Born in Guyana, RAYMOND CHICKRIE was a teacher in the New York City public school system, New York, currently teaching in the Middle East.
KUWAIT TO BUILD MOSQUE IN GUYANA
- By Raymond Chickrie
- Published 05/4/2013
Zakaat House, a non- governmental organisation in Kuwait has accepted the CIOG’s proposal to fund the “MASJID AL KUWAIT.” The project includes the modernization and expansion of the present mosque, addition of a library, a female prayer hall, an auditorium, four guest rooms, a kitchen and dining facilities, according to the CIOG.
“The present Masjid cannot accommodate the worshippers which have increased, especially in the female section and which does not have the necessary facilities to cater for the needs of the community. The new Masjid will accommodate more than five-hundred (500) worshippers at any time, and will complement the existing buildings housing the Meten-meer-Zorg Islamic Academy,” according to the press statement.
Construction of the “state-of-the – art Masjid” is due to started last Saturday during a turning of the sod event. After it’s complete the CIOG says, “the central mosque serving the communities at West Coast Demerara and East Bank Essequibo.”
Back in 2011, Zakaat House funded the building of a school to accommodate 300 plus students at the same Meten- Meer- Zorg Islamic Academy. And more recently, donated a bus to transport students to school in Guyana.
According to the President of the CIOG, Fazeel Ferouz, Kuwait continues to make a difference in the lives of poor children by allowing them access to education, hence allowing them an opportunity to maximize their potential, with the help of donations from supporters such as Zakaat House, government and people of Kuwait, the International Islamic Charitable Organisation, and the Ministry of Awqaf.
The CIOG has been in existence for 35 years and supports the socio-economic development of Muslims in Guyana through their support of 137 mosques throughout Guyana, their Zakaat programme, education, dawah, healthcare, disaster relief and women empowerment. Also, the CIOG aid needy non-Muslims and is at the forefront of disaster relief regardless or religious beliefs, which has brought great admiration of the Organisation locally and internationally.
Guyana and Kuwait established diplomatic ties in 1995 and are both members of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC). Kuwait is today Guyana’s strongest partner in the Arab world. No other Gulf country is so heavily involved in the socio-economic development of Muslims in Guyana like Kuwait.
Ties between the two countries are very strong. Guyana has an embassy in Kuwait and in 2010 Kuwaiti’s Prime Minister, Sheikh Nasser Al-Mohammad Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah visited Guyana. Kuwait is currently funding the construction of a four-lane highway in Guyana.
Muslims make up about 13 percent of Guyana’s population and Islam came to Guyana when African Muslims were brought to the former British and Dutch colony during the 18th century from West Africa and later as indentured immigrants from India, Afghanistan and what is now Pakistan.