The Guyana Foundation in association with its major donor Scotia Bank has announced that the organization will have the benefit of a trained Canadian registered psychologist to join its staff.
This has been made possible by CUSO International, which is a not-for-profit development organization that works to eradicate poverty and inequality through the efforts of highly skilled volunteers, collaborative partnerships and compassionate donors.
Its vision is a world where all people are able to realize their potential, develop their skills and participate fully in society. Their mission is to reduce poverty and inequality through the efforts of volunteers, partners, and donors.
Country manager of Cuso, Ms. Vanessa Thompson, began talks with the Foundation some weeks ago.
Volunteer, Ms. Sharon Poole, holds a Masters’ Degree in Counselling, and a Bachelors’ Degree in psychology and is a Member of the Psychologist Association of Alberta, Member of the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis, and a Member of the College of Alberta Psychologists. This forms a part of her credentials.
Miss Poole will assist in our mental health work in Region No. 2 and hopefully, she will assist us in our work in others regions for the duration of her stay here. The Foundation has made great headway in raising awareness about mental health issues in an effort to bring down the suicide rate in the country.
We continue to use Cognitive behavioral therapy and other approaches to help persons work through difficulties they are facing in their lives. Our skills training programs equipped many persons with viable skills which have allowed them to open small micro enterprises and to turn their lives around.
Guided always by the words of Mother Teresa, “We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop.” (Guyana Foundation)