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, COVID-19, a respiratory disease caused by the coronavirus, became a pandemic and FFTP responded quickly to the crisis. 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 June, there were more than 200 coronavirus cases throughout the country, according to worldometers.info. That number now has more than tripled.
- The most affected areas are Region 1, Barima/Waini; Region 9, Upper Takatu/Upper Essequibo, and Region 7, Cuyuni/Mazaruni. Guyana’s Ministry of Public Health has attributed the spread of the virus in these regions to the families’ inability to adhere to social distancing, lack of understanding, and illegal migrants from Brazil in Region 9 and Venezuela in Region 1.
- 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 will be delivered directly to residents living in Solus Christus.
- FFTP also has created an opportunity for 25 women to earn an income by sewing 20,000 masks. Those face coverings will be distributed to 2,500 families who can’t afford to buy them. Each family will receive four masks.
- FFTP-Guyana has been producing and distributing free masks with assistance from community partners and its sewing centers. Since the inception of the pandemic, workers have sewn and distributed 5,000 reusable face masks.
FFTP has 25 active projects in Guyana. This includes two agricultural projects, two animal husbandry projects, six community developments, two housing projects, two medical projects, two education and several feeding programs.
In the first six months of 2020, FFTP shipped 72 tractor-trailer loads of agricultural tools, food, healthcare items and educational supplies.
FFTP has built 2,078 homes in Guyana since inception.
In 2019, FFTP established the Guyana Pig Project.
- The pig project 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.
In 2019, FFTP 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 in 2018. Since 2011, the charity has shipped 19 marching band sets to 13 communities.
FFTP works with nine children’s homes in Guyana as part of the Angels Of Hope program. Through the AOH program, 206 orphaned and abandoned children have shelter, and are receiving an education.
Wheelchair Program: 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 750,000 residents. The language is English and Protestantism is the largest religious denomination. The currency is the Guyanese dollar and the GDP per capita is $8,100.