Her Excellency, The First Lady of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana, Mrs. Sandra Granger Patron of the Guyana Foundation  

Her Excellency, The First Lady of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana, Mrs. Sandra Granger
Patron of the Guyana Foundation
 

Sandra Marie Granger was born in Georgetown and attended Sacred Heart Primary School and St. Joseph High School. She holds two Bachelor of Arts degrees (both Pass with Distinction) in English Literature and in Portuguese, respectively, from the University of Guyana. She was awarded a LASPAU/Fulbright scholarship to study at the University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where she obtained a Master of Arts degree in Brazilian Literature and a Graduate Certificate in Latin American Studies.

Sandra Granger worked as an airline reservations clerk; a scriptwriter and traffic supervisor at Radio Demerara; and a lecturer in the Department of Modern Languages, University of Guyana, where she also served as Assistant Dean, Faculty of Arts.  At the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat, she served as a Research and Conference Officer; Senior Project Officer, Office of the Deputy Secretary-General; Executive Management Officer, Office of the Secretary-General; and Deputy Programme Manager, Conference Services. She retired from the Secretariat as Programme Manager, Conference Services.

Since the assumption of her husband to the Office of President of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana in May 2015, Sandra Granger has immersed herself in activities aimed at improving the lives of the most vulnerable sectors of the Guyanese population. These include:

  • Organising, in collaboration with Interweave Solutions, the Ministry of Social Protection and the Ministry of Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs, Self-Reliance and Success in Business Workshops which aim at wealth-generation and the empowerment of women.
     
  • Sponsoring the Buxton Youth Development Initiative which provides meals and remedial classes for children attending three primary schools in the Buxton/Friendship area.
     
  • Sponsoring an ICT Workshop for young adults in the Buxton area, upon completion of which participants were certified by the Board of Industrial Training.
     
  • Working with Women Across Differences, a non-governmental organisation which focusses on counselling, supporting and empowering adolescent mothers. This includes helping girls who want to complete their secondary education to go back to school or receive training in their preferred vocation, as well as training in craft and parenting skills.
     
  • A workshop on Caring for the Elderly.  In addition, with support from the Ministry of Social Protection, a project coordinated by Women Across Differences will soon be launched in which adolescent mothers will teach craft to seniors in senior citizens’ homes, thereby transferring skills and achieving inter-generational interaction.
     
  • Participating in Luminous Women, a small informal group of mainly retired professional women, whose activities include making donations to senior citizens’ homes, organizing outings for senior citizens and “glam days” for ladies in senior citizens’ homes, as well as examining means of wealth generation among women.
     
  • Launching the Kind Soles Project in collaboration with ReThink Organisation of Trinidad and Tobago. This project aims to provide “shoes that grow”- quality adjustable shoes that can last a child for up to five years - to primary and secondary schoolchildren in the hinterland of Guyana. So far, in collaboration with the Ministry of Social Cohesion, over 2000 pairs of shoes have been distributed to children in Region 1 - Barima/Waini and Region 9 – Upper Essequibo/Upper Takutu. These shoes are all donated by citizens in Guyana and the diaspora.

Sandra Granger She is a member of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) First Ladies Round Table on Reducing Adolescent Pregnancy in the Caribbean. She collaborates on various key issues with UNAIDS, the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation and UN Population Fund (UNFPA).

She also serves as the patron of Women Across Differences, The Guyana Foundation, the Guyana Girl Guides and Girl Scouts Association, and Step by Step Foundation.