Members of the Essequibo Naujawan along with the families that benefited from the back-to-school driveThe youth arm of the Guyana Hindu Dharmic Sabha Essequibo Coast branch, Dharmic Naujawan, and the Guyana Sevashram Sangha, commonly called the Cove and John Ashram, located on the East Coast of Demerara, distributed school supplies to children in various communities on the Essequibo Coast, Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam).On Wednesday and Thursday, school items, including stationery and clothing, were handed out to children at two different locations by Swami Shiva Shankarnanadaji of the Ashram.He underscored the importance of an education and the need for parents to send their children to school. The Swami further posited that it was the Ashram’s hope that the items distributed would in some way contribute in assisting parents to send their children back to school. Copies of Hindu scriptures were also given to the beneficiaries.Several parents expressed their gratitude to the Ashram for the timely contribution. The back-to-school drive was one of the many charity works done by the Ashram under Shiva Shankaranandaji’s stewardship.Meanwhile, at a simple handing-over ceremony on Saturday, held at Airy Hall Mandir, Chairman of the Essequibo Coast Dharmic Naujawan, Nandram Prabhu, told parents that the back-to-school drive was held with the aim of assisting parents to send their children off in the new school term all prepared for the academic year ahead.He also called on parents to send their children to school regularly and punctually. Prabhu noted that the back-to-school drive was one of the many charitable works undertaken by the youths in the religious organisation to assist the less fortunate.Among the items distributed to the about 15 children were bag packs, stationery, and footwear.Parents expressed their gratitude towards the youths of the organisation for the timely intervention. Most of the families that benefited from the assistance were headed by single parents. Several other executive members of the Essequibo Naujawan were also present at the handing-over ceremony.