How We Started
In 2005, teachers, students, and former students, came together to honor the achievements of Edgar B. Jordan. The then 90 year-old former headmaster played a critical role in the construction of #29 Village Primary School in West Coast Berbice.
Cicely Peters, daughter of Edgar B. Jordan, noted the condition of the schoolhouse: classrooms separated only by blackboards, a dearth of necessary classroom supplies for students and teachers, no library, and no playground equipment. Despite this the teachers demonstrated an ability to impart knowledge and the students demonstrated an eagerness to learn and to utilize efficiently the limited resources at their disposal.
Touched by this scene, Mrs. Peters returned the following year with basic classroom supplies and an endeavor to expand her efforts in providing more.
Guyana America Partners was formed in the State of Pennsylvania in 2007. It received its 501(c)3 status that same year. Its primary purpose was to address the critical needs of schools in rural Guyana and to assist in strengthening the community through empowerment of women. The organization was first supported by St. Francis in-the-Fields Episcopal Church in Malvern, PA. Drawing upon the connections and abilities of Guyanese expatriates in the United States (and beyond), we have been able to raise over $48,000 (USD) since our inception to actualize our goals.
Guyana America Partners seeks to
- Provide children with the best opportunities to become productive citizens through education.
- Decrease poverty and promote social change in the community through well-planned cooperative enterprises.
- Provide women with resources to improve their living standards, gain employment, become self-sufficient and make a significant contributions to their families and to society.
When you invest in people, they will pay it forward. By meeting their basic needs, we hope to foster individuals equipped with knowledge and confidence that will grow up to lead healthy and productive lives.
Students at Fort Wellington Secondary School