,200 masks were distributed to families who couldn’t afford to buy them. Each family received four masks.
In 2020, FFTP shipped 114 tractor-trailer loads of agricultural tools, food, health care items and educational supplies, including 17 tractor-trailer loads of items specifically for COVID-19 relief.
FFTP has 22 active projects in Guyana. This includes two agricultural projects, one animal husbandry project, five community developments, one housing project, two education programs and four feeding programs.
FFTP has built 2,078 homes in Guyana since inception.
In 2020, FFTP donated eight computer sets. Each set can be used by six students at a time. A total of 946 computer sets have been donated to community centers, schools and other teaching institutions, providing computer access for 5,676 students. A matching band set also was donated in 2020. Since 2011, the charity has shipped 19 marching band sets to 13 communities.
In 2019, FFTP established the Guyana Pig Project, which is helping 60 farmers in Regions 10 and 5 reduce poverty by improving food security and providing a source of income. Each family received five piglets, three sows and a boar. They also received the enclosures for the pigs, feed, medication and training.
FFTP works with nine children’s homes in Guyana as part of the Angels Of Hope program. Through the AOH program, 207 orphaned and abandoned children have shelter, and are receiving an education.
Also, more than 550 wheelchairs have been distributed to the physically challenged across the country. Distribution was conducted by FFTP, the Ptolemy Reid Rehabilitation Centre, the Palms, Saint Francis Developers, Linden Hospital Complex and the Suddie Hospital in Essequibo.
The population is approximately 787,000 residents. The language is English and Protestantism is the largest religion. The currency is the Guyanese dollar and the GDP per capita is $13,082.