Jul 29, 2018 News
Minister of Citizenship, Winston Felix, along with representatives from the Civil Defence Commission (CDC), the Ministry of Health and the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), began distributing food and sanitation hampers to Venezuelan migrants in Barima-Wani, Region One.
Lieutenant Colonel Kester Craig, Director General of the CDC stated that the exercise is aimed at “providing some amount of relief to communities where you have an influx of Venezuelans.”
He noted that the items included in the hampers were procured by CDC, IOM and UNICEF.
The three-day exercise which began Thursday in Khan Hill, Mabaruma saw 10 families being given much-needed supplies.
These included food supplies, tarpaulins, sanitation items and baby supplies.
Hampers were also given to the village Toshao, Ernest Santiago.
The donation was intended to ease the burden of those who have been supporting these migrants for a number of weeks.
Though there was a language barrier, it was evident that the Venezuelan migrants welcomed the donations.
The exercise continued yesterday in Kamwatta and Powaikuru with hampers being distributed to eight families in each village.
On July 16, last, Minister of Citizenship, Winston Felix convened a multi-agency coordinating meeting to tackle the Venezuelan migration issue.
This meeting included members of the Guyana Police Force (GPF), Ministry of Communities, Ministry of Indigenous People’s Affairs, Ministry of Social Protection, Ministry of Public Health and the Civil Defence Commission (CDC).
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