George Subraj is an experienced New York real estate professional. Outside of his professional pursuits, George Subraj supports educational endeavors in developing countries, including a computer training center in Guyana and surgical assistance for African children.

Officials in many developing countries struggle with the question of improving economic opportunity for their governments and people. In most cases, nations that have achieved success in this area implemented new business initiatives, including manufacturing, agriculture, and technology services. In order to realize these goals, local and national governments worked in tandem with philanthropists and business leaders to provide job training for regional workforces.

An effective economic development plan that results in the creation of jobs often commences with an increased focus on education at all levels. Children in underserved and poor districts often lack ready access to quality education. Parents sometimes pull children from school at an early age to help with household needs or get a job. This family situation, with one generation after another garnering only minimal education, exacerbates the cycle of poverty and becomes the cultural norm throughout regions. Governments promote thriving business by allowing on-the-job training for adult workers while educating upcoming generations to take on larger roles, such as management and development.

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Guyana Watch, a nonprofit that has been sponsoring medical clinics in Guyana since 1992, has seen a full range of untreated medical problems among the Guyanese population. These include everything from common issues, like diabetes and hypertension, to serious kidney and heart problems.

Historically, Guyana has not had the expertise to handle the more serious medical issues and has had to try to send individuals abroad for treatment on a case-by-case basis. This began to change in 2008, when Guyana Watch Vice President George Subraj decided to try sending doctors to Guyana instead, inspired by a desperate young Guyanese man with renal failure. Subraj brought a team from Walter Reed Medical Center to Guyana to perform the country’s first kidney transplant.

In 2010, George Subraj expanded his vision when he and Dr. Gary Stephens, of the Caribbean Heart Institute, brought a team of doctors from New York and oversaw Guyana’s first pediatric heart surgeries.

Guyana faces a shortage of pathologists as the current cohort continues to age and enter retirement, according to a report in Kaieteur News Online. The situation prompted the Ministry of Health to call on registered doctors to enroll in training programs in the discipline.

Pathology focuses on the causes and effects of diseases, particularly with regard to diagnostic and forensic purposes. Ministry officials pointed out that the oldest pathologist in the country is 63 years old, while the youngest is only a few years younger.

The government has created a scholarship program to encourage young physicians to enter the field. In addition, a number of overseas universities and clinical centers have entered into arrangements with the University of Guyana and Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation to create programs that meet international standards. Graduates of the programs will be expected to serve in regions throughout the country.

About George Subraj: Born in Guyana, George Subraj is a successful real estate executive in New York City who donates significant funds to medical causes in his native country.

A dedicated humanitarian and current owner of Zara Realty in New York, George Subraj hails from the South American country of Guyana. A small, former colonial nation located on the Guiana Shield in the northeastern portion of the continent, Guyana plays host to a number of distinctive natural features and historical sites, which attract tourism from all over the world. Here is a brief look at some of the most popular travel destinations in Guyana.

Kaieteur Falls: A 741-foot tall waterfall located in the Potaro-Siparuni region of Guyana, Kaieteur Falls possesses one of the most impressive combinations of height and volume among all world waterfalls. Although the exact strength of its water flow is unknown, many sources rank it as one of the most powerful in the world. In recent years, Kaieteur Falls has become one of the largest tourist attractions in Guyana, owing to its proximity to a small airstrip that connects to the major airports in the capital city of Georgetown.

Iwokrama Forest: One of the most pristine areas of tropical rainforest in the world, the Iwokrama Forest enjoys a high level of biodiversity and has remained relatively untouched by modern human activity. Covered by a dense canopy some 20 to 30 meters in the air, the Forest plays host to rare species such as the giant anteater, which has become extinct in the majority of its former habitats. One can also find an extraordinary diversity in the Iwokrama Forest, including more than 400 species of fish, approximately 500 species of birds, and nearly 100 species of bats.

St. George’s Cathedral: Located in the heart of Georgetown, St. George’s Cathedral is currently the second tallest wooden house of worship in the world. Designed by Sir Arthur Blomfield in 1889, St. George’s Cathedral is a significant historical landmark in Guyana and contains a wealth of information and artifacts from the small South American nation’s colonial past.

To learn more about tourism opportunities in Guyana, visit the country’s official visitor website at Guyana-Tourism.com.