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Village Profile


Village Profile










Wapashina, Makushi, Patamona


Carpenters, Boat Captains, Craft makers, Brick Makers, Data Collectors, Fish Preservers, Canoe makers


Christians, Anglican


!%horse power engine, 40 horse power engine, aluminum boat (1), Chainsaw(1), Fogging Machine, Brush cutter, Ploughed, generator, water pump


Teachers, CHW, Rangers (CI), Malaria Personnel, Self-Employed persons

Economic activities

Farming, Hunting, Fishing,


Primary and Nursery School, Health Center, Market Shed, Guest house, CI-Office

Local Organization

Wildlife Club, Youth Group, Farmers Group, Sports Club, PTFA, Mother’s Union, Prayer Center Youth Fellowship, Sewing Group




The name Apoteri is been known a compound where the balata company had operated their business, situated on the right bank of the Rupununi river.

From the Apoteri compound ten to fifteen minutes walk across to where the entire Amerindian settled, during the company operations.

The settlement is on the right bank of the Essequibo River, north Rupununi region 9.

The name Apoteri comes from the Arawaks name of a tree. The history and development of Apoteri village is closely tied to the balata industry. In the 1970 Apoteri was formed as a base for the business firm, Booker Brothers, McConnell & Company, popularly known as Bookers. Workers from all over the region came to work there mainly from villages in the south Rupununi like Shea, Sand Creek, Sawariwau and Krowdar. Today the village has several tribes including Patamona, Wapashina and Makushi.

In 1973 the village got its first paid teacher and others villages namely Rewa, also came to attend the school. The community credits retired Headmaster and long time resident, Naidu

(from Anna Regina) with the high standard of education and the progression of several students

to secondary school in recent years.

In 1987 Guyana Stores started working in the area. The main activities in the community were

Mainly agricultural - are farming cash crops, planting peanut and fishing which was then bought

By Guyana Stores. In 1998 Guyana Stores handed over its activities to the community. The

Community still relies heavily on subsistence farming and hunting.

Apoteri village has been a member of the North Rupununi District Development Board (NRDDB) since 2002.In 2002, Conservation International Guyana (CIG) created a conservation concession in the upper Essequibo and Apoteri along with Rewa and crush Water became stakeholder communities. The community now benefits annually from a small grant to support community development under the Voluntary Community Investment Fund (VCIF).



  • The village has a titled land

  • Is govern by the village council

  • Consist of males and females

  • A member of (NRDDB) North Rupununi District Development Board and also a stakeholder of Conservation International Guyana (CIG)

  • Tourism Rest hut

  • Have Lakes, Ponds, River, Forests, Wildlife, Fishes, and Water etc…

  • Has HF radio, church, Health Center, Primary and Nursery Schools.



  • Lack of good leadership skills

  • Lack of cooperation

  • Lack of a functioning educational system

  • Short of staff

  • Lack of trained teachers for both Primary and nursery schools

  • Lack of security

  • Inadequate supply of drugs to the health worker


  • Children going to Secondary schools

  • Villagers being trained at Bina Hill and in other projects or organizations

  • Wildlife club members involved in activities such as bird watching, cleaning up campaign etc and some members are being trained to be Rangers or tour guides.



  • Climates change-too much rain and sun will affected the indigenous population.

  • Wild animals destroying cassava farms, acoushi ants, ants etc…

  • Sickness such as malaria, dengue, diarrhea

  • Over harvesting of endangered species like the river turtles (giant )



General development Plan


Seek markets in Annai and Lethem

Use village boar/engine to transport goods

Buy and sell insecticides and pesticides

Produce and sell quality products by packaging produce and labeling


  • Distribute treated malaria nets

  • Spay buildings and homes in community

  • Support community with chemical

  • Provide materials

  • Essential drugs

  • Transportation

  • Proper Health care system—Hospital with equipment



  • Provide training to improve the community

  • Bookkeeping



  • Public speaking (communication)

  • Leadership skills

  • Respect others

  • Accountancy skills

  • Understanding of Amerindian rights

  • Telephone booth

  • Cell phones

  • Post Office



  • Construct a village rest house

  • Renovate the sewing group building

  • Rebuild the market shed

  • Stove, freezer, generator, sleeping facilities, utensils

  • No visit made to both health and education department at Apoteri from the authorities from Lethem

  • Poor accommodation for visitors

  • Uncontrollable of fishing and catching river turtles

  • Alcohol use

  • No proper light system.


Development Plans

Community Priority Plans

At the time of the year 2009. During the month of December. The village Council held a general meeting and community Priority Plan was discussed.

Priority Projects identified as follows:

  1. The hot meal building

  2. Fencing of the Primary and Nursery Schools

  3. Renovating of the old Primary school to be a multipurpose building.


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