As part of its corporate social responsibility, Express International Inc. on Saturday launched its “Ken Kares” Foundation, geared towards the environment and assisting the elderly as well as vulnerable young women and children.
The launch was held at the Kingston Seawall and was followed by a clean-up exercise by over 100 Express International employees, volunteering with the foundation.
Though the foundation was launched on Saturday, Express International, one of Guyana’s fastest-growing Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) companies, has been involved in several charitable works.
The company’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Ken Deocharran, explained that he has been doing many charitable works, but given that he has a company, which boasts over 400 employees, he believes that he can make a big impact on the lives of many Guyanese.
“The goal is to focus on the elderly, women, and children, and especially in remote areas where no one gets into and the environment. In the immediate Georgetown, you have all the homes where you can feed the orphanage and take care of the elderly, but there are others that you don’t know about, and those are the ones that I truly want to get to,” Deocharran explained.
The CEO added that the launch is just the scratching of the surface regarding many more community projects and initiatives that are in the pipeline.
Meanwhile, the Mayor of Georgetown, Ubraj Narine, hailed the initiative and said he is happy to see private organisations and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) coming on board to support the Mayor and City Council.
Senior Environmental Officer attached to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Ladonna Kissoon recognised Express International for being an environmental steward while encouraging staff to report anyone found threatening our environment.
Meanwhile, the company joined forces with EPA and donated several items to Seawalls and Beyond.
Seawalls and Beyond is a local group of about 12 persons who volunteer their time to clean the seawall area, especially in the vicinity of the Bandstand.
As such, Express International committed to providing 20 volunteers for the next 12 months to aid in any activity the group may have.
Dwayne Hackett, a representative from Seawalls and Beyond, expressed gratitude for the donation and volunteers while urging better waste disposal.
Apart from the Mayor and EPA, representatives from the American Chamber of Commerce & Industry Guyana (AMCHAM) were also in attendance at the launch.