Santa Rosa, Guyana

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Santa Rosa is a community in the Barima-Waini region of northern Guyana. Its population is approximately 10,000 [1].

Santa Rosa is the largest Amerindian village in Guyana. This predominantly Arawak village is located on the Moruka River, 29 km from its mouth. The village is actually a collection of at least ten settlements spread out in the Savannah wetlands along a ten mile stretch of the Moruka River. Santa Rosa is one of the earliest Catholic Missions in Guyana. Its name is in Spanish (in English be Saint Rose) this say that Santa Rosa and all the West Territory of Essequibo River is the actual Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. This claim is disputed and cannot be proven.

The community began receiving electricity in 2004 when a diesel-powered generator was donated by Mr. Monty Niathally, proprietor of Variety Woods and Greenheart Limited. [2]

Santa Rosa contains the second of the region's two secondary schools, Santa Rosa Secondary School, established in 1992. (The first, North West Secondary School in Mabaruma, was set up in 1965.)

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Coordinates: 7°39′0″N 58°57′0″W / 7.65000°N 58.95000°W / 7.65000; -58.95000