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Making a Difference – This is accountability – Good Job Bibi! February 29, 2012

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Dear Supporters, Members, Donors and Advisors,
Assalam o alikum, Good Day, Namaskar and Sat Siri Akal
I am very pleased to inform you that LCRO is now a Registered NGO and a TRUST ORG. in
Guyana.
After three years of hard work, we have finally made a breakthrough in Leguan. However, it was
not easy for me alone to do. We registered the Organization in 2008 in Ontario. Before this, from
2006 to 2008, 1 worked diligently to get the husbands from the poor families in Leguan to allow their
wives to partake in a program that will boost their family income and lifestyle. This was a very
difficult task to do.
On my recent trip to Leguan, Guyana in July 201 1, 1 convinced my husband to accompany me. I
spent 4% months there and returned to Canada in December 2011. My husband spent one month
and together, we walked from village to village to provide him with a first hand view of the urgent
needs of the impoverished people of Leguan. He formed a very good impression of the needs of
the poor people and the reasons why LCRO needs to assist the people from my birthplace.
My stay was very hectic with travelling back and forth to Georgetown to get things done. I had to
rush back to get the ferry which leaves at 4.00 p.m. for Leguan. If I miss the ferry then I have to
travel with the speed boat which is not very safe and much more expensive than the ferry. So,
because of this, not much could be done in a day. It took 2 months with travelling back and forth in
order to get LCRO registered as an NGO and TRUST in Georgetown, as they were very busy with
applications for NGOs that applied before us. With the grace of GOD, the staff members of the
Friendly Soc~etyw ere very helpful; they guided me in the right direction. They took our application
and passed it through to the right channels. My sincere thanks go out to all these ANGELS.
In the meantime, I had to apply for a waiver of duty for the clearing of our shipment container of
donated items going from Canada for distribution to the poor people in Leguan. In order to obtain
this, the Guyana Government wanted a picture profile of what LCRO has done and what we
propose to do in Leguan and they suggested that pictures be saved on a CD. I had to put this
together and hand it in to GRA in the month of September 201 1.
Because of the election campaign in Guyana, the Waiver of Duty was delayed and did not get
approved until December. It was originally approved in October, but because the papers went from
one ministry to another, some of them were missing. So I had to redo the whole procedure. With a
lot of pleading and begging, they were finally ready in December and I was able to retrieve the
shipped container just before my time was up to return to Canada. In future we will not have this
much hassle to clear anything going to LCRO in Leguan as we are now a registered NGO in
Leguan, Guyana.
Guyana Transport Minister, MR. BRINDLEY H.R. BENN has always been KIND to LCRO. We
THANK him for his kindness in giving us Concession on the ferry to transport the shipment
container to Leguan. Because the shipment was a container load, we had to pay $400.00 US, to
the custom broker, Georgetown shipping agent, customs storage and truck driverllabourers to pickup
and take the shipment down to Leguan.
While waiting for the shipment to arrive in Guyana, I came across the perfect building for our
Centre. I had the surveyor surveyed the property and it was ready for our lawyer to settle the deal.
Then, the owner decided that LCRO should purchase it under the table. In other words, they
wanted us to pay $3.8 million dollars while the amount on the transport and other legal documents
would appear as $1.5 million. I refused to purchase the property under this condition. In the
meanwhile, Mamad’s property at Maryville was put up for sale and we lost it in the process of
securing this other property. Nevertheless, I bought some zinc sheets and together, I and a young
man called Mustapha, our Director of Youth and Education in Leguan, repaired the roof of my
family’s old leaky house with these zinc sheets. Then, we used this house to hold our meetings etc.
I was so very busy with getting the organization registered in Guyana and taking care of
administrative tasks and with the time being so limited, I did not get a chance to start much of the
women’s programs on this trip. I was also sick for more than a week after taking the speed boat in
the spring tide. The spring tide is when the water is very high and very rough. I felt as if my joints
