In 1992, a group of headteachers saw the need to train local teachers to improve the standard of education within the South Central area of Guyana. In order to do this, they set up the South Central Indigenous Peoples Association (SCIPA).
Observing that there was a substantial group of young women and men within the communities with few job opportunities, SCIPA set up a series of skills training programmes, starting with typewriting, involving 21 women aged 18-25 at Dadanawa Ranch. They later ran a programme in brick making.
By 1996, the organisation changed their name to the South Central People's Development Association (SCPDA) because it was felt that this better embraced the mixed population of the member communities. The same year, they collaborated with Building Community Capacity Project funded by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) to promote hygiene and nutrition in the 10 communities of South Central Rupununi. SCPDA also further broadened its mandate to tackle issues of greater significance to the region - like malaria outreach and livestock development.
Today, SCPDA is known as South Communities Peoples' Development Association. It is dedicated to securing and sustainably managing Wapichan traditional lands in Guyana and improving the livelihoods of the people in 21 Wapichan communities in South Rupununi through support for income generating activities. These include natural resource management and food security.