Building Community Leadership and Capacity

As part of its mission to build Guyanese social service delivery and support vulnerable populations,  the U.S. Embassy Georgetown announces funding of US$24,897 to Voices GY, a local non-profit organization providing support to migrants and their host communities in Guyana, to engage leaders of vulnerable migrant groups and returning Guyanese in Regions 3 and 4.  The support is under the aegis of the Julia Taft Refugee Fund, an initiative of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration, to fill gaps in assistance for refugee and migrant protection.

Under the grant, Voices GY will organize a 12-week course to teach communications and community organizing skills, and provide information on available social services, legal protections, access to housing, medical assistance, and education.  The program will also produce a migration-focused guide for civil society organizations and government officials to help inform participative decision making.  The program aims to build bridges between migrant populations and the local communities, for the benefit of all who live in Guyana.