During our recent telephone conversation, Mr. Sugrim, founder of Humanitarian Mission Guyana Inc, emphasized that handouts often yield little results, because, as they saying, “give a man a fish and you will feed him for the day, but teach a man to fish and you will feed him for a lifetime.”
It is on this note that Mr. Sugrim contents that the path that his charitable orginization would like to thread now is empower the less fortunate in sustainable ways – in ways that will prove self-perpetuating and will yield lifetime results.
From 2005 to 2014, we’ve given away millions of dollars of handouts to those in need, but when we look at the longterm result of this, it is not encouraging. It is for this reason that we would like to steer our efforts into a something more sustainable and self-perpetuating: empower Guyanese through skills, education and providing the resources they need to succeed in their passion or venture of choice.
Empowering Young Men out of a life of Crime
Mr. Sugrim relates that, as soon as the COVID-19 pandemic is over, he would like to start a program for men and boys in Guyana which seeks to lift up those who are frustrated by a lack of opportunity and guidance and put them on the fast track to success. Many of these young men ending up in prison for robbery are often the result of lack of a father figure in the home. Many fathers in Guyana abandon their children, leaving them hopeless and consequently prone to engage in risky and even criminal behavior. “Give them to us,” he says, “and we will make something of these men and boys.”
Through his charity organization, Mr. Sugrim has handed out millions of dollars of aid to Guyanese and also provides resources. Being passaionate about the soil and farming, Mr. Sugrim is open to providing farming equipment to those who are serious of making something out of it.