$1.5 MILLION for Samatta Point residents

DPI, Guyana, Friday, March 8, 2019

The community of Samatta Point, East Bank Demerara will be further knitted together after it received a $1.5 Million for the enhancement of a playfield.

The fund was made available through a private Donor.

Minister of Citizenship Winston Felix commended the donor for recognising the important need in the community.

“The cries of the community were heard and has resulted in this donation today. I think it is a commendable effort,” the minister said.

Political Advisor to the President Dr. Mark Kirton made the presentation on behalf of the government. He explained that a proposal was put to the private donor, who agreed to present to funds to the group to enhance the playfield.

“We recognise as a country that communities need to be more cohesive and one way of doing so is through sports and recreational activities.”

He said the government is happy to partner with donors to empower communities across Guyana.

Secretary of the Community Development Council (CDC) Eric Francois said after six years, the prayers of the community have been answered. He said the development project will be done in three phases. The funds donated will cater for phase one – making the playfield functional.

“We are now getting action. Thanks to Minister Felix. I must express my gratitude to all concerned and I can assure you that whatever the project in hand, we will have it done in a very transparent manner that will benefit the community,” Francois said.

The community of Samatta Point was established back in 1976, however, homes were only completed in 1980. Since then the community has been moving along the path to development. The housing population has expanded to around 250.

Alexis Rodney.

Images: Ameer Sattaur.