Winston Churchill said it best, he said – “We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.” This is clearly evident in the smiles on both the faces of the Global Shapers Georgetown Hub and the children of Region’s 1 and 9.
During the month of September, the Global Sharpers Georgetown Hub distributed school supplies to the children in Matthew’s Ridge (Regiona 1) and Fairview Village (Region 9). On Sept 4th 2013, Shapers Ryan Hoppie and Rosh Khan travelled into Matthew’s Ridge by plane with 500 pounds of stationery. They held a dynamic session with over 330 students, who were very grateful to receive the supplies. On Sept 6th 2013, Shapers Rosh Khan, Louisa Mancey, Venus Persaud, and Imarah Radix, travelled by land to Fairview Village, specifically the Kurupukari Primary School. There, they had an interactive session with 90 students, speaking about the importance of education and playing games. At the very least, each child received a “core bundle” of 1 backpack (or pouch), 5 notebooks, 12 pencils, 1 eraser, 1 sharpener, and 1 ruler.
The “Headstart Stationery Drive” dubbed a huge success was launched on August 6th 2013. The aim of the stationery drive was to collect donations – which included backpacks, notebooks, pencils, crayons, rulers, sharpeners, scissors, erasers, activity books – which would supply over 400 students in Guyana’s Hinterland with school supplies for the academic year of 2013-2014.
Dr. Rosh Khan was the Project Champion who spearheaded the HeadStart Stationery Project. He said, “From Day One, the support we received from both the local and international community was overwhelmingly positive. Within just a month, the Georgetown Shapers were able to launch and fully execute this project – even surpassing our initial targets. This was made possible only because of the people, businesses, and organizations that stepped forward to help, either in the form of donating physical supplies and/or assisting with monetary donations. It’s everyone’s generosity & compassion that made this project such a success.”
Due to the success of this project, the Georgetown Shapers are now planning to make this an annual event and will support other schools and communities across Guyana.
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