were being separated. So after my illness, when travelling to Georgetown, I tried to make the ferry
to get back to Leguan instead of using the speedboat.
We THANK MRS. SEETA HANIF, OUR VICE PRESIDENT for speaking to one of her relatives in
Guyana to assist us with any help we needed in Leguan. This woman brought a teacher to teach
CAKE- DECORATING to the women in Leguan; then she will teach them Pastry Making and Tie-
Dying. The programs each cost $48,000 GUY. We requested that the women who enroll in the
program each pay $4,000 to the teacher, as I was out of funds at this time. I felt that $4,000 was a
reasonable price as the Guyana Government had previously introduced the hairdressing program in
Leguan and those individuals who enrolled in the program had to each pay $5,000 to do the
program. In addition, these individuals also had to purchase all the supplies that they required
weekly for the program.
I also met some people who were very good, and they advised me to bring courses that are being
taught in the Technical Institute at Lenora, West Coast Demerara to the Island of Leguan. So, we
sent 2 young people to learn the courses and in 2 to 3 months they will be able to teach these
courses to the other students in Leguan who cannot afford to pay the transportation cost. These
subjects are ELECTRICAL, PLUMBING, REFRIDGERATION REPAIR, TECHNOLOGY
INFORMATION AND BUSINESS ADMINSTRATION. The programs will be overseen by two retired
teachers. We are currently looking for used computers to send down to Leguan to run these
programs.
We bought Exercise and Text Books and handed them out at the end of August to 64 selected
students from Kindergarten to Grade 12. These youths are from poor and single parent families.
The school has textbooks that the teachers use to teach the subjects, but the students who do not
own textbooks have to borrow them or do the homework from their memory. Because some of
these youths are a bit slow and cannot write fast, they have to borrow the text books from the
youths who own them and sometimes they have to wait until 10.00 p.m. to get the books to do their
homework. We also bought text books, exercise books and uniform for a grade 10 student whose
mother and grandparents wanted to remove her from school because they could not afford the
school expenses.
WE ARE VERY GRATEFUL AND THANKFUL TO MR. AND MRS. KEN SINGH, BENNY and RON
OF ATLAS CARGO OF TORONTO, CANADA, FOR SHIPMENT OF THE CONTAINER TO
GUYANA AND FOR ADVERTISING LCRO 201 1 SUMMER SHOW FUNDRAlSlNG EVENT ON
PANORAMA TV. We ask that you and your families please use and support PANORAMA TV when
you need to advertise your events and programs and ATLAS CARGO Shipping Company when you
need to make a shipment to GUYANA. A very SPECIAL THANK YOU to MR. JIM YARDON from
OTTAWA for his continued hard work for LCRO.
We also take this opportunity to THANK MR. ZAKlR ALI, LCRO ADMINSTRATOR AND HIS
WONDERFUL WIFE. They travelled from OTTAWA to TORONTO with some of the goods in their
van and worked very hard to get several loads to Atlas Cargo and needed to return to OTTAWA the
same day. We also THANK MR. NEELMANI from Ottawa, for his assistance in transporting some
of the goods to Toronto and assisting with LCRO’s 201 1 SUMMER SHOW FUNDRAISING EVENT.
We ESPECIALLY THANK MRS.TULSI RAHAMAN, OUR SECRETARY for all her efforts in
organizing LCRO’s 2011 SUMMER SHOW FUNDRAlSlNG EVENT which raised
APPROXIMATELY $3030.00 including donations and pledges made. PLEDGES made by a few of
the individuals were MATCHED by Human Concern International (HCI). I asked HCI to hold on to
the funds for our proposed Community Centre in Leguan. We also collected cash in the amount of
$2,474.00 from tickets sales and raffle. One cheque was returned to LCRO NSF. This amount from
the ticket sales and the raffle was used for LCRO’s expenses during my recent trip to Leguan.
OUR DEEPEST APPRECIATION AND THANKS GO OUT TO MOHAMED HANlF AND RAYMOND
NARAYAN, our HOST AND MCs for the evening, KHALLEEL MOHAMED for his story telling,
SHANEEZ POONOW and family for providing the Food Table, DJ ANNAND WHO PROVIDED
OUR MUSIC, HIS WIFE, SHOMA FOR HER FUNDRAISING EFFORTS, and THE VARIOUS
OTHER ARTISTS – SASHA, RITA AND SHIVANIE, MUMTAZ AND GROUP, CAMEELO AND
GROUP, AND KRISHNA RAMKISSOON AND GROUP FOR THEIR SPECTACULAR
PERFORMANCES AT LCRO 201 1 SUMMER SHOW FUNDRAlSlNG EVENT. You have all done
such a fantastic job. Your time, talent and support were highly appreciated and will always be
cherished and we look forward to your continued support at LCRO’s future fundraising events.
