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Please click GoFundMe to donate to our suicide prevention campaign, especially 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.

 

In June, this website had 5,962 unique visitors. Given that this is a free service and that this website takes hours each day to update we humbly request that each visitor makes a small donation to our suicide prevention campaign, in return for being able to access the most comprehensive coverage of news, views and information on the Caribbean World. Donations can be made to the GoFundMe campaign or checks, made out to The Caribbean Voice, can be mailed to 1936 Daly Avenue, Bronx, NY 10460. Our time and efforts updating this website and carrying out our suicide prevention campaign are voluntary. Please help us save lives!

 

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.

THOUGHTS FOR THE WEEK

One of the saturating trait of religionists is to hold on to assertions in the face of overwhelming evidence that either debunks or contradict such assertions. It seems almost as if they are saying that to believe in God means to reject the evidence base approach, rationality, logics, the scientific method, the intellect and all its ramifications. Two cases in point. A fellow teacher insists that the world is 5,000 years per the Bible and adds that while dinosaurs did exist, they did not live millions of years ago but at some time in those 5,000 years in existence with man. And a friend of mine just posted on a facebook page a message that extols the tremendous benefits that chanting the Vedas brings to society...making them free from all the ills and pathologies in existing. But where's the evidence? Where are the millions of testimonials? I mean let's just look at India...they all are capable of chanting Vedas because the Vedas have been translated into Hindi. So why are hundreds of millions living in abject poverty? Thousands of villages without electricity, portable water or even toilets and bathrooms? Millions of children working instead of going to school? Corruption running rampant? Rape almost a norm? I mean India is the home of the Vedas so its inhabitants must be aware of the miraculous benefits of chanting Vedas right?

--Annan Boodram

The Caribbean Voice presents the First Annual El Dorado Awards at Cara Hotel on August 22. For tickets (only 50 are being sold) please contact Bibi Ahamad at 223-2637 or 621-6111 (Guyana) or send email to Bibi at bibiahamad1@hotmail.com or Annan Boodram at caribvoice@aol.com or Norkah Carter at gtposse72@hotmail.com.

 

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As we gear up for our trip to Guyana the second half of August, (specific dates to be announced), we must express our gratitude to all our supporters whose generosity has made it possible for us to engage in a variety of activities. During this visit we will be holding the national stakeholders' conference on suicide and related issues,  launching our walk/rally and billboard campaigns, conducting a number of training sessions, launching an awards program for advocates, activists and affirmation agents and holding meetings with various stakeholders. For further information or to be involved, please 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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A national billboard campaign will be launched on August 28, in Region Two, in collaboration with the regional administration, with the goal of erecting billboards in all the administrative districts over the next few years. A second billboard is expected to be erected at Black Bush Polder, in collaboration with district administration.

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A national stakeholders' conference on suicide and other social issues has been planned for August 21, at Cara Hotel in Georgetown. Invitations are being sent out out to NGOs and other stakeholders but since seating is very limited, seats will be allocated on a first come basis. A number of VIPs and decision makers will also be in attendance. Co-sponsored by The Caribbean Voice, Save Abee Foundation and Office Resources, this conference is supported by Cara Hotel, CPIC Monique's Helping Hands and CADVA.

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A national walks and rally campaign will be launched on August 28 in Region Two, in collaboration with the regional administration, and would be taken to all regions in the upcoming months.

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