The Rotary Club of Georgetown in collaboration with Scotiabank Guyana has distributed 375 school backpacks to children in Regions Two, Three, Four, Five, Nine and 10 over the past two months.
These hampers consisted of basic school supplies such as books, scientific calculators, geometry sets, sanitizers, masks and milk powder.
According to Raymond Smith, Country Head, Scotiabank Guyana, “Education plays such an important role in the lives of our young people.”
“The pandemic has resulted in more homes being unable to afford the basic school needs and supplies and as such we’re pleased to contribute to this initiative that helps young people stay in school, where they can discover their full potential and grow into well rounded individuals who contribute positively to enhancing the lives of their families and communities. Scotiabank remains committed to helping provide these opportunities for young people to succeed.”
Ramona Singh, President of the Rotary Club of Georgetown, said: “Our club is particularly proud of this project and what we have been able to accomplish. The journey to some areas took several days through very rough terrain, but the joy is brought to the faces of the children was gratifying. Education remain pivotal to the success of a nation and our children must remain a top priority and given every opportunity to excel academically. Further, the COVID-19 pandemic and it accompanying financial challenges on many families are still being felt and as a club we are happy to have provided some relief to parents and children.”
The Rotary Club of Georgetown would like to express sincere thanks to its members, volunteers and partners who have given their time and assistance in the packaging and distribution process.
“To our sponsors, thank you for your continuous support as we continue to serve our communities and provide opportunities for development and equal opportunity,” the Club said.