Here’s what we have just done
A very successful workshop with 30 students from the Unique Arts Group.
We also trained 10 TIF facilitators.

Here’s what we are currently doing
Every Sunday for 2 hrs from 3 to 5pm
Guitar/Piano and Voice lessons with Unique Arts (West Ruimveldt)

Every Wednesday for 2 hours 1:00 – 3:00pm
Teaching Basic Theory to Primary School students at the St. John’s Bosco Orphanage, Plaisance

For 1 ½hrs –  4:30 - 6:00pm
Introducing Music to 12 secondary School Students at St. John’s

Every Friday for 4 hours 11am – 3:pm
Vinode and Mark teach Basic Theory to students of St. Ambrose Primary School, Alberttown
Every Saturday for 2 hours – 10am – 12 noon
Guitar and Piano Lessons to 15 girls at the St. Ann’s Orphanage, Thomas Street, Georgetown
Vinode has started to compile Music Books – Introductory Piano and Introductory Guitar for free distribution to schools/church groups and youth centres.
Here’s what we’re planning to do
To start production of a 30 minute TV program called “FUNdamentals of Music” for beginners/novices and educators. Programme will feature:-
- Introduction to General Theory (Pianos and Guitars)
- Introduction to different styles of Music (involving for a start the Brazilian and Chinese Embassies)
- Introduction to Composition and Modern Recording (involving local music production houses – Wild Fire, Kross Kolors, Brutal and some local artistes)
- General History and Social Relevance of Music – (Story telling/culture/fashion)

DVDs of these programmes will be distributed
- Planning a Summer Workshop when Diana comes back –
- An International Independence Concert on May 27th (Tina’s Birthday)
- In May, starting our Sponsor a Child Music Lessons – with Talent spotted from our on-going classes.

On the side
We have been working with the Richmond family in covering expenses as we seek professional help to see if Joshua’s eyesight can be improved. He has seen the specialist Dr. Jain at the Balwant Singh Hospital and while there is no hope for the left eye, he has been outfitted with special Bi-focals that Joshua reports has already helped him to see better. The Richmonds are in touch with an overseas-based Children’s charitable group who may help in arranging surgery that is not available in Guyana.
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Saturday, 20th November, 2010
The Tina Insanally Foundation conducted its first workshop, an Introduction to Music for children on Saturday 20th November at the Theatre Guild Playhouse, Barack Street, Kingston. Twenty-five children, from 2 to 16 years old, participated in the half-day event which sought to expose them to basics of music theory. Activities ranged from singing and dancing with the little ones, to music games and an introduction to choir and instruments for the older participants. Everyone had a great time.

The workshop was designed and facilitated by Diana Burrowes and Vinode Ramsammy and Foundation volunteers.  Diana Burrowes holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music and a Certificate in Principles of Healthy Childhood Development from the University of Waterloo in Canada. Diana is an accomplished vocalist with significant professional and volunteer experience working with children. Vinode Ramsammy, the Foundation’s Programme Coordinator, is an experienced musician and performer. Vinode has worked to establish music programmes for children in several institutions in the US.

Inspired by the live of Tina Insanally, the goal of the Foundation is to enrich the lives of Guyanese children through music. Programmes have been established in the Red Cross Convalescent Home, St. Ann’s Orphanage and St. John’s Bosco Boys Home. Children participate in weekly session which range from music and movement to choir practice and instruction in instruments. For more information on the Foundation or to get involved, visit
Friday, 10th December, 2010
TIF Interview on the Guyana Today Show,
NCN Channel 11
Friday, 17th December, 2010
TIF Interview on the Beauty of Christmas Show,
NCN Channel 11
Sunday, 19th December, 2010
TIF Christmas Magic Concert,
Theatre Guild Playhouse
St Ambrose Primary School.pdf

From around the world, they come to lend a hand to the Tina Insanally Foundation!

Guyanese born Abby Greene living in Vancouver Canada for the past 24 years and long – time friend of the Foundation, held two-one hour sessions of PULSE PLAY during the first week of April 2013.

Using tin cans, plastic bottles and buckets, boxes and sticks, she got the children from Bless the Children Home and the St. John Bosco Orphanage to beat pulsating rhythms.

As the tempo picks up, Abby energizes herself and the students with her African dancing.


TIF receives a Note of Thanks from St. Ambrose Primary School
April 12, 2013 - PRESS RELEASE

This is the first time that Ms. Greene has worked with children, aged 7 to 16 years. She normally deals with Adults – senior citizens in homes or office workers at corporate firms during their lunch hour.

They all get tremendous enjoyment and therapeutic value from these sessions.

Thank you Abby!

April 9, 2013 - PRESS RELEASE

The raffle organized by the Tina Insanally Foundation to raise funds to purchase keyboards for students who receive free lessons, was drawn on Thursday, 28th March in the presence of a number of onlookers.. The lucky winners are:



Ticket No.


First Prize

40” Flat Screen TV

Donated by  

All Seasons Racing Service


Mary Mc Donald

Second Prize

Trip for 2 to Kaieteur Falls

Compliments of Air Services Ltd.


Jason Kellman

Third Prize

32” Flat Screen TV


Kristal Williams

Fourth Prize

Palmer Guitar

Compliments Sterling Products


J. Ramjeawan

Fifth Prize

Dinner for 2 at New Thriving


Luric c/o GPHC

Mrs. Mary Mc Donald receiving her TV and Kristal Williams gets her prize from TIF’s Maria Leung.




About Caribbean North -

St Ambrose Primary School.pdf
St Ambrose Primary School.pdf

The Foundation is pleased to announce the start-up of lessons for DRUMS.  Classes are held twice weekly by long-time friend Paul Persaud.  Three (3) boys from St. John Bosco Orphanage and two (2) girls from the Bless the Children group make up the first group of five students.


Close to 150 guests, including Minister of Culture, Youth and Sport Dr. Frank Anthony, Ambassadors from Mexico and Argentina and Mrs. Pam Harakh from Caribbean North of Toronto Canada, turned up to enjoy TIF’s 3rd Birthday Concert on Monday May 27 2013 at the Georgetown Club, Camp Street.  The Audience had good things to say about the improved performances by our Guitar Group, the TIF/Bosco Steel Pan Orchestra and the little ones from Lovely Lass, WC Berbice.


Have a look at these news items that tell of the resounding success of our 5 – day Steelpan Handcrafting Workshop.

We’re indebted to Republic Bank for overall sponsorship; AH&L Kissoon Ltd. and the Continental Group of Companies who each donated 12 drums; Aubrey Bryan and Ivan Chapman for facilitating the Workshop.  

Eight (8) of the fourteen (14) participants will continue with a series of 4 sessions with Mr. Bryan and thereafter with Mr. Chapman until they all have an individual pan on which they worked from start to finish

All ears: A steelapn seminar participant takes his turn at the steel pan as fellow participants and their instructor, steelpan maker and tuner Aubrey Bryan, listen intently.  The five-day event, sponsored by Republic Bank in collaboration with the Tina Insanally Foundation, ended on Friday July 19 2013, at the Ivan Chapman's North Ruimveldt Pan Workshop on Mandela Avenue, Georgetown by 14 youths from the foundation's branches.
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