The GCIFR is a newly formed non-governmental
organization that has been focusing on current and long-term measures
to alleviate the effects of the flood and its impact on the affected
population. Seen here with the United Caribbean Team in Guyana, March
The GCIF has a working relationship with the Guyana
government, non-governmental and international organizations as well
as network with affected communities through their representatives.
The Mattress Project of the Guyana Citizens Initiative
for Flood Relief (GCIFR) began on Tuesday, February 22, 2005 after
community groups, working with affected residents, identified mattresses
as one of the items urgently needed.
A fact-finding mission by members of the GCIFR
found that many residents were either forced to discard their mattresses
soaked with polluted flooded waters or at best wash and use them