Local branch of Corentyne group gets U.S. donation

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CONCERNED Citizens Development Group (CCDG) of Kildonan, Corentyne, Berbice, has   received a donation, of cash and things worth a total of $1M, from its New York, United States (U.S.) chapter. The gifts, to be used for upgrading services offered by the beneficiary organization, were handed over last week, when CCDG Public Relations Officer, Mr. Michael Patterson explained how the money will be spent.
He said $120,000 is for computer literacy classes, $200,000 to upgrade the Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC) building and $400,000 towards the completion of the fence and prevent animals entering.
In addition, 4,000 books were received for the CCDG Library, which is now being monitored by the National Library, together with clothing and school supplies, which were distributed to the less fortunate and pupils of Violet Rodrigues play school.
Presenting the cash, Assistant Treasurer of the New York Chapter, Ms. Alverna Ross said it was garnered from fund-raising activities in their adopted homeland.
She said the members in New York include President-Aubrey Issacs, Vice-President-Alvin Fraser, Assistant Vice-President-Trevor Rodrigues, Organiser- Brentnol Mc Donald, Secretary-Donald Brusche, Treasurer- Shelly Leitch, and Committee members-Winston Ross, Penelope Ellis and Mitford Leitch.
The benefactor non-governmental organisation (NGO) was founded in November 1996, by a group of residents within the Bush Lot/Adventure communities, with a mandate to reduce poverty and uplift the lives of their fellow villagers.