On Thursday, The Rotary Club of Demerara officially handed over a library and a basketball court to the village of Kuru Kururu, a project that the Club said would be used as a model for others on the horizon.
The $3 million project was financed by the Bank of Nova Scotia through its Bright Futures fund. Caricom General Insurance donated 150 sacks of cement.
The backboards for the basketball court were provided by Bounty Farms Ltd.
The library is now the 20th rural centre, and is the only one with computers that are available to the public.
Apart from the three computers, the club facilitated repairs to the library and installed a water tank.
The library was born out of a book club which was adopted by the Rotary Club of Demerara.
Rotarian Lance Hinds said it was done in keeping with Rotary International’s mandate of providing literacy and numeracy programs to communities.
The club has been supporting Kuru Kururu over the past 13 years.
Its first project in the village was the provision of furniture for the Kuru Kururu nursery and primary schools.
According to Hinds, Rotary plans to establish a Rotary Community Corps.
This will serve as an extension of the Rotary Club, and will help the community to take full ownership of the projects executed in Kuru Kururu.
Among those present at the handing over of the library and basketball court were the following persons: President of the Rotary Club of Demerara, Laurie Lewis Jr; Secretary Gail Pierre, member David Patterson; Nova Scotia’s Marketing Manager, Ricardo Mc Klmon; and National Library Regional Supervisor Allison Gittens.
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