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The Ministry of Amerindian Affairs on Thursday received 1,200 food hampers from the Civil Defence Commission (CDC). The hampers were donated to provide relief to the residents, of Region One, who affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Communities such as Kwebanna, Santa Cruz, Warapoka Mission, Waikrebi Mission, and Kokerite, among others along the Barima River will benefit. During the simple handover ceremony, Minister of Amerindian Affairs, Hon. Pauline Sukhai, said the PPP/C Government will continue to ensure support is provided to vulnerable communities.
“These hampers are being shipped to Santa Rosa from where they will then be transported to the vulnerable communities. We say vulnerable because communities under the lockdown were unable to conduct their village activities the way that they should and the lockdown also caused some limitation to supplies, goods and services getting into the area. Therefore, our response will have an impact in terms of food security and support for those who were unable to work,” she explained.
It was highlighted that the CDC will handle the logistics aspect of the distribution, while the Ministries of Local Government and Regional Development, and Amerindian Affairs, will ensure oversight of the exercise. The CDC welcomes donations of food supplies, personal care and sanitation supplies, or financing. Items can be sent to the CDC’s headquarters, Thomas Road, Thomas Lands, daily between the hours of 9 am to 3 pm. Also, funds can be deposited to the Commission’s Republic Bank account number 962356519938. (DPI)