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Amerindians praised for hard work, cooperative spirit
THE Ministry of Amerindian Affairs hosted a gala Christmas Luncheon for residents of the Georgetown-based Amerindian Hostel on Friday, delighting the 42 persons currently lodged at that Princess Street facility.
Present to meet and extend Yuletide greetings to the residents, who feasted on a sumptuous three-course gourmet meal, were Amerindian Affairs Minister, Pauline Sukhai and Permanent Secretary Nigel Dharamlall, who also distributed gifts to each of the residents.
Those residents would have travelled to the city to seek medical care at the Georgetown Public Hospital, and are either pregnant women awaiting delivery, or are persons recuperating or preparing to return to their homes in the hinterland, the Permanent Secretary disclosed.
Dharamlall said the party was an annual feature, during which the residents, drawn from diverse hinterland locations, are given an opportunity to come together in a social setting, bringing about a feeling of warmth and homeliness at such a time; particularly since Christmas is a time of ‘caring and sharing’.
The residents hail from such far-flung communities as the Pakaraimas, North West Region and Rupununi, among other places.
Dharamlall, the new Permanent Secretary of the Amerindian Affairs Ministry, said he had the wonderful experience of previously working with the Amerindian people.
“I can say without contradiction that Amerindian people are affable, very industrious and hardworking people. They work together as a team, and at the end of hard work, they celebrate their accomplishments. They are accustomed to celebration, and we certainly would not like to take that away from them,” he said. 
Testimony to Dharamlall’s declaration is the concept of ‘Kayap’, an Amerindian word meaning “feasting after hard work on a cooperative basis”.

Residents dining at their Christmas party.(Photos by Shirley Thomas)
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