WE ALSO THANK THE AUDIENCE that participated and the various individuals (there are too
many names to include in this report, but you know who you are) who made the donations and
pledges to LCRO, THANKS SO VERY MUCH for your support. Our fundraising event could not
have been successful without all of you. At our next Fundraising event, we hope to raise enough
funds to make the Community Centre a reality for the residents of Leguan. We urge you to please
continue to support us with your donations.
The families of Leguan desperately need a Community Centre for many purposes. There are many
young boys and girls from various areas in Leguan who are illiterate – from BAGHPART,
BLENHEIM to CANE FIELD and SUCCESS to PHOENIX – they would like to learn to read and
write – a basic necessity in life. Some of these youths never went to school and some had very
little learning due to poverty and poor parental guidance. A retired school teacher who is part of our
Committee in Leguan is willing and ready to teach these youths when we can provide a Community
Centre for them to attend. We should be able to obtain textbooks and supplies from the GUYANA
GOVERNMENT LITERACY PROGRAM for these youths.
My husband and I would like to take this opportunity to THANK MR. MOHAMED RAMZAN
SATTAUR, OUR FUNDRAISING DIRECTOR, for all his fundraising efforts and for accommodating
us at his residence each time we visit Toronto. I must also say THANK YOU TO MR. UMESH
REVANKAR, MY HUSBAND AND LCRO TREASURER, for the personal, financial and moral
support that he has given to me and LCRO. THANK YOU also goes out from all of us to MRS.
ELAINE ALI and her ENTIRE FAMILY who travelled from OTTAWA to TORONTO to assist with the
2011 LCRO FUNDRAISING EVENT and who also gave us CASH DONATION. Without the help of
these good people, we could not have had such a successful event. We are very grateful to have
such good people in our Organization.
We also like to THANK the following companies who made donations to LCRO: TRlMEDlC
SUPPLY NETWORK LTD. FROM CONCORD, ONTARIO for a donation in the amount of
$1,000.00 in medical instruments, IUD’s etc. to be distributed to the West Coast Clinics. These
instruments were handed over to DR. NADIRA KING of LIMOGES, ONTARIO for distribution to the
Clinics in JanuaryIFebruary 2012; Donation of 4 boxes of Diabetes Strips from Pharmacist M.
STEPHANE DALPE of Zellers Pharmacy in GATINEAU, QUEBEC and Madame JEANNE
KINGSBURY for donating cash, towels, blankets, sheets and pillow cases for the Leguan Cottage
Hospital; 15 bales of T-SHIRT MATERIAL Donated by MR. RESHAN SlDHU of J.R. TEXTILES,
Mississauga, Ontario, THE LIQUIDATION STORE IN GATINEAU, QUEBEC for all the warm
CLOTHING they DONATED, Cutlery and Books for our future Library in Leguan which were
Donated by ALGOQUIN COLLEGE IN OTTAWA.
THANK YOU also goes out to all those good folks in Ottawa and Toronto, who donated clothes,
shoes, jewellery, purses and other articles etc. THANK YOU also to ORLEANS SUPER STORE
MEDICAL CLINIC, and some families who donated toys, two sewing machines and other items.
We will be taking more Donations in 2012 but would like to receive a cash donation along with the
items to assist with the clearance and transportation cost of the items when they arrive in Guyana.
LCRO THANKS TALLIM BACHUS and HCI for all their support, RAM SAHADEO and HIS GROUP
for their assistance and donations, JAI SEECHARRAN from ARRIZONA and HIS SCHOOL MATES
for MATCHING OUR FUNDS and to all those persons whose NAMES are not listed WE THANK
YOU – because of YOU, we are making a difference in Leguan. We need your continued support
and donations to provide this much needed service to the poor families and children in Leguan. We
believe that once LCRO is fully established and is in full operation, we may be able to convince the
different sources in GUYANA to provide some resources to assist the impoverished families of
Leguan.
In August 201 1, we arranged for a Hindu Priest from Canada to go down to Leguan, Guyana to
assist in bringing the Hindus together but the people need someone to stay longer than 1 month on
the Island to do the job. This priest took clothes for the deities of Labagatelle Mandir. If anyone
from the Muslim Faith would like to go down to Leguan to assist the muslims there, please feel free
to contact me. As of this year – 2012, 1 am in contact with a group of Christians who would like to
go down to Leguan in 2013. Travel is on a voluntary basis and the group or groups need to be
aware that they will pay for their tickets and stand their own expenses in Guyana. I have always
paid my own expenses and used my personal funds for LCRO without re-imbursement.

