Christmas is indeed one of the most wonderful times of the year. With the holiday season in full swing, the warmth and joy spread during this time, particularly in Guyana, is felt across the length and breadth of this beautiful nation. It is said that the best of all gifts around any Christmas tree is the presence of a happy family wrapped up with each other’s love. Unfortunately, this is a gift not everyone is fortunate to have, whether at Christmas or any other day of the year.
It is on this note that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) pioneered its first ever “Toy and Gift Donation Drive” on December 21, 2018. Almost 100 children from three care centres across Guyana were targeted in efforts to spread some cheer, warm their hearts and remind them that we care.
The St John’s Bosco Home in Plaisance on the East Coast of Demerara (ECD), the Ruimveldt Children’s Home in Georgetown, and the Hope Children’s Home in Enmore (ECD) were randomly selected to benefit from this Chartable activity. These homes are all non-profit organisations that provide residential care to children in need.
To make this event a success, thoughtful gift donations were made by staff of the Agency for at least one child. In addition to presenting each child with an age appropriate toy or personal care package, officers of the Agency gave talks about the EPA and our role in environmental protection. The children were also told why it is important for them to keep and maintain a healthy environment. They were also encourage to reused gift bags and wrappings and take positive actions for the environment.
The EPA embraces its corporate and social responsibility as a semi-autonomous organisation, thereby, valuing and carefully considering human rights, the community, environment, and society in which it operates.
The Agency wishes to express gratitude to all our partners and those who have worked diligently to ensure protection of our environment and sustainable use of natural resources. As a new year beckons, we hope the goodwill, love and peace of the season permeate your lives and pave the way for rewarding year ahead. Remember to be a part of the solution, not the problem.
A productive 2019 everyone, from the management and staff of the Environmental Protection Agency.
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