To celebrate its first anniversary since the institute was launched, Outliers Zone, a foundation which provides financial training for varying company workforces, took its financial wellness training to a number of female occupants of the St Ann’s Orphanage. The training was themed “Seven steps to become a millionaire teen”.The programme saw a number of young people being educated on the importance of making wise financial decisions, which includes the need to save, invest, donate and spend.Founder of the organisation, Athalyah Yisrael explained that the event was hosted in commemoration of her foundation’s first anniversary and more so, as a way of giving back.Founder of Outliers Zone, Athalyah Yisrael presents a representative of the St Ann’s Orphanage with a piggy bank“To celebrate our first anniversary we’ve decided to give back to the St Ann’s Orphanage, and what we’ve found that is apart from the employees we also work with teaching children. Teaching children how to become financially sound as an adult, and it was such a great opportunity to bring our training to the girls at the St Ann’s”, she added.Yisrael’s company usually provides training for companies and their employees, to get them to put an end to the “pay-cheque to pay-cheque’ lifestyle. The founder also disclosed plans to host similar programmes throughout the year geared at helping 11,000 children become financially independent.Upon completion of the one-day training the young girls were given piggy banks, which together with the training itself was sponsored by companies like Farfan and Mends, Sterling Products, KFC, Floor It Plus and Metro.
Three persons are now homeless after a fire believed to be electrical in origin gutted a two-storey dwelling at East Canje, Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne).Shortly before midday, smoke was seen coming from a wall close to a fuse box. At the time, Narsha Crandon was at home alone. Without attempting to tackle the fire, she called her husband, Garfield Fyffe, informed him of the situation and urged him to return quickly.Firefighters trying to put out the blazeCrandon said she was in the kitchen when she saw smoke coming from the front of the house in the vicinity of the fuse box.She then fled the house and crossed the road to her brother-in-law’s yard and waited for him to return from the shop.Meanwhile, Fyffe, who operates a block-making business, said he had gone to purchase sand when he was told that there was smoke in the house. He told this publication that he instructed his wife to leave the house.When he arrived, the house was engulfed.After crossing the road, Crandon had called for her brother-in-law, Colin, who told Guyana Times when he heard her cries, there was already thick smoke coming from the building.The alarm raised was also heard by a next-door neighbour; Nita Basdeo. She explained that the shouts did not come from the burning house. “I went upstairs and I hearing she calling she brother-in-law; Colin; me hear she call hard and when me look, before me look at she, me see plenty smoke coming out from over there.”Residents attempted to put out the blaze, but were unsuccessful. Basdeo said she then asked a neighbour to call the Police.When the Guyana Fire Service arrived, the building was already engulfed. The fire department responded with three units and was successful in containing the fire to one building.According to a source close to the New Amsterdam Fire Service, initial investigations revealed that residents formed a bucket brigade and attempted to douse the fire, but after realising that they could not handle it, called the professional firefighters.The source said in such cases, it was better to initially sound an alarm then evacuate the building. Before attempts are made to extinguish the fire, the Fire Service should be alerted.Meanwhile, the businessman estimated the damage at $10 million; however, the building was insured against fire. Neighbours were successful in moving Fyffe’s car to a safe location before he arrived. The building is owned by former Police Officer Patrick Fraser, who now resides in the USA. (Andrew Carmichael)