Social resilience programme for sugar-dependent communities

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The Guyana Sugar Corporation Inc. (GuySuCo) and the  Ministry of Public Health have collaborated to establish a partnership to implement the ‘Social Resilience’ component of its ‘Sustainable Communities Programme’ for the sugar–dependent communities in the vicinity of Skeldon, Rose Hall, Enmore and Wales Estates.

GuySuCo and the Mental Health and Men’s Health Units of the Ministry of Public Health are jointly pursuing a social resilience programme to establish a network of individuals, groups and organisations within the targeted communities with a view to build their capacity and capability to provide psychosocial support to ex-employees of the Corporation, as well as their families and residents in the targeted communities.

The objectives of the programme are three-fold. To: develop and implement a social resilience programme for ex-employees of GuySuCo; build a network of individuals, groups and organisations to provide psychosocial support; build a network of medical personnel, religious leaders, other community leaders, as well as personnel from GuySuCo to support ex-employees in these sugar-dependent communities to cope with and adapt to disturbances or changes as a result of the re-organising of the Guyana Sugar Corporation Inc. and the sugar industry.

The targeted groups are ex-employees from Skeldon, Rose Hall, East Demerara (Enmore) and Wales Estates, family members of ex-employees and residents in these communities.

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