Nearly one year after the Support Climate Change Sensitivity and Adaptation Strategies in Liberia Project was initiated in Sanquin, Sinoe County, beneficiaries say, the Welthunghilfe program is having a positive effect on their lives.
The German Aid organization constructed a fish storage facility, a warehouse, a market center, and provided motorized canoes for residents.
The efforts are meant to make the fishing community robust to climate change and increase members incomes.
Prince Chebo, the Operations Manager of the fishing cooperative benefiting from the project said, the intervention was aimed at improving the living conditions of people in the district.
“We are very much grateful and want to use this time to appreciate [Welthungerhilfe] for the assistance to the county.
Chebo said the program is moving forward. “Before the coming of this program or project, some of us – and especially the community – was living on kiss meat from the water and coconut production for daily survivability, but now as we speak, we generate our own money on a daily basis through transporting goods and people from one end to another using the canoe that was given to us by [Welthungerhilfe].”
He said the program also provided them financial education which has enable them to save some of their cash in the bank and invest into other business. “We have our own bank account with the GN Bank in Greenville and we usually take our money there for safekeeping.”
He said commercial fishing activity is booming as more people are entering into their area on a daily basis to buy fish because they have their own canoe and storage facilities.
Andrew Doe, County Coordinator of the National Fisheries and Aquaculture Authority, spoke highly about the success of the Welthungerhilfe project as the living condition of locals have change and they are becoming self- reliance.
Mr. Doe said, NaFFA was working closely with the personnel trained to manage the project to ensure that the project continue to achieve its intended purpose.
“It’s actually helping our people and we hope that this will not be the end of [Welthungerhild’s] support to our people,” Doe lamented.
Welthungerhilfe says the project aims to assist fishing families to weather the effects of climate change by “expanding their skill sets and strengthening their resilience.”
It supports sustainable fishing practices at different levels of the value chain, including production, processing, and marketing.
Launched in 2020, the project is being funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development.