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DoGood.Africa’s sustainable approach to lifting underserved communities

Members of the DoGood.Africa team

Do Good Africa Foundation, a non-profit organization with a goal to accelerate the pace of sustainable development across Africa, implemented its inaugural project tagged #EmpowerMakokoFishingCommunity in Lagos on Saturday, 21 December 2019.

Nigeria is currently tagged the poverty capital of the world with more than 112 million people living in poverty, according to an Oxfam report. This is evident in locations like Makoko, known as the “Venice of Africa”, a floating slum located in the Lagos Mainland, and home to over 500,000 inhabitants. The community’s depressing economic and infrastructural state is further exacerbated by an overwhelming deprivation of adequate fishing tools – a sad irony, considering fishing is the major occupational activity of Makoko.

DoGood.Africa first visited Makoko in April 2019 to investigate potential intervention mechanisms in such an impoverished community and contribute meaningfully towards poverty reduction through sustainable and self-sufficient means. After several interviews with community leaders and members, youth unemployment emerged as a significant driver of household poverty. This led to the birth of DoGood.Africa’s inaugural social impact project tagged, “Empower Makoko Fishing Community”. According to Peter Oke, Co-Founder of DoGood.Africa, “this project seeks to equip skilled fishermen in the community with adequate assets and tools, in a bid to provide a sustainable means of livelihood for their households”.

Taking Makoko’s fishing hub status into consideration, DoGood.Africa explored initiatives around fishing empowerment to maximize value creation for Makoko indigenes. The Foundation engaged several service providers through the implementation process. According to Ezekiel Alabi, Projects Lead at DoGood.Africa, “we were able build and brand all the fishing boats within Makoko, whilst utilizing resources available within the community”.

Fishing boats built and branded in Makoko Fishing Community (Photo Credit: Busayo Sunmonu)

Ten beneficiaries were selected through a process aimed at identifying capable youths who lacked boats and fishing equipment and were considered to be vulnerable. This selection process involved engagements with community and religious leaders and subsequent interviews with those nominated. The beneficiaries were presented with boats and other

fishing equipment at the project commissioning, which was well attended by community leaders, stakeholders and members of the DoGood.Africa community. Baale Hungevun Jacob

of Abamisimeho Makoko Community speaking at the commissioning commended the Foundation’s efforts in providing fishing equipment for the community. According to Baale Hungevun Jacob, “we want to thank DoGood.Africa for coming to help our youths and providing them with fishing equipment to help them start their lives”. He went on to appreciate the sacrificial gesture shown by members of the DoGood.Africa community who are not directly part of the community. “We know that DoGood.Africa did not have to come to help us in Makoko, but have done all these sacrificially, we pray that God will continue to bless them and meet them at the point of their needs”. Stanley Ogbuchi, Co-Founder of DoGood.Africa, also speaking at the same event said “DoGood.Africa was set up by like-minded youths who want to use the skills and resources available to them to improve the standard of living in underserved communities, one project at a time”.

Beneficiaries of Empower Makoko Fishing Communities (Photo Credit: Busayo Sunmonu)

DoGood.Africa will continue to monitor its intervention in Makoko, as it seeks impact investment opportunities that foster sustainable development and reduce poverty within the community.

There remains lots of work to be done in communities with similar fundamentals across Africa. DoGood.Africa’s mandate is to provide technical and fundraising support to social impact organizations to ensure successful project implementation, whilst ensuring these projects meet 3 essential criteria: Economic impact, Scalability and Sustainability in line with the Sustainable Development Goals. This has led to partnerships with REES Africa in their project tagged “Light Up Kaduna”, to eradicate energy poverty in Kagarko Local Government by providing a mini-grid solution and connecting c.100 households in Oboi, Madaki and Sarki communities.

L-R: Members of DoGood.Africa Community – Ezekiel Alabi, Oghenekaro Ebarighe and Adewunmi Salami at the project commissioning of Empower Makoko Fishing Community (Photo Credit: Busayo Sunmonu)

The Foundation is also partnering with the Aid for Rural Education Access Initiative (AREAi) in launching a nationwide rollout of its Education-in-Bottles initiative, aimed at providing quality learning opportunities to out-of-school children located mainly in Northern Nigeria. This project has commenced its pilot at Katampe, Abuja. These efforts represent DoGood.Africa’s increasing contributions in the social impact space, as part of a concerted action to end poverty by 2030.

By Adewunmi Salami

DoGood.Africa Launch

Press Statement – DoGood.Africa Launch

Lagos, Nigeria, August 1st, 2019 – Digital platform, DoGood.Africa launches today to connect African people (and diaspora around the world) to not-for-profit and social impact projects in Africa that are in need of funding and technical support. All projects showcased on the DoGood.Africa platform are committed to achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Launch

With an endless number of deserving causes that need support, many donors in Africa and the diaspora find it challenging to ascertain which cause to donate to and offer voluntary service to. DoGood.Africa is utilizing technology making it easier for people to find projects and causes that they align with, to support them with donations and volunteer hours.

The Genesis of DoGood.Africa

In September 2015, the UN adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development that includes 17 SDGs. Built on the principle of “leaving no one behind”, the Agenda emphasizes a holistic approach to achieving sustainable development for all. In the wake of this, many NGOs and social enterprises have been set up in Africa to achieve these milestones and many preexisting organizations and projects shifted their focus in order to meet these goals.

Though there has been clear progress in certain areas, we are still very far off the mark for achieving these goals globally and particularly across the African continent. In a survey conducted by DoGood.Africa with some African Non-Profit Organizations, 98% of the respondents confirmed that a major challenge is sourcing funds to carry out their groundwork.

Relying on government funding and international aid is not a sustainable model, DoGood.