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Stan Brock, Founder of Remote Area Medical

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First Published: 25th of November, 2021 by Patrick Carpen.

Last updated: July 13, 2022 at 17:31 pm

British aviator, businessman, and philanthropist, Stan Brock, passed away in the year 2018. His body was cremated and his ashes were scattered over Dadanawa Ranch in the Rupununi Savannahs of Guyana.

Although Stan Brock spent nearly two decades of his life managing a cattle ranch in the Rupununi, he had traveled to many countries around the world during his long and purpose-filled life, and Guyanese should feel especially honored that he, or his family, chose to have his ashes scattered over Dadanawa Ranch in the Rupununi Savannahs of Guyana.

Stan Brock was the founder of Remote Area Medical – a non-profit organization which flies sick and injured people in remote and outlying areas to medical facilities in the city. The organization operated in Guyana and several other countries. Unfortunately, just one year after Stan’s death, Remote Area Medical’s operations in Guyana started to nosedive. In 2020, the organization announced that it would close its Guyana operations and in 2021, it was made official when they sold all their planes and ceased all airborne activities in Guyana.

This is truly sad since, for founder Stan Brock, the dream of Remote Area Medical was born in Guyana, but it just goes to show that sometimes, when someone dies, their vision also perishes with them.

“My vision for Remote Area Medical developed when I suffered a personal injury while living among the Wapishana Indians in Guyana, South America. I was isolated from medical care, which was about a 26 day journey away. I witnessed the near devastation of whole tribes by what would have been simple or minor illnesses to more advanced cultures. When I left Guyana, I vowed to find a way to deliver basic medical aid to people in the world’s inaccessible regions. So, in 1985 I established the non-profit, Remote Area Medical or as most people know us – RAM™. RAM is the way I have kept that promise, not only to the Wapishana Indians, but to thousands around the world in similar conditions. In other words, there are Wapishanas everywhere.”

stan brock – founder of remote area medical

Below is an excerpt taken from the RAM website (www.ramusa.org) about the life of the late Stan Brock.

Stan Brock was born in Preston, Lancashire, England. From 1952 to 1968, he managed the world’s largest cattle ranch operation, a 4,000-square mile combination of rainforest and savannah in British Guiana. There, he became a pioneer bush pilot and subsequently acquired numerous ratings and certifications including airline transport pilot. It was during this time that his vision for Remote Area Medical® was born after he suffered a terrible horse-related injury while living among the Wapishana Indians and was 26 days away from the nearest medical care. He then vowed to bring medical care closer to the people who needed it.

In 1968, he began co-hosting NBC’s Emmy winning series, Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom, one of the most watched television shows in the country, with more than 32 million weekly viewers.

In 1985, he founded Remote Area Medical – RAM® and continued to serve, without compensation, as RAM’s Founder and President until his passing on August 2018. Because of his work with RAM, Mr. Brock has been recognized as the pioneer of bringing free health care to people in need. Today, thanks to RAM’s corps of 120,000 volunteers, RAM has treated close to 1 million women, men, and children providing a total of $120 million in free medical care.

Mr. Brock was instrumental in the passage of the Tennessee Volunteer Health Care Services Act of 1995, which allows health professionals with out-of-state licenses to cross state lines and provide free care. He has been recognized as a CNN Hero in 2012, and most recently, in 2017, he joined the ranks of other prominent leaders like President Jimmy Carter and Mother Teresa when the Lions Club International Foundation recognized him with the Lions International Humanitarian Award.

RAM’s work has been covered by national and international news media including CBS 60 Minutes, NBC Nightline, New York Times, Washington Post, TIME Magazine, The Guardian, and The Times of London.

Stan Brock passed away at the age of 82 in Rockford, TN on August 29, 2018, after dedicating 33 years to his beloved organization, Remote Area Medical (RAM).