Bibi Khan

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Check out some of these fruits dat mek yuh mout watah fuh some February 27, 2012

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Listen to Guyana New Session of Parliament

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http://www.ustream.tv/channel/ncntv-live-from-guyana

 

Violence or madness February 25, 2012

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Bodies of Guyanese couple found in NY apartment

FEBRUARY 25, 2012 | BY  | FILED UNDER NEWS

 

-murder/suicide suspected

The bodies of Guyanese Ramcumar “Narresh” Bandhoo and his girlfriend Rafeena Rahaman

DEAD: Rafeena Rahaman and Ramcumar Bandhoo

were found at around 13:20 hrs yesterday inside their home at Lot 6, Mynderse Street, Schenectady, New York. Reports from New York’s Fox News indicate that Bandhoo stabbed his girlfriend to death in a jealous rage before taking his own life. According to the reports, police acted on a tip in the form of a telephone call which led them to the house. Police say at about 1:30, officers responded to several reports of a man with a knife. When they showed up at the home, they had to force entry and found two people dead inside, one of whom had been stabbed. One of the neighbors, according to a Times Union news reports, said he had let the woman use his cell phone around 1:25 p.m. February 15 to make an emergency call after she dashed from her house in only her nightgown frantically screaming, “Somebody help me, he’s going to kill me.” His wife, who also refused to give her name, said the woman always kept to herself. “She was a very sweet person and didn’t bother anybody,” said the neighbor, who believed the woman worked at a supervisor at a hotel in the Albany area. Rafeena’s ex- husband, Imran Alli, spoke to New York’s Fox News and stated that he and his ex-wife have three kids together, all in their 20s. Reports indicate that Imran may have been one of the last people to talk with Rafeena before she was killed. “I am still in shock. I talked with her ten minutes before she died,” explained Imran Alli, who tells FOX23 News his ex-wife, Rafeena Rahaman, called him at 9:30 Thursday morning saying she was fighting with her boyfriend. At 1 pm, she called back and said her boyfriend (Bandhoo) got in the house. “I told her to call the cops and I would call her back and we would see about things, but I never heard back from her,” Alli said. According to the report, Alli added that he knows there is a history of domestic violence between Rafeena and her boyfriend. “Just last week he threatened her and told her not to call the cops and said it was him or the kids,” Alli told us. In the report, Alli alleged that Bandhoo was possessive and says Rafeena was trying to get out of the relationship and move back to New York City. “I think that was the confrontation today, he wanted one last chance and she agreed,” Alli said. “He told her he loved her, but what kind of love is that?” When Kaieteur News caught up with Bandhoo’s family at Esther Street, Edinburgh, Berbice, yesterday, the family was reluctant to comment, explaining that they are awaiting more information out of New York before making any pronouncements. His sister, Sumintra Persaud, told this publication that her brother left Guyana over seven years ago and met Rahaman in the US. He is a carpenter. They have been “living home for a few years”, she stated. Speaking at his parents’ residence, Persaud added that her mom received a phone call on Thursday around 19:00 hrs “that he [Bandhoo] had died…committed suicide”. “We are waiting for more details– don’t have much details”, she added. His other sister, Naline Albert, told this newspaper that the couple’s marriage was “rocky” and had lots of ups and downs. “They had a very rocky relationship. They left and take back each other lots of times and he had a mark on his back where she bite him.” The man’s mother, Chanrannie Bandhoo, descri

The dead man’s mother and three daughters

bed her son as “a very loving and hardworking son…he talk to me two weeks ago”, she said while breaking down in tears. He was her only son, she said, and she is “very devastated”.

Schenectady County and City law enforcement officials gather outside of 6, Mynderse Street, where the couple lived

From a previous marriage, Bandhoo leaves to mourn three daughters: Nikita Khan 19, Cynthia Sookcharran, 17 and Keisha Bandhoo, 14. Rahaman also has three children.

 

Heard Teacher Vira Davidson Passed Away at 105 February 20, 2012

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This is news for my people from Phoenix Village Leguan Island. She taught many of us.  The little short woman who presented a tough front in class but wasn’t too bad a person. She loved her students and tried to make good of us but bouy she used to fire that black sage stick quite liberally. I liked her though because she made you feel special like she really cared.

She lived a long life. I hope it was a happy one. I think she lived in USA for the  35 to 40 years. Her son James sent for her and she has lived with him or Cleo, her daughter in the USA ever since.  IF anyone of you have more information about her, please post it. Thanks. I’d like to hear more about he.

 

Guyanese making a difference in the world

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month sworn in as a judge in the Queens Supreme Court in New York and will be presiding over criminal matters.

