My Office, with the kind support of Dilmah Tea, recently hosted the second edition of ‘Chari-Tea’ – a tea party and fashion show – at State House, to raise funds to continue our fight against period poverty. In excess of $60 million is required to provide one year’s supply of sanitary pads to all school-aged girls in Guyana. The Government has provided $50 million, and so we continue to host fundraisers to compensate for the shortfall and to expand coverage to women in vulnerable communities.
So far, distribution of sanitary pads has commenced in secondary schools in Regions one, five, six and ten, while women from indigenous communities in region one are also benefitting from this project. It is my hope that in a few years, we will be able to provide full coverage to all women and girls in Guyana, making us the first country in Latin America and the Caribbean to achieve this.
I wish to thank everyone who supported this event, including our sponsors without whose support none of this would have been possible. To Star Party Rental, Simextra Trading, Team Mohamed, Glamour Designer Brands, and the Wine Vault, thank you all.