Initiative 20x20 is a country-led effort seeking to change the dynamics of land degradation in Latin America and the Caribbean by bringing 20 million hectares of land into restoration by 2020.
Pomeroon Trading was invited to join by the World Resources Institute as a Financial Partner. Our Stoll Estate in Guyana will be showcased as a restoration project that delivers valuable social and environmental benefits as well as ensuring the protection of pristine lands at risk of degradation. This is the first such project recognised in Guyana.
You can see Initiative 20x20’s feature about Pomeroon here.
The initiative — launched formally at COP 20 in Lima — supports the Bonn Challenge, a global commitment to bring 150 million hectares of the world’s deforested and degraded land into restoration by 2020, and 350 million hectares by 2030.
Land restoration can increase food productivity and security for an estimated 49 million under-nourished people in Latin America and the Caribbean
Latin America and the Caribbean account for about half of the world’s remaining tropical and southern temperate forests
Pomeroon Trading designed and sponsored a Women’s Empowerment Seminar Series in Guyana. The workshop – held for 50 women from the community – included presentations on gender equality, entrepreneurship and accessing finance.
The seminar is part of the Women's Empowerment and Development Strengthening Project, an initiative to promote the socio-economic development of women by building an environment for social change in targeted rural areas.
In addition, there was cervical cancer screening services offered free of charge to all women. The project was run in conjunction with the Ministry for Social Protection and the Cancer Association of Guyana.
For more information, read media coverage of the event here
Pomeroon Trading has a strong community outreach program focused on education and female empowerment. Our first community project - completed in February 2018 - was building a dining room at Hackney Primary School.
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.
On Tuesday 6th February 2018, Hackney Primary School and Pomeroon Trading celebrated a joyous Opening and Blessing Ceremony of a newly donated dining room. Over 50 guests from across the world arrived in the Pomeroon and were treated to a magnificent celebration of song, dance, speeches, prayer and happiness.
Hackney School is in The Pomeroon, Region 2, about 30 minutes along the river towards at the Atlantic Coast from Charity. The school educates 69 children (33 boys and 36 girls) aged between five and twelve. Under the excellent guidance of the Headmistress, Miss Verna Naomi Jack, they teach Maths, English, Literature, Social Studies, Science, Physical Education, Arts and Craft, Health and Family Life.
For Mr Ted English, a carpenter from the Pomeroon who worked on the dining room, it was a particularly special project: as a child he was a pupil at Hackney Primary School!
All children deserve a nutritious lunch in a clean and safe environment: this improves educational attainment and reduces truancy. We’re delighted to do our part and work with Hackney Primary School to foster education in the Pomeroon.
Read more about The Blessing Ceremony here