Community Outreach Update - July 2019

The Pomeroon Development Fund focuses on community projects in Guyana targeted at Education and Female Empowerment.

We chose this corner of Guyana because of its fertile land, the stunning natural environment and the unique local communities. To support this community, we pledge to play a meaningful role in stimulating the local economy; to protect the natural environment through conservation and sustainable practices; and to develop the socio-economic environment for women and children along the river.

Pomeroon River Guyana

In 2018 we ran two projects:

  1. Women's Empowerment Seminar Project: We designed and sponsored a seminar series for 50 women from the Pomeroon community covering gender equality, entrepreneurship and access to finance. The workshop was run in conjunction with the Ministry for Social Protection and established self-help groups for women in the Pomeroon to link them to development agencies and lending institutions. There was also optional (and free) cervical cancer screening, led by the Cancer Institute of Guyana. For more information, see here.

  2. Hackney Primary School Dining Room: We built a dining room at a local primary school in the Pomeroon. Prior to the new dining room, the children had to eat outside (in the direct sun) or inside (thereby dirtying the classroom) as there was no dedicated dining area. The new beautiful wooden dining room will accommodate all children and teachers, thereby facilitating the existing feeding program and teaching of dining etiquette. The dining room is constructed in the local traditional style using local materials and local craftsmen. For more information, see here.

Pomeroon Community Guyana

In 2019 we are running two projects:

PROJECT #1 —> Rural Education Project: We are building a library and computer centre at two Pomeroon schools. This project is run with the kind support of Eco Oil & Gas Ltd and the collaboration of the Ministry of Telecommunications and the Guyana Energy Agency.

The key outputs of the project are as follows:

  • Build a library and computer centre at Abram Creek’s Primary School

  • Build a library and computer centre at Kabakaburi Primary School

  • Provide support for after school programs at the two schools

PROJECT #2 —> Agricultural Livelihood and Science Project: We are partnering with Wakapoa Secondary School to teach agricultural and business principles to students and establish a scholarship program

The key outputs of the project are as follows:

  • Construction of a chicken pen and providing education to students on how to rear broiler chicks

  • Business education for the department

  • Establishment of a scholarship program for the top graduating Agricultural Science student to attend Guyana School of Agriculture or Essequibo Technical Institute

For our progress on these projects so far, please download our CSR Update

Guyana Sloth Rainforest