Kwatamang

Arapaima Rescue Mission in Rewa River, North Rupununi, Region 9. Feb 6, 2016

Drought conditions continue to impact communities in Region 9, wells are drying and forest and savannah fires are burning out of control. Community members from Rewa, a riverine community in the North Rupununi, reported that drought conditions are also threatening arapaima. Arapaima are the largest scaled fresh water fish in the world and Guyana’s rivers are a last stronghold for these endangered fish.

Arapaimas rescued from drought-affected pond

 

Kevin Edwards, Everton Allicock, Rojas Jonas and Stephanu Honorio with the second adult arapaima released (photo by Lakeram Hayes)

 

Reblogged from http://www.caribnewsdesk.com/news/11321-arapaimas-rescued-from-drought-a...

Three persons complete training as paralegals

The Ministry of Legal Affairs has conducted training of community leaders in the North Rupununi to be para legals. The three persons who have been trained in Kwatamang are

Norbert Salty, Ricky (Vivian) Moses and Jordan Joseph. These three men have been senior councillors.

The paralegals will be looking at situations and advising community members how to have them resolved using the various laws.

 

Kwatamang

Village Profile

Kwatamang is one of the 5 communities making up Annai Village Council which is a titled village under the Amerindian Act. Most of the fishing and some of the farming and hunting are carried out outside of the titled area. It is a small village linked at the same time to share and have access to resources of the larger Annai Village. Permission is usually sought to the village Council before farming in another sub-village and this has always been granted.

 

The community is accessed by trail across the savannah. The trail is flooded during the rainy season, but accessible to four wheel drive vehicles.

Kwatamang is situated in the East of Annai Central, with approximate distance 2.5 Kilometers

Community Profile

 



Population

415

No of house hold

81

Male

173

Female

208

Language

Makushi, Wapishana,

Skills

Brick Markers, Masons, Carpenters, Drivers, fishermen, hunters,

Religion

Christian,( Christ of Christ, Christian Brethren)

Village assets

Tractor, Bull Cart, Cattle, Boat and Engine, Water pump, and other small equipment like cutlass, fork, etc…

Employment

Teachers, Health worker, Pastors, Drivers, Boat Captains

Economic activities

Farming, Hunting, Fishing, Market,

Building

Primary school, Hot meal kitchen, Church, Health Post, Activity Center, Teachers Quarter, Local Guest House,

Local organization

Wildlife Club, Sewing group, Agriculture group, Sports Club, Parent Teachers Friends Association, Church groups,

 

Physical Environment

Small hills surrounded by swamp savannah and low bush. Mountains in the distance. Seasonal Creeks flow through the village and small ponds around

 

Vegetation: savannah scrub, and mix forest. There is flooded forest all the way to Makarapan Mountain

 

Geographical Location: Left Bank of the Rupununi River, approximately 1.5 mile from riverbank ‘Landing,’ and about 1.5 miles roughly east of Annai Central.

 

History

History of Kwatamang

Kwatamang settlement nestles at the edge of a light forest, on a hilltop 3 miles east of Annai, the sub-regional administrative centre of the North Rupununi. To the north of this settlement is a mountain where long ago a spider monkey, Kuwata, gave his name to the area when he travelled from one mountain to the next by jumping over the rocks. The mountain is also the source of a creek, approximately 8 miles long, which runs across the savannah through the light forest behind the settlement and into the Rupununi River.

There is a special spot on this creek which our ancestors used to block every year so as to trap fishes. In Makushi this fish stop is called man. Since this creek originated in the mountains, the place was called kuwata rapumîpî man, ‘spider monkey jump fish stop’, eventually shortened to Kwatamang.

Kwatamang was first settled in 1948 by one Thomas Daniel who was married to Mari who had 3 children. Another Thomas called ‘One God’ was living there too but his wife was barren. Both Thomas’s eventually died, leaving no children.

Thomas Daniel, however, had step children. He was a prominent balata bleeder. Eventually his stepdaughters and stepson got married and the population grew. Thomas Daniel died in 1969, 21 years after he founded Kwatamang. In 1978 the protestant Church was established as a result of evangelical meetings.

 

 

There was a lady named Mary Jackson, a Wapishana lady originally from the Aishalton village South Rupununi. She had three children-named Edwin Jackson, Janet Jackson, and Jean Jackson. She  came to live in Annai. She got married to a man named Thomas Daniels.

Makushi’s in Annai did not agree with Wapishana. So she went to the Toshao of Annai, Mr. Stephen Williams, to seek for permission for unoccupied land and the Toshao granted her permission to settle in Kwatamang.

Mary and Thomas built their house and the three children took up with husbands and wife and settle in too.

