An advocate of literacy for all, Cindy Charles has focused much of her career- creating opportunities that
inspire children and women in literacy.
Cindy is the Founder and President of Kupanda Sisters, Inc., with a mission to uplift women and young
people in underserved communities by providing them with quality literacy resources and skills that will
equip and empower them to transform their reality, unleash their full potential, and become meaningful
contributors to their communities and our world.
Cindy was invited to speak at The World Literacy Summit 2020 at Oxford University, United Kingdom.
The Summit brought together leaders from 85 countries representing over two-thirds of the world’s population, and
all with a single focus – advocating, championing and educating on the vital importance of improving literacy levels
across the globe.
Kupanda Sisters started providing services in early 2019 to more than 20 children to build their literacy
levels to meet academic standards under the slogan “Together We Rise.” The organization also focuses
on empowering women in Guyana through wellness, entrepreneurial workshops and awareness
campaigns. Recently, Kupanda Sisters Inc. partnered with Sun Books of the World Literacy Foundation
to launch a pilot program that would provide electronic tablets with literacy resources to twenty (20)
students at the Sophia Primary School in Guyana.
A native of Guyana, South America, Cindy grew up in small village on the East Bank of Essequibo called
Parika. The last of two children, Cindy always had dreams of an obstacle free world where everyone was
afforded the same opportunities.
During her childhood, she faced several emotional, psychological and physical challenges as she was
forced to navigate the perplexities of growing up in a broken home. Her struggles at home added to her
academic issues, and with limited resources available she felt like another statistic. Another voiceless
child without a future.
In her early 20s, because of a family member, Cindy was given the opportunity to relocate to the United
States of America. She packed her bags and travelled to New York, holding on to her dream of changing
her story and creating her true destiny. Cindy saw this journey as the start of a new life, and though she
knew that there would be obstacles, she was determined to conquer all hurdles.
Cindy’s life experiences have given birth to an unquenchable passion to serve her community. She spends
her free time volunteering in community groups such as Gallop NYC, U.S. Fund for UNICEF and Children
of Promise. In 2018, she was selected as a Mentor Coach for the America Needs You an organization that
fights for economic mobility for ambitious, first-generation college students.
Cindy holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Hunter College-The City University of New York and
currently works as an Executive Administrator for JP Morgan Chase & Co.
A committed, focused individual, Cindy is looking forward to expanding the Kupanda Sisters program
currently being held at the Sophia Primary School into the Parika School system in 2020.
To learn more about Cindy’s journey and Kupanda Sisters, please email [email protected], visit
www.kupandasisters.org or connect via social media @kupandasisters .