In an effort to spread Christmas cheer in their hometown, some overseas-based Guyanese have donated a number of gifts to more than 110 children in the village of Beterverwagting, East Coast Demerara.
The donation ceremony was organized by Edgar Henry and Sadhu Hoppie, yesterday afternoon.
Both men are Beterverwagting natives who have been making such donations to the local children for nine years. The occasion saw the distribution of gifts by Santa Claus to the excited kids of the Daycare and other children of the village.
Henry, a New York-based Guyanese, said that he hopes his involvement can inspire a sense of “giving back to the community” within the children.
“My father was the Headmaster at the local government school when I was younger,” explained Henry. He said that throughout the years he and other Baronians (natives of Beterverwagting), have been contributing to development in the Village. He said that they would like to see the new generation continue their legacy.
The Daycare Centre in which the donations were made was a result of funds raised by the Baronians and Friends organization of the United States.
A teacher at the Daycare, Yvette Somerset, described the donation as a huge benefit to the village children, especially those who don’t normally receive gifts for the season.
“It helps many children have a good Christmas,” said the teacher. “Not all of them are able to have the Christmas that so many other children are used to.”
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