“RAM IS THE WAY I HAVE KEPT A PROMISE, NOT ONLY TO THE WAPISHANA INDIANS BUT TO THOUSANDS AROUND THE WORLD IN SIMILAR HEALTH CONDITIONS. IN OTHER WORDS, THERE ARE WAPISHANAS EVERYWHERE.”
-STAN BROCK

The Humanitarian Mission Guyana: Empowering Lives through Livelihood

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5th of August, 2020. Region 6, Guyana, South America.

Last updated: July 4, 2022 at 22:54 pm

The New Jersey Arya Samaj Humanitarian Mission Inc. was established in 2005 in Guyana, South America under the leadership of then Pandit Suresh Sugrim through the kindness and benevolence of its donors.

In 2017, the charity was separated into an independent charitable organization, with no affiliation to race, religion, or politics, and under the new name “Humanitarian Mission Guyana Inc.”

From 2005 to 2014, the organization worked alongside many other organizations and government agencies to provide aid and relief to the most vulnerable communities. Some initiatives saw educational funding for underprivileged children, medical outreaches, food hampers for seniors and people with disabilities, building homes for single-parent families, providing funding for international surgery, amongst others which we are ever so proud of.

During that time, while some of those we helped were able to break through the cycle of poverty, the majority remained in poverty and kept reaching out for more aid either from us or other organizations that give out aid. We’ve come to realize that providing aid is not the answer and is only a temporary fix.

The old saying, “give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime,” holds much merit. As an organization, we have decided to change our mission and avoid handouts as much as possible. This led us to the promotion of education and empowerment programs instead.

Some of our life skills training included courses in Cosmetology, Cake Decoration, Garment Construction (Sewing), Information Technology, Ballon Decoration, Electrical Installations amongst others which saw hundreds of beneficiaries. 

While we continue to provide support and aid to those living with a disability when we can, our new motto became to “Educate, Empower, and Elevate.” Our mission is to provide employable and entrepreneurial skills to persons within impoverished settings in order to break the cycle of poverty, promote economic stability, and inspire hope. Our vision is to see a brighter future for all Guyanese people, where both education and skills are valued at the same level, where those who are not suited to or cannot afford post-secondary education are not limited, and that all able-bodied individuals seek out opportunities to better themselves and break the cycle of poverty.

The organization operates throughout Guyana, but the organization training center is located in Port Mourant, Corentyne, Berbice. The land on which the building stands is leased to the organization by the Government of Guyana for a period of fifty (50) years with a yearly lease payment to the Government. The overhead expenses for the construction of the building were funded by the Guyanese American diaspora and caring citizens locally.

We are always seeking volunteers and donors, and any businesses that are willing to partner with us to introduce educational and empowerment projects or programs into communities across Guyana.

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Charity and Charitable Organizations

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First Published: 1st of August, 2020

Last updated: August 1, 2020 at 14:00 pm

Doing Business is One Thing; Giving in Charity is Another

Guyanese have always held dear the value of charity. Coming from varying backgrounds, Guyanese have always united in helping each other. In cases where money is lacking, charity is needed. It is through these initiatives that many Guyanese have been able to reach higher levels of enlightenment and personal satisfaction in having done something for someone which they won’t need to repay.

Hand Wash Hand…

You’ve probably heard the old proverb, “hand wash hand make hand clean.” It’s a Guyanese proverb which means that we can elevate ourselves by helping each other. And this help often takes the form of charity – where people who are better off financially give to the less fortunate with no expectations of returns.

You Haven’t Had a Perfect Day

You’ve probably also heard the timeless adage, “you haven’t had a perfect day unless you’ve done something for someone which they will never be able to repay.” It is in this spirit that many charitable organizations in Guyana were formed by people who help those in need and never look back.

Charity Begins at Home

Charity begins at home. That’s what we’ve been taught since primary school. Many of us believe that we must help members of our families before we can even go further. Having fulfilled all the needs of family members, the family in turn helps others outside of itself – creating a cycle of good which we believe return not by the hand of of man but through divine providence.

