After a month long internal donation drive, employees of the Guyana Telephone and Telegraph Company (GTT) has donated much needed non-perishable food and toiletry items to the community of Santa Rosa.
Jasmin Harris, PR Manager at GTT, indicated that this donation from the employees came as a result of a virtual staff meeting the company had in June 2020. “We wanted to know how we, the employees of GTT, could come together and give back to those who were in need,” Harris said.
She explained that the National Toshao Council subsequently emailed GTT, requesting assistance due to the lockdown stipulation for the community of Santa Rosa. “The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted our lives in different ways – we at GTT are thankful that despite all that is going on in our country we can still work and earn and we wanted to help those who may not be as fortunate,” she said.
Executive Director of the National Toshao Council, Jude Da Silva, was very appreciative for the timely donation made by the employees of GTT. She said, “We are very grateful for the support towards the Indigenous Peoples of Santa Rosa. This donation will assist many who are facing challenging times because of the current lockdown caused by rising COVID-19 cases.”
Amid rising Coronavirus cases, Santa Rosa was placed on lockdown to limit movement and continued spread of the virus throughout the community.
“We are in this pandemic together – and it is our duty to be our neighbor’s keeper. GTT will continue doing what it can to bring about alleviation,” said Harris. Throughout the pandemic, the telecommunications company has been responding to community needs and its Pinktober outreach has continued, unhindered.
Since the first positive case of COVID-19 in Guyana, GTT has embraced and executed several different initiatives to assist persons in need. Some initiatives include Pinktober care packages to cancer patients and their caregivers, protective equipment to the Suddie Hospital, Data SIMs to De Hoop Primary school students and teachers and a monthly data plan to medical doctors and nurses for as long as the pandemic continues.