GEPAN is a non-profit, secular organisation which strives to empower socially and economically challenged populations in rural and hinterland communities in Guyana. Founded by Anna Correia de Sá 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, stipends, per diem or other financial benefits and we run solely on the generosity of our donors. We do not receive government funding, but instead receive steady support from the private sector, as we seek to empower women and children through acts of kindness in support of education and financially challenged families. Our work extends beyond Georgetown, spanning indigenous communities from as far as in 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.
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