ABOUT US

GEPAN is a non-profit, secular organisation which works to empower socially and economically challenged populations in rural and hinterland communities in Guyana. Founded in January 2016, the organisation aims to establish as its name suggests, a network of people desirous of contributing to positive changes at the community level, whether through charity or empowerment initiatives. We place special emphasis on helping women and children by providing basic necessities and supporting education through our annual SEC program. Our core team is comprised of a group of passionate, dynamic and proactive individuals who believe in giving back to communities. A New York chapter was established in 2018 in response to the tremendous support for our work by the Guyanese diaspora in North America. We do not receive salaries, government funding, stipends, per diem or other financial benefits and we run solely on the generosity of our private donors, in our pursuit to empower women and children. Our work extends beyond Georgetown, spanning indigenous communities from as far as the Rupununi Savannahs to Moruca and Mabaruma. Rural communities on the Essequibo Coast, East Coast and West Bank among others, have also benefited from our annual SEC program. Documenting the living conditions of our beneficiaries also forms part of our mandate and is congruent with our efforts to sensitize and raise awareness on the vulnerability and poverty levels to which some segments of the Guyanese  population are confronted daily. Click here to access our publications.  

Meet our team

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Shareefa Baksh

Shareefa Baksh

Country Manager
Nuwina Alladeen

Nuwina Alladeen

Head of New York chapter
Joanna Correia

Joanna Correia

Projects
Phillip Xavier

Phillip Xavier

Logistics Coordinator
Rubina Sulaman

Rubina Sulaman

Women's empowerment
Bindia Isurdeen

Bindia Isurdeen

Volunteer, Communications

Projects

You can support!
SEC Stationery Drive

SEC Stationery Drive

Every year we collect exercise/note books, pens, pencils, sharpeners, erasers, rulers, crayons, markers, water bottles, back-packs/school bags, geometry sets, scientific calculators, dictionaries, computers and any other school necessities. Contact us to drop off items or click on tab above to make monetary donation online. It takes just $10 (US) to sponsor stationery for 1 child!
Status: ongoing

Year-round Clothing Drive

Year-round Clothing Drive

We collect clothing for families in need. Clothing can be new or in very good condition (we avoid distributing pieces with stains, holes, or other defects). Contact us for drop-off locations
Status: ongoing

Food Drive

Food Drive

We collect food items, preferable non-perishables or those with long shelf lives, for families in need. For drop-off location please contact us. Donations can also be made online by clicking on tab above or visiting our donations page.
Status: ongoing

Supporting Tertiary Education

Supporting Tertiary Education

In 2019 we are sending 3 students to the University of Guyana. Students come from modest families in rural and hinterland communities, with little to no means of attaining tertiary education due to lack of financial capacity. We welcome monetary donations.
Cost of project: US $ 7 000
Status: open

How we make an impact

We give back, empower and document living conditions in Guyana. For more information on what we do check out the articles below or visit our pages dedicated to Education or Women!

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