Since the founding of Hope Children’s Home, volunteers have played a major part in providing financial as well as material and on-site assistance. Clearly the most important of these volunteers is the Church of Christ congregation in the United States. They are the people that not only founded the orphanage but built the buildings from the ground up. Every month support for the staff and for the daily living needs of the children are provided by members of the Church of Christ.
Medical and religious volunteers from the United States spend 1-2 weeks a year to provide medical and spiritual counseling and care usually in July when school is out and vacation time permits being away from home. These missions are also sponsored through the Church of Christ.
Former graduate students from North Texas University, who now are certified clinical psychologists, have volunteered their time since 2009 to provide psychological counseling and support to the children and the staff. Much of their work focuses on coping mechanisms in daily life, behavioral modification, and sex education. They have also provided workshops on HIV-AIDS, anger management and other related topics.
The Rotary Club of Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, has been involved with Hope Children’s Home since 2003 and has been instrumental in partnering with other Rotary Clubs, Rotaract clubs, public and private schools, Churches, Indo-American organizations and many friends in an effort to help support Hope. Various members of the Rotary Clubs have volunteered as much as three months of on-site time teaching and working with the children and staff and the community.
Although Guyana is a poor country, people from various villages and communities near Hope Children’s Home donate extra produce, rice, sugar and fish to help sustain the daily meals provided for the children. Families from these communities and also expatriates from abroad, schedule special meals that they cook and bring to the Home. This form of sharing by others is one of the most impressive expressions of generosity amongst the Guyanese.