Shulinab Nursery School Water Project – Guyana

Shulinab Village in the South Central Rupununi region in Guyana, near the border of Brazil.

Community Description
Shulinab is an Amerindian village in the South Central Rupununi with a population of approximately 500 people. The community has an active village council, Parent Teachers and Friends Association, and a development organization called the South Central People’s Development Association.

The nursery school has 45 students enrolled. Many of these students have to travel up to five miles on foot or bicycle to reach school. There is currently no secure drinking water source at the school.

The rainwater system is not adequate because rain is unpredictable, and the rainy season happens during the summer break. The nursery garden, which is designed to supply fresh vegetables for snacks and meals for the students, is dry and not producing.

Project Description
This project is to provide running water to the nursery school for drinking, sanitation, and irrigation of the school garden. A pump and 200 meters of piping or hose will be purchased and installed to bring water from a nearby windmill and supply water to the tanks.

The community will provide all labor for the project, and all of the project funds will be used for the purchase of materials.

The project was proposed by both the headmistress of the school and the PTFA, and has the full support of the village governing council.

The village will hold “Manore” (Village Self Help Day) to bring people out to set up the water facility, irrigate the garden, and begin planting the vegetables.

The nursery garden, once irrigated, will supply fresh vegetables to a meal program designed to improve the nutrition of students.

There are future plans to set up a handwashing facility with a trestle for the children to use,

Project Impact
45 nursery school students and 4 teachers will be the direct beneficiaries. The entire community will be able to benefit from the increase in the production of fresh vegetables.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Shannon McGarry

This project solves a critical problem at a nursery school at a minimal cost. It can be completed very quickly, thereby making available drinking water for students and water for irrigation of the garden.

The project originated from, is fully supported by, and will be maintained by the community. They are prioritizing their needs and planning future projects for the betterment of the school. Thus, it is clear that this small project will be a catalyst for sustained improvement.

Dollar Amount of Project

Donations Collected to Date

Dollar Amount Needed
$0.00 This project has been fully funded. However, we encourage you to continue to donate using the Donate button below, and we will notify Peace Corps Volunteer Shannon McGarry of your donation. Additional funds will be used to fund the next project by Shannon and/or those of her counterpart PCVs in Guyana.

This project has been finished. To read about the conclusion of the project, CLICK HERE.