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ISLF’s Assistance to Melinchimunai Fisherman is nearing Completion

Amherst New York, February 15 2013: The ISLF project titled “Livelihood Assistance to the Members of the Melinchimunai Fishermen’s Cooperative Society” is nearing completion and the Project Completion Report is due by the end of March 2013. The project is being operated by the Sewalanka Foundation. Project implementation began in March 2012 with the signature of project implementation agreement between ISLF and Sewalanka. Under this project, the following livelihood assistance would be provided to the members of the Melinchimunai Fishermen’s Cooperative Society:

  1. One set of 4 ply 4.5” crab net to each member of the Melinchimunai Fishermen’s Cooperative Society, for 232 registered members of the Society. The number of persons receiving the nets will be verified against the names of registered members at the time of awarding the nets; and
  2. A small meeting/utility building for the Melinchimunai Fishermen’s Cooperative Society, 30’ x 15’ in dimension – to be used by the members for their meetings and for business purposes.

The crab nets were delivered in August 2012 to 232 fisher families, who are members of the Melinchimunai Fishermen’s Cooperative Society.

The construction of the building was delayed due to disputes with regard to the location of the building. The construction work started in November 2012 and was temporarily suspended due to the heavy rains experienced in December 2012 and early January 2013. Presently, the construction of the building has been completed and it is expected to be opened officially in mid-February 2013. (The picture in the right shows the building constructed by the project)

During a field visit of the Director of ISLF, in November 2012, the members of the Melinchimunai Cooperative Society have requested additional assistance, such as a Fish Freezer Unit and cooking utensils to process crabs. On the basis of these requests, ISLF is planning a Phase II of this project. ISLF believes that continued assistance to the members of the Melinchimunai Fishermen’s Cooperative Society would further strengthen the livelihood of the poor fishermen in Melinchchimunai and solidify the gains made so far. The actual elements of the assistance are yet to be determined on the basis of a Project Formulation exercise to be carried out by the implementing agency in collaboration with ISLF. Providing assistance such as (a) a Fish Freezer Unit, (b) Utensils for Boiling Crabs; and (c) other items of assistance, will be evaluated, appropriately budgeted and finalized in due course.

 

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