Coastal Resource Center (CRC)

The Coastal Resource Center's (CRC) mission is to improve the governance of coastal ecosystems worldwide. CRC integrates participatory democracy with knowledge on how coastal environments and their people function and change, to promote equity and coastal stewardship.
Aug 9, 2013

Project Report

During this quarter TRY report the following. For more information please see the attached report:

 Global Giving

With the cash donation that was received from the Global Giving, TRY was able to purchase one hundred pairs of protective goggles from Dakar Senegal 

 Girls Skills Development Program Graduation Ceremony

The graduation ceremony of the fifteen students in the Skills Development Program was held at the TRY Center on

19th April 2013

 UNDP-The UNDP Training Program

The United Nations Development Programme {UNDP} in collaboration with the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Employment funded a training programme on value addition, food safety and hygiene at TRY Association centre

 INSEAD Social Entrenpreurship Conference

April 26thand 27th, Fatou Mboob, Director of Founder and TRY, was invited to attend the 2013 INSEAD conference in Madrid, Spain.

 Community Committees

At the annual review of the co-management plan, it was recommended that a committee comprising the village heads, village development committee, youth leaders of each of in the fifteen communities including TRY should be formed.

 Peace Corp Volunteer

Fern Aguda-Brown, Peace Corp Volunteer (PCV) has returned to the United States following the successful completion of her assignment with TRY. 

 TARUD – The Trust Agency for Rural Development

Training of trainers on Participatory Hygiene and Sanitation Transformation (PHAST) was conducted by TARUD over a two-week period.

 Visit to Processing Plant Banjul Highway

On May 13, 2013   TRY members from Kamallo visited the Atlantic Seafood Plant located at mile 5 on the Banjul Serekunda Highway.

 Grant Assistance for Grass-Roots Human Security Projects (GGP)

Akiko Osumi consultant from Senegal representing the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Japan met with TRY director Fatou Janha Mboob on May 27, 2013.

 GEF-Global Environmental Fund

There is continued monitoring of oyster racks within the following regions: Wencho, Kamallo, Old Jeshwang, Faji Kunda, Abuko, and Kubuneh


TRY is in the second year of collecting, counting, and weighing oysters as part of data collection using funds provided by the USAID/BaNafaa grant


Apr 10, 2013

TRY Project Report April 2013

TRY Women at New Oyster Racks
TRY Women at New Oyster Racks

TRY Association has continued to stay busy. With the opening of the oyster harvesting season on March 1st, the TRY women have been busy in the beautiful mangrove forests earning their living. The money the women generate from oyster sales is their main source of income for the year. Because the harvesting season is only three months long (March – June), TRY Association encourages the women to save and manage their money through TRY’s microfinance program. Since the harvesting season began, the TRY staff has been visiting various sites to converse with the women about harvesting, encourage them to wear their uniforms, as well as handle the oysters properly. Also during this harvesting period, TRY Association is also conducting biological data collection to monitor the size frequency of oysters over the harvesting season.

In November and December, the TRY women constructed oyster culture racks in 6 communities in the Tanbi Wetlands National Park. The women teamed into pairs and each pair constructed and is responsible for one rack. Oyster culture has many potential benefits for the TRY women including easier and safer harvesting and decreased effect on the mangroves. Also in November, three hundred women from TRY’s 15 communities were trained on shellfish handling, processing and quality control. The program has raised awareness on improved shellfish handling and processing practices, which will contribute to the attainment of increased production of high quality and wholesome seafood products. In December and January, TRY Association has been holding health classes for the TRY women on various health topics, including sexual and reproductive health, family planning, and malaria.

The generous donations that TRY Association received from Global Giving were used to purchase school uniforms for over 65 children of TRY members ranging in grades from nursery school to tertiary level education. The women and the children were so happy to receive the uniforms. Sometimes it is a lack of a school uniform that will prevent a child here from attending school. Therefore, from the students, thank you all so much again for your support and generosity.

Dec 4, 2012

Project Report December 2012

On behalf of the members of TRY Oyster Women’s Association and their families, we thank you all for your continued support and donations. You have made a definite impact on the lives of the TRY members.

With your generous donations, TRY Association was able to purchase school uniforms for 75 of the TRY members’ children. And it was just in time for the opening of school! The children and their families were delighted and grateful to be provided with such uniforms. Sometimes fees such as the school uniform and books can prevent or delay children from going to school. 

TRY Association has continued to stay busy during these off-season months with capacity building trainings for the TRY women, mangrove planting, aquaculture, alternative livelihood skill classes, and health classes. Many of the current activities are in efforts to prepare for the upcoming oyster harvesting season (March – June). One of the ways TRY Association is working to improve the oyster product is through training the women on sanitary food processing and handling at the landing sites, including hand washing, using gloves, etc. By improving and adding value to the oyster product, the TRY members will hopefully take home more profit each day.

At the beginning of August, the members of TRY Association participated once again in a mangrove planting exercise in the towns of Old Jeshwang and Fajikunda, both located in the Greater Banjul area.

Over 100 TRY members, along with TRY Association staff, Executive Board Members, and local partners planted thousands of mangrove propagules from early morning to late afternoon. In Old Jeshwang, 17 rice bags of propogules (mangrove seedlings) were planted, covering 12.5 hectares of land. In Fajikunda, 15 bags of propogules were planted, covering 12 hectares of land. This is another great step in improving the mangrove ecosystem of The Gambia!


TRY members are beginning string oyster aquaculture this week in their respective areas in the Tanbi Wetlands National Park. The women were trained on and implemented this method last year so this year will serve as another trial. Hopefully from this second round, TRY Association will be able to determine whether aquaculture in the Tanbi Wetlands National Park is an economically worthy venture for the women to continue on their own. 


The Skills Training Program took a short break from July to September and recently reopened at the beginning of October. During the break, TRY Association facilitated the hiring of the girls for seasonal work at both private homes and at local businesses to enhance their work experience and knowledge and to improve their skills. From now until December, the girls are continuing to practice and hone their tie-dye, cooking and catering skills. The Skills Training Program also includes a health education component now. Because the girls attending the Training Program were forced to drop out of school, they are in very vulnerable positions. They have limited knowledge regarding sexual and reproductive health, including HIV/AIDS, STIs, and family planning, and therefore they are at serious risk for teenage pregnancy, contracting HIV and STI’s, entering and staying in unhealthy relationships, etc. TRY Association is working to equip these young women with the knowledge necessary to protect themselves. So far the girls have learned about male and female reproductive anatomy, menstruation, STIs, gender roles, relationships, love, and much more. 


Thank you once again for your continued efforts. You are continuing to help these women effectively help themselves.

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