Current Projects and Initiatives of the Linden Fund
LFU-sponsored Medical Mission – The Fund has sponsored teams of medical professionals including physicians, surgeons, certified nurses, social workers and analysts to provide free medical attention to the people of Linden and Region-10 who have limited access to such services. This year the Fund in collaboration with OMAT and other institutions will continue the goodwill missions from July 28 – August 11. (Started in April-May 2007)
Peadiatric Medical Outreach and Nurses Lecture – Scores of infants, young children and nurses will benefit from this novel collaboration of the LFU and Dr. Shellon McAllister, nursing professor Marcia McAllister and their family business, Benjie’s Pharmacy in Linden, Guyana. In addition, Dr. McAllister has pledged to adopt the Wis-Roc health center. (Started in 2011)
Nursery School Backpack Program – Two schools on the Wismar shore and two in Mackenzie will benefit from the organization’s backpack donations. Students will be presented with backpacks filled with school supplies, including pencils, crayons, play dough and preschool activity books. This is an annual program of the Fund. (Launched in April 2009)
Summer Tutoring Program – The Fund arranges tutoring clinics for 6th Grade primary school students who require additional academic support based on assessments by their respective head teachers. (Ongoing program in Jul-Aug, started in 2004)
Annual Educational Workshop – Three-day Workshop conducted during Linden Town Week for teachers and education administrators to meet outside of the classroom to discuss matters relating to the education of Linden students. (Ongoing program started in 2006)
Parent-Child Alternative Program (P-CAP) An academic program that provide alternative methods of teaching to a group of 6th grade students of select primary schools in Linden who were assessed with serious literacy setbacks, and are at risk of performing poorly at the National Grade Six Exams (NGSE) scheduled for March 2012. Digicel Guyana and the Rotoract Club of Demerara have partnered with the LFU in the execution of this program which has recorded marked improvements in the students’ performance as testified by their teachers and parents. (Started September 2011)
Sponsor-A-Child Program (in collaboration with the Rotoract Club of Linden) – Commencing this year, the LFU will collaborate with the Rotoract Club – an internationally accredited and recognized organization – to impact the lives of most-in-need children. This initiative will support children in a nutritional and social skills enhancement program with its main focus in the area of academics. The targeted beneficiaries are categorized as late starters/slow learners with special education needs. (Scheduled to start April 2012)
Spelling Bee Competition – A language sensitization contest that offers primary school students an opportunity to expand their vocabulary through spelling and a command of words in a competitive, yet friendly atmosphere, with the opportunity for prizes and bragging rights. (Started in 2008 an annual program) .
Anthony S. Tim Memorial Scholarship Fund – Annual bursary fund sponsored by Linden Fund, Canada’s Bert Bacchus for two students at the Christianburg-Wismar Multilateral School. (Ongoing program started in 2004 and managed by the LFC)
Secondary School Scholarship Program – Annual bursary sponsored by Linden Fund USA director, Dr. Walter Kyte for two students one at the Mackenzie High School and the Linden Foundation Secondary School. (Program started in September 2011).
Visiting Nurse Service – The Women of Mission Intl. in collaboration with the LFU - Scheme to allow for the provision of medical and social visitation and other services for senior citizens, persons with disabilities (PWD), and others regarded as ‘shut-ins’. To be arranged and conducted in partnership with the Linden Care Foundation, as well as through collaboration with the beneficiaries’ kin. (Planned initiation August 2012).
LFU University of Guyana Scholarship – Offered by the Fund under its own sponsorship. Youths from Linden are fully assisted to attend the University of Guyana in 4-year programs for baccalaureate degrees and diplomas. (Program started in September 2002)
Vocational Studies Scholarship Program – The Fund will be launching a new scholarship initiative for Linden youths to pursue courses at technical and other vocational education institutions. (Scheduled commencement in May 2012)
Women’s Empowerment Forum – Interactive discussion and presentation sessions for women and teen girls aimed at empowering them through education, mentorship and an environment where they feel confident and comfortable to discuss various issues, in a non-judgmental setting. The program offer them the opportunity to reinvent themselves to compete in this changing global society. (Ongoing program started in 2010)
Email the Linden Fund USA at lfu_secretary (at) lindenfund.org
Address: 341 Rockaway Avenue- Brooklyn, NY 11212