Empower Makoko Fishing Community

by Do Good Social Impact Foundation
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Empower Makoko Fishing Community
Empower Makoko Fishing Community
Empower Makoko Fishing Community
Empower Makoko Fishing Community
Empower Makoko Fishing Community
Empower Makoko Fishing Community
Empower Makoko Fishing Community
Empower Makoko Fishing Community
Empower Makoko Fishing Community
Empower Makoko Fishing Community
Empower Makoko Fishing Community
Mar 31, 2020

Successful Project Execution of #EmpowerMakoko

Beneficiaries of #EmpowerMakoko Project
Beneficiaries of #EmpowerMakoko Project

Summary

Subsequent to the previous reporting period, below is a highlight of key activities on the Project:

  • Painting and branding services were finalised and work on all boats was completed
  • The DoGood.Africa team adopted an inclusive strategy for distributing the fishing equipment to the neediest youths within the community. The strategy adopted balanced the interest of key stakeholders while also achieving the impact objective of the Project. It involved engaging key influencers within the community including the two waterfront community leaders, the youth leader, and religious leaders within the community. These influencers were tasked to collaboratively select potential beneficiaries within their spheres of influence and a list of 12 individuals were submitted. The list was representative of each influencer’s nomination. The individuals listed were further reclassified into 10 neediest potential beneficiaries on the basis of factors including their abilities to fish, number of dependents, and disabilities
  • The DoGood.Africa team pushed for the inclusion of women on the list of potential beneficiaries but community norms restricted women to participating in activities further down the value chain (that is, selling fish harvested from fishing trips) rather than direct fishing
  • The services of the Nigerian Police Force were procured in readiness for the commissioning event to mitigate potential risks of violence during the event
  • In preparation for the event, other event planning activities including preparation of the venue, engagement of a photographer, a videographer, and a disc jockey were also put in place
  • The commissioning event scheduled for the 21st of December 2019 began with a visit to the community influencers earlier engaged to pay appropriate obeisance for their support and collaboration with DoGood.Africa on the Project. Necessary traditional rites were performed before the commissioning event commenced
  • Subsequently, interviews were held with each of the 10 beneficiaries to validate their bio-data information and the reasons provided for their selection as submitted by the influencers. Discussions with the 10 beneficiaries revealed that most of them rented boats from other owners on a daily basis at an average fee of 2,000 for 4 hours, some worked for these owners and commission was paid to them depending on the value of the fish caught daily while others accompanied friends to fish. In terms of average revenue generation, this ranged between 2,000 to 6,000 daily out of which rental fees were either paid or commissions earned depending on the arrangement made with the boat owners
  • Major constraints to revenue generation mentioned included the period of boat use (limited to about 4 hours a day), risks of boat damage associated with exploring farther distance to capture more fish harvest, and seasonality
  • Other findings from discussions with the beneficiaries showed that all beneficiaries were married and had at least two dependents within their immediate families and several others within their extended families. None of the beneficiaries with more than one child was able to enrol all his children in a school at the same time majorly due to lack of funds
  • Thereafter, the commissioning event officially commenced with the influencers, beneficiaries, and other spectators within the community. A formal presentation of the fishing equipment (including the boats) was made to the 10 neediest beneficiaries identified and screened. The other two beneficiaries were however given fishing nets, hooks, and ropes
  • The event was closed with another interview with some of the beneficiaries and they expressed their gratitude to the DoGood team and the Project donors for the opportunity given noting that the Project would change the narratives of their fishing career as they had been empowered to increase their productivity, income, and ultimately the lives of their families. The community influencers also expressed their gratitude to DoGood and the Project donors for considering the community for such benefits and appealed for more interventions to empower youths within the community

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Do Good Social Impact Foundation

Location: Lekki - Nigeria
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Twitter: @DoGood_africa
Do Good Social Impact Foundation
Stanley Ogbuchi
Project Leader:
Stanley Ogbuchi
Lekki, Nigeria

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