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Arya Samaj building home for abused women, seniors

By admin / Posted on 04 October 2010

Saturday, October 2, 2010

The New Jersey Arya Samaj/ Guyana  Central Arya Samaj Humanitarian Mission has embarked on a project to construct a building to house senior citizens, abused women, men  and orphans in Guyana, at Port Mourant in Berbice. Fundraising activities in Guyana and overseas has already commenced, so that the construction can begin soon. The home will be a 180×60 two- flat build ing with a capacity for 200 to 300 individuals, who will come from all ethnic and religious backgrounds. The approximate cost of the facility will be US$ 100,000, and it will be managed by local volunteers in partnership with other non- governmental organisations.

The NJASHM said that it has recognised that there no facilities for battered women in the rural areas, and such a step is much needed. “ Abused women and underage mothers, especially outside of the capital city, often feel as if they have no place to go. In this regard, the mission plans for the benevolent home  to offer temporary housing, education, and other necessary assistance.
This is due to the rise in domestic violence, abuse of children and the growing needs of seniors,” NJASHM said. While at the home, the abused women and seniors will be engaged in various forms of empowerment programmes, such as craft/ skill training, counselling, nursing, and medical care, among other things. The NJASHM said that Port Mourant was chosen to be the site for the home because that area is said to have a high number of abused women, and also because the land was readily donated by the Port Mourant Vedic Mandir. The mission believes that the government’s policy on domestic violence is still evolving, and while it is playing an important and expanding role via the Human Services and Social Security Ministry, there is need for additional support from non- governmental organisations. Non- governmental organisations, including mandirs, masjids, and churches, are being encouraged to join in this  benevolent home project. “ We alone cannot do the work,” the NJASHM said.

The NJASHM believes that history has shown that violence against women has not been treated as a ‘ real’ crime. As a result, the lack of severe consequences, such as economic penalties and incarceration for men found guilty of abuse, allows the social problem to persist unabated.
Battered women experience embarrassment, isolation and shame, and may not leave the violent relationship immediately for a number of reasons; and this is why much assistance should be available to help them get out of such relationships. There are multiple factors involved in domestic violence, including dependency, economic hardship, family dysfunction, lack of spirituality, poor communication skills, and stress, the NJASHM said. These factors can be linked to the abuse and battering of women, however they are not necessarily the cause, the NJASHM said. The mission also expressed gratitude to Guyanese and Americans for their support in helping the less fortunate in Guyana. The mission has several other programmes in Guyana, which include their empowerment programme where women are given financial assistance to begin small businesses.

 

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