New Amerindian hostel at Mahaicony opens

Guyana Chronicle
March 30, 2003

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MINISTER of Public Works, Anthony Xavier, and Minister of Amerindian Affairs, Carolyn Rodrigues, yesterday attended the handing over ceremony of the new Amerindian Hostel in Mahaicony, Region Five.

The $15.9M hostel was completed in February 14 last, after being under construction for 16 weeks. Indarpaul Ramlall was awarded the contract which was signed in July 5, 2002.

The 3022.6 square foot building has 75 per cent more living space than the existing building and it is expected that the occupants of the old building will occupy the new hostel early next month.

Minister Xavier urged the occupants to beautify the environs and improve on the building so as to make it something of which they can be proud.

This project is the first phase of construction work under the LO999 Loan.

Mr. Rawlston Adams, an engineer from the Ministry of Public Works was responsible for the execution of the project. He said that the location of the new hostel was previously a swamp and a large sum of money was spent to build a good foundation to a level that would ensure there is no flooding.

The initial plan was for a two-storyed structure, but because of the foundation, a flat building was constructed instead.

Village Captain of Moraikobai Colin Andrews expressed his appreciation for the new facility.

" It makes us feel more advanced in living conditions," disclosed Andrew.

The old hostel, which is opposite the new one, did not have the basic sanitary facilities. Andrews noted that the children especially, will feel more comfortable with the new building.

Minister Carolyn Rodrigues emphasised that maintenance is the key in preserving the building. The building will require almost zero maintenance, because the entire structure is concrete.

Electricity and water will be made available to the hostel within a week. Adams explained the reason for this is that the Public road and Mahaicony Bridge will be relocated and that Guyana Power and Light (GPL) and Guyana Water Inc. had to remove cables and main pipes.

The building has a kitchen, two sections; one for males and another for females, with sanitary facilities for both. There is also accommodation for the caretaker, Maureen Jeremiah. She has been the caretaker for 14 years. She noted that the old hostel lacked sanitary facilities.

The hostel is a temporary base for Amerindians who come from outlying areas to conduct business, seek medical attention or other activities.

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