Various indigenous communities throughout Region One (Barima-Waini) and Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni) which were deemed as ‘isolated’ have been provided with educational aid, medical relief, clothing and shoe donations through the U.S. Embassy Humanitarian Assistance Program (HAP) in collaboration with Regional Government officials.
The items which were donated were provided by both U.S. and Guyana-based Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), inclusive of Food for the Poor, Guyana Medical Relief, and Global Grins, while medications were funded by HAP.
According to a press release from the U.S. Embassy in Guyana, all efforts to distribute the goods and services were done through Regional Education and Health Offices, as well as local doctors working in Georgetown and the towns of Port Kaituma and Matthews Ridge.
INews understands that in Region Seven, HAP (Guyana) conducted an education-focused donation through the Regional Education Office.
Charles Holmes, Region Seven’s Education Officer, facilitated boat transportation to the indigenous communities of Batavia, Falmouth, St. Mary’s Quarry, and Wineperu.
The outreach distributed graphic educational aids, textbooks, teacher study guides, and reading and writing materials to each community. Students also received children’s shoes, clothes, and toothbrushes to take home to their families.
The U.S. Embassy noted that this donation reached 246 students throughout the four primary schools.
Meanwhile in Region One, HAP (Guyana) conducted a medical outreach between the towns of Port Kaituma, Sebai, Fallstop, and Arakaka.