September 27, 2016

First Lady reiterates support for single mothers

First Lady Sandra Granger on Wednesday reiterated her support for the empowerment of women, more specifically, young single mothers. The First Lady was at the time speaking to representatives of Community Care, a Berbice-based home care provider, during a meeting at State House where discussions revolved around possible areas of collaboration.

First Lady Sandra Granger (left) and representatives of Community Care – Nikita Wong (centre) and Nickesha McPherson share a light moment after Wednesday’s meeting

First Lady Sandra Granger (left) and representatives of Community Care – Nikita Wong (centre) and Nickesha McPherson share a light moment after Wednesday’s meeting

Mrs Granger related that when she was first approached by the group, she was immediately interested, given their aims. She added that her interest was also piqued due to their reach to far-flung areas like Bartica and other areas in Essequibo, in addition to offering services in Berbice and Georgetown. She further stated that the group’s mandate “to empower single mothers, mainly, and young women, with the skills to create a career and to become self-sufficient was particularly appealing, as it ties into my women empowerment programmes.”

Since assuming the position of First Lady, Mrs Granger has spearheaded and supported a number of initiatives aimed at improving the lives of vulnerable members of society, especially women.

The First Lady also posited that the organisation’s work was analogous to initiatives that she has undertaken, making reference to the five-day Care of the Elderly certification programme held in November 2015 at the Recreation Centre of the Palms Geriatric Home.

She encouraged the representatives to contact the Social Protection Ministry so as to “determine how they too can have their staff certified and recognised as professionals in the field.”

Chief Operating Officer of Community Care Nikita Wong stated that the meeting was fruitful and the discussions were very beneficial, as the First Lady had informed her of steps she needed to take to ensure that her staff are certified, and guided her on how to better manage and advance her business.

Meanwhile, Care Supervisor at Community Care, Nickesha McPherson, related that she conducts individual training sessions, ranging from one-day to three-month sessions, and manages the organisation’s staff. She related that she too was delighted and pleased with the outcome of the meeting.

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