As part of its ongoing efforts to continue raising funds to provide a better life for the disadvantaged children and senior people in Guyana, the New Jersey Arya Samaj Mandir, Inc. Humanitarian Mission, of Jersey City, New Jersey, in association with the Natraj Centre for the Performing Arts, will be holding a fund-raising concert on Sunday, at the James Ferris High School, 35 Colgate Street, Jersey City.
The concert will be titled “An evening of hope for the less fortunate children and seniors.” The event will see performances by Sri Prakash Gossai and Devendra Pooran, along with Geeta Bisram and Dexter Raghunandan of Texas.
The concert will attract Guyana’s Ambassador to Washington DC, Bayney Karran, as well as the Mayor of Jersey City and other dignitaries.
The funds raised in this project will help to improve the living situation of Guyana’s most needy children and seniors.
President of the organization, Suresh Sugrim, said that the needy have not had a pleasant existence in Guyana.
He noted that their stories are heartbreaking. As such, children between the ages of one and 16 years, who live in and out of orphanages, will benefit from education grants to cover school supplies, food vouchers, and travelling expenses. Assistance will also be extended to them in terms of health care and housing.
This is the fourth consecutive year that the New Jersey body is organizing a fund-raising effort for the children’s basic educational needs.
Sugrim said that more than 500 children are likely to benefit from this year’s fund-raising drive. So far, the organization has already assisted over 3,000 children.
The organization here in Guyana would usually visit the homes of potential needy families and assess the needs of the children.
Once the children meet the criteria set down by the Mission, they will be selected to participate in the program.
The New Jersey organisation also provides regular help to about 40 seniors, by providing them with monthly food vouchers and, in some cases, wheelchairs.
In partnership with Food For The Poor here in Guyana, the senior citizens also received two-burner gas stoves and bicycles.
The programme covers single parents, school dropouts, and other disadvantaged persons, who are given the opportunity to develop or improve a skill in areas such as sewing and cooking.
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