Omai gives final $1M to Lifeline HIV/AIDS project

Stabroek News
May 26, 2003

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Lifeline Counselling Services was on Friday the recipient of a $1M donation from Omai Gold Mines Ltd for the completion of its "Peer Educator" capacity building project.

Omai pledged $3M towards the execution of the project which started last July, and the company presented the final instalment on Friday.

According to a Lifeline press statement, the project focuses on equipping members of Lifeline's peer educator corps with skills and knowledge in public speaking, conflict resolution, team building, suicide management and material development. The project also supported four new groups, the Bagotstown Young Achievers, Joshua Generation, Harpy's Eagles and Hope for Albouystown Youths.

Members of these groups were exposed to sessions focusing on risk assessment, risk reduction and other HIV related issues.

And while also facilitating a debating competition among third form students of 12 secondary schools in George-town, the project will see the production of posters, brochures and bumper stickers that highlight information on HIV/AIDS.

The official presentation was made at Lifeline's offices on Cummings Street, where the organisation's executive director, Jimmy Bhojedat, expressed his appreciation for Omai's support of the project.

He said that Lifeline had been attempting to enlist the private sector in its endeavours and Omai had paved a path for attracting new sponsors, such as Courts (Guyana) Inc.

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