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Our time, efforts, energy and skills are totally voluntary. Your support can ensure the success of our mission. Five dollars a month will make a significant difference in our campaign to address violence in its various forms - suicide, abuse, alcoholism, drug use, incest, rape, teenage pregnancy and in the process save lives and positively impact the quality of life.

 

Please click GoFundMe to  support the national schools essay contest in Guyana, focusing on suicide and suicide prevention and aimed at transforming the young into social change agents and activists in their communities, while enhancing the writing and research skills of our students. This contest will embrace all schools in Guyana.

 

Please support  our  petition to the President of Guyana for a registry of sex offenders. Please click HERE, sign the petition, share as widely as possible and persuade others to sign. Anyone can sign. We are aiming for 10,000 signatures before we deliver the petition. Help make communities safer for the vulnerable - women and youth.

 

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Planning to visit Guyana in the summer? How about joining The Caribbean Voice from July 24 to August 4 with an option of staying back for another week. During this visit we will be holding the national stakeholders' conference at Cara Hotel in Georgetown,  launching our walk/rally campaign in Region Two, visiting an interior location to conduct field activism and hold an introspection, holding a retreat/picnic at Number 63 Beach, visiting Black Bush Polder to launch the billboard campaign, engaging in a number of walkabout outreaches and meetings to plan collaborative efforts going forward. Arrangements for the trip  would be put in place by the end of May so please convey your intention to us ASAP if you have not done so yet. Contact Bibi at 621- 6111 or 223-2637 (Guyana) Annan at 718-542-4454 or 646-461-0574 (USA) or email bibiahamad1@hotmail.com caribvoice@aol.com or gtposse72@hotmail.com.

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We are pleased to announce that the Shri Lankan Hazard Education Model, which reduced suicides in Shri Lanka by 50%, has been adapted by the Pesticide Board of Guyana. The board has indicated that implementation may start as soon as this month. Thanks to the partnership of the Rights of the Child Commission and other stakeholders, this aspect of our advocacy may soon begin to bear fruit . Also a recent meeting with the Guyana Hindu Dharmic Sabbha has led to an agreement for collaboration with respect to training related to suicide prevention. Such training will be facilitated by counselors associated with a number of partners. Meanwhile we continue to focus on other endeavors as outlined below.

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"Voices Against Violence", a national anti-violence candle light vigil is scheduled for late May 25th. The hope is to have as many communities across Guyana, as possible, organize their own vigils on the same evening, focusing on whatever aspects of violence affect them the most. Coordinating organizations include The Guyana Teachers Union, Galaxy 21 Communication, the American University for Research, Citizens Against Rape, Monique's Caring Hands, Golden Om Dharmic Youth, Inspire Inc, Hindus United for Guyana, Rights of the Child Commission, Women For Change and Crossroads Suicide and Mental Health Awareness Services. Other organizations are urged to come on board and help coordinate this national effort.

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A national billboard campaign is also being planned, with the goal of erecting one billboard in all ten administrative regions over the next few years. This is a collaborative effort between The Caribbean Voice and Save Abee Foundation with billboards sponsored by various individuals or organizations. We welcome sponsorship for specific areas or communities.

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We are also exploring the possibility of a mobile mental health unit to be launched in May or June. This unit will service communities across the coast land in collaboration with a number of partners in Guyana - the American University for Research, Crossroads Suicide & Mental Health Awareness Services and Monique's Caring Hands. Collaborators are welcomed, especially those who can help with provision of vehicles.

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A national stakeholders' conference on suicide and other social issues has been planned for July 31, at Cara Hotel in Georgetown. This conference is expected to be attended by individuals and organizations working on the social landscape across Guyana. Co-sponsored by The Caribbean Voice, Save Abee Foundation and Office Resources, this conference is supported by Cara Hotel and others to be announced. Sponsors and supporters are welcomed as are give aways or promotional items such as pens, pencils and scratch pads.

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