Backpack International on ninth mission trip to Guyana to equip students for success

Guyanese-born president and founder of Backpack International, Oslyn Rodriguez, third from left, with a team of volunteers on their way to the hinterlands of Guyana, to distribute school supplies, and conduct a summer camp until July 15.
Photo courtesy Backpack International

Backpack International Inc., a non-profit organization founded in 2016 by Guyanese-born Oslyn Rodriguez, is dedicated to equipping students in need for academic success. As such, the organization that provides backpacks filled with essentials such as school supplies, hygiene products, shoes, clothing, books, and more, will continue its ninth Mission trip in the South American country until July 15.

Rodriguez told Caribbean Life recently, that Backpack International Inc. is thrilled to host its ninth mission trip to Guyana, from July 4 – 15. She said an eleven-member team, consisting of nine volunteers from the USA and two from Guyana, will be traveling to Lethem in the hinterland area of Guyana to distribute essential supplies and host educational and recreational activities for local children.

“Earlier this month, Backpack International shipped a 20-foot container filled with backpacks loaded with new shoes, school supplies, hygiene products, and reading books for over 200 children in Lethem and St. Ignatius Village. This shipment also includes medical scrubs for the dedicated staff at Lethem Hospital,” said Rodriguez.

Some of the students who will benefit from a summer camp, and donation of school supplies during a Backpack International mission trip to Guyana's hinterlands.
Some of the students who will benefit from a summer camp, and donation of school supplies during a Backpack International mission trip to Guyana’s hinterlands. Photo courtesy Backpack International

“The mission aims to provide much-needed support and resources to the local communities, ensuring that every child has the opportunity to start the school year with confidence and dignity,” she noted.

According to the humanitarian, the mission’s activities will feature a Summer Sports Camp, offering soccer, flag football, volleyball, and dodgeball, alongside a Vacation Bible School, arts and crafts sessions, sports events, and meals. These activities, free of charge to the 200 registered children, will be conducted in collaboration with Pastor Jennie Forde of Lethem Assembly of God and Ricardo and Regina Robertson of St. Ignatius Village, Region #9, according to the organization.

Rodriguez, the president of Backpack International Inc., emphasized the importance of this mission, noting,

“I remember how excited I used to get going back-to-school shopping for new clothes, shoes, and school supplies. Some of our students don’t have that opportunity.’

“I believe every child deserves the chance to enter the new school term with confidence. By providing these to students, it’s a small step in encouraging them in their educational journey,” said Rodriguez.

To learn more about Backpack International and its mission, visit