New Amsterdam Rotary Club, Latter-Day Saints Church Partner in 1,000 Hamper Project in Berbice


By Leon Suseran

The New Amsterdam Rotary Club in collaboration with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in the East Berbice area, donated 500 hampers over the weekend February 19,2022. The first phase of distribution included East Bank Berbice through Number 19 Village on the Corentyne. The entire project comprises of 1,000 hampers, and first leg was done on February 19.

The multi-stop for the first 500 hamper distribution began early at the Cumberland Neighborhood Democratic Council where Drainage and Irrigation workers were the first to benefit. Those workers also received long boots footwear and cleaning agents.

Rotarians Rafeek Kassim and Loiden Henry addressing the D&I workers attached to the Cumberland NDC during the distribution there.

According to Rotarian, Loiden Henry, the club usually does these kinds of distribution once or twice a year, depending on the needs of the society.

Vice President of the Club Rafeek Kassim, thanked the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, and noted that the club regularly joins with the church to execute these kinds of projects. Kassim alluded to the water treatment projects across East Berbice in the past five years whereby several schools were able to have water stations installed so that primary and secondary students can access safe and drinking water.

Kassim handing over long boots to Frankie Baker, community leader in the Number 19 village area

“Thank you Latter-Day Saints and I trust that you continue to work with us to have projects like this, and even bigger projects.” “There’s not enough thank you I can say to Latter-Day Saints.. they’ve always partnered with us and put their confidence in us and we just want to deliver and make people’s lives a little bit more comfortable”.

Kassim added that the entire project comprises of 1,000 hampers but that the remaining would be done at a later date along different areas.

Areas targeted in the first leg of distribution included East Bank Berbice, New Amsterdam, Seawell, Number 19 Village, Fort Ordnance, Number 2 Village, Palmyra, Bohemia, etc.

The Rotarian urged the general public to support fund -raisers of the club if they should pass by where one is taking place. “Come if you see us—to our fish fry or barbeque, know that the monies raised and every cent raised by Rotary Club goes back into the community.”

Other Rotarians who joined the distribution in other areas that day included: Waynright McIntosh, Imran Sacoor, Tajpaul Ajodhia, and Jerry Outar. Brian Baker coordinated distribution along Number 19 Villages.