Meet the Team
Founder & Managing Director
Christine Samwaroo was born and raised in Guyana. She moved to New York City in 2008. During that time, she studied at Iona College and The New School. Christine focused her studies on climate justice and sustainability in Guyana and the Caribbean. She has a Master’s Degree in Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management. In New York City, she worked as an Educator at the Climate Museum and the Green Girls program under City Parks Foundation. In 2018, Christine decided to move back to Guyana to follow her dreams of doing environmental work in her country. She worked as a Senior Environmental Officer at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Christine is both a Climate Reality Project and Green Faith Youth Fellow. Christine co-authored a children’s book on climate change and health called 'The Sprouts and the Mystery of the Flood'. Christine is a Mentor under the GirlsCare Jamaica Young Women's Climate Change Programme 2022. She is one of the Coordinators of the Guyana Gender Hub and a member on the Civil Society National Reference Group (CS-NRG) under the Spotlight Initiative.
Christine describes the mission behind The Breadfruit Collective as being work that is related to her history, passion, and a way to honor her late grandmother and women in her family who experience various forms of gender-based violence.
Digital Communications Manager
Afeefa Richardson is a Guyanese environmentalist, author, and passionate volunteer. She has experience in environmental research and communication having worked in the United Nations system and currently serves as the Digital Communications Manager with The Breadfruit Collective. She is a longstanding member of the Guyana Youth and Environment Network (GYEN), a Youth Volunteer with UNICEF Guyana and is also affiliated with the Guyana Environment Initiative. Previously, she served as a United Nations Volunteer with the United Nations Environment Programme supporting communications and research for a national development policy for sustainable development in Guyana. As an environmental science graduate, Afeefa’s activism includes engaging with children and youth on the environment. She is a co-author of “The Sprouts and the Mystery of the Flood’ - a storybook on climate change and health for children - and believes that environmental education is key in ensuring that children not only inherit a thriving planet but also become active caretakers. When she’s not working or volunteering, Afeefa enjoys reading, travelling, and dabbling in graphic design.
Iyana is currently a Senior majoring in Environment and Gender Studies at Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts, USA. Iyana was born and raised in Barbados. She completed her final years of high school in Changshu, China. She is passionate about Environmental Justice in the Caribbean and hopes to further her studies in this area.
Seeromanie Persaud is a 14 year old student at Mae's Secondary. She loves her cat Ozzie Bear and making Tik Tok videos. Seeromanie is a poet and an advocate against street harassment having experienced catcalling herself. She was the first Youth Ambassador with The Breadfruit Collective and has helped with preparation and plans in the first year of the organisation.
Nathan Ramsarran is a 14 year old student at St. Stanislaus College. He loves to read and watch anime and cricket. He is very passionate about issues surrounding homelessness and has been very involved in the period drives with The Breadfruit Collective.
Daena Richards is a final year High School student. She is passionate about animal rights and gender issues. Daena enjoys sewing in her free time. She volunteered to make over 30 handmade cards for the last TBC Mother's Day mutual aid drive. She is also a youth volunteer with UNICEF Guyana.