Georgetown, Guyana – (November 3, 2016) First Lady, Mrs. Sandra Granger, today, met with Ms. Alana Clarke, and a team from the Community Learning and Networking (CYLAN) Foundation, to explore the possibilities of collaborating on partnerships that provide support to families and communities. The meeting was held at the Office of the First Lady at State House.

During the discussions, it was revealed that the group has started projects which are similar to several that the First Lady has undertaken.

“They came to… find out how we can collaborate. I pointed out that I have some projects, which…. parallel their own, which have already started. So it was an exploratory visit, sharing ideas and information about how we can go about doing things. They want to have a family oriented kind of network to get things done,” Mrs. Granger said.

Meanwhile, in an invited comment, Ms. Clarke said the group provides services that support the wellbeing of families and is interested in collaborating with all the government agencies in this regard. The group reached out to the First Lady for guidance on areas which they can target.

“We’re a family charity that is focusing on programmes specifically for locally based families… and also working holistically with communities who have needs, for instance education needs, any programmes [related to] literacy, domestic violence….We’re looking at not just working with one group, but other groups [such as] senior citizens, young people,” she said.

Ms. Clarke was accompanied to the meeting by Ms. Maureen Daniels-Clarke, Ms. June Archer and Mr. Joel Sutherland.

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