Pension, public assistance & supplies delivered to remote Masekenari

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Minister Dr. Vindhya Persaud in making good on her promise of delivering the Ministry of Human Services’ key services across the length and breadth of Guyana, trekked 3.3 miles with her small team into the village of Masakenari to deliver pension and public assistance for the first half of the year.

Masakenari is a village in Region 9, which lies at the bottom of the map close to the Brazil border.

The Minister continued the delivery programme for pension and public assistance that was introduced in 2021 for remote communities which allows recipients to receive their pension and public assistance for half of the year at one time. Pensioners of Masakenari also received their one-off $25,000 cash grant and their July-December, 2021 this way last year.

Minister of Human Services and Social Security, Dr. Vindhya Persaud presents the pension booklet to the oldest resident of Masakenari (Photo: Ministry of Human Services and Security)

Minister Persaud presented the books for 2022 as well and had the opportunity to hand over the payments and pension book to the oldest resident of Masekenari.

Residents expressed not only their appreciation for the new delivery initiative but also for the visit as the team also took in hampers for the 60-plus households and toys for the children.
In her down-to-earth style, Dr. Persaud engaged with the craftswomen of the village, sharing tips and viewing their intricately done craft pieces. She was keen to work with them through the Women’s Innovation and Investment Network- WIIN programme in upskilling and developing new areas, including ICT. She urged them to advertise on the WIIN GY App to promote their work.

On leaving, Dr. Persaud was gifted with a beautifully designed necklace featuring colorful macaws of Guyana and along with the Deputy Director of Social Services, Hamwanttie Bisesar received the colorful headdress.

Minister of Human Services and Social Security, Dr. Vindhya Persaud displays one of the hand-
crafted necklaces made in the village (Photo: Ministry of Human Services and Social Security)

The children also enjoyed quality time with the Minister as she held an impromptu art class with them and together, worked on their masks for Mashramani.

Dr Persaud shared, “Not only is Masakenari incredibly lovely and untouched, the Wai Wai people living there are such warm and lovely people. There was so much to learn and see and potential areas to work with residents. I was extremely delighted to introduce the WIIN program and App and meet with the talented women of Masakenari.

“Although it took the team a 6 mile walk in and out of the village from the airstrip, I felt humbled to be able to personally take the key support services of pension and public assistance in to Masakenari honoring our Government’s commitment to serve all the people across the length and breadth of Guyana. There is work that is planned to improve connectivity there and the people were very happy that I went in to visit.”

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