“Matching needs with Resources”
Guyana Citizens” Initiative for Flood Relief,(GCIFR), is now in
its third day of operation. It has been established by a small group of
professionals to contribute to the national response to the disastrous
flooding that has dislocated the lives and livelihoods of over 200,000
citizens in the scores of villages along the Guyana’s capital and
In matching needs with resources, the GCIFR has over the past three days,
established links with community-based organizations, NGOs, the private
sector and professional organizations. These links can assist the coordination
efforts and responsibilities of the Government, the United Nations agencies,
the donors and others who are allocating and have allocated human, financial
and material supplies.
has established a data and information system- the objective of which
is to compile precise data on affected villages, communities and wards.
Its purpose is to assist in the speedy identification of suffering human
beings whether they be families, women, pregnant and/or lactating mothers,
children, the aged or the infirm. The system and its data and information
is also being made available to the designated government agencies such
as the Joint Operations Command (JOC), headed by Colonel John Lewis and
the Civil Defence Commission (CDC), led by Colonel Chabilall Ramsaroop.
overall objective is to act as a clearing house for the NGOs and community-based
organizations whose reports on their life-saving and other activities
in the communities can be used to build a comprehensive database that
will provide a total picture of the disaster areas and their particular
In this regard, the GCIFR is calling on all organizations active in the
communities to register with our technical team based at the third floor
of the Demerara Life Building at Robb Street. These efforts are aimed
at avoiding duplication between the needs of the communities and the local
and international donors. The GCIFR has established a close working relationship
with the United Nations Disaster Assessment and Coordination team (UNDAC).
It is the intention of the GCIFR to publish a regular bulletin of the
activities of the various organizations so that the efficiency of the
relief operations can be improved by greater coordination and transparency.
For further information on the Guyana Citizen’s Initiative for
Flood Relief (GCIFR)
Telephones: (592) 624-0297,624-0298, 617-2727, 616-6874
(operational from February 2, 2005)
The Initiative is coordinated by Major General (Rtd) Joseph Singh and
includes Mr Bert Carter, Mr Hugh Cholmondeley, Ms Jocelyn Dow and Dr Rupert
Among the volunteers comprising the technical team are Dr. Raquel Thomas,
Ms. Sharon Ousman, Ms. Gina Arjoon, Dr. Desrey Caesar- Fox, Mr. Adrian
Cholmondeley, Ms Vanda Radzik, Ms Amlata Persaud, Mr Daudi Husbands, Denise
Boodie, Sharon Ousman and Patrick McAndrew.