On behalf of all of the members of TRY Oyster Women’s Association, we would like to thank you all for your continued support for the women of TRY Association and their efforts to improve their livelihoods.
These past months have been very busy at TRY. Most notably, TRY Association was awarded the UNDP 2012 Equator Award for our initiatives and work in sustainable development. This award was received by the TRY Coordinator, Fatou Janha Mboob, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. All of the Equator Award winners attended Community Aldeia, an eight day conference organized by the UNDP Equator Initiative held from June 13 – June 20 on sustainable development. During the conference, Fatou met and conversed with people from all over the world involved in environmentally sustainable projects. Not only was she able to gain new information and ideas, but she also shared and promoted TRY, its projects and its successes thus far.
TRY Association held its Fourth Annual Oyster Festival on April 28, 2012. The event was very successful in promoting TRY’s mission and work within The Gambia. The event received national recognition as it was covered by the local TV station and newspaper. There were an estimated 250 guests in attendance and they enjoyed the exciting entertainment of traditional dancing and wrestling as well as the delicious assortment of oyster dishes prepared by the TRY women.
The oyster season closed in June with the start of the rainy season. During the season, the women were grateful for your assistance in providing them with more effective and protective harvesting gear, including boots, life jackets, and boats. There were very few accidents while harvesting oysters this year.
TRY is now in the planning stages of organizing a mangrove planting exercise as well as an aquaculture program. In August, thousands of mangrove seedlings will be planted in the same areas as last year (Faji Kunda village and Kamallo village). The seedlings planted last year are already a few feet high!
The Skills Training Program for the daughters of the oyster harvesters is going very well and the girls have learned to make beautiful tie-dye materials, crochet bags, soaps, and cook delicious cakes. The girls are also involved in a small loan program now, similar to their mothers, to encourage them to start small businesses with the skills they have learned. In the fall, the girls will be part of a peer health education training where they will learn about sexual and reproductive health and HIV/AIDS.
Again, thank you all so much again for your support and generosity. You are continuing to help these women effectively help themselves.
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