[www.inewsguyana.com] – President David Granger has announced an increase in Government subvention for the Dharm Shala indigent home, and a donation of $1 million before year end, for the continued work at the institution.
The President made this announcement to an audience including residents, staff and management at the Christmas luncheon held at the home.
According to the Ministry of the Presidency, the president said the donation is to be used to support any effort to rehabilitate and/or equip any member of the institution with the skills needed for employment.
“We [would] like to look at other measures that could be used to rehabilitate them, to prepare them for the world of work. People should not feel that the end of their useful life begins when they enter the Dharm Shala; it is just a phase, something to help them help themselves,” President Granger said.
In his Christmas message, he reminded the gathering that Christmas should not only be a time for merriment, but more importantly it should be a time for charity, peace and the goodness of Christ.
The Head of State also spoke of his Government’s plan to bridge the gaps of inequality across the country. Pointing to the need for providing access to education for all, as one sure way to remedy this situation, the President hoped that the Dharm Shala could also play a role in pushing education.
The Dharm Shala has been proving much needed care of indigents and elderly persons in Guyana for 95 years, including housing and medical care. During the days leading up to Christmas, the residents of the Dharm Shala were treated to a day of carolling by the Salvation Army, and participated in their annual children party for children in the Albouystown community. Throughout the month, residents were treated to gifts and goodies by the business community and other individuals.