Georgetown, Guyana – (December 16, 2016) Minister of Social Cohesion, Ms. Amna Ally, today, distributed 25 bicycles to students of Parfait Harmonie Primary School, as the Government continues to advance President David Granger’s Boats, Buses, Bicycles plus Breakfast and Books (Five Bs’) programme to ensure access to a good education for children across the country. The bicycles were distributed at a Christmas party held at the Den Amstel Community Centre, Essequibo Islands-West Demerara (Region Three).
“You know that our President has promised a good life for all of Guyana and I want to say to you Region Three, that we have been doing a lot of work with you in this region. We have been here. We have given a bus to this region for school children. We have given bicycles and we have visited many of your communities… That is all in preparation for you to enjoy the good life,” Minister Ally said.
In an invited comment, Ms. Monique David, the mother of a six-year-old student, who received a bicycle, expressed her gratitude for the initiative noting that she has had often had to walk her daughter to school or travel by taxi. “I’m happy that they recognise that the students form the Parfait Harmonie community need bicycles because some of them live very far so I’m very thankful for this initiative… Indeed it is going to make a big difference [to our lives] because the distance from school to walk… she normally complains and I normally carry her bag and I’ve noticed that the bicycles have baskets so that will help to carry her bag,” she said.
Over 400 children from Stanleytown to Parika received toys and other goodies at the Christmas party. Minister within the Ministry of Public Infrastructure, Ms. Annette Ferguson and Minister within the Ministry of Finance, Mr. Jaipaul Sharma also helped to distribute toys and feted with the children.
This little girl smiles for the camera after receiving her Christmas present from Minister of Social Cohesion, Ms. Amna Ally as the others queue up behind her.
Other attendees included Member of Parliament, Mr. John Adams, Regional Executive Officer, Mr. Denis Jaikaran, Regional Councillor, Ms. Kathleen Armstrong and District and Community Development Officer, Ms. Deon Gould.