Read our latest newsletter by following the link to download a PDF: Newsletter 2015 (FY2014)
Help Matt Cusimano ship 750 lbs of books to add to the collection of the library in the rural coastal village of Sandvoort. Please see the Go Fund Me page for more information and to make a donation:
Help us make donating to PCV projects easier!
FROG is redesigning the website with the fundraising process in mind, and we need your help!
Great news! If you believe in FROG and our mission to help Guyanese communities, you can now DOUBLE your investment! A generous supporter has offered to match all of your donations. For every $1 you donate, we get $2! Please give what you can, whether it’s $10 or $100, and we will reach our goal in no time.
FROG is making a big change to how we approach funding community development projects, and to showcase our new efforts, we need to update our website.
We are asking for your help to raise $2,500 to help us make your user experience better by:
- Making the site easier to use and navigate,
- Having mobile access,
- Simplifying the Donation and Swag purchase process, and
- Updating the site look and feel
The new site will also feature our new funding approach – Direct Fund. Unlike our current Micro-Grant program, which has a $500 cap, Direct Fund allows our partner organizations to directly ask you, the donor, for part or all of the project funding. This means you will have the opportunity to pick which projects you like the most and make them a reality. Our vetting process for both Micro-Grant and Direct Fund projects are identical, but the funding process will be more flexible.
Help us update FROG and make us a more effective donor agency. To make a donation to the campaign, please click through here -https://www.causes.com/posts/921611
Please make plans to join members, friends, and the board of FROG in Washington DC May 24-25 for a a general meeting and a fundraiser.
Sunday, May 25th, starting at 6 pm
Local 16, 1602 U St NW, DC
$5 drink specials for first hour
10% of net sales from bar donated to FROG grant program
Saturday, May 24th, 1-5 pm
More details to follow
For any questions or more info about either event, please contact email@example.com
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Read our latest newsletter by following the link to download a PDF: FROG 2014 (FY 2013) News Letter
It is time to elect new board members of FROG, and we are now accepting nominations for board candidates. Elections will be held in early October 2013. If you or someone you know is interested in joining the FROG Board, we ask that you do the following:
- Nominees must submit their contact information to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than Sunday, September 29th; and
- Nominees are strongly encouraged to fill out a Board of Directors Application Form at: http://cts.vresp.com/c/?
FriendsRPCVsofGuyana/ 0c07b12cd8/c15981fd21/ 6d77fc4955.
Feel free to pass this letter to a candidate you feel might be interested.
A FROG Board member will take a leadership role in an organization designed to enhance the lives of Guyanese nationals through micro-grants to organizations throughout the country. Opportunities also exist to spread awareness of Guyana and its people throughout the U.S. with fundraising events, outreach activities, tote bag sales, newsletters, and a number of online tools.
The FROG Board of Directors meets every few weeks to plan and execute the activities, policy, and general direction of FROG. The meetings are held using Google+ in a teleconference setting approximately once every six weeks, or when necessary to conduct FROG activities. The Board consists of four main positions (the Executive Committee) and auxiliary positions created by the board when it is necessary to do so. The Executive Committee will be elected once the new board members have accepted their nominations and have been voted on to the board. The four main positions are as follows:
PRESIDENT: The president is the chief executive officer of FROG, presides at all meetings of the members of FROG, the Board of Directors, and the Executive Committee, and has general and active management of the business of FROG. The president sees that all orders and resolutions of the members of FROG and the Board of Directors are carried into effect. He or she executes bonds or contracts which the Board has authorized to be executed, except in cases where the signing and execution thereof shall be expressly delegated to some other officer or agent of FROG by the Board of Directors. In general he or she performs all duties incident to the office of president and such other duties as may be prescribed by the Board of Directors.
VICE PRESIDENT: In absence, disability, or refusal to act by the president, the vice president performs the duties and exercises the powers of the president, and has all the powers of and be subject to all of the restrictions of the office of the president. The vice president may, from time to time, perform such duties and have such powers as prescribed by the Board of Directors or the president.
