On Tuesday 15th January 2019, a team which included staff and volunteers from the Guyana Foundation conducted an outreach at Tapakuma or St. Deny’s Mission. This is an Amerindian village which is located in the hinterland and is 12 miles or 27 kilometers from Anna Regina. It is populated with 400 residents. There is approximately 15,000 acres of land space where farming and lumbering are the main sources of income. Even though the villagers engaged themselves in securing jobs to meet their demands, there are still some basic needs that are not covered and as such, poverty continues to prevail. Within Tapakuma is Dawa, which is the conservancy that controls the water for the rice farmers in the entire Region No. 2.
Managing Director of the Sunrise Center, Ms. Meena in her opening remarks to the gathering, explained the mission and the role the Guyana Foundation plays in the development of communities and the lives of poverty stricken citizens. This information was shared so that the participants would be aware of the services/benefits available so that they can utilize them as a community or individually.
Ms. Sharon Slate, the Canadian Psychologist who is attached to the Guyana Foundation through CUSO did a presentation on “Mental Health – it causes and prevention”. This information was well received by persons who heard about mental health but were not certain what it was all about. Persons sought clarification on their beliefs and facts.
Ms. Supriya Singh-Bodden, Founder of the Guyana Foundation, has committed herself to give assistance to the community by offering a free skill course of the residents’ choice which on completion will generate income for them. She will also arrange for someone to be trained to assist the Health Worker with cases of Mental Health.