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 a presence in 8 of the 10 administrative regions. At present, there are 15 Conferences twinned with SVP Conferences in England & Wales, providing 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, an SVP shop 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.