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‘Heal Guyana’ formed to treat “fractured country”

Founder of Heal Guyana, Sharon Lalljee-Richard

A new civil society organisation, Heal Guyana, has been formed to help the “fractured country” deal with growing social and political mistrust by promoting positive behaviour and attitudes.

“Heal Guyana will be an inclusive platform meant to offer positive insights and solutions towards racial unity, political impartiality, gender balance, sexual orientation inclusivity and public accountability,” the grouping said in a statement.

Targeting youths , the grouping says the Heal Guyana platform will initially take the form of an online forum. Those interested in learning more and participating in the work of Heal Guyana are invited to visit the group’s Facebook page, its Instagram account or its website at

Director, Egbert Carter

Upon seeing the need for solutions-based and empathetic interventions within society, founder of Heal Guyana, Sharon Lalljee-Richard, began the formation of a diverse civil society group.  “Our beautiful Guyana has become an ugly place for too many of our people,”  Lalljee-Richard was quoted as saying in a statement issued by Heal Guyana. “With issues ranging from high levels of migration, suicide and general disenchantment in our nation’s ability to deliver on promises, too many Guyanese are checking out. This has to change if we are to reach our true potential as a collective.”

An activist in areas related to ethnic relations and social justice, fellow Board Member, Alexis Stephens – a communications expert and consultant – said that “Unhealed traumas are generating the destructive

Director, Lawrence Lachmansingh

types of behaviours we are seeing every day in the streets.” Stephens believes we need to look beyond our differences and embrace a new approach for the country to heal. “What happened in parliament this week shows what can happen when we engage with each other destructively,” she said in the statement.

Other members on the Heal Guyana board are Lawrence Lachmansingh, Governance and Peace Practitioner, and Egbert Carter, Civil Engineer.

Embracing such values as equality, fairness, unity, and compassion, Heal Guyana says its first responsibility is to the people and their social, political and economic well-being.

Director, Alexis Stephens

This is the second civil society organisation to have been formed in recent months; the first being Reform, Inform, Sustain Educate (RISE) Guyana whose specific focus is on constitutional reform. Demerara Waves Online News has learnt that RISE would soon be embarking on countrywide outreaches to hear from ordinary people what they would like to see be included or excluded from Guyana’s constitution.

  • Kassem_B

    ‘‘Heal Guyana’ formed to treat “fractured country”’
    Welcome on board
    Wish you all the success

  • Emile_Mervin

    At this point, what does Guyana have to lose with new thinking from Guyanese who are fed up with the status quo? If you guys can lead the way to heal and help develop Guyana, more power to you! I was born before Independence and all my life I heard of Guyana having the ‘potential’, but it has never seen that potential materialized.

    ‘Potential’ is like a man walking through a forest of trees standing over 100 feet tall and over 100 years old, then turning to a friend and saying, “I have in my pocket a seed that is capable of growing like these tree.”

    “Really? Now what you have in your pocket is actually ‘potential’, and it will remain ‘potential’ until you plant that seed in the ground.”

    Guyana needs to have the seed of ‘potentia’ planted in the ground by the right people with a vision for socioeconomic ‘trees’ of greatness. No one has a monopoly on Guyana, so let us encourage competing views for a better Guyana.

    • Kassem_B

      ‘At this point, what does Guyana have to lose with new thinking from Guyanese who are fed up with the status quo?’
      If it result in one less blog per hour from you, it is a victory

      • Emile_Mervin

        Look who is blogging about one less blog, the Chief Copy and Paste Artist! You should never have quit school in First Standard because the lack of dept is showing in your shallow blogs.

  • rudeo

    In 1947 a young man from the Corentyne made his voice heard…shortly after he was joined by another….both under 30 years old….then British Guiana was stirred and made an indelible mark on the ruling class….whether we progressed through the efforts of these two young men may be argued for and against by a lot of us….no youth(s) ever made such an impact after those two….awaken people….young people are the ones to craft change….away with these geriatrics who are steeped in too much dotishness….let’s hear your voices and see your actions

  • Lancelot Brassington

    This comes like a breath of fresh air. We have nothing to lose by embracing positive and progressive new groups, particularly when they span cultures and generations.These recently formed groups however, need to guard against urges to impose western values and practices on Guyanese people in the name of modernity and political correctness. They would be well advised to stick within the framework of conventional human rights and basic human interaction and to steer clear of anything that could put them in conflict with local followers of religions that are over a thousand years old. They should stop to consider who has the clout and who has the numbers.

    • rs dasai

      Well thrown, Sir.

  • rs dasai

    Nice words and good intentions. How do you persuade me (??) to follow you, and how do I ‘know’ that I will not be treated like a ‘sheep’ and not a cow?