Mar 22, 2016 News
– contributions also made to Health Sector
Food for the Poor (FFTP), the charitable organization which has been serving Guyana for the past 34 years, is continuing to make lives better for the less fortunate.
During 2015, FFTP constructed 46 houses under the continuing General Housing Programme.
According to FFTP, 37 houses were built under the FFTP ongoing housing programme, while nine houses were constructed under the Akawini Community Development Project, which was commissioned last July.
The Village also benefitted from the donation of four cassava mills and the construction of two cargo/passenger boats. Nine hundred residents were the beneficiaries of the project which commenced in 2014.
Since the start of the housing programme, 3,205 housing units have been built for the poor.
In addition, 170 houses were repainted in the Villages of New Haven, Siriki and Little Red Village, Onderneeming in Essequibo.
A new nursery school was commissioned for the students of Kairuni Village Soesdyke/ Linden Highway. The school, which was funded by US donors and built by FFTP Guyana, was designed to accommodate 18 students. The building has three washrooms, a bathroom and a kitchen.
Also during this year, a variety of school furniture was distributed to schools across the country.
Last year July, the first community centre funded by FFTP for residents of Bara Cara Village, Berbice was commissioned. The building is equipped with solar panels. It consists of a computer room, a library and sewing machines. The building also facilitates social events.
The Health Sector benefitted from large quantities of medical equipment and pharmaceuticals and over the counter drugs during last year.
The Moleson Creek Port Health facility received filing cabinets, a dresser, sitting chairs, an examination table, hospital beds with mattresses, wheelchairs and bedside tables. Last year, also saw the launch of FFTP’s Wheelchair Programme in which approximately 550 wheelchairs were distributed to disabled persons across Guyana, free of cost.
Six Medical Outreach Programmes were successfully held during the year.
FFTP’s Solar Electrification Program resulted in the distribution of 150 household solar panel kits to families who lack access to the National Electricity Grid. The communities that benefitted from the project are Mara, Plegt Anker, Highbury and Light Town- all located in East Berbice, Corentyne.
Five primary schools namely East La Penitence, Enterprise, Saint Monica, Praise Tabernacle Assembly of God Church (West Watooka Primary) and Mashabo Primaries, were the beneficiaries of FFTP’s School Feeding Programme.
A total of 325 students from these schools were provided with hot nutritious meals, inclusive of fresh garden salad, fruit juice and a serving of fruit. Care packages (hampers) consisting of food and school supplies, toiletries and footwear were just a few items distributed to the students.
Additionally, 168 containers of rice, beans, canned foods, other assorted food and clothing were distributed to assist hundreds of thousands of needy people across the country. The distribution of items was realized through outreach programmes, churches, clubs, groups, schools, committees and other Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO’s).
The NGO said that it is grateful for the support of donors, both local and overseas. FFTP noted that it needs much more local support as it seeks to fulfill its mandate to the poorest of the poor.
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