Monday, January 10, 2005
In Guyana, a telethon received pledges of more than US$60,000. Despite its billing as one of the poorest countries in the hemisphere, Guyana has actively joined the aid effort.
President Bharrat Jagdeo announced a grant of $50,000 to the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) to support humanitarian work among the region's children.
A local newspaper, The Kaiteur News, said it had also raised $60 000.
Almost 150,000 people were killed and 500,000 were rendered homeless from the Dec. 26 tsunami that swept across six Asian nations.
In many other Caribbean countries, governments, the private sector and communities have been involved in similar fund-raising.
This week the Jamaica government set up a special national tsunami aid fund, to which it made an initial contribution of two hundred and forty-four thousand dollars.