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The mission of <br />is to build and support<br />Community Learning Centers<br />in the Rupununi region.<br />
Preserve Culture <br />Conserve Environment<br />Maintain  traditional knowledge and  skills <br />Protect lands and water...
Supporting Village Council strategies for <br />Natural Resource Management Planning<br />
Nurturing and expanding <br />Yupukari  Wildlife Club activities<br />Tree ID<br />Learning about butterfly farming<br />“...
Long term mark-recapture study of the Black Caiman since 2005<br />All Yupukari crew<br />700 study subjects and counting<...
Tree Identification<br />building local capacity in natural resource management<br />
Partnership with Guyana Amazon Tropical Bird Society (GATBS) <br />has led to 3 new proposed Important Bird Areas for Regi...
Economic opportunity<br />“Social Enterprises” for sustainability and growth<br />Ecotourism : Jobs employing villagers  E...
Ecotourism at Caiman House <br /><ul><li>Unique caiman-catching attraction
Over 350 visitors per year in 2009 and 2010
Expansion into accredited university student groups in 2011
Cited by CI for exceptional handcrafted decor</li></li></ul><li>Winner of the 2009 Skandalaris Award <br />in the Social E...
Open to all US colleges and universities
Funds support  spread of community and classroom libraries
Creates jobs, increases demand for local goods and services
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  1. 1. The mission of <br />is to build and support<br />Community Learning Centers<br />in the Rupununi region.<br />
  2. 2. Preserve Culture <br />Conserve Environment<br />Maintain traditional knowledge and skills <br />Protect lands and waters <br />Yupukari<br />Economic opportunity<br />RLI<br />Grow jobs and businesses in the village <br />Educational opportunity<br />Increase literacy in English, technology, science<br />Rupununi Learners is governed by a 100% Yupukari Executive Board that reports to the Village Council. The Manager and staff are from Yupukari. Our activities grow from Village Council directives.<br />
  3. 3. Supporting Village Council strategies for <br />Natural Resource Management Planning<br />
  4. 4. Nurturing and expanding <br />Yupukari Wildlife Club activities<br />Tree ID<br />Learning about butterfly farming<br />“Best Wildlife Club in Guyana” 2009<br />“Best Wildlife Club” at 2009 National Wildlife Club Festival<br />Winner of 2009 Ecoclub.com Award<br />
  5. 5. Long term mark-recapture study of the Black Caiman since 2005<br />All Yupukari crew<br />700 study subjects and counting<br />Presented at Crocodile Specialist Group Conference <br />2006, 2008, 2010<br />Funded by <br />Saint Louis Zoo 2005-6<br />SeaWorld Busch Gardens 2007-8 IUCN 2009-10<br />RLI 2011<br />
  6. 6. Tree Identification<br />building local capacity in natural resource management<br />
  7. 7. Partnership with Guyana Amazon Tropical Bird Society (GATBS) <br />has led to 3 new proposed Important Bird Areas for Region 9<br />
  8. 8. Economic opportunity<br />“Social Enterprises” for sustainability and growth<br />Ecotourism : Jobs employing villagers Enterprises buying from villagers<br />The Guest House at Caiman House<br />“Rupununi Home” <br />a multi-village business of crafting communities and supplier communities <br />for 3 different markets: Caiman House tourists<br /> Lethem shoppers<br /> Export via Liana Cane relationship<br />
  9. 9. Ecotourism at Caiman House <br /><ul><li>Unique caiman-catching attraction
  10. 10. Over 350 visitors per year in 2009 and 2010
  11. 11. Expansion into accredited university student groups in 2011
  12. 12. Cited by CI for exceptional handcrafted decor</li></li></ul><li>Winner of the 2009 Skandalaris Award <br />in the Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation Competition<br />at Washington University in St. Louis<br />for developing GLASS, the Guyana Lesley Abroad Service Semester<br /><ul><li>Semester-long accredited study based in the Rupununi
  13. 13. Open to all US colleges and universities
  14. 14. Funds support spread of community and classroom libraries
  15. 15. Creates jobs, increases demand for local goods and services
  16. 16. Pilot set for Summer 2011</li></li></ul><li>Craft-based enterprise – “Rupununi Home”<br />for tourists<br />Traditional Rupununi crafts <br />transformed into contemporary <br />home decor<br /><ul><li>Preserving indigenous knowledge
  17. 17. Rewarding habitat conservation</li></ul>in Lethem<br />for export<br />in Lethem<br />
  18. 18. Book-based education<br />Yupukari Public Library<br />Classroom libraries<br />2005<br />4 Nursery Schools to date<br />Four times larger, 2007<br />7 Primary Schools to date<br />Under expansion, 2010<br />4 Village Libraries to date<br />7 community requests pending<br />
  19. 19. Indigenous Knowledge Education<br />Responding to a Village Survey about culture loss<br />IK Youth Camp 2010<br />Bookmaking since 2007<br />
  20. 20. LCDS <br />and other GoG programs<br />Yupukari<br />Ecotourism<br />jobs and enterprises<br />RLI<br />Building capacity for Natural Resource<br />Management<br />
  21. 21. Rupununi Learners Foundation (US) support <br />of Rupununi Learners Incorporated (GY)<br /><ul><li>Long term sustainability by </li></ul> developing renewable funding streams <br /><ul><li>Supplements RLI income </li></ul> with donations for the medium term <br /><ul><li>Writes grants and enters competitions </li></ul> that support RLI in the short term<br /><ul><li>Improves RLI governance through </li></ul> support for Board development, <br /> skill and capacity building<br /><ul><li>US liaison for resources:</li></ul>Books (15,000 to date) ∙ Caiman House maintenance & upgrades Computers (250 to date) ∙ Library, Research, School & Tourism supplies Two full-time staff salaries ∙ Cost of Internet & website ∙ Cost of Library outreach (9 communities) ∙ Capitalizing new craft development (5 communities) ∙ Construction of volunteer housing (2 communities) <br />Special events, new program development<br />
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