From left: Founder Keeva Browne; Marlon Chapman, Commander of C Division; Ian Amsterdam, Commander of B Division; Karim Baksh Commander of A Division; Co-founder Shawn Holder and Paulette Charles (right) a Food For The Poor representative
In a very humbled attempt to give back to the less fortunate children in Guyana, The Next Generation Foundation was on Tuesday launched in Guyana during a simple ceremony that was held at the Malteenoes Sports Club.
The founders of the organization, Keeva Browne, who is an American-based Guyanese and Shawn Holder, partnered and came up with the idea to launch the foundation.
After visiting Guyana last year, Browne stated that “she felt that youths in today’s society were misguided, especially the underprivileged ones, and felt she needed to do something to give back to her country in that area”. This venture, according to Browne, came as not much of a challenge, as giving back to the less fortunate “runs” in her family, especially her parents both of whom she said were Police Officers.
In aid of the development and expansion of the Foundation, both Browne and Holder stated that their plan within the next five years will be to build community centers countrywide. This, they stated, will offer educative and interactive programmes for underprivileged children. Being actively involved in sport, Holder also stated that the sports club ground will be used from time to time to play sports, such as cricket and table tennis, as a form of encouragement and to keep them focused and occupied.
Also present at the event were Police Commanders Karim Baksh, Ian Amsterdam and Marlon Chapman of A, B and C Divisions respectively. Representatives from the Joshua House Children’s Centre and the Ptolemy Reid Rehabilitation Centres were also present. To show their appreciation, tokens were distributed to the representatives of each centre as well as the Divisional Commanders.