By Adit Kumar
Artist’s conception of the Skills Development Training Centre to be constructed as part of the Humanitarian Mission Village project at Ankerville, Port Mourant, Corentyne spearheaded by
the New Jersey Arya Samaj.
A Skills Development Training Centre will be the first building to be constructed in the Humanitarian Mission Village project at Ankerville, Port Mourant, Corentyne undertaken by the New Jersey Arya Samaj in collaboration with the Guyana Central Arya Samaj, Government agencies and NGOs in North America and Guyana.
The Centre will be built on a 1.6-acre plot of land which was leased from the Government of Guyana. Construction of this building is expected to commence in February 2013 immediately after the completion of the concrete fence which is currently under construction at an estimated cost of G$7 million.
The project is being done in phases with Phase 1 being the fence, Phase 2 the Skills Development Centre, Phase 3 the benevolent home for seniors and Phase 4, a building to offer a safe haven for victims of gender-based violence and orphans.
“At this centre youths and adults would be given an opportunity to learn various skill which they can then use to earn a living and so get themselves out of the cycle of poverty in which many youths and adults are caught up” said Pandit Suresh Sugrim, President of the New Jersey Arya Samaj, who is spearheading the project. He embraces the philosophy of teaching a man to fish rather than providing him a fish; giving a handout is a temporary solution.
The Guyana project coordinator, Pandit Kamal Dhanessar added, “One of our objectives is to reach out to the community where we have single parents and school dropouts, so that by having this centre ready, we can begin the skills training of all these people who are not empowered”.
The aim of the mission is to empower people for social and economic well being.
“We are hoping that this whole project, upon completion by March 2014, will become a hub of activities, and will be of great social and economic benefit for Region Six and other community”, Pandit Dhanessar stated. He added that people outside of Region Six will also be accommodated in the dormitories that will be built later on.
Pandit Sugrim told Indo Caribbean World that the establishment of the Humanitarian Mission Village came about after considering the high rate of school dropouts, teenage pregnancies, gender-based violence, rape, suicide, and poverty in many rural areas in Guyana. He added that in addressing these social challenges, it is the Mission’s firm belief that the only way to break the vicious cycle of poverty is through empowerment and education, equipping individuals to be self sufficient.
Phase 1 and 2 are estimated to cost US$150,000 of which US$100,000 has already been raised. A concert, hosted by Hindu Organizations of Greater Toronto, will be held on February 2, 2013 at the Vedic Cultural Centre, 4345-14th Avenue, Markham to generate funds to support this noble project and to raise awareness of the project. Many young artistes from New Jersey and Toronto would be show casing their talent in singing, dancing and music. They promise a very exciting and heart-warming variety show in this winter season.
For more information please call Adit at 647-866-1926 or Dave at 416-918-4038.