GEPAN, Friday, September 9, 2016:
The Guyana Empowered Peoples Action Network (GEPAN) through its Support Education Campaign (SEC), donated stationery gift bags to primary School children of Kuru Kururu, located on the Linden/Soesdyke Highway.
The community is comprised of predominantly Amerindians and people of mixed descent who migrated from different parts of Guyana. Kuru Kururu is still being developed and actors such as the Community Development Council (CDC) play a major role in ensuring that development initiatives are in phase with the needs of residents.
Kuru Kururu is not exempt from poverty. As in most villages GEPAN has visited, unemployment and financial difficulties are the source of most societal ills. However, the parents we have met are keen on ensuring that their children obtain a sound Primary and Secondary education as long as it is financially possible. Sending children to Secondary School becomes difficult especially if the establishment is located far from the community, such as in Georgetown.
Because its population comprises of a significant majority of Amerindians, Kuru Kururu participates actively in annual Amerindian Heritage Month activities. As a result, it is known to host one of the largest festivities in the country.
SEC is an initiative launched by the organisation to encourage parents, especially single mothers, to send their children to school. The campaign falls within GEPAN’s scope of empowering people in rural communities.
The donation in Kuru Kururu was made possible through charitable contributions from local businesses and engaged citizens.