$650,000 in equipment donated to Shaheed’s Girls Orphanage


The Shaheed’s Girls Orphanage on Tuesday received a new computer laboratory from Tesouro Resources, a mining company. Seven desktop computers and related accessories were donated along with a printer and furniture for the lab.

For the past five years, Tesouro Resources has been assisting orphanages in Georgetown as part of their initiative of giving back to the wider community.

General Manager of Tesouro Resources, Jaswick Williams said the computers and equipment cost about $650,000.

“It is not a one-off activity because we have been in partnership with this orphanage as well as several other orphanages around the city for the past five years or so we have been making tangible contributions every year,” the General Manager said.

It is expected that the computer lab will assist the girls to do homework and research.

The Girls Orphanage in Oleander Gardens, East Coast Demerara was completely destroyed by fire in October 2018.

L-R: Arlington Samuels, Human Resource Manager for Tesouro Resources; General Manager for Tesouro, Jaswick Williams; Consultant for the Orphanage, Roshan Khan; CEO for the Orphanages, Raheema Rahaman and Procurement Officer for Tesouro, Sekou-Esan Dyall at the handing over ceremony of the equipment on Tuesday

The General Manager said, “During last year May, we did challenge the orphanage to come up with a project not more than one million which is sustainable and this orphanage said that they would want computer equipment for the lab.”

The Chief Executive Officer for the Shaheed’s Orphanages, Raheema Rahaman expressed her appreciation for the timely donation.

The orphanage was rebuilt at a cost of $35M. It was completed last month via donations of cash and materials.

After the fire, the girls stayed at the Shaheed’s Boys Orphanage in Kitty Georgetown.

While the Orphanage has the capacity to facilitate 35 girls, there are currently 18 girls and two caregivers.

According to Tesouro Resources, approximately $2M over the past year was donated to both the Shaheed’s Girls and Boys Orphanages in school supplies and equipment.

“We are extremely pleased and honoured to be a part of this partnership and we give you the assurance that we will continue to support you base on your needs,” the General Manager said.

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