Alexander’s criticisms fail to recognize constructive outcomes

Dear Editor,
As an organisation dedicated to advancing the interests and welfare of Afro-Guyanese communities, we feel compelled to respond to Mr. Vincent Alexander’s letter which criticizes the government’s strategy of direct engagement and funding to organizations like ours.
We argue that direct funding to Afro-based organizations is not only justified, but essential for achieving the objectives set forth by the International Decade for People of African Descent.
Mr. Alexander’s claim that government funding and support for Afro-Guyanese communities is a form of propaganda overlooks the crucial role that these funds play in empowering our communities.
The decentralization of support and resources is crucial in acknowledging the diverse needs and capacities of various organizations that are deeply rooted in their specific sectors or regions.
Each organization has its unique strengths and insights, which are invaluable for addressing the specific challenges of economic empowerment, cultural preservation, and social development among Afro-Guyanese communities.
The previous centralized approach benefited Alexander and his IDPADA-G group more or less led to inefficiencies and a lack of representation for the various voices within our community.
By allocating resources directly to organizations that are deeply rooted in and accountable to these communities, the government ensures that initiatives are culturally relevant, targeted, and effective.
It is disheartening to see comparisons drawn between funding for different ethnic groups as a zero-sum game. While we acknowledge the need for equitable support across all communities, diminishing the support to Afro- Guyanese under the guise of fairness only perpetuates inequality.
Mr. Alexander’s criticisms fail to recognize the constructive outcomes achieved through these funded projects. From educational programs to economic initiatives, these projects have provided tangible benefits and uplifted many in our communities.
The government’s role in facilitating such outcomes should be seen as a commitment to justice and equality, rather than as an act of tokenism or propaganda.

AfroGuyana Unity Foundation