Child-friendly regional profile
Region 3: Essequibo Islands-West Demerara
The Government of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana and the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) are committed to the wellbeing and development of Guyanese children.
The Government at the national and sub-national levels is committed to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). UNICEF is the custodian or co-custodian of 10 of the SDG indicators (stunting, wasting/overweight, skilled attendance at birth, under five mortality, neonatal mortality, early childhood development, early marriage, FGM/C, child discipline and sexual violence against children).
This commitment is demonstrated by their support for the generation and dissemination of evidence to inform the development of plans, policies, projects, and programmes to address equity gaps in areas of survival, lifelong learning, protection and participation of children.
The Essequibo Islands-West Demerara Region is made up of the islands in the Essequibo River such as Leguan and Wakenaam, and the Western portion of mainland Demerara. It is made up of the Low Coastland, Hilly Sand and Clay and a small portion of the Forested Highland Regions. It is 1,450 square miles.
This Region has a population of 107,785 people who live in villages, many along the coast. Rice farming is predominant, with small amounts of sugar and coconut cultivation.
Many residents commute to Georgetown to work. 42, 078 persons or 39 percent of the population in Region 3 are below 20 years of age. 34,607 persons are between the ages of 15 to 59 (2012 census report).
The Boerasirie Extension Project converted the Boerasirie Conservancy and the Canals Polder Conservancy into a single reservoir, and reclaimed thousands of hectares of land, suitable for farming. The water from the conservancy is used during the dry seasons for irrigation.
Sugar cane and coconuts are cultivated on a smaller scale and there is also beef and dairy farming.
There is one grinding sugar Estate which is located at Uitvlugt Estate.
The oldest Co-op Rice mill is at Vergenoegen; this mill facilitates the milling of paddy planted in the East Bank Essequibo area.