First Lady presents donation to Dharm Shala- courtesy of London groups
Georgetown, GINA, September 19, 2013
First Lady Mrs. Deolatchmee Ramotar today presented a cheque valued £800 to the Dharm Shala, Home of Benevolence for all races in Albouystown, on behalf of several cultural organisations in London. The money was acquired following an event in that country to mark the 175th anniversary of the Arrival of East Indians to Guyana.
The contributors are the Sanatan Cultural Society, the Caribbean Hindu Cultural Society, the Caribbean Islamic Cultural Society and the Dharm Centre.
Mrs Ramotar said she was privileged to be handing over the cheque, and that the money will assist in meeting the needs of the residents of the home.
Assistant administrator Ms. Pamela Ramsaroop expressed gratitude to the First Lady. “We wish to convey to those donors our grateful thanks for such a generous gift and like any gift we would have received, we are always very mindful how it is used and in what capacity.”
She requested that the First Lady convey their gratitude and warmest thanks to those who made the donation possible.
The Dharm Shala, was founded by Pandit Ramsaroop Maraj, the father of Harry Saran Ramsaroop. Pandit Maraj who originated from Wakenaam, and his family subsequently moved to Georgetown and took up residence at Non Pariel Street, Albouystown in 1893. It was while residing there he acquired the fundamentals of the English Language.
At an early age, Maraj started to do social work, and at regular intervals he would visit hospitals and the Alms house to give spiritual ministrations to the poor, ailing and afflicted, as well as financial assistance whenever possible.