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.