With support from the U.S Government through the United States New Horizon project and a number of Guyana Government agencies, women and young girls who might find themselves as victims of abuse will soon have a safe space in Linden.
The sod was turned yesterday for the construction of the centre.
The construction of the centre is being done through the efforts of a number of local government agencies and the US New Horizon project.
When completed, the safe house will be able to accommodate up to twenty women at once.
Social Protection Minister Amna Ally welcomed the move, adding that she is pleased more is being done to assist and protect women who find themselves in abuse situations.
“It will provide essential aspects of protection services and resources which will enable women who have experienced abuse and their children to recover, to build their self-esteem and to take the necessary steps to regain a self-determined and independent life.”
Ally said the Government will be moving to ensure similar shelters are built across the country as the problem of domestic violence persists.
The US Ambassador to Guyana, Sarah-Ann Lynch pledged the further support of the United States to assist Guyana in fighting off the social ills in the society.
“For the US, this increase in the quality of life for so many Guyanese as well as the increase of our partners capacity, to confront these challenges is a great return on our investment”, the Ambassador said.
The women’s shelter is one of four structures being constructed in surrounding communities in Linden by the New Horizon.
Aside from the construction of the structures, the New Horizon also conducted a medical outreach in Linden to the benefit of scores of persons.