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FROG Newsletter October 2011

FROG Newsletter October 2011

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The 2011 annual newsletter for Friends & RPCVs of Guyana
The 2011 annual newsletter for Friends & RPCVs of Guyana

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Issue3September2011
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TheSeawall2
FROGwillbeholdingafilmscreeningandfundraiseronThursday,October27
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,2011at5:00pmattheGoethe-InstitutinWashingtonDC.
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We’resupportingcommu-nitydevelopmentinGuyanainanumberofareas!TakealookatwhoservesontheFROGBoardofDirectors!
SupportingCommunityDevelopmentinGuyana
Tropicalrainforests,brightgreenricefields,blackwaterriv-ers,andstunningmountainrangesareallpartofthebeautifullandofGuyana.ThepeopleofGuyanahavediverseback-groundsandrichculturaltraditions.Butpoliticaltroubles,ethnictension,andeconomicmismanagementhaveleftGuy-anawithaneconomythatranksasoneofSouthAmerica’spoorest.Depressedwagesandsalaries,adecliningeconomy,andtheflightofskilledworkerstomorelucrativelabormar-ketshaveledtoafallinanalreadylowlivingstandard.Guy-anaalsofacesenvironmentalthreatstothecoastalstripandrainforest,underdevelopedhealthcare,laborconstraints,lowliteracyrates,poverty,andcrimefuelledbythedrugstrade.ThePeaceCorpsfirstreceivedaformalinvitationfromTheGovernmentofGuyanain1966.Sincethenmorethan380PeaceCorpsVolunteers(PCVs)haveservedinGuyana.Volun-teersserveatsitesrangingfromthecapitalcityofGeorge-town,withapopulationof300,000,tosmall,remotevillageswithpopulationsfewerthan300.Volunteersaddresseduca-tional,health,andtechnicalconcernsbyprovidingcommunityhealtheducationandtraininginliteracy,lifeskills,academics,andinformationtechnology,allincollaborationwithGuy-aneseministriesandNGOs.PCVsassistexistingeffortstofa-cilitatecommunityinvolvement,trainserviceproviders,andintroducenewtrainingandteachingmethodologies.
In2007,severalReturnedPeaceCorpsVolunteers(RPCV)whoservedinGuyanajoinedforcestostartFriendsandReturnedVolunteersofGuyana(FROG).FROGisanofficiallyregisterednon-profitorganizationbasedinWashingtonD.C.andanaffili-ateoftheNationalPeaceCorpsAssociation.FROGisanorga-nizationforthosewholovetheculture,peopleandlandofGuyanaandbelieveinsupportingthecountry’sdevelopment.
FROG’sMission:Friends&RPCVsofGuyanaisanon-profit,servicebasedorganizationdedicatedtosupportingeducation,health,social,economic,culturalandenvironmentalprogramsinandaboutGuyanathroughanetworkofRPCVs,Guyanesenationals,Guyanese-Americans,andallthoseinterestedintheGuyaneseCommunity.
FROGprovidesassistanceintheformofsmallgrantsandre-sourcestosupportcommunitydrivenprojectsthatvolunteersareinvolvedin.Inadditiontothis,wecoordinateGuyaneseculturaleventsandawarenessactivitiesintheU.S.,bothasapartoftheThirdGoalofPeaceCorpsandasameanstostrengthensupportforthepeopleofGuyana.
Learnmore,getinvolvedandhelpgivebacktoGuyana–thecountrythatgaveussomuch!
 
Issue3September2011
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ner,whichprovidesanopportunityfornewandemerg-ingartiststosharetheirworkandexploreideasandtrendswithinthegenreofshortfilms.A$15donationisbeingrequestedatthedoor.Allpro-ceedsfromthefilmscreeningandfundraisingeventwillgodirectlytotheFROGgrantsprogram,whichadminis-terssmallgrantsthroughorganizationssuchasPeaceCorps,othervolunteeragencies,andGuyanesenon-profits.
CelebrateGuyanawithFROG
@theGoethe-Instituton10/27/2011at5:00pm
FROGwillholdafilmscreeningandfundraiseronThursday,October27,2011,startingat5:00pmattheGoethe-InstitutWashington,812SeventhStreet,NW,WashingtonD.C.Thiseventwillfeatureafilmscreeningofthenarrativeshort,
TheSeawall 
,byGuyanesefilmmaker,MasonRichardsandspecialguestspeaker,AmbassadorBayneyKarran,GuyanaAmbassadortotheUnitedStates.ArafflewillalsobeheldwithallproceedsgoingtoFROG’sgrantprogram.
About
TheSeawall 
TheSeawall 
,shotentirelyonlocationinGeorgetown,Guy-ana,centersaroundMarjorie,anolderGuyanesewoman,asshepreparesforher10-yearoldgrandson’smovetoAmericatobewithhismother.ThecastandcrewconsistedoflocalGuyanesenon-actors,non-professionals,andstu-dentsworkingalongsideacrewfromLosAngeles,Califor-nia.InadditiontobeinghisthesisprojectatCaliforniaInsti-tuteoftheArts,thefilmallowedRichardstoreturntohishomecountrytosharewhathehaslearnedandmakeafilm“inthecommunity-withthecommunity.”ThedirectorwasinspiredtomakethisfilmafterreturningtoGuyanaandwantingtoshareaglimpseofthelivesofaGuyanesefamily,rarelyeverseen,toalargeraudience.
TheSeawall 
wasselectedtobepartofthe64
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FestivaldeCannes.HeldinMay2011inCannes,France,thefestival,oneoftheworld’soldestandmostprestigious,highlightsthebestandbrightestnewworkscreatedoverthelastyear.
TheSeawall 
wasshownaspartoftheShortFilmCor-
MikeGeurink,MasonRichards,ScottStadum
 
Issue3September2011
SincethestartofFROG’sgrantsprograminMarch2009,FROGhasfundedthirteenprojectsinGuyana,withtencompletedandthreeinprogress.Thetotalamountoffundinggiventodateis$5,677.55.TheprojectswereledbycurrentandpastPeaceCorpsVolunteersservinginRe-gions1,2,3,4,6,8,and9.BelowisasummaryoftheprojectsthatFROGhasfundedin2010and2011throughourdonors’generouscontribu-tions.
 
B.RyanDunnK.Komeh,Mahdia(Region8),AerobicsClass&NutritionClasswithWomenontheMove
 
RachelleHall,WhiteWaterSportsClub(Region1),Let’sPlaySports!
 
MicaGaard,Yakusari,BlackBush(Region6),GuyanaA.R.T.S.(Act,Reach,Think,andShine)
 
NickSmith,Kwatamang(Region9),PathandLandBridgeImprovement
 
RachelleHall,WhiteCreek(Region1),SewinginWhiteCreekWomen’sGroup
 
StephenNewberg,AbramZuilSecondarySchool/NewOpportunityCorps(Region2),SchoolFurnitureRefur-bishmentandYouthRehabilitationProject
 
LindaErskin,VillagesofAdventure,Odnerdeeming,Suddie,andMaria'sLodgeontheEssequiboCoast(Re-gion2),SuddiePrimaryStudentLendingLibrary
 
JohnO’Connor,Georgetown(Region4),Laptop
KeepReadingfordescriptionsoftheseprojects!
B.RyanDunnK.Komeh-AerobicsClass&NutritionClasswithWomenontheMove
RyanKomeh,Guy21,startedanaerobicsandnutritionclasswithwomenlivinginMahdia,Region8.Theideaforthisprojectstartedafterwomenwithyoungchildrenwhoparticipatedinhealthandnutritionclassesfortheirchil-drenexpressedaninterestinaddressingtheirownhealth.WithnogymorhealthfacilitiesinMahdia,RyanappliedforaFROGgranttohelpfundaprojectforthesewomen.Overthecourseofthreemonths,twelvewomenmeteveryFri-dayfrom6:30to8:00PMforfloor
aerobicswithanexperi-encedteacher.Eachwomanwasgivenamatandawaterbottleuponpaymentoftheregistrationfeeof$500Guy-anese.Nutritionanddietsessionwerealsoheldatthebe-ginningorendoftheaerobicssessions.
Ryanwrote,“Inthebeginning,classattendancewasslowbut,bytheendofthecoursewomenhadtobeturnedawayduetospaceconstraints.Themajorityoftheexer-cisesperformedweredesignedsothatthewomencouldperformthemontheirown.Infact,womenwereencour-agedweeklytodothis.Bytheendofthesessionsallwomennotedanincreaseinenergylevelsandallwomenexpressedinterestincontinuingexerciseafterofficialclassceased.Overall,theclasswentextremelywell,personsweresadtoseeitendandhadlearnedagreatdeal.”
RachelleHall-WhiteWaterSportsClub:Let’sPlaySports!
WhileworkinginWhiteWater,Region1,RachelleHall(Guy21),sawanopportunitytohelptheyouthsportsgroupofWhiteWater.Theyouthplaycricketandfootball,butad-ditionalactivitiesareoftenintegrated.Theyouths’agesrangefrom7-17yearsoldandcanbeseenpracticingtheir
 
FROGFundedProjectsin2011
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