CP10 Project Handclasp Donation to Guyanese Exceeds $132,000

Story Number: NNS101025-04Release Date: 10/25/2010 11:53:00 AM
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By Lt. Jacqui Barker, Continuing Promise 2010 Public Affairs Officer

BLACKBUSH, Guyana (NNS) -- The U.S. Navy's Project Handclasp program in conjunction with Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and Mid Continent Packaging donated more than $132,000 to Guyanese in the New Amsterdam region during the Continuing Promise 2010 (CP10) mission in Guyana.

Two Project Handclasp donations were both made just outside Corentyne School, in Blackbush, Guyana - one of three CP10 engineering sites. The first portion of the 26 pallets was donated Oct. 19, and the balance of donations was made Oct. 25.

"It's an honor to be able to help facilitate the donation of these goods to the people of Guyana, and I am proud to be a part of this team," said Lt. j.g. Josh Hauth, Maritime Civil Affairs and Security Force Training Command. "I know the donors with whom Project Handclasp works with will be very happy to know these materials reached their intended recipients."

Specifically, the program delivered 14 pallets of medical and quality of life supplies worth $39,689.62, donated from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints; six pallets of medical consumables worth $93,750, donated from Project Cure; one pallet of water filters from Rotarians, worth $1,000; two pallets of disinfectant, donated by Mid Continent Packaging, and three pallets of back packs and teddy bears from Give a Kid a Back Pack and Loving Hugs, Inc.

"This mission is about the continued promise of partnership between the United States and host nations," said CP10 Commodore Capt. Thomas Negus. "It is about building and sustaining relationships in the interest of better cooperation and collaboration when disasters hit, and we are thrilled to be on the coast of Guyana. Everyone has been so welcoming, and we are honored to bring Continuing Promise to the area for a third year."

Give a Kid a Back Pack distributed 498 back packs and teddy bears at two Blackbush area schools Oct. 22. One school, the Port Mourant Primary School, delivered 392 back packs and teddy bears to students in grades one to six, and 106 at Ankerville Nursery School.

CP10 is a humanitarian civic assistance mission that delivers medical, dental, veterinary and engineering support services and partners with host nations on subject matter expert exchanges. This is the third year the U.S. Southern Command has brought Continuing Promise to Guyana.

For more news from U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command & U.S. 4th Fleet, visit www.navy.mil/local/cusns/.

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