First-time birth certificate for 83-year-old

― the Region 2 resident has been trying to secure the much-needed document for almost three decades

― ‘Govt comes to you outreach’ lauded

By Paul Mc Adam

DPI, Guyana, Wednesday, May 29, 2019

More than four decades after her birth, Jean Edwards was all smiles today after being processed to get her birth certificate. The 83-year-old is the mother-in-law of Grace Edwards, whose intervention has taken her one step closer to obtaining birth certificates for herself and several family members.

According to Grace Edwards, she decided to attend the ‘Government comes to you outreach’, at Damon Square, Anna Regina, Essequibo, with other Capoey family members.

Capoey residents Jean and Grace Edwards at the ‘Government comes to you outreach’ at Damon Square, Anna Regina, Essequibo

The 43-year-old self-employed woman was able to meet Ministry of Citizenship officials for assistance and also managed to have her relatives secure their much-needed documentation.

She said the long wait was over. “We put our effort to come, and we got through with everything… We have been trying to get these things [birth certificates] sorted out for a long time. It was more than 26 years we’ve been trying to get these, and you know it is important.”

Grace’s mother-in-law, her brothers-in-law, 66-year-old Joseph Francis and 57-year-old Paul Conyers were provided with the relevant documentation to uplift their birth certificates, which will be processed within a month. For her brothers-in-law, the documentation was critically needed, especially to uplift their pensions.

Edwards welcomed the outreach. “It is very good. It will benefit a lot of Indigenous people in communities here. The Edwards family was among hundreds of others attending today’s event.

The outreaches are part of the Coalition Government’s efforts to bring its services directly to communities countrywide in its quest to give the good life to all Guyanese.

Images: Paul Mc Adam