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Womens' Aquaculculture Project in Ghana

Requested by

Forces of Light and Nonviolent Communication

Who are you trying to help? What issue are you trying to address?

We are trying to help unskilled young teenage mothers and girl school drop-outs who have succumbed to alcoholism and teenage prostitution. We want to empower these young women with skills in fish farming and fish smoking, and also provide protein to undernourished/malnourished rural children of this community that is far away from the sea. There are no rivers in which people can fish. Therefore the community depends on fish brought from distant coastal towns. These are often over-smoked or rotten or are sold at unaffordable prices. The project will also reduce poverty and domestic violence – poverty breeds hunger, hunger breeds anger and anger breeds violence. The community will become self sufficient in fresh, well smoked and hygienic fish to save everybody, particularly children, from malnutrition. Young teenage mothers will be empowered with skills and live decent lives, taking better care of their children and sending them to school. This will be an integrated project, with ducks on the fish ponds which will provide eggs and meat for the protein requirements of the community. This will enhance the health of the community.

What is your project and how will it help?

The project will involve fish farming with ducks introduced into ponds. The droppings of the ducks will supplement the nutrient required by the fish and the ducks will produce eggs and meat for income. The land surrounding the ponds will be irrigated and there will be all-year-round cultivation of vegetables with the rich organic water from the ponds. The young women will be trained in all aspects of the project and this will help them to choose one of these fields and specialize in it. They will be with the project for at least one year and take another year to specialize so as to be fully skillsed. The project will also help the participants to send their children to school and buy them decent clothes.

How can other people partner with you on your project?

We would like other people to help with modern ideas and skills. They can also help with funds which are badly needed, and, above all, compassion and sustainable methods and equipment for food processing.

Please detail the resources that you need.

For the fish farming -construction of fish ponds, smoking house, harvesting baskets and nets etc will cost about $70,000 for the duck house and feeding cost for one year will be about $40,000 and the vegetable farm will cost about $40,000 together with the training and administration which also be around $80,000 totalling about $200,000 and, if possible, one tractor with all accessories for the whole community.

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Partnership types

Doing business with the poor; Project funding

Regions / countries / territories

Africa: Ghana

Global issues

Children, youth and family welfare; Community development; Job creation and all (5)


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