Resources

 

Strength

  • The Village Council in place

  • The villagers are cooperative

  • Village has its own transportation (tractor, Village boat and engine)

  • Has rules and regulation by Annai Village Council

  • Good Communication

  • Has Schools, Health Centre, Church

  • Immediate link to the Ministry of Amerindian Affairs resident of Kwatamang

  • Has Solar power and children studying in the nights

  • Access to internet and secondary school

  • Easier access to high way Lethem to Georgetown

  • Have its own Cattle.

  • Manufacturers of burnt clay bricks for the Sub-District.

  • Easy access for fishing grounds

  • Member of NRDDB

  • Extension of Land granted and used for lumbering

 

Weakness

 

  • Lack of Human Resources

  • No proper data for Natural Resources

  • Poor pastures for Cattle

  • No proper recreation ground

  • No proper road access to the village

  • Women’s Group not functioning properly

  • Village council not enforcing rules and regulation.

  • Village Council not aware of their powers

  • Lack of understanding with the New Amerindian Act.

  • Village council failing to utilize the Institutions and Secondary Schools.

  • Does not have a Health Worker stationed in the Village

  • Not enough trained teachers

 

  • Does not have a proper water system in the Village

  • Does not have Job opportunities for young people

  • No proper market for crops

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Opportunities

  • Strengthening ties with NRDDB.

  • Trainings at Iwokrama, Bina Hill Institute

  • Upgrading the Tourism business in the Village

  • To have access to the internet from Bina Hill

  • Expand the Cassava Farming

  • Raise funds for the Village with the Boat and Engine hires from tourist.

  • Start housing schemes

  • Sell Logs to get income for the Village

  • To have higher learning in Secondary and Institute

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Threats

  • Climate change

  • Outsiders entering Village Illegally and over harvesting

  • Village near the High way and trafficking of person can occur

  • Migration of youths seeking for jobs

  • Alcohol abuse

  • Village council did not supported the Women’s Sewing group

  • Not enough trained teachers in school.

  • Outbreak of sickness such as Diarrhea, dengue etc because of water system

  • Does not a have proper maintenance of equipment and facilities

  • Don’t have proper sports facilities and equipment

  • Cattle open to rustlers

  • Lack of job opportunities for young people with high grades.

 

Development Plans

General Development Plans

Education:

  • More trained teachers

  • Must have access to secondary school

  • Library

  • Information technology-internet access

  • Nursery education—day care center

  • Driving school-mechanic

  • carpentry school

  • Home Economic

  • Sewing school

  • Brick making School

  • religious school

  • University –student must have access to university level

  • Makushi must be taught in school

  • Indigenous craft school—leather

  • Aqua culture training center

  • Business management training center

  • Medical training center—local medicine

Road Access

Benefits are as follows:

  • easy access to and from farm/market

  • All weather roads

  • Community benefit-e g. Revenue –snacked

  • Sign boards to control entry and road safety

  • Easy access to visit within community

  • Tourist attraction

  • Will sketch and pave roads

  • easier access and improved punctuality to school, health center etc

  • Concrete bridges

  • Check points

 

Health

  • Environment –waste disposal, fence

  • Water system –portable water

  • transportation for patients-ambulance

  • Need dentist, medex, nurses

  • Extension of clinic –with bedroom and fence

  • Toilets for homes, and important building

  • Better communication

  • Health personnel to be committed –more staff at health post

  • Drugs for snake bites, etc….

  • Day care center for pensioners, and handicap children

  • Need assets – grass cutter

  • Mother need finance for babies

  • Ambulance on call 24 hrs

 

Agriculture:

  • Transportation-tractor and plow

  • Poultry-ducks, chicken etc…

  • Farming cassava, Rice

  • Cattle rearing

  • Fish Farm

  • Market for produce/ products

Transportation

  • Have Village mini bus

  • Have Ambulance for emergency.

  • Purposes due to health care

  • Need of motor cycle for health purposes.

  • Water transportation – Boat & Engine.

 

Water

  • Potable water pure water supply water treatment plan

  • Proper water wells.

  • Energy for water supply e.g. generator/ solar

  • Pipes and taps for every hour

  • Over head tanks.

  • Water supply for public buildings

  • It will improve on life style. Health improvement

Development Kwatamang would like to see in the next ten years.

Priority plans:

  • Housing- well laid out community

  • Management plans for Natural Resource

  • Health

  • Road-improve access

  • Education-Schools

  • Recreation-play ground etc…

  • Water System Sanitation –waste disposal

  • Agriculture-crop and livestock

  • Leadership

  • Fisheries- Aqua culture

  • Income generation

  • Women

  • Children

  • Disadvantage group-orphans, single parents etc…

  • Culture and maintenance

  • Communication-internet, land lines, cell phones

  • Security

  • Conservation

  • Tourism

  • Training indigenous skills and craft

  • Transportation

 

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