The National Trust of Guyana recently donated $200,000 towards the rebuilding and preservation efforts of one of Guyana’s oldest churches, the Mission Chapel Congregational in New Amsterdam.
According to CEO of the National Trust, Nirvana Persaud, “our aim was to make a donation towards the maintenance of this historic church”. She said that the edifice is more than a historic structure, since “it (the building) has existed for some 170 years and the church has been in existence for 192 years” and “we thought it fitting to make a donation”.
Apart from the fact that the church had requested a donation, Persaud added that the church’s legacy and the Trust’s “business of preserving heritage” go hand in hand. The Trust cannot undertake large- scale restoration projects, she admitted, but would make small donations whenever it is possible. Persaud also handed over some promotional material such as brochures, booklets, maps and stickers to promote the work of the National Trust.
Another initiative of the Trust, according to Persaud, was placing signboards at historical sites to create public awareness. Receiving the cheque for the church was Pastor Tyrone Sulker.
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