Aug 25, 2012 News
In an effort to reward the 23 children of ‘Witness Project-Guyana’ for their roles in trying to stop violence against women and children, Trans Guyana Airways on Thursday, last, awarded them an all-paid expenses trip to the Kaieteur Falls
According to Ms. Margaret Clemons, the head of the foundation under which the project is being executed, the members, all of whom are children, are working to send a bold message to adults that violence against women and children must end.
She added that the children have also been working on the Witness Project to eliminate gender-based and child-directed violence via art.
The objective of the project is “to draw attention and spark conversations about the effects of violence on society’s most vulnerable and impressionable witnesses—children”.
These children are the same ones who painted various sceneries on the seawall, with each painted picture reflecting their lives.
Ms. Clemons is of the belief that in order to achieve change, one needs to find innovative solutions, and to think innovatively, one needs exposure. And as such, providing exposure and various perspectives into a range of issues is what the children need.
“We gave them cameras and told them to take pictures of people and capture their stories. Some of them even interviewed the Canadian High Commissioner, Mr. David Devine” Clemons said.
As it relates to the Kaieteur Falls trip, Ms. Clemons told this publication that if the children see for themselves, the site which is considered our national treasure, they would become keener on preserving it.
“It would no longer be just a picture in a book, but a live majestic miracle that they are being tasked to keep that way for future generations”.
Tariq Mohammad, one of the participants, in speaking to Kaieteur News about their project, said that while he was not sure what the aim was at first, he has evolved, and is now able to assist his peers and those in his school and community witnessing violence.
Some of the other children believe that they were “lucky” to have witnessed some form of violence in their homes and community, as that has motivated them in their fight to eliminate all forms of violence.
A representative of Trans Guyana Travel told this publication that “Trans Guyana is very pleased and happy to have given these children an opportunity to see the most magnificent part of their country.”
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