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Supporting the literacy and numeracy program in the Prison institution

Support for the NA Prison Literacy Program The prison administration and the literacy instructor were in high praise of the resourcefulness and efforts made by COFONA to aid in assisting both the male and female prison system in New Amsterdam. New Amsterdam houses the...
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Music Theory Training is in Session for the Band Corps

We are Collaborating for the Development of Youths in the Township Neuroscientists are discovering multiple ways that musical training improves the function and connectivity of different brain regions. Musical training increases brain volume and strengthens...
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Musical instruments donated or purchased, now well over 75

Your Support is making a difference Over the last five years, members, friends and supporters of the Council of Friends of New Amsterdam have provided continuous support for the COFONA Band Corps, especially for instruments and uniform, in addition to other programs...
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The Band Corps performing at Fyrish/Courtland Village Day

We Offer our Support to Other Towns and Villages The COFONA Band Corps was in full support at the opening of Fyrish/Courtland Village Day on April 23, 2016. They were on hand to celebrate the occasion with none other than Ms. Nagamootoo, wife of Guyana’s Prime...
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Cofona Drum Corp at the Flag Raising Ceremony at Durban Park, Georgetown

For some band members, the trip to Georgetown was their first trip to the nation’s capital. The youths who had practiced for months for this moment felt the amounting excitement. And now, they were about to play for those dignitaries, government officials,...
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Thank you for visiting us.

We welcome your sincere interest in New Amsterdam, the place we called home. And while many have settled comfortably in adopted lands far and wide, others still value those experiences of yesteryears; experiences which shaped our values, molded our character, and inspired our dreams! We were imbued with hopes we cherished and dreams we pursued! It is individuals like these who are involved in COFONA (Council of Friends of New Amsterdam). COFONA is a collaborative initiative that networks among individuals, associations, and agencies for the overall educational, social, cultural, and economic growth and development of the town of Greater New Amsterdam and its environs.

Our History and Purpose

The Council of Friends of New Amsterdam (COFONA) is a collaborative initiative that networks among individuals, associations, and agencies for the overall educational and socio-economic growth and development of the town of New Amsterdam.

Become a Member

Demonstrate your interest by supporting the endeavors of all New Amsterdam associations, by becoming active members, by volunteering your time, by making contributions to worthy causes and programs that benefit the residents of New Amsterdam.

Donations

We support numerous causes in New Amsterdam including but not limited to Instruments for COFONA Band Corps, Uniforms for COFONA Band Corps Berbice Multi-Cultural Heritage Complex and more. Cofona Inc is a 501(c)(3) Organization which means your donations are tax deductible. Get back today!

New Amsterdam mayor Kirt Wynter with his wife and outgoing Mayor Claude Henry

Businessman Kirt Wynter is New Amsterdam Mayor

New Amsterdam has a new Mayor in businessman Kirt Wynter. Winter, 37, of Vryman’s Erven will be serving for the first time on the council. He was elected when the council held its first statutory meeting in the Chambers of the New Amsterdam Town Council on Friday. His...
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Newspaper agent is Mayor of New Amsterdam

At the inaugural meeting of the New Amsterdam Town Councillors, Kirt Anthony Solomon Wynter, was elected as the Mayor, after being nominated by APNU+AFC Councillors Mr. William Moore and seconded by Pollyann Shultz. A second nominee Ms. Winifred Haywood was nominated...
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Milton Pydana

One of Guyana’s best wicketkeepers Milton Pydana turns 66 today

Back in 2014 the Berbice Cricket Board (BCB) which was founded in September 1939, inducted six cricketers into their Hall of Fame and one of those players, Milton Pydana was mistakenly described as deceased by the BCB. Pydana, a former Berbice, Guyana and West Indies...
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Berbice High School gears for centenary

This year, Berbice High School (BHS) is gearing for its 100th anniversary. The school which has been the premier educational institution in the Ancient County opened its door on September 5, 1916. At its inception Berbice High School was a Boys’ School started with an...
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President announces re-introduction of National Cadet Corps

With the aim of providing youths with basic leadership skills and affording them the opportunity to travel to their country, Head of State, David Granger, today announced that he would be re-introducing the National Cadet Corps. A product of the Queen’s College Cadet...
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New Amsterdam Deputy Mayor dies suddenly

Deputy Mayor of the Town of New Amsterdam, Harold Dabydeen died suddenly on Friday evening at the New Amsterdam Hospital. He reportedly suffered a heart attack. Dabydeen, 65, lived alone at King Street New Amsterdam. He served in the municipality since 1994 and was...
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David A. Granger sworn in as Guyana’s 8th Executive President

– Official inauguration to be done on Independence Day , May 26 at National Stadium Amidst the display of love and support by thousands of Guyanese, David Arthur Granger, was sworn in as Guyana’s 8th Executive President yesterday on the balcony of the Parliament with...
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National Trust launches ‘New Amsterdam Heritage Trail’

The National Trust of Guyana, an agency under the auspices of the Culture Ministry which is responsible for the preservation and promotion of the nation’s heritage, launched the ‘New Amsterdam Heritage Trail’ a booklet which features 39 historical sites in New...
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The Passing of Our Beloved Vernon M. Bennett

We Regret To Inform You Of the Passing of Our Beloved Vernon M. Bennett Who passed away on Thurs. 03/19/2015 Viewing: Sat. – 03/28/2015 ~ 8:00AM -10:00AM Service: Sat. – 03/28/2015 ~ 10:00AM St. Gabriel’s Episcopal Church 311 Hawthorne Street Brooklyn, NY 11225 For...
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Drug shortage hits Berbice hospitals

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Berbice Regional Health Authority (BRHA), Dr. Vishwa Mahadeo; CEO of the New Amsterdam Hospital, Mr. Alan Johnson; and PRO of BRHA, Mr. Michael Itwaru were recently grilled about allegations of shortage of drugs at the hospitals....
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