Jul 18, 2008 News
ALBION, CORENTYNE – The recently formed Benschop Foundation extended its generosity to Albion on Wednesday.
Members of the St. Mary’s Anglican Church received a quantity of supplies including sports equipment, toiletries and groceries. This was in fulfillment of a promise made by head of the foundation, Mark Benschop. Mr. Benschop explained that his organisation targets young persons and single parent families.
Accompanying Mr. Benschop was Peter Ramsaroop, another member of the organization.
Mr. Ramsaroop, through the foundation, is attempting to secure an education for some children born to single parent families. He explained that for any new born in that category a bank account would be opened in aid of the child’s education.
Earlier on Wednesday, the Pocket Rocket Boxing Gym at New Amsterdam Stelling road received a set of sports equipment from the Foundation.
Recently, the Foundation toured New Amsterdam. The first stop was the St. Mary’s Nursery School where a quantity of story books, games and learning aids were handed to the 169 students on role.
There Mr. Benschop briefly entertained the children and in turn was kept amused with their little stories and antics.
He told them of the importance of reading and following their dreams. Quite a few of the young boys indicated that they would like to become leading cricketers.
The items were made possible through the courtesy of Galee and Leslyn – proprietors of the Children’s World in Georgetown.
Acting Head Teacher of the school, Carolina Moriah, in expressing gratitude said the items would go a far way in assisting to develop the literacy and numeracy skills of the children.
On the same day some 18 single parents and other residents of Angoy’s Avenue, commonly referred to as ‘Cow Dam’, were delighted to receive grocery supplies, footwear, articles of clothing, sports equipment and other paraphernalia. These gifts were made possible through Pamela Leonard and family of the VLJ Travel Service in the United States of America.
In Angoy’s Avenue, as in many other communities, some families struggle to make ends meet. Some of the children do not even attend school.
Through the Benschop Foundation, persons in Angoy’s Avenue would now be able to access courses at the United Brick Layers Foundation to suit their intellectual capacity.
Later the same day, the team visited the New Amsterdam Female Prison where a quantity of items was handed over to 26-year-old Shellon Carroll of Uitvlugt.
The prisoner is serving a four-year sentence for trafficking in narcotics.
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