Georgetown, Guyana – (September 5, 2015) Head of State, President David Granger joined the children who attended the Central Islamic Organisation of Guyana’s (CIOG) 21st annual fun day, earlier today. The annual event is held to bring cheer to orphans and vulnerable children and catered for attendees from all of the counties of Guyana, including non-Muslims. The fun day was held at the CIOG Headquarters on Woolford Avenue.
In brief remarks, before declaring the day of fun open, President Granger applauded the efforts over the years of the CIOG, to support poverty alleviation, forge social cohesion and increase access to education. The President added that the event reflects the true teachings of Islam, with regard to reaching out to vulnerable groups and children. These kinds of initiatives, the President added, will all aid the government’s effort in alleviating extreme poverty, and their vision for a more cohesive society and country at large.
Also present at the event, was the United States, Chargé d’Affaires, Bryan Hunt who also applauded the CIOG for the humanitarian work being done throughout the country. Hunt said that over the years the CIOG has stuck to the core principles of Islam, which is to promote peace and offer help to the vulnerable.
The Central Islamic Organisation of Guyana (CIOG) came into being in 1979 after the Jamaats, Masjids and Organisations supported in writing its formation. Since then the CIOG has been working in cooperation with other Islamic Bodies to provide necessary services to the Muslim community and Guyana as a whole.