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A guiding light for young women

By Sasha Harrinanan Monday, June 9 2014

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RAMPAUL SCORES:West Indies fast bowler Ravi Rampaul receives a kiss on the cheek from his beautiful bride,Shivana Ragoonanan, after their traditional ...
RAMPAUL SCORES:West Indies fast bowler Ravi Rampaul receives a kiss on the cheek from his beautiful bride,Shivana Ragoonanan, after their traditional ...

Joining the Girl Guides is one way of helping to reduce the likelihood of young women in this country “losing their way” during their formative years.

This was the response of President of the Girl Guides Association of Trinidad and Tobago (GGATT), Jennifer Johnson, when asked if TT was losing too many of our young people to crime and teenage pregnancies.

“We’re not losing all of them but we are losing a lot of them, and that is why guiding is so important. If we can help to reach the girls at a particular age, we will save some of them.”

Speaking with reporters at the “Girl Guides 100th Anniversary Extravaganza,” held at the Queen’s Park Savannah, Port-of-Spain, yesterday, Johnson cited the ten Guide laws as being key to this.

These include teaching “girls and young women” about being loyal, trustworthy, polite, kind and respectful to all living things, courageous and cheerful in all difficulties and “self-controlled in all she thinks, says and does,” among other things, ways of helping them to not only “develop to their fullest potential” but to become “responsible citizens of the world.”

Yesterday’s function was attended by Her Excellency, Reema Carmona, who is the Patron of the GGATT.

Although she didn’t deliver a speech, the President’s wife did present several awards to members of the Girl Guides community, then oversaw the lighting of “sparklers” on 100 red velvet cupcakes in honour of the association’s 100th anniversary, before she was taken on a tour of a temporary museum set up underneath the seating area of the Grand Stand.

Looking to the future of guiding in this country, Johnson used her speech, for which Carmona was present, to call for “more volunteers to work with our girls and young women (and) more funding for our capital projects.”

Specifically, GGATT needs approximately $3.5 million to complete the rebuilding of its National Headquarters in PoS, another $2 million to complete its National Camp Site in Salybia, Toco, and about $1 million to finish works on camp sites at Divisional Headquarters in Arima, Couva and Tunapuna.

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