Georgetown, Guyana – (March 16, 2016) President David Granger, today, met with members of the Guyana Conference of Seventh-Day Adventists, who indicated their willingness to collaborate with the Government in various areas to effect positive changes in the society. The meeting was held at the Ministry of the Presidency.
Some of the projects they have lined up include: implementation of a prisoner rehabilitation initiative, the completion of a home for the elderly at Durban Backlands, which currently houses 12 residents, and engaging civil society bodies, regional officials and non-governmental organisations in leadership seminars.
The delegation from the church comprised President of the Seventh-Day Adventists of Guyana, Mr. Richard James along with Mr. Exton Clarke, Mr. Michael Kendal, Mrs. Genevieve Whyte-Nedd, Mrs. Pamela Mentore, Mr. Malcolm LaFleur, Mr. John Joseph and Mr. Marvin Smith.
Mr. James commended the Administration for its vision to transform Guyana and its drive to develop cleaner, more cohesive communities, an objective, which he said is consistent with that of the church.
Mrs. Genevieve Whyte-Nedd presents President David Granger with literature on the Seventh-Day Adventist Church while other members of the church’s leadership look on.
“As a responsible religious body in Guyana, we wanted to ensure that we play our part in helping with the reshaping and development of Guyana and to resolve social issues and to use the resources of the Church to help bring about that which is needed,” Mr. James said.
Next year, the Adventist Church in Guyana will be celebrating its 130th anniversary. To mark this significant milestone, its leadership wants to work closer with the Government to ensure that the work and services that they provide to communities is even more impactful and far-reaching. The Church is also looking at agricultural development as another area through which it can assist communities and President Granger urged them to put more focus on agro-processing and producing more value-added products.
They are also looking to build a school and to working closer with the Ministries of Education and Social Protection to enhance the welfare of women and youths.