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GRPA assists struggling Essequibo Coast mother of 10

first_imgAfter reading an article in Guyana Times about the struggling mother of 10, who is living in extreme poverty in Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam), members of the Guyana Responsible Parenthood Association (GRPA) visited the family at Charity village on Friday.Sonia Chung and six of her 10 children are seen with Reverend Patricia Sheerattan Bisnauth, Lucella Campbell and RHO Dr Afarah Khan on FridayGRPA Executive Director Reverend Patricia Sheerattan Bisnauth, along with Senior Programme Advisor (Caribbean) of the International Planned Parenthood Federation, Lucella Campbell, and Regional Health Officer of Region Two, Dr Afarah Khan, visited the family and donated cash and food items as a means of support for them.Sonia Chung, 35, said that since publication of the article in the Guyana Times, several persons have reached out to her family to assist, and she is very grateful.Meanwhile, a counselling session on family planning was also done with the mother of 10, and she was advised to do an Intrauterine Contraceptive Device (IUD) insertion, which will be done locally by Dr Khan.She was also advised to send her children to school on a regular basis, for education is the key to success.A neighbour of Chung’s had reached out to Guyana Times seeking to have the public’s assistance in helping Chung with basic amenities for her children. At present, six of Chung’s 10 children are living with her.Speaking with this publication, Chung had said that her youngest child was five months old. She had said that both she and her husband were finding it difficult to gain employment, as they were both uneducated.Her husband, Moses, she said, had been renting a farm in the Pomeroon River, but owing to the heavy maintenance costs, he could not afford to continue with that venture.The house in which the family lives has neither electricity nor water, and is being rented for $14,000 per month. The family owes six months’ rent, and it is only the goodwill of the landlord that stands between them and eviction. Describing her situation and her poverty-stricken state, the woman said, “Living in poverty is worse than living in hell.”Chung said her eldest son, who is 19, is differently abled and cannot help her in any significant way. (Mohanlall Seulall)last_img read more

IDB Executive Directors now official connoisseurs of El Dorado Rums

first_imgDDL Chairman Komal Samaroo and Government Affairs Advisor Wesley Kirton posed with Executive members of IDB in Capital Hill WashingtonSix key members of the Board of Directors of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) are now official connoisseurs of the internationally acclaimed award-winning El Dorado Rum of Guyana.They were presented with official certificates last Thursday at a simple ceremony in the bank’s boardroom by Demerara Distillers Limited (DDL) Chairman, Komal Samaroo.The Executive Directors earned their certificates as a result of their visit to the operations of DDL at Diamond, on Guyana’s East Bank of the Demerara River, during an official visit to Guyana, which is a borrowing member of the bank. While at DDL, the Directors – Eliot Pedrosa, the USA’s Director; Bosco Marti Ascencio, Director for Mexico and the Dominican Republic; Eric Madueno, Director for Canada; Malcolm Geere, Director for the United Kingdom, Japan, Korea, Portugal, Croatia and Slovenia; Jose Guilherme Reis, Director for Brazil and Suriname and Ambassador Selwin Hart, Director for the Caribbean – participated in an organoleptic testing exercise of a range of the El Dorado and other brands of Demerara rums distilled, blended and bottled by DDL.Prior to the organoleptic testing exercise, the Directors, accompanied by IDB representative in Guyana Sophie Makonnen and DDL officials, toured the distillery, warehouses and bottling plant and were particularly impressed with the centuries-old wooden still which is among the stills currently in use at the distillery.The visitors were also brought up to date on the expansion and diversification plans currently underway at DDL including the proposed solar farm to supply energy to the Diamond Complex which is to benefit from funding from the IDB.Last week, DDL Chairman Komal Samaroo and Government Affairs Advisor Wesley Kirton were in Washington DC for the Caribbean Legislative Forum on Capitol Hill and an energy meeting at the Bank and were received by five of the six Directors in the office of the US Executive Director.The Caribbean Director, Selwin Hart, was not present since he was in Trinidad and Tobago for meetings of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB).While visiting with the Bank’s directorate, Samaroo took the opportunity to further discuss DDL’s diversification and expansion programmes.last_img read more

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