New River ramps for La Harmonie and Endeavour

─ residents assured of more frequent visits to communities

─ residents of both communities are now enjoying two sturdy ramps that were constructed to benefit the communities

DPI, Guyana, Wednesday, October 3, 2018

The communities of La Harmonie and Endeavour, located about 15 and 20 miles respectively up the Demerara River on the West Bank, are the beneficiaries of two newly constructed River Ramps valued at $12M.

The two riverine communities are only accessible by boat from either the West Bank or Timehri on the East Bank of Demerara.

The construction of the ramps follows representation made by residents of both communities to Regional Executive Officer, Denis Jaikaran, approximately 5 months ago.

Both delegations spoke about the deplorable ramps and great difficulties school children, pregnant mothers and senior citizens endured when travelling. The situation was described as inhumane by one resident as they collectively pleaded for assistance.

Residents of both communities are now enjoying two sturdy ramps that were constructed to benefit the communities.

On October 2, the REO visited the communities and was greeted by the residents of both communities, smiling and extending the warmest of welcomes.

At La Harmonie, a revetment and ramp that has a seating area with shed were constructed at a total cost of $6.5M while at Endeavour a ramp and revetment was constructed at a cost of $5.5M also with a seating area and shed.

The residents expressed their appreciation for the timely intervention while noting the relief it has brought the residents, especially the children and women. Jaikaran assured the residents that he is a servant of the people and assured of more frequent visits to the communities.

In addition, REO Jaikaran took the time to also visit the La Harmonie, Endeavour and Sand Hill Primary Schools where he interacted with the pupils and staff.

The REO reassured the staff that positive changes will occur soon, especially in the area of infrastructure.

The visit to the areas by the REO is part of his ongoing outreaches to far-flung communities within his region as he continues to equitably distribute government services to the people of Essequibo Islands-West Demerara.

Story and Images: Ganesh Mahipaul