Addressing issues affecting Women in the Guyanese society has no limits and can never be over emphasized, rather it continues to attract the interests and involvement of international organizations, and the Women of Mission International (WOMI) with its base in the United States of America (USA) has led the way in this regard.
WOMI 2012 Forum Panel from L to R Boneita Primo, Denese Rowland, Guliana Jacobs, Ismay Griffith, Wenda Hutson, , Cheryl Smart and Valerie Sharpe

WOMI 2012 Forum Panel from L to R
Boneita Primo, Denese Rowland, Guliana Jacobs, Ismay Griffith, Wenda Hutson, Cheryl Smart and Valerie Sharpe

Linden, a unique community in the Country of Guyana, the lone English speaking country in South America, is home to thousands of women who face similar challenges like their folks world-wide; issues of physical and emotional abuse from husbands and partners, bosses and even the man-in-the-street. Many of them render themselves defenseless as their young daughters are sexually abused and battered, and their boy children exploited. Issues of limited access to proper health care services especially in the areas of cervical, breast and lung cancers, HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections are ever present. Poverty has become an acceptable norm for some in the absence of readily accessible jobs which would make life easier for them to provide the basic needs for their family but thanks to WOMI which has stepped into their lives empowering them to be every woman they can be. WOMI working in collaboration with the Linden Fund USA – A non-governmental organization which focuses on impacting the lives of Lindeners through various forms of Health and Education services, hosted its 2nd annual Women’s Forum and an event “Celebrating with the Privileged,” in Linden during the recently concluded Linden Town Week 2012 celebrations.
Students to benefit from the One Mile Nutritional Program

Students to benefit from the One Mile Nutritional Program

The Macaw conference room located in Linden Enterprise Network (LEN) building which sits in the heart of the town, was filled to capacity with women of all walks of life, Christians, teachers, clerical workers, vendors, business entrepreneurs, house wives and more. They were all eager to grasp every last bit of information that had the slightest possibility of making an indelible impression on their lives. One attendee said, “This forum is the best event of the Town Week celebrations”. President of the organization Linda Felix-Johnson and several other WOMI members hail from the town or at some stage of their lives in Guyana have spent some time in Linden are committed to making a difference in the lives of the women in Guyana and the Caribbean. The visiting team members included Ismay Griffith, Guliana Jacobs, Wenda Hutson, Boneita Primo, Cheryl Smart, Denese Rowland and WOMI’s local representative Valerie Sharpe. During the forum participants were invited to submit a business proposal of their choice for sponsorship by WOMI in August 2012. In addition, the organization plan to sponsor two young women interested in pursuing certificate courses at   technical and vocational education institutions.
Recipients of the night supplies donation

Recipients of the night supplies donation

The response to the activity titled “Celebrating the Privileged” focused on women, children and the female senior folks of Linden. The event was the 2nd of its kind and featured health talks and simple medical check-ups especially for the elderly, sharing of food, clothing, educational materials and night comfort supplies among many more. Those activities can safely be compared to a tear drop in an ocean as it relates to future plans for Linden and Guyana as a whole. In August WOMI will be collaborating with the LFU and Overseas Medical Assistance Team (OMAT) for a medical mission to Linden during which time WOMI will host a one-day Women’s Conference at the Egbert Benjamin Conference Centre. Approximately 200 women drawn from all sections of Guyana are expected to attend. Additionally the organization has committed to sponsoring a nutritional enhancement programmed for the One Mile Primary schools which has a student population of over 500 children. To become a member of Women Of Mission Intl or to donate to our projects email thewomenofmission@gmail.com; phone 347-362-1362.