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Meet the Team

Meet the Team: Meet the Team
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Christine Samwaroo

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 served as a  Mentor under the GirlsCare Jamaica Young Women's Climate Change Programme 2022. She is one of the Coordinators of the Guyana Gender Hub. Christine was selected as Co-Chair for the Gender Working Group as part of the Caribbean Natural Resources Institute - CANARI's Caribbean Climate Justice Alliance. Most recently, she conducted online and in-person consultations for the United Nations Youth Declaration for Transformative Education. Christine serves as Co-Lead for the Climate Education and Climate Justice Working Group as part of Transform Education.


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.

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Afeefa Richardson

Digital Communications Manager

Afeefa Richardson is a Guyanese environmentalist, author, and passionate volunteer. She has experience in environmental education, research, and communication and currently serves as a Digital Organiser with the Caribbean Climate Network. 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. Over the years, Afeefa has supported many environmental awareness activities in Guyana and now engages with climate activists across the Caribbean to support regional mobilisation and campaigns. 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.

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Iyana Alleyne

Research Intern

Iyana Alleyne is a Barbadian environmental activist. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Environmental studies and Gender studies, and she is currently a first-year law student at the University of Illinois College of Law. Iyana has previously interned at the Caribbean Disaster and Emergency Management Agency and worked with the Belize Association of Planners in the field of climate change adaptation. She is passionate about environmental justice and hopes to use the law as a tool to shape environmental policy as it relates to Small Island Developing States mitigating the effects of climate change. In her free time, Iyana enjoys playing volleyball and reading.

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Malika Singh

Blogger

Malika Singh was born and raised in Guyana is currently completing her DVM (Doctor of Veterinary Medicine). In addition to animal welfare and conservation medicine, she is passionate about education, poverty alleviation and the intersections with gender based violence and the environment. Previously, she was a member of the University of Guyana's Biology Club, The Foundation for the Realization and Elevation of New Society (FRENS) and she served as a volunteer teacher for two years with The Benab Foundation.

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Natalia Surujnath

Blogger

Natalia Surujnath obtained her Master’s in Health Policy and Management at CUNY SPH. She grew up in an underprivileged borough of New York City, where her passion for social justice began. At a young age, she was told she had a reading disability, and though many saw this as a setback, she did not; she believed it was her strength. She studied abroad in the United Kingdom, where she saw similar issues in the United States.


Natalia is a Gender Justice Advocate and she established the first women's needs research in NYC with the Jahajee Sisters. When asked about her interest in TBC, she replies, "TBC is an organization that recognizes intersectionality and community; I am honored to be a part of a team that starts at home."


Beside her passion for reading, Natalia loves to draw, write, travel, and spend time with loved ones.

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Seeromanie Persaud

Youth Ambassador

Seeromanie Persaud is a 15 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.

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Nathan Ramsarran

Youth Ambassador

Nathan Ramsarran is a 15 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.

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Daena Richards

Youth Ambassador

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.

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