On hand for this ceremony at the Linden Care Foundation's offices at the Linmine Office Complex, was LFU Chairman Dr. Vincent Adams, who said, "The Board of the LFU is very pleased to form alliance with the Linden Care Foundation, an organization that has all the experience and needed expertise to execute a program of this nature."
LFU Chairman Vincent Adams and LCF Executive Director Hazel Maxwell-Benn exchange check.
Deon Anderson receives laptop from LFGDuring a recent trip to Linden in August, LFU Chairman Vincent Adams met with Deon and was impressed with his commitment to his studies and service to his hometown.
According to Adams
, "It was easy to make the decision to assist this fine young man, not only for his
past efforts for the Fund and outstanding achievement as a Fund Scholar, pursuing A'Levels at Queens College
, but because of his
continued outstanding tutoring as part of the LF
Summer Tutoring Program over the last 3 years.
Late last week Stabroek Business spoke with Dr. Vincent Adams, the Tennessee-based Lindener and Chairman of the LFU who along with the organization's Secretary Linda Felix had travelled to Guyana earlier in the week to seek to broker a solution to the impasse.
told Stabroek Business that he
had met with the IMC and that it had been agreed that last year's organizers would not be responsible for the hosting of the event this year.
The LFU Chairman told Stabroek Business, however, that his
organization was 'fully committed to the 2007 Town Week" and that it had already begun making arrangements for hundreds of United States-based Lindeners
to return home for the event.
Dr. Adams was due to meet with Kashif and Shanghai Director Kashif Mohammed before his return to the United States.
told Stabroek Business that the decision by himself and the LFU
Secretary to come to Guyana to help break the logjam over the staging of the 2006 event was intended to send a signal to Lindeners
and to Guyana as a whole that his
organization was committed to the development of the community.
Adams, who holds a management position in the nuclear technology industry in Tennessee told Stabroek Business that a number of international donor organizations including the United Nations, the World Bank and USAID are evincing an increasing interest in the role diasporas resident in developed countries can play in the development of their countries of origin.
"What is of particular interest to these international organizations is the role that diaspora organisations play in channelling funds and other contributions directly to communities in their home countries without the costs and interventions that are involved in the formal channels of multilateral assistance to developing countries.
It is quite obvious that they see much merit in the approach used by diaspora organisations."
Three years ago Dr. Adams visited Guyana on a related mission funded by the USAID and according to the LFU Chairman the aid agency is currently seeking to partner US-based disapora organisations in developing aid initiatives that include providing "matching funds" for development projects in home countries.
has prepared a draft strategic plan for the mining town which Adams
says it intends to discuss with stakeholders in the community.
disclosed that the plan addresses a range of development-related issues including enhancing the skills base of the community, funding development projects and attracting foreign investment into Linden
According to Adams
the plan also seeks to take account of the impending completion of the Lethem to Linden road link since this development will open significant business opportunities for the community.
is a United States-registered charity with chapters in New York/New Jersey, Washington and Atlanta.
The organization also has sister organizations in Canada, the United Kingdom and Guyana.
told Stabroek Business that the real aim of the LFU
was to develop sustainable, long-term projects aimed at improving the lives of the people of Linden