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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

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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.

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Patrick clemence
Patrick clemence
2 years ago

How can this project reach to other countries, like my country malawi.?

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