Clarina Guiliams Foundation gives back to Guyana

Carl Guilliams (third row right) with officials and residents of the “Joshua House Children Centre” in Georgetown, Guyana.
Photo by Tangerine Clarke

It was evident that the young men and women of “Joshua House Children Centre” on Thomas Street, Georgetown were inspired by what they heard during a recent visit by retired New York businessman Carl Guilliams, who had breakfast with the youngsters and later spoke to them about his plans to launch football and athletic clubs later this year.

The young men who will participate in friendly competition in A and B teams will be outfitted with green and yellow soccer uniforms and given the necessary gear and training to play the sport.

Guilliams told the youngsters that the sport would give them an opportunity to excel, as well as help them with their growth and development.

The students would also benefit from two table tennis tables and rackets, in addition to a program that would prepare the rookies for an active lifestyle in athletics, all thanks to the NY-based Clarina Guilliams Foundation.

The Guyanese American who formed the non-profit three years ago to honor the legacy of his late mother’s commitment to charitable causes also established a computer-learning center and library in the centre that now houses 600 books.

Guilliams who felt it was important to mentor and educate the youngsters through disciplined activities, spoke passionately to the orphans about helping them to prepare for a successful future.

One of six children, the former owner of Guilliams Beauty Supplies and Salon Equipment that was located on Nostrand Avenue in Brooklyn, Guilliams recalled growing up poor in Guyana, but disciplined.

And thanks to his mother Carolina who ensured that her children received the necessary education to success, Guilliams is proud to pass on her legacy.

After living in the U.S. for 43 years, the retiree called on other Guyanese to give back to help the disadvantaged, especially children.

In this regard, Guilliams donated a hefty check to the center to further programs in the centre.

He applauded Dominican Republic-born Gladys Accra and her Guyanese husband Clifford Accra, who recently passed away, for imparting their love and devotion to the children.

The Joshua Children Centre, which was established in 1977 by Barbara Burrows, the daughter of former famous artist E. R. Burrows, with its theme: A Place Where Love and Hope is Restored” now houses children from ages 4 to 17. Many of the children go on to lead successful lives.

To make a donation, call 592-226-8020.

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