Urgent Mercy Fishpond Appeal

http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fund/fishformercy

Total raised

£2,207.00
from a target of £2,500.00

Total raised (+ Gift Aid)

£2,612.50

Offline total

£40.00

Raise £2,500 to set up a fishpond at Mercy Primary School in Kenya.

In the village of Luanda where Mercy Primary School is situated, COCO has found out that women are being coerced into having sex to be able to buy fish.

Linet would like to share her story to help women in her community.  She received a small loan from COCO in 2016, allowing her to afford the school fees for her four children to attend Mercy Primary School, reducing the strain on the school to cover its costs.  With the loan, she set up a business cooking and selling fish – however the fishermen are refusing to sell fish to her unless she has sex with them. COCO cannot stand by and watch this happen to Linet and other mothers in the area. 

In the local area, 70% of the population live on less than $2 a day. The local economy is based on fishing, but pollution and overfishing in the area have made the community even more vulnerable, and as fish get more scarce the fishermen gain more power to exploit buyers.  The exploitation by the fishermen is made even worse by the fact that the area suffers from a high prevalence of HIV, meaning women are not only humiliated, but also forced to risk their health.

The fishpond will be established at Mercy Primary, and owned and managed by the community, to ensure that no customers are exploited.  It will not only benefit these women, but will also provide a valuable source of income for the school, to allow children from poor backgrounds to be able to access quality education.  It is estimated that the pond will bring in approximately £2,500 of revenue for the school every seven months.  It will also assist with the development of a sustainable eco-system in which vegetables can be grown and poultry can be reared to generate further income.  Finally, the establishment of a fishpond will help to reduce the strain on fishing in Lake Victoria, to protect the fishing industry, which is vital to the area.

Parents are now able to contribute more towards their children’s school fees, so that the school can cover its own running costs.  Mercy Primary School achieved the 5th best school results of 94 in recent mock exams, it is providing quality education to 135 students.  This year, there are plans to build a new classroom at Mercy to replace an old building made of iron sheets.

If more than the target is raised, then the excess will be invested in similar projects that COCO prioritises.

Or to donate to the appeal in another way, visit coco.org.uk/get-involved/donate-now or email holly@coco.org.uk

Select the amount you wish to give

£10.00  100 fish

£50.00  1 labourer

£100.00  1 lorry of sand

£500.00  60 bags of cement

Total donations: £2,167.00

Chris G

09.10.17

£500.00 (+ £125.00 giftaid)

What shocking circumstances! I sincerely hope that this project helps to secure a much improved life for all those involved.

David

09.10.17

£10.00

Anonymous

08.10.17

£10.00 (+ £2.50 giftaid)

Bens Mum

06.10.17

£10.00 (+ £2.50 giftaid)

Linet I was inspired when I met you and hope to meet you again.

Anonymous

06.10.17

£10.00 (+ £2.50 giftaid)

Annie

05.10.17

£10.00 (+ £2.50 giftaid)

Michael Robinson

05.10.17

£100.00 (+ £25.00 giftaid)

Great cause !

Steve Blakeley

05.10.17

£250.00 (+ £62.50 giftaid)

Good luck with this worthy and necessary project. I hope you reach your target very soon.

Anonymous

05.10.17

Michael and Christine Heppell

05.10.17

£500.00

Wonderful idea. Good luck to these brave Women.

 

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