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Our next meeting:
Wednesday, June 21st, 2017 at the Cara Lodge Hotel
Cara Lodge will be the "home" to the 100 Women Who Care and we thank them for their generous sponsorship in donating the room for our meeting
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OUR INAUGURAL MARCH MEETING REPORT
By Faith, a charity helping underprivileged, disadvantaged, peoples and children of Guyanese hinterland communities was the winner of the donations raised at the inaugural meeting of 100 Women Who Care Guyana which took place on Wednesday, March 22nd.
34 enthusiastic women who care deeply about their community and want to make a difference attended the meeting and donated $170,000 to By Faith. The Guyana chapter joined over 340 other chapters throughout North America, Mexico and the Caribbean all of which raise significant amounts of money for local charities.
Valerie Jenkinson, who Chairs the 100 Women Who Care St Lucia and launched 100 Women Who Care Curacao, joined Chair, Caitlin Vieira, and Treasurer, Indhira Harry, to assist Guyana launch their chapter. Valerie describes the organization as a group of dedicated women who care deeply about the Guyanese community who gather four times a year for a one-hour meeting, with each member donating $5,000GYD to a charity that the group selects through a ballot. “Once there are 100 members,” Ms. Jenkinson states, “the combined donation of $500,000 each quarter will make a real impact, without time-consuming fundraising events and planning. Our mission and hope is for those of us more fortunate to provide for those in greatest need in Guyana. $5,000 on its own does not do much but when 100 committed women join forces the combined result is really substantial and significant ”.
Chair Caitlin Vieira describes why she became involved and why she is an enthusiastic supporter. “When I was first approached with the idea of setting up a Guyanese chapter of 100 Women Who Care, I was immediately struck by the simplicity of the idea. I know so many busy women, like myself, who want to give back to the community and those in need but who have so little time and often not much knowledge of the local charities.”
At the meeting members nominated local charities they support. Out of all the submissions three were picked at random. The three picked were Help and Shelter, Bal Nivas and By Faith. The nominators for the three picked, make a brief presentation after each member cast a vote By Faith was declared the winner. Each member donated $5,000 and the money was presented to Leslyn Holder – CEO/Executive Director (RGN/H&SC). Ms. Holden describes how countless broken families, high levels of poverty, lack of basic health care and services, high suicidal rates, high level of substance abuse, high level of school dropout and attendance, high level of teenage pregnancy, domestic abuses, corruption and the destruction of the Amerindian lands have had a negative impact of the wellbeing and welfare of the peoples of the hinterland.
BY FAITH has pledged to do all in its power to stop this downward spiral of our hinterland first peoples livelihood, and has a clear Vision, Mission that articulates opportunities by working assiduously with the government and the many stakeholders in galvanizing the human resources, the financial requirements and other needs to help these communities. By Faith’s Vision is that all Guyanese hinterland children have equal opportunities to a quality education, where children can grow up to enjoy a promising career, a restored family life, those who are disadvantaged have choices and hope and all children have a voice.
The next meeting when a new charity will be chosen will take place on Wednesday, June 21st.