Parika Facade CDC honours all its volunteers

DPI, Guyana Monday, January 14, 2019

The Parika Facade Community Development Council (CDC) yesterday presented its volunteers with bouquet of flowers, silver and gold medals and certificates of appreciation for the successes achieved by the group since its formation.

According to the Chairman of the CDC, Sunil Oudit, the group from the inception of its formation, May 29, 2018, hosted several activities all of which were successful.

“We, together, kept our community clean and tidy and it is now very much environmentally friendly, we together erected signs guiding our people, we formed a Community Policing Group, we hosted a tree planting exercise which was graced by the Honorable Dr. George Norton, we applied for a community internet hub and it was granted, we engaged Ministers Joseph Harmon and Annette Ferguson on electricity issues and now we can boast of 50 residents benefitting from electricity through a six months waiver we hosted many successful fundraisers and we continue to do well. We are a family here at Parika Facade and we enjoy the Government’s confidence in promoting love, unity and togetherness,” said Sunil Oudit.

He further said, “Through the Ministry of Social Cohesion, we had a sensitization programme which led to a two-day workshop that was attended by Community Development Council (CDC) volunteers and residents of the community. The projects that came out of the workshop were a barbeque and tree light up of which both were huge successes. We also took part in a sanitation drive in collaboration with Visionary Youth Group and the Ministry of Social Cohesion and today our community is clean.”

In addition, Oudit outlined that all the works of the group are done through volunteerism and because of the dedication and commitment of the members, a day of appreciation is the least that could be done.

Attending the appreciation activity was Technical Officer at the Department of Social Cohesion, Pamela Nauth who acknowledged the hard work of the community in promoting Social Cohesion.

“I remember the Christmas Tree Light up on the December 22, 2018 and was a bit worried that the support would not be there given what had occurred in our National Assembly the day before, but shocked I was to see a packed audience that cared more for their community and showed love, harmony and togetherness for each other and I felt very comfortable to know that we here at Parika Facade see each other as family,” said Nauth.

The Parika Facade CDC is a Community Development Council which was formed and registered through the National Community Development Council – Ministry of Communities. The CDC group consists of villagers within the particular community and its mission is to develop the community by promoting self-involvement, self-improvement, self-confidence and social cohesion. The group has more than 75 registered members and has been making a significant positive impact in the community.

All invitees were also treated to dinner, compliments of the group.  Beginning today, group members will be participating in a workshop sponsored by Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC) where young people will be taught how to read maps, GIS mapping and GPS reading.

Story and Images: Ganesh Mahipaul

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