Guam – GHURA and the Ayuda foundation unveiled the newly renovated Kurason Ysengsong which was a cluster of four formerly abandoned houses.
The project was funded through $450 thousand dollars from a U.S. HUD Community Development Block Grant. The Ayuda foundation’s Island Girl Power will manage the site. GHURA Executive Director Mike Duenas says that the Ayuda foundation had to expand the scope of their programs to qualify for the community block grant funding and then the legislature had to transfer ownership of the buildings. The Ayuda foundation expanded their network and teamed up with some other organizations in order to meet the requirements of the community development block grant. Kurason Ysengsong lies along Ysengsong road in Dededo.
“We feel that this is an ideal place and suitably named Korason Ysengsong. We’re on the edge of the old village and we’re on the edge of Kaiser Dededo. Two very large population groups and we’re basically following up on some of the things we’ve started earlier in Governor Calvo’s administration,” said GHURA Executive Director Mike Duenas.
“Now we’re gonna have one building thats a family enrichment center we want to work with different ngo’s different groups that want to come in and talk with us about using space here. There’s a group new vision and they talked about cooking classes here, teaching individuals with sight issues how to count money and how to cook. Things like that,” said Ayuda Foundation Executive Director Carlotta Leon Guerrero. Leon Guerrero says they are also hoping to have classes in anger management, financial literacy and adult literacy. They also have plans to develop a community garden.
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“Communities are built by the strength of the families who live in them. Dededo is a strong village because of its residents and their willingness to help. The buildings that make up Kurason Y Sengsong shows the commitment of village leaders and organizations to provide family-oriented services to the people of Dededo. Thanks to former Senator Carlotta Leon Guerrero and the Ayuda Foundation for their work in helping the most needy in our community. It’s only fitting we kick off Dededo Month with the opening of Kurason Y Sengsong—it showcases the services that are already in this northern village, and lets residents know government agencies will be making personal visits to their homes this holiday season.” – Governor Eddie Baza Calvo
My Village Project Comes to Dededo
The Governor kicked off Dededo’s participation in the “My Village Project” this afternoon.
The first event to kick off the month of activities was an open house of four newly renovated buildings in the heart of Dededo. Now, there will be new community programs to help the families of this village.
New Community Classes Available at Kurason Y Sengsong
Governor Eddie Baza Calvo officially opened Kurason Y Sengsong—a cluster of renovated homes that will be maintained and managed by the Ayuda Foundation, under the direction of former Senator Carlotta Leon Guerrero, and Island Girl Power.
Kurason Y Sengsong means “the heart of the village.” This name is fitting, since these organizations will use the area to teach youth and strengthen families. This is true community building. Island Girl Power will use the facilities to help young Guamanians and their families. These include substance abuse prevention programs, arts and crafts, and anger management.
Renovations funded through Community Development Block Grants
The Guam Housing and Urban Renewal Authority oversaw the renovations. The project was funded through $450,000 of U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Community Development Block Grant funds.
Dededo Month will promote existing village programs, conduct home visits
The “My Village Project” brings critical government services directly to the people of Guam. Mayor Melissa Savares and Vice Mayor Andrew Benavente, working with the administration, will be announcing activities and programs that will help the residents of Dededo soon.
Many programs, such a nightly adult education classes that prepare for GED exams already exist in the village. The My Village Project will promote these existing opportunities to increase participation in them. As always, the month of activities will end with a series of home visits from government officials.