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 2019, Food For The Poor built 40 homes for a total of 2,078 homes since inception.
  • Food For The Poor has donated 938 computer sets to community centers, schools and other teaching institutions and has shipped 19 marching band sets to 13 communities.
  • Food For The Poor works with nine children's homes in Guyana.

More About Our Work

Food For The Poor has 23 active projects in Guyana. This includes two agricultural projects, two animal husbandry projects, five community developments, two education and several feeding programs.

In 2019, Food For The Poor shipped 140 tractor-trailer loads of agricultural tools, food, healthcare items and educational supplies.

  • Built, repaired or expanded three schools.
  • Built 40 homes for a total of 2,078 homes since inception.
  • Established the Guyana Pig Project.

The pig project will help 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.

The West Coast Berbice Bee Project: ´╗┐Thirty farmers from the Profit, Trafalgar, Hopetown and Seafield communities in West Coast Berbice in Region 6 are benefiting from apiculture training.

  • 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.
  • Agricultural tools and other supplies are donated to farmers throughout the country to boost the agricultural sector and promote food security.

Wheelchair Program: More than 550 wheelchairs have been distributed 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.

Food For The Poor works with nine children’s homes in Guyana as part of the Angels Of Hope program. Through this program, 222 orphaned or abandoned children have shelter and are receiving an education.

In 2019, Food For The Poor donated 20 computer sets. A total of 938 computer sets have been donated to community centers, schools and other teaching institutions. Two matching band sets also were donated last year. Since 2011, the charity has shipped 19 marching band sets to 13 communities.

The population is approximately 750,000 residents. The language is English and Protestant is their largest religious denomination. The currency is the Guyanese dollar and the GDP per capita is $8,100.