Guyana is one of the poorest countries in South America with thirty-five percent of the population living below the poverty line and with indigenous people being disproportionately affected.
Urban slums and rural farming communities suffer from inadequate healthcare and poor educational facilities. The rural poor are often completely cut off from any sort of population center or modern services. Among the urban poor, families are often forced to live in hazardous conditions in makeshift shacks.
Support us as we build houses and a community center for the remote village of Baramita located in a northern region in Guyana that has a population of approximately 3,500 people.
- The cost of living in Baramita is three times higher than on the coast
- 95% of the community live in extreme poverty, living in makeshift tents constructed of plastic with no floor or sanitary facilities
- Food is scarce and families go hungry on a regular occurrence
- Malaria, malnutrition, skin infections, diarrhea and a lack of personal hygiene are prevalent in the community
- Human and household waste are dumped indiscriminately and there isn’t a safe water source for the majority of the population
- Only 45% of children attend primary school, as many parents don’t understand the value of education
- Alcohol abuse is at epidemic levels with the majority of the population
- Domestic and sexual abuse of women and girls are prevalent in the community
- Guyana is listed within the top five countries in the world with the highest suicide rates and in Baramita the rate of suicide is nine times higher than the national average