Day after musings of the Amazon queen

Leaving the country of Guyana, we have learned much from our experiences with the people we met, the adventures upon which we embarked, and the projects we have been involved with. One of the most humbling experiences was going to the Amerindian hostel in Georgetown after the Rotary meeting. Ninety people resided there, all flown out from the far reaches of the Guyana interior for medical reasons. It is safe to say that most of these people had never experienced ‘city’ life before and everything was new to them. Six young pregnant girls were given baby blankets and baby clothes for their babies. We handed out clothing to needy children, and toothpaste, toothbrushes and soap to all the women. Many of the clothes and shoes we had laid out for us to sort through to distribute were left on the table. After we had given out items to the neediest families as determined by the administrator of the hostel, the Amerindians, silently and in an orderly fashion, began to file by us to take what they knew they could use. We watched in silent respect as they carefully chose clothing for families. What struck me was how quiet they all were, even the children. The biggest draw were the soccer(footballs) we had to hide away as the plan was to have the administrator distribute several balls and a pump to two needy schools deep in the interior. Out of respect for these wonderful people, we decided not to take any photos. This was one of the most moving experiences of our trip. KathyOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAn Amerindian mother paddling with her children. Region 1 Cloudland, Maruka area



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