G.U.R.I. is a nonprofit organization, incorporated under Australian law. Its main task is to work on improving the conditions of rural schools in need of Uruguay. It is implicit in our purpose to contribute to the development of an environment that facilitates intellectual achievement of school children.
Since the education reform guided by José Pedro Varela, public education in Uruguay is secular, free and compulsory. Nevertheless, through the ages, teachers, committees of parents, neighbors, different authorities and alumni have remained vigilant and the principal actors who have defended this precious legacy. Our solidarity and commitment also needs your support.
Working voluntarily with integrity and social responsibility in a climate of cooperation and trust, being creative, contributing ideas, with courage and determination, we are contributing to the personal development of primary school children, the pillars of the future society.
“The illustration of the people is the true engine of progress”
History of our logo
Homero and Albita, the schoolchildren in our logo, were siblings in real life. Both attended a rural school in Las Toscas, Caraguatá, Department of Tacuarembo, Uruguay. Albita studied economics and Magisterium, but she could finish her studies becuase she had to go to work. Amateur poet and writer, she won a second prize in a short story contest. She published a short story in the newspaper La República of Uruguay and several poems in community books in Australia. She was a founder of the library Juana de Ibarburu in the Club Welcome in 1982.
Homero was the oldest of the family Benavides Laborde. He studied medicine and became a traumatologist and he was considered one of the best in Uruguay and Latin America. He was the physician of Club Atlético Peñarol in the 60s and of the Uruguayan soccer national team. Great players who roamed about the world waited for their turn for surgery with him. He died in 1969. A sports medicine center hall bears his name.
No doubt the teachings received in the Rural School strengthened the roots of their respective destinations.
The Organization GURIInc thanks for the logo design and the preceding annotations to Mr. José Barroso, Albita´s son.