Connecting local responses around the world
The Guyana Faith-and HIV Coalition with Group 2 in support of the Community Life Competence process held a sensitization workshop for approximately 50 Patients from five different regions who participated in the workshop at the Ministry of Amerindian Affairs, Amerindian Hostel to stimulate their Way of Thinking and Ways of Working towards on the topic sexual offences.
Exercise 1 - Hopes and Concern!
Exercise 2 - Reflection
Exercise 1: The Facilitators introduced themselves to the participants then asked them to identify some concerns they might have in their respective communities. Some of the concerns were:
School Drop Out
Recommendations: After they listed their concerns the Facilitator asked them to make some suggestions / recommendations that they feel can be done to address and reduce these concerns.
They suggested that these issues can be first address in the schools, through the teachers / parents and the councilors of the villages, also that the MOAA, MOH, MOE, MOHS&SS play major roles in addressing these issues in Amerindian communities.
They stated that a counseling system should be put in place to help the victims, also club activities should be more active for the youths and they hope for a better education for their young people
Exercise 2: Reflection
In this exercise the participants were ask to reflect on the workshop and they were very appreciative for the workshop, and even suggested we make this on a continuous activity for the Amerindian hostel, because it give them an opportunity to air some of their concerns that is occurring in the different regions.
They also suggested some other issues we can address at the next workshop such as:
Women Abuse (Domestic Violence)
Neglect of Amerindians
Interest of the Patients at (Amerindian Hostel)
Amerindian Culture Preservation