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Georgetown Guyana

Community Overview: Greater Georgetown is comprised of four underserved areas; Parfait Harmonie, Sophia, Medow Bank and North Ruimveldt. These are impoverished communities with many people living in squatter settlements.

Service Area Population: Approximately 20,000

Project Partner: The Sisters of Mercy

The Sisters of Mercy are an international community of Roman Catholic women religious vowed to serve people who suffer from poverty, sickness and lack of education with a special concern for women and children. The sisters follow the example of Catherine McAuley, the founder of the Sisters of Mercy, who had a special love for the virtue of mercy. There are an estimated 10,000 Sisters of Mercy around the world.

Project Overview: The Sisters of Mercy run the largest Catholic hospital in Plaisance, but they realized that many pregnant women and mothers with young children who needed help were not coming to the hospital.  They asked MFH if we could help them reach out to these people through a mobile clinic program, and help to develop a group of well trained Community Health Workers to work in several of the neediest communities.  In addition, we have collaborated to establish a campaign to provide essential medicines – specifically vitamin A and anti-parasite medicine – to the children in these communities.