Remote village Korasima soon to get social services
GINA, GUYANA, Friday, November 18, 2016
The 70- year- old indigenous village Korasima, nestled deep in the jungles of Region One, will soon be provided with education, health and other services.
Located many miles from the closest village, Whitewater, Korasima is home to about eight families who speak only Warrau.
Minister within the Ministry of Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs, Valerie Garrido Lowe is the first high-ranking official to visit the small village. Minister Garrido-Lowe is set to make her next visit before Christmas. On the Minister’s first trip to the village recently, the residents indicated their interest in learning the English language.
The Minister, in an interview with the Government Information Agency (GINA) said that the request was discussed with Minister of Education Dr. Rupert Roopnaraine who pledged his Ministry’s support. The only challenge, Minister Garrido-Lowe said is identifying a bilingual person who is willing to go into the village and spend a few weeks teaching the language.
Additionally, Minister Garrido-Lowe explained that Minister within the Ministry of Public Health, Dr. Karen Cummings is keen on providing healthcare services to the residents. “She wants to take up some vaccines so that they can be vaccinated… there is movement to make their lives better,” Minister Garrid0-Lowe explained.
Minister Garrido-Lowe said that due to the remoteness of the village discussions are expected to be held on construction of a health hut in the village in 2017. The intention, the Minister noted, is to ensure residents of Korasima get the benefits they deserve, notwithstanding the remote location.
Further, the issuance of birth certificates to the residents was discussed with Minister of Citizenship, Winston Felix, with the aim of getting the residents’ births registered. The Minister pointed out that no one from the village has a birth certificate.
By: Isaiah Braithwaite