Guyana, the only English speaking country on the South American continent, has an area equivalent to the size of Great Britain but a population of only around 750,000 who come from a wide variety of ethnic backgrounds. The former British colony gained independence in 1966. Guyana boasts a remarkably rich ecology being 80% covered in tropical rainforest but the country has one of South America’s poorest economies.
The Society has 20 Conferences in 8 of the 10 administrative regions. At present, there are 16 Conferences twinned with SVP Conferences in England & Wales who provide both financial and spiritual support.
The Society manages four homes for the elderly and we have provided some support for their maintenance. Over recent years, a number of small projects have also been set up. These comprise, for example, chicken rearing, sewing, SVP shops and maintenance of a home for the elderly. Most of the small projects are aimed at raising funds to enable the Conferences to purchase food for those in need within their communities.
Members of the Ascension Conference in New Amsterdam getting busy with the newly commissioned sewing project, May 2018
The project was financed by the SVP in England & Wales and will produce mosquito nets, bed sheets and pillow cases. The items will be sold to the public and will also be provided to residents of the Good Samaritan home for the elderly that is run by the Conference. Income generated by the project will be used to support the Conference’s work with the poor and needy.
“Members of the Guardian Angels Conference, Hopetown, Guyana, preparing a fund-raising BBQ, Easter 2018”
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