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Goodies in a backpack for Berbice children

Christmas came early this year for almost 300 children residing in Region Five (Mahaica-Berbice. This was made possible by Backpack International- a US-based international charity founded by a Guyanese.

The children received backpacks filled with school supplies, hygiene products, books, toys,snacks, footwear, clothing among other treats.

Due to COVID-19 pandemic, the charityย  was unable to host its annual summer mission trip and Vacation Bible School.

A local team of volunteers from various churches in Region 5 worked together to make this event possible.

Goodies in a backpack for Berbice children
Board Member Joseph Adams

Also, Backpack International Board Member, Joseph Adams and Janice White from Berbice were instrumental in planning this year’s Christmas program.

The following churches participated in the Christmas Backpack giveaway: Revival Tabernacle (Yeoville Village, WCB); Faith Lutheran Church (Ross Village, WCB); Balm in Gilead Ministries(#30 Village WCB); Bush Lot Assemblies of God; Victory Assemblies of God, (Dโ€™Edward Village) and children of # 41 Village, Kingley WCB.

Backpack International has been coming to Guyana every year since 2016. The organization was founded by Oslyn Rodriguez, a Guyanese native, currently residing in the USA.