GPL observes anniversary by supporting young people’s empowerment

GINA, GUYANA, Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Six Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOS) benefit from donations for youth programs and initiatives from the Guyana Power and Light Incorporation (GPL) in observance of the company’s seventeenth anniversary.

Human Resource, Executive Director of GPL, Bal Persaud said that every year, on its anniversary, the power company would do a number of

Human Resource, Executive Director of GPL, Bal Persaud presenting cheque of $100,000 to Representative for Edussential Company, Mark Stevens

Human Resource, Executive Director of GPL, Bal Persaud presenting cheque of $100,000 to Representative for Edussential Company, Mark Stevens

things to highlight its work.  “We’re very mindful of organisations that need support in terms of being able to do what they are doing to the best of their ability. So this year we choose that we will work with NGOs that have a focus on young people- youths, children, and as such we have identified six of these organizations and were able to make a contribution,” Persaud explained.

All the NGOs expressed gratitude for the donations. Representative for Edussential Company, Mark Stevens said that it will aid his company in transforming education. “This money will be going towards continuing developing our products, ensure that we meet our goals in transforming the education sector here in Guyana and throughout the Caribbean.”

Generation Next’s representative, Tiffany David said the donation is timely and will assist Generation Next in their quest to revive libraries in schools.  “This goes towards our Jubilee project or continuation of where we’ll resuscitating libraries in school, so far we’ve completed Freeburg Secondary, we’re now focusing on Thomas Moore Primary then we’ll move on to Dolphin.”

Human Resource, Executive Director of GPL, Bal Persaud (front centre) with GPL staff and representatives from the various NGOs

Human Resource, Executive Director of GPL, Bal Persaud (front centre) with GPL staff and representatives from the various NGOs

Youths for Guyana representative, Orin Phillips said the donation will help boost the Ruimveldt Children’s Home.  “Currently we’re working on creating a computer room and a library at the Ruimveldt Children’s Home and this donation goes directly towards that.”

Other organisations that would have benefitted from the donations are the Red Cross Society, Cancer Institute of Guyana and the Diamond/ Grove Lions Club.

Persaud said over the years GPL has been giving back to communities, homes and other organisations but this year the emphasis has been placed on youths since many of them need help. GPL is the main official supplier of electricity in Guyana.

This initiative by GPL is  in keeping with government’s commitment of paying more attention to the traditional educational system and getting more young people into training and programs beneficial for them to have a place in society.

President David Granger had said that the Government’s role is vital in the creation of employment for young people and that this role is particularly based on sound education systems.

 

By: Ranetta La Fleur

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