Georgetown, Guyana – (August 8, 2017) First Lady, Mrs. Sandra Granger, today, received a courtesy call from Ms. Sharon Forde-Attakusi, a representative of United States-based non-profit organisations Sharing of the Bread Outreach Mission and Chosen 300 both of which provide support for people in need in Guyana. Ms. Forde-Attakusi told the First Lady that the organisations are interested in collaborating with her and agreed to collaborate with her office to support the residents of the Palms Geriatric Home. The meeting was held at the Office of the First Lady, State House.
The First Lady welcomed the group and expressed appreciation for their interest in supporting her projects, particularly those that benefit senior citizens. “We would appreciate it. I know the older people would love it,” she said.
The First Lady also committed to ensuring that the residents of the other geriatric homes she supports, such as Archer’s Home, Uncle Eddie’s Home, the St. Vincent DePaul Home and the Millicent Greaves Memorial Senior Citizens’ Residence also benefit from the donations.
Ms. Forde-Attakusi said that Sharing of the Bread is a faith-based charity, which is located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America (USA). The group has been travelling to Guyana for seven years, in partnership with Chosen 300, she said. She also said that the organisations are aware of several charitable projects spearheaded by the First Lady and is looking forward to partnering with her to provide items for persons in need.
“What we normally do, we reach out to different people, those that are in need… We reach out to those who need assistance… We receive new items and used items and we donate it to different organisations,” Ms. Forde-Attakusi said.
Chosen 300 comprises overseas-based Guyanese, who donate a certain amount of money every month, which is then remitted to Guyana to purchase basic food items for needy persons, she said. The items are distributed by the Agape Church of La Grange Village, West Coast Demerara. Other communities, which have benefited from donations, are the Pomeroon, Timehri, Kuru Kururu, Essequibo and several areas in central Georgetown.
Ms. Forde-Attakusi was accompanied by Ms. Olive Arthur, Ms. Violet Gaskin, Ms. Pamela Lake, Ms. Ellen Arthur and Ms. Stella Arthur, who are all members of both organisations.