Friday, May 8, 2009

Three Amerindian villages receive Presidential Grant

Minister of Amerindian Affairs Pauline Sukhai (second from right) with Toshaos (from left) Felix Williams, Julie Johnson and Ekufa Mewsha (GINA photo)

Minister of Amerindian Affairs Pauline Sukhai (second from right) with
Toshaos (from left) Felix Williams, Julie Johnson and Ekufa Mewsha (GINA photo)

GUYANA - The Micobie, Parabaru and Karisparu Amerindian communities recently obtained Presidential Grants totalling $2.1M for enhancement works.

A Government Information Agency (GINA) press release said Minister of Amerindian Affairs Pauline Sukhai presented the grants to the communities on Wednesday. “The programme provides communities with the financial resources necessary to fund projects that aim to provide the required services within their communities and help to make them more economically viable.”

Newly elected Toshao Julie Johnson of Micobie, Region Eight received a $1.2M grant which she said will be used to construct a ‘rest house’ in the area.

The building will provide accommodation for visitors; a paid service that will generate income for the community. Johnson said currently visitors do not enjoy adequate accommodation.

Karisparu Toshao Felix Williams received $886,000 to expand the village shop in his Region Eight community. This will preclude residents’ need to travel to other villages or communities to purchase supplies. The current community was funded by sums from a Presidential Grant and according to Williams residents had expressed the need to expand it.

Ekufa Mewsha, Toshao of Parabaru Village received the final portion of the grant. According to Mewsha this is the third Grant the Region Nine village has benefited from and it will be used to complete a village office that is now being built. Village council meetings will be held in the office which will replace the benabs previously used.

According to GINA the minister presented the grants to the toshaos and congratulated Mewsha on being re-elected. Sukhai said she hopes the grants would be used responsibly and that the projects will be sustainable and benefit the entire community.

The minister said the Presidential Grant programme is used to fund community projects. These include productive and economic projects ranging from the expansion of village farms, eco lodges, building dams, clearing trails, providing kitchen facilities for school feeding programmes and cattle rearing. Sukhai said applications for grants are processed within two days through a simple process which requires that the communities present proposals and estimates for their proposed projects.

She said the ministry uses an approach that allows the community to decide on its priority project. Sukhai said that this method allows communities to participate in their development allows residents the leverage to own their projects. The ministry monitors the progress of the projects and later this year will provide a report of the impact that the Presidential Grants have had on various communities. GINA said the grants usually range from $500,000 to $1.7M and are distributed annually among the 139 Amerindian communities.

Source: Stabroek News


Exterian said...

It is always good to learn that communities such as these can and do receive the financial aid that will help them develop their community.

But, as long as they are also getting the help they need as far as the education and knowledge they need to put these funds to good use. How many times have grants been awarded only to see mismanagement of the funds and the project goes no where.

I don't think this will be the case here. The people want to fend for themselves and just need a head start. Congratulations!

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Ryan and Jesse said...

It is amazing how many people mis-use grant funds. I think there is a real need to educate people on how to use their funds wisely. Most people have no financial/budgeting education and I think that a little of that should be offered along with the grant.

With that said, I am glad these communities are getting the help they need and deserve. Thanks.

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stuart said...

@ Ryan and Jesse i have to agree it is amazing how many people mis-use grant funds. I think that alot more should be done to educate people on how to use their funds wisely and i think a group should be setup to help inforce this so the money is spent in the right places.

It is nice to see these communities are getting the help but i feel if more was done to stop funds being wasted more communities could get the funds they need.


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Dogbite said...

It is nice to see the grants get approved so quickly. All too often the waiting period on things like this can take so long. Unfortunately as Jesse said grant funds sometimes get wasted. This is a big lesson to learn in advancement.

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