Guyanese understand the concept of “Charity Beings at Home.” And that is not limited to the family home, but the homeland of Guyana. That is why many Guyanese, after becoming successful in overseas territories, seek to help the struggling and less fortunate back in their homeland of Guyana.

Under this heading, we will list charitable organizations of Guyana.

If you have a charitable organization in Guyana or that serves Guyanese that you would like us to feature, please email us at contact@guyanasouthamerica.gy

Breaking the Cycle of Poverty: Humanitarian Mission Seeks to Empower the Underprivileged and Upgrade the Lives of All Ambitious Guyanese

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First Published: 31st of July, 2020

Last updated: November 25, 2021 at 14:52 pm

Get Involved:

Whether as a donor, volunteer, student, or recipient, it is Mr. Sugrim’s dream that all Guyanese should engage with the Humanitarian Mission Guyana. Here’s how to get in touch:

During a recent interview with this publication, Mr. Suresh Sugrim, founder and president of Humanitarian Mission Guyana Inc, emphasized that handouts often yield little results, because, as the saying goes, “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 contends that his vision for this charitable organization is the empowerment of 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 long-term 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: empowering Guyanese through skills, education, and providing the resources they need to succeed in their passion or venture of choice.

suresh sugrim – humanitarian mission guyana

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.

Some of the programs offered to men and boys include:

  • Barber
  • Electrical Repairs and Installation
  • Agricultural Projects
A greenhouse project in progress at the Humanitarian Mission Guyana, Port Mourant, Region 6

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, and we will make something of these men and boys.”

suresh sugrim – founder and president of the humanitarian mission guyana

Through the generosity of its donors, the Humanitarian Mission Guyana has handed out millions of dollars of aid to Guyanese and also provides resources. Being passionate about the soil and farming, Mr. Sugrim is enthusiastic about providing farming equipment to those who are serious of making something out of it.

More About the Humanitarian Mission Guyana

The New Jersey Arya Samaj Humanitarian Mission Inc. was established in 2005 in Guyana, South America under the leadership of then Pandit Suresh Sugrim through the kindness and benevolence of its donors.

In 2017, the charity was separated into an independent charitable organization, with no affiliation to race, religion, or politics, and under the new name “Humanitarian Mission Guyana Inc.”

From 2005 to 2014, the organization worked alongside many other organizations and government agencies to provide aid and relief to the most vulnerable communities. Some initiatives saw educational funding for underprivileged children, medical outreaches, food hampers for seniors, and people with disabilities, building homes for single-parent families, providing funding for international surgery, amongst others which we are ever so proud of.

During that time, while some of those we helped were able to break through the cycle of poverty, the majority remained in poverty and kept reaching out for more aid either from us or other organizations that give out aid. We’ve come to realize that providing aid is not the answer and is a temporary fixture.

Some of our life skills training included courses in Cosmetology, Cake Decoration, Garment Construction (Sewing), Information Technology, Balloon Decoration, Electrical Installations amongst others which saw hundreds of beneficiaries. We strive to promote gender equality as much as possible in our courses.

While we continue to provide support and aid to those living with a disability when we can, our new motto became to “Educate, Empower, and Elevate.” Our mission is to provide employable and entrepreneurial skills to persons within impoverished settings in order to break the cycle of poverty, promote economic stability, and inspire hope. Our vision is to see a brighter future for all Guyanese people, where both education and skills are valued at the same level, where those who are not suited to or cannot afford post-secondary education are not limited, and that all able-bodied individuals seek out opportunities to better themselves and break the cycle of poverty.

In the year 2021, the Humanitarian Mission Guyana started a greenhouse project which was constructed in the compound of the Humanitarian Mission Guyana by the Minister of Agriculture, Hon. Zulfikar Mustapha.

The Humanitarian Mission Guyana would never have come this far without the generoristy of its donors who are from all religions, ethnicity, nationalities, and walks of life. We are always seeking volunteers and donors, and any businesses that are willing to partner with us to introduce educational and empowerment projects or programs into communities across Guyana. If you would like to lend a hand, here’s how to get in touch.