People making it Possible
We spearhead Moraro. We actively practise and promote our home-environment preservation using traditional knowledge as our skill base. In addition, we research and share information on areas that help our work, including more modern sustainable systems, such as renewable energy.
We also work with those who share our aspirations.
Currently, we are involved with two main areas:
1. Rain-forest Preservation - This is practical and is done through activities like re-forestation farming and bio-resource identification/protection.
2. Practice activities supporting Rain-forest Preservation - Activities must support rain-forest preservation ... practices such as indigenous languages and community cohesion activities support the life of the forest which is why we practise and promote them.
For the people involved, considerations taken into account, are technical expertise, previous accomplishments and gender balance.
Following are the people most actively involved. Some have adopted native names so as to promote the native, Lokono language.
Seaford Fredericks (Mishi) Forestry and Farming
Seaford Fredericks has vast experience in community leadership and building. He has served as a toshao (leader) and councillor on the Wakapoa village council in the past. Presently, he is a councillor.
He is a peace-keeper which ties in with his role as a rural constable.
Seaford has accomplished much when he was a toshao. Among his many accomplishments, he has spearheaded, the building of a community building, a nursery school and a local primary school.
He has experience in starting the local Coffee Project and getting funding from the British High Commission for the project. Seaford has also helped in sourcing funds from SIMAP to complete the nursery and primary schools.
Seaford is chairperson of the Yarashirima/Myrie Road Developers committee. He is also chairperson of the local chapter of the Amerindian Peoples Association, which is one of the two national indigenous organisations.
He is a firm believer that indigenous peoples should demonstrate how their lands can be used in order to preserve their governance over their lands. He is a keen farmer.
Uleen Gobin (Kambana) Adviser
Uleen is a passionate about the preservation of the indigenous culture as well as cultivating a sustainable lifestyle.
She is an adviser and lends her experienced in accountability.
Ivan Cornelius (Banchi) Culture
Ivan and his wife Milly
Ivan helps with the documentation that is made available through the effort.
He dedicates his time to indigenous culture including Lokono language, local history and traditional dances. Ivan is very familiar with surrounding communities. He is a fluent Lokono speaker.
Claudette De Vieira (Tokoro) Publicity
Claudette helps with publicity. She is the web-master. She researches newer sustainable systems that can be integrated with the traditional ones. She also promotes the education programme and plans the logistics to facilitate visitors.
She is an educator, as well as an artist. For more on her art, please visit Conservation Artist.
Sachi Fleming is responsible for promoting sustainable lifestyle as practised in Moraro and helps with establishing contacts in the UK. Sachi is into current and future computer technology.
Norman Gobin helps with media and promotion. He is an independent video producer and an anchor for NCN, Guyana's national TV station.
Friends are individuals or groups, especially from outside the community, who show keen interest in what we do and who support us toward our goals.
Sam Sandri is co-founder of Total Foot Academy which specialises in football and futsal in the UK. He is a qualified coach with years of experience in football and futsal. He is a sports scientist, as well as a personal trainer and a football/futsal scout.
Sam has graciously donated footballs to the sports effort in Moraro. Sports have always been an important part of community cohesion.
For more on Sam's work, please visit HERE
Sebastian James Lister is a UK Photographer, Actor, Film Maker and Workshop Leader and a Flaneur Awards, IPA 2016 and Lucie Foundation 2015 nominee. Sebastian is especially interested in culture and sustainable living and is supporting the conservation effort through networking.
Sebastian's work may be viewed HERE
If you would like to be part of what we do, please get in contact. Use the form HERE