Suriname, officially the Republic of Suriname, is a sovereign country located on the Northeastern Atlantic coast of South America. It is in between Guyana and French Guiana and north of Brazil. With a population of slightly over half a million, Suriname is sparsely populated with its population being heavily concentrated in the capital, Paramaribo. This is where our donations go, to StigesU (a facility for mentally disabled people) in Paramaribo, Suriname. StigesU reflects the immense diversity found in Suriname. There are a multitude of different ethnicities that make up the country, ranging from East Indian to Maroon to Creole/Afro-Surinamese to Javanese. This is a result of Dutch colonialism. Suriname became independent on November 25th, 1975. It has been a bumpy period for Suriname in the past forty plus years. With the rise of a dictator and then the re-election of that former dictator in 2010 and 2015.
In December of 2016, Suriname had the fourth worse inflation rate in the world.
It is a troubled country and that is why we direct our aid towards it. We could help the mentally disabled anywhere in the world but we decided to choose a place that desperately needs all the assistance it can acquire.
The Arawak were the first to settle Suriname back in 3000 BC
In 1667, the Dutch received Suriname in a treaty with the English while the English received New Amsterdam which was renamed New York, after the Duke of York
It takes longer on average to register a new business in Suriname than virtually any other country in the world (694 days or about 99 weeks)