Mission Statement To release the power of people globally to assist Guyanese to transform their communities, bring fulfillment and well-being to their families, enabling them to build relations of trust and friendship among themselves irrespective of race and beliefs.
Vision We are architects of our future not prisoners of our past. Hand in hand, heart in heart, transforming the lives of people for a better world.
Guyana is El Dorado
ituated on the north eastern corner of South America, the only English speaking country on the continent, bordered by Brazil, Venezuela and Suriname, Guyana is blessed with an over abundance of natural resources gold, diamonds, bauxite, manganese, rice, sugar and rare metals. Some 80% of Guyanaâ€™s landmass is blanketed by tropical rainforest, most of it still pristine. Hundreds of the 6,500 species of plants so far identified in the rainforest are used for food, medicine and other purposes. Many of the orchids, heliconias and flowering trees so sought after in faraway places flourish in profusion. Kaieteur, one of the largest most powerful waterfalls in the world, cascades into a gorge that is resplendent with the rare harpy eagles soaring high above the forest canopy, under which dwell scarlet macaws, parrots and birds of every description, rare monkeys and frogs, river otters, tapir, peccary, capybara, deer, sloths and jaguars. It is the kingdom of nature. Yet our greatest wealth lies in our people and our diverse cultures. Our first peoples inhabit the hinterland of the country, while the coast is inhabited by people of African, Indian, Chinese, Portuguese and European descent, brought to the shores of South America under British and European colonial rule. Since the anti colonial struggles of the 1950's, politics characterized by ethnic division emerged. Since independence in 1966 a long season of turbulent politics has persisted to the present day leaving in its wake serious economic, cultural and social challenges. Poverty with all of its social and psychological dislocations is inhibiting the development of the country and condemning whole generations to a bleak future. An epidemic of domestic abuse, alarming suicide rates, illiteracy, outward migration, hoplessness among the youth are just some of the ills that stalk the idyllic landscape of Guyana.
he Guyana Foundation has been created by a group of highly committed men and women who see an urgent need to contribute meaningfully to the development of the people of this beautiful country. The Foundation's work reaches across political and ethnic boundaries to bring relief wherever it is needed.
The Guyana Foundation is a nonprofit organization free from partisan political allegiance whose membership is open to people everywhere who share the view that in an increasingly interdependent world we have the opportunity and the duty to reach across physical geographic boundaries to bring relief wherever it is needed. The Guyana Foundation is driven by the conviction that great change can be made by people themselves if they are encouraged, supported and have their human dignity acknowledged and respected. Our doors are open to individuals everywhere, groups, foundations, and international organizations that wish to assist us in our endeavour to contribute to the achievement of an economically vibrant ,socially just, peaceful multicultural Guyana, living out its motto of "One People, One Nation, One Destiny".
Gift of Light To provide communities with the Gift of Light, a mini solar light kit that will create the opportunity for increased productivity, learning, and security in areas that are still without electric power or plagued by power outages.
Youth To promote youth development through training programs across Guyana to equip youth with skills that could provide supplemental income for themselves and their families as well as provide opportunities for their general advancement. The Foundation will offer programs and workshops teaching leadership skills, video production, photography, dance instruction, fashion design, sports training, event planning and more... We encourage skilled professionals from around the world to experience the joy of giving of their time and talent with well deserving young people.
Women's Empowerment Program To offer capacity building training courses to assist in the establishment of viable cottage industries and programs across Guyana. To share marketing ideas for these products and to seek overseas markets for specific items. Our website offers a sample of the beautiful creations from Guyana.
Community Renewal The Guyana Foundation encourages communities to organize themselves into groups to manage common problems in their respective neighborhoods. Projects such as controlling litter and garbage disposal, providing clean drinking water for school children, improving sanitary facilities for school children. Strengthening footbridges over canals. The Guyana Foundation teaches them the basic principles of money and project management. Donations are given directly to the community groups and monitored by our headquarters in Georgetown. Regular site visits and reports are prepared on each project. We encourage donors to visit these communities to see the difference their contribution makes to the lives of many. Persons wishing to make this type of trip can contact our headquarters where all arrangements will be put in place. GUYANA FOUNDATION
Care of the Elderly The elderly have so much to offer to enrich the lives of all. Their oral testimony of experiences they lived through is invaluable in shaping the minds of modern Guyanese. The Foundation believes that they must be nurtured and supported in every way possible. Some targets are to improve the facilities in elderly homes.
Literacy To improve literacy across the country by establishing reading rooms/libraries Giving the gift of stationery supplies and computers.
To train groups of people around the country to set up teams to reach out to incapacitated elderly folks who live in their communities to offer beauty services, reading and writing services and most of all companionship, hope and joy.
Mosaic A Quarterly Magazine The Foundation is seeking contributions from publishing professionals and others in the journalistic field to assist in the production of a quarterly magazine that celebrates the multicultural richness of Guyana where every race has an equal voice to showcase the richness that their culture brings to the Guyanese mosaic.
Mental Health To partner with medical professionals locally, regionally and internationally, to vigorously address mental health issues such as suicide, alcohol, drug abuse, depression and trauma counseling.
How does your donation help? 98% of all financial donations are given to the projects specified by our donors. Donors are given a private code number which allows them to track where & how their contributions are put to work. We strongly encourage our donors to visit these communities, outreach activities of this kind can be arranged by our headquarters in Georgetown, Guyana. 2% of your donation along with funds received from selling arts & crafts made in Guyana is used to cover the administrative cost associated with running the foundation. The foundation is staffed by a full time executive director, a full time accounts/administrative assistant and a part time public relation consultant. Become a Charity Ambassador Persons of good standing desirous of using their business network to present The Guyana Foundation’s official catalogue of projects to secure financial contributions, as well as locating skilled professionals globally who wish to assist in any of our training programs Hero Major financial donations made by individuals, other foundations and charitable organizations Partner Persons with particular skills who wish to donate their time & talent to any of our programs Friend Persons wishing to make any kind of donations to the foundation Community Activator Persons volunteering in Guyana for day to day operations of the foundations initiatives
Trustee Board Members
Supriya Singh-Bodden / Founder Stanley Ming Eric Phillips
Bankers Scotia Bank, Georgetown, Guyana
The Gift of Light Foundation. California The Hon Foundation. California The San Pedro Foundation. El Salvador
“Poverty doesn't consist of being hungry for bread, but rather it is a tremendous hunger for human dignity” -Mother Teresa Share Love and kindness
If you wish to share your skills or make a donation to any of the programs outlined please contact us
â€˜ Be the change you want to see in the world ' ~M.Gandhi
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