A FOUNDATION FOR THE FUTURE
Population of Chad still benefits today from the impulses of a completed project
According to a United Nations report, the Republic of Chad ranks 11th among the least developed nations in the world. On average, the population has to make do with less than three US dollars a day, 73% of the population have no access to clean drinking water. The adult literacy rate is 53% for men and 36% for women. One project gives hope.
Education for a better life
APRODEPIT, Society for the Promotion and Development of Fish Farming, was a recognised non-governmental organisation based in Sarh, a town on the Chari River in the south of the country. The primary aim was to improve the general living conditions.
ecology as basis
After the fish stock in the region had been drastically reduced and there were almost no fish left in the Chari River, a substantial part of the population lost an important livelihood. The reason for this disaster was that the fishermen did not know about the ecological conditions for the conservation of the stock. Illegal fishing practices using close-meshed nets and even dynamite meant the end of the fish stock. The water level sank, the fish almost died out. Something had to be done to save life in the river.
nature and population benefit
Kosse Malle (†), founder of the organisation, started fish farming in Bongor in 1980. He wanted to use his knowledge, which he had acquired in a fish farm training, in a project. Together with one employee he excavated two ponds. About 3000 Tilapia were bred here. This fish grows very fast and multiplies rapidly. The success proved him right. APRODEPIT was founded together with eleven other families. In addition to fish farming, the company also specialized in fish preservation through drying and smoking.
The organization launched a learning program for the training of fish farming entrepreneurs. This saved the fish population in the region. On site, new technologies were used and protection zones were determined. The people took part in the projects and acquired knowledge about fish farming and marketing. In the meantime, 143 groups are already working in the Sarh region, 98 men’s and 45 women’s groups.
sustainability in many areas
The organisation has also laid important foundations in other areas: Forest clearing, the protection of wildlife, the improvement of school education and the end of discrimination against women have increasingly come to the fore. A school and literacy classes were set up. It is now up to the people of Chad to continue to follow the traces of APRODEPIT into a happier future.
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