Global Development Network

The Global Development Network (GDN) was set up with the vision of sustainable international development carried out via grassroots efforts with a long-term involvement. Our project addresses rising demand for effective water filtration in Region 9 of Guyana, and we propose the use of ceramic filters in this rural area. In order to assure the long term sustainability of this project, we will create infrastructure to manufacture clay filtration systems in partnership with Bryan Allicock, Minister of Region 9 and our NGO partner, ProNatura. Our goal is to create an economically sustainable business model that will create a diversified livelihood and income for the manufacturers, as well as increase access to cleaner water. This endeavor will actively involve all parts of the community, bringing together village leaders, artisans and brick-makers, health workers, and young locals. This project involves rural communities of Guyana's Region 9. The GDN team has already conducted two trips to the area and met with locals and tested clay in various communities.

Contacts: Emily Abdo ( and Lydia Watt (

When: Saturdays 10 am - 12 pm. Service trips during the summer (but not all members go).

Where: On-campus: Frist. Off-campus: Guyana. Housing in Bina Hill Institute, which was started with help of ProNatura.