SECRETARY: The secretary keeps minutes of all meetings of the membership of FROG, the Board of Directors, and the Executive Committee. He or she sends a copy of all minutes to each member of the Board within two weeks of such a meeting, and files a copy of the minutes in an electronic database maintained for that purpose; sees that all notices are duly given in accordance with these Bylaws or as required by law; be custodian of corporate records; keeps a record of the email address, post office address, and phone number of each member who furnishes such information to the secretary; and in general perform all duties incident to the office of secretary or as from time to time may be prescribed by the president or Board of Directors.
TREASURER: The treasurer is the custodian of all corporate funds and securities and shall keep full and accurate accounts of all receipts and disbursements in computer programs or books belonging to FROG. The treasurer deposits all money and other valuables in the name and to the credit of FROG, in depositories so designated by the Board of Directors. The treasurer disburses the funds of FROG as so directed by the Board, taking proper vouchers for such disbursements and submits to the presidents and Board at its regular meetings or when requested by the Board or president, an account of all transactions made as treasurer.
FROG Board members also take responsibility for additional roles. To successfully operate a non-profit organization, everyone’s participation is critical. New board members will be expected to join or take over responsibilities one or more of the following areas:
+ Community Outreach
+ Grants Management
+ Volunteer Management
+ Social Media
Serving on the Board of Directors for the Friends & RPCVs of Guyana can be a richly rewarding experience. The small, yet focused nature of our organization allows us to move quickly and flexibly in order to accomplish our mission. Please share in our success by becoming a nominee, or nominating someone you feel would be an appropriate fit.
Nominations can be sent to email@example.com, or nominees may fill out the application form at
Thanks, and we hope to hear from you soon.
The Friends & RPCVs of Guyana Board of Directors:
Louise Stenberg – President
Shane Loorz – Vice President
Joanna Knueppel – Treasurer
Aimie Mims – Secretary
Eric Terpstra – Co-Technology Chair, Membership Chair
Congratulations to Marissa Garcia, a Peace Corps Volunteer from GUY24, on the successful completion of her Art Camp project in the village of Charity. Here is the summary of her work, along with some great pictures!
Art Camp started July 15th and ended July 19th from 12:30pm to 3-4pm depending on the activity that day. Altogether there were seven Peace Corps volunteers (including myself), six teachers, and three community members that assisted with camp. Some were not present everyday but all did contribute. Total, there were 105 students that participated. The kids were sectioned off and seated in ten different groups, each with an adult; they were told to stay in their same group the entire week.
The 1st day of camp was designated for apron tie-dye. The kids tied their aprons with rubber bands into whatever design they liked the best. Each group had two colors that they were to dye with. They spent the whole day dying, rinsing and drying their aprons so the next day they would be able to wear them.
The 2nd day of camp was paper mache piñata day. The groups were told that there would be a competition on who would make the most creative piñata. Each group had a bucket with the mixture of flour and water, along with a large sized balloon. They were also given newspaper to paste on the balloon. The balloons had several layers of paper mache on them and were left to dry until the following day. (The idea was that the activities for the following days wouldn’t take very long and there would be extra time to work on their piñatas before Friday.)
The 3rd day of camp was painting on canvases in a striped, multicolor design. Each child was given a canvas (the frames were made and donated by the saw mill next door) and told to only use three colors for the first layer. They were to draw and then paint an animal of their choice. The group leaders only took three colors back to their group in order to avoid confusion with the kids. Once they painted their animal, they put the canvases outside to dry. After that, they were told to get masking tape and tape off sections of the painting, to resemble stripes. Once their painting included the tape, they were to get three more colors (different from the first three) and paint the entire animal all over again. This step was a bit confusing for them so the group leaders helped them out a lot. Then once the painting dried again, they were told to remove the masking tape and voila, their masterpiece was revealed. This activity really went well and so many kids had an amazing outcome.
The 4thday of camp was supposed to start out with completing the piñata. Unfortunately the piñatas molded and attracted a huge number of flies. We were going to attempt to salvage them, but they smelled so bad and looked disgusting, that we had to throw them out. We then started with activity number four which was masks. Each child got a piece of 8×10 poster board that they were told to draw an outline of a mask on. Some kids did a Mardi Gras-esque mask, while others did animals. Each group was given glitter, construction paper, glue, and scissors to complete their masks. The kids had a lot of fun with this activity and it was great seeing them come up with different types of masks. After they completed the masks, we had time for another activity. Each child was given a piece of 20×5 poster board and a pencil. They were told to write their name in block letters, filling the space. If their name was too long, they could write “love” “family” “faith”, etc. if they wanted to instead. Once they drew their name, they cut it out and were given black paint to paint the entire thing. We ran out of time, so we had to finish the remainder of the lesson for the following day.
On the last day of camp, we reserved it for games and piñata breaking. Since the piñatas that the groups made initially, rotted, a few volunteers and I decided to make two last minute piñatas out of cardboard boxes for the kids to bust. I really wanted the children to experience the fun of hitting piñatas; so a few moldy piñatas were not going to get in my way. When the children arrived, they were told to finish the activity from the previous day. All they had to do was cut designs out of some sparkly, adhesive paper and decorate their names. Once they finished, they cleaned up and got ready for the piñata and the games. Before we started with the piñatas, we gathered everyone for a game that involved balloons, string and newspaper. The balloons were tied to the kids’ head/hair and they were each given a rolled newspaper page. The point of the game was to pop everyone else’s balloon while keeping your balloon from being popped. They all ran around and had a fun time chasing each other. The winners were given a chance to hit the piñata first. Once we got started with hitting the first piñata, and the kids got the jist of it, they loved every second of it!!! The kids and the volunteers took turns hitting until both were successfully beaten. After the piñata madness, we saved the best game for last……the water balloon war. Buckets of water balloons were placed around the compound and the kids were told to throw as many as they could, at their friends and at their group leaders. Everyone had a blast and it was a great way to end a very fun camp.
Challenges and Successes
The challenges of the project were as follows:
- some helpers ended up arriving late/not showing up
- piñatas failed the first time around
- the aprons got mixed up among the owners
- when the names were painted black, some torn because the paper was too thin
- some aprons didn’t tie dye so well because polyester didn’t absorb the dye well enough
And as for the successes of the project:
- the kids were excited each day about the next activity
- the piñatas 2.0 were built and successfully beaten
- the sharing amongst the groups was better than expected
- the positive feedback I kept hearing from the kids
The challenges of the camp were only small shortcomings so luckily we were able to deal with most of them. Some of the teachers/volunteers were not able to come for the whole week, so I recruited others to help and make up the time so that the groups would all have leaders. We fixed the piñata problem by creating two more piñatas as a surprise for the children. Unfortunately not all of the aprons found themselves back to their rightful owner, but I have a box full of some that were left, if the kids want to look for theirs. The names were repaired by tape. And the polyester not absorbing the tie-dye is something we really couldn’t fix but now realize that was part of the learning process. In the future, we all know to use only cotton! The successes of the camp really outweighed the challenges/failures. By the time that the camp was finished, I could tell that the children really enjoyed themselves and were grateful they got to attend. The PCV’s that helped kept telling me how they thought that for a first time camp, things went rather well. And the teachers were appreciative that the camp gave the children something to look forward to and enjoy.
Personal Success and Feedback
The camp created a lot of excitement throughout the children. They got to experience their skills and they realized their potential. Some of them observed others and realized that art is interesting. It was fun and will give them an idea if they would like to pursue art as maybe a career. – Shakeela Barakat (teacher)
Thank you for teaching me this week Miss! I learned a lot! – Ronaldo (3rd grader)
The kids had such a great time this week. They were so well behaved, polite and very creative. They will remember this camp for a while! – Susan (fellow PCV)
Thank you for having camp Miss! I had a lot of fun! – Kavita (1st grader)
The camp was a fun and empowering experience for all children, parents/teachers and Peace Corps volunteers involved. Many students have never been given the opportunity to experience art, let alone been told their artwork is wonderful and unique. I will always remember that moment of unrestrained joy when the piñata broke and children and candy went everywhere! – Beth (fellow PCV)
Camp was really well organized! The kids and I had a wonderful time! It was a really fun-filled camp that leaves you wanting more! Thanks to everyone that assisted in making it a success! – Ms. Narine (teacher)
Read our latest newsletter below, or click the following link to download a PDF: FROG FY2012 Newsletter
Host an all day workshop which will accommodate 100 youths between the ages of 7 to 16,both males and females. Sessions in the three disciplines of Karate, Dance and Capoeira will be offered , each running for 3 hours. The youths will be introduced to the basic principles of these art forms and also the benefits pf having the training.
By giving them a first hand experience of these art forms, we hope will spark their interest in becoming a full time trainee and also to become a member of Youth Empowerment Group Guyana (YEGG). YEGG is always on the quest to integrate young people of these communities into positive activities ,as we believe there is a major shortage of youth focus within and in surrounding areas. Once they become a member of our group they would have the choice of being a part of many other programs that may suit their interest.
During the Friday and Saturday preceding the event, our volunteers were scouting going door to door to get children registered for the workshop staged for the 9th March 2013.By foot wearing their t shirts and identity cards, they visited houses along Laine Avenue, West and East front Road and the surrounding areas. Much progress was made as many children were at home during the hours we visited. We distributed the consent forms that
were to be signed by the parents and briefed each parent and child on the expected activities.
On the day of the event, we were scheduled to begin at 10:00am but had a late start at 11:30 awaiting arrival of more children. Our first session was dance which ran for one hour. After which the media arrived to carryout interviews with facilitators and participants. Youth Expressions and NCN news were present to do so. The second session was karate, which ran for one hour and thirty minutes. We then break for one hour so that the children could enjoy the refreshments. Sessions in capoeira began shortly after the hour and a repeat of the sessions
of half an hour were carried out to accommodate those who came late. All sessions were commenced at 4:00pm and remaining snacks were distributed.
A record of the participants were made and further registration for permanent classes were made just before they left. We also requested a feedback from the children about their experiences and their eagerness to inform their peers were evident.
Challenges and Successes
Our biggest challenge which resulted in the postponement of the program altogether, was a change of location and time. The event was scheduled for the 2nd of March, but was put off to the 9th of March because we were informed that we had to change venue due to some unforeseen circumstances. However, regardless of the short coming, the rescheduling served as a booster when it came to gathering youths. There was more time available so we were able to meet our target of 100+ children.
It was also a bit challenging accommodating more children than expected in terms of snacks. We were equipped to cater for 100, but were faced with the task of providing for a little over including the trainers and volunteers, but that was easily overcome by the eagerness of the parents present .They provided the extra snacks in a jiffy.
Last, is the issue of not acquiring the photographs expected from a volunteer? It appeared that they were misplaced and could not be retrieved, so we resorted to using images taken by mobile phones as reference .Which is a bit disappointing.
Personal Experiences and Stories
Due to the high level of professionalism displayed, the success of the project was nothing but a tiny task. The instructors were pleased with the performances of the participants as they felt empowered by their achievements. The children all gave a general response of fulfillment, gratitude and much anticipation of the next event.
Personally I’m happy with the works done that day and one thing I learnt whilst carrying out one aspect of the workshop, dance, is that it doesn’t matter what age or caliber of people you associate yourself with and offer your knowledge to, once the outcome is the same every time that’s all that matters , success.