Donations At Work

Thank you to all who support us with time and money.  Your donations continue to make a difference. Do you want to make your gift count even more? Find out if your employer has a Matching Gift Program.  Participating companies will match, or even double the donation you make to MONA.  All corporate donations of money and supplies are welcome.  Read about our trips to Guyana and learn how we put your money to use.

Thank you to all who support us with time and money.  Your donations continue to make a difference. Do you want to make your gift count even more? Find out if your employer has a Matching Gift Program.  Participating companies will match, or even double the donation you make to MONA.  All corporate donations of money and supplies are welcome.  Read about our trips to Guyana and learn how we put your money to use.

MONA Trip to Guyana April 2012

 

MONA Mission Trip To Guyana In August 2012

In August 2012, MONA members and volunteers made our third trip to Guyana.  On this trip, we focused on reaching out to impoverished areas of Linden and the community of Sophia in Georgetown.

During the period of our visit, Linden was in the midst of a civil unrest.  However, we were unwavering in our commitment to get supplies to the people who were choked off from access to basic services and were in desperate need of the food items we planned to deliver.  With determination and help from regional political officers in Linden, we were able to drive around blockades to get much needed food supplies to the people in the community.  We again went door to door in the poorest neighborhoods and distributed carefully packaged food and personal hygiene items.  We were greeted with heartfelt hugs and smiles of appreciation.  It made the difficulties we endured to deliver the items and to get in and out of Linden worthwhile.

In addition to our work in Linden, MONA teamed up with Guyana charity Monique’s Helping Hands to help the children in the community of Sophia in Georgetown.  We bought and distributed uniforms, backpacks and toilet articles to thirty students from the most depressed schools in the community.  We also purchased and served a hot lunch for 150 children in a local community center.  
Additionally, we identified families who suffered from diabetes and distributed glucose testing supplies to assist them with monitoring their insulin levels.  We wrapped up our trip with a visit to the public hospital in Georgetown where we met a young woman who is a survivor of severe domestic violence.  MONA president, Aileen Bobb, was able to offer her words of encouragement and we  presented her with gifts of personal items.

At MONA we are committed to our goals of helping children and families, supporting education and supporting the delivery of healthcare services.  During this trip and previous trips to Guyana, we were able to make impacts in all three areas.  We ask for your support so that we can continue our work.

Feeding The Children

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MONA Trip to Guyana 2009

 

MONA Mission Trip To Guyana In April 2009

In April 2009, ten MONA members returned to Guyana to continue the work we began in 2002.  Prior to traveling to Guyana, we packed and shipped barrels and crates of items for distribution.On the ground in Guyana, we distributed care packages consisting of food, clothing and personal hygiene items to 50 households.  We also distributed commodes, walkers and a wheelchair to the elderly.  We again visited the Dorfolk Home senior center in Linden and provided the seniors with arts and crafts supplies and much needed adult diapers.

MONA’s work did not stop at distribution.  In keeping with MONA’s commitment to improving health care in Guyana, members made a special trip to Linden hospital.  There, members who were nurses participated in a health fair with Linden hospital staff where they helped screen many people for diabetes and high blood pressure.They distributed diabetic testing supplies to the nursing school and to citizens in the community.  Additionally, MONA provided gifts of infant blankets, undershirts, pampers and feeding bottles to patients in the maternity unit at the hospital.

At Mona, we are very grateful for the financial donations and the donations of medical supplies, food and clothing that enable us to help so many.  The looks on the faces of the people and the heartfelt words of appreciation we receive, inspires us.  With donor support, we plan to continue our trips to Guyana and expand the number of people we are able to help.

Linden Hospital

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MONA Guyana Trip 2002

 

MONA Mission Trip To Guyana In April 2002

Guyana, South America, is a country rich with natural resources. Its flora and fauna, gold and diamonds speak to the wealth of the land. Yet, the abject poverty of many of its inhabitants speaks to a country that is fraught with economic disparities. As the rich prosper due to the countries natural wealth, the poor continue to get poorer due to the injustices that are prevalent.


In response to the vital needs of Guyanese residents, an 11 member team travelled to Guyana in April 2002 to bring hope and encouragement to the citizens of the Linden/ Wismar community. The visit started with a tour of the hospital complex- a place where some members of the team received their foundation as nurses. Gifts of clothing and other supplies were distributed to all mothers and their newborn infants in the maternity wing of the hospital. Along with the hospital nursing staff, we participated in a community health fair where residents of the Linden Community were screened for diabetes and hypertension and were provided with educational materials and supplies for further glucose monitoring at home. Durable medical equipment and supplies such as wheelchairs, walkers, and bedside commodes, bathroom fixtures for the physically challenged and adult diapers were distributed to the citizens of the community.


During the first week of our trip, we toured the areas in order to map out our route for food distribution. We focused on the areas of most need including households with children.  Our greatest sense of victory came when we distributed non- perishable food items and were able to look into the faces of the people we were helping. To see their smiles and the gratitude they displayed toward God and us was more than rewarding. It was truly an unforgettable experience.


Our trip concluded with a visit to the Dorfolk senior center where we distributed arts and crafts supplies and articles of clothing. We were entertained by the seniors who recited poems for us. We prayed together, sang songs of praise and worship to God for giving us the opportunity to share not only our time but our resources with those in need. We were indeed humbled by the experiences we encountered on this journey. We can no longer take for granted the privilege we have been afforded in this country, particularly in light of the poverty we encountered throughout our visit. Our journey to Guyana was more than a trip. It was a mission of mercy that has yielded both material and spiritual gains as we reached out our hearts and hands to our brothers and sisters in need.