Years of hard work for Pam Jackman–Brown of Springlands, Corentyne, Guyana paid off when she was sworn in on January 27,  becoming one of the few women to be so elected.

Pam Jackman-Brown taking the oathPam Jackman-Brown taking the oath

She was nominated following elections for the post in November last year, a media release from her relatives said.

After completing her education in Berbice, Brown migrated to the United States in 1973 where she was initially employed as secretary at the Department of Mental Health and Retardation.

While there the release said, she was encouraged by her immediate supervisor to pursue studies in Law. As a result she enrolled at the Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC) to further her studies and graduated from there in 1979.

Brown tutored for some time at BMCC in statistics before moving on to John Jay College to do administration courses.

The release added that one of her teachers there was Benjamin Ward, the former Commissioner of Police and he sent her to visit women’s correctional facilities as part of her course.

“Pam worked hard and graduated from John Jay ‘magna cum laude’ in 1983. She applied to various law schools and was accepted but after careful thought Pam decided to study at CUNY Law School. She was among the first batch of students in 1983″, the release stated.

Thereafter, she graduated in 1986 with her Law degree and “instead of looking for a lucrative job Pam decided to serve her community”.

From there she took up a job with the Legal Aid Society in Brooklyn and the release quoted her as saying “At the Legal Aid Society I represented persons who were accused of crimes from misdemeanors to felonies. My most memorable case was to represent a gentleman who had a long rap sheet. Everyone thought he was guilty, except me. During the trial the facts did not play out and he was acquitted.”

Brown is the second of six children born to Charles and Olga Jackman.

http://www.stabroeknews.com/2012/guyanese-on-the-up/02/10/springlands-woman-sworn-in-as-new-york-judge/

 

 

Is Ramotar the Hope for Guyana – Jagan Jr. Believes so February 19, 2012

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Believes Ramotar can reverse the trend

Dr Cheddi ‘Joey’ Jagan has joined the alliance of the party his father, Dr Cheddi Jagan, founded because he believes its Presidential Candidate, Donald Ramotar, can reverse corruption and other ills in the country. Jagan, who admitted to only recently trying to raise funds overseas to manage his own political movement, said he has joined the Civic alliance of the People’s Progress Party (PPP) out of his own desire with no promises to gain anything if the party chalks up its fifth consecutive victory at the polls. “I am not interested in power. I am more interested in conscience and I feel that I can add to the humility, conscience and incorruptibility which Cheddi Jagan set out as the cornerstone of the PPP/Civic,” he told reporters at the party’s Freedom House headquarters in Georgetown, yesterday.

Joey Jagan reads his statement endorsing Donald Ramotar

“That is why I seek no position, no material gain or no moral high ground. I am just coming home to ensure President Cheddi’s legacy.” Jagan said that he sees corruption not just at the “top level” but “down to the lowest” but he believes Ramotar is committed to stamping out corruption. “A new leaf has to be turned over,” he said. Jagan said that he speaks from his heart when he says that hope is “alive and well” in the party his “great father built and nurtured throughout his illustrious life. That is what brought me back home.” However, he said that he still stands by his vocal criticism of the government and will continue to speak his mind where he sees injustice. Jagan, who runs a dental practice in the city, said he still believes in all Guyanese uniting regardless of race, gender or religion, emphasizing that there must be “a real sharing of the whole pie.” He said that he believes in total freedom of the press, which he sees as one of the most important pillars of a true democracy. The private sector should be the engine of growth and workers deserve a good pay to make their lives better, Jagan added. While he has been a thorn in the flesh to the PPP, even when his mother, the late Janet Jagan was President, Jagan yesterday deflected that “no party anywhere is perfect; no party anywhere is always on the right track; no party anywhere always does things which are completely reasonable and the PPP/C is not occupied by Gods, but by mortals.” Jagan said that the party’s Civic component should be forceful, supportive and have a real say in how things are run in the country. “My father’s dream was to build a strong Civic in order to juxtapose different viewpoints and answers and to attract all those who support a common goal but do not want to join the PPP directly,” Jagan stated. Jagan hailed the PPP Presidential Candidate as a son of the soil and a seasoned and tireless worker who has worked for the benefit of the Guyanese people. “As President, he will be fair and open to all Guyanese; that he has pledged to me,” Jagan stated. “Ramotar stood by my father through thick and thin and as President he will stand by the citizens of Guyana through thick and thin; that he has pledged to me.” Jagan recognized Ramotar also as a family man of outstanding distinction, one who is honourable and not corrupt and as President will set  out to make all the Guyanese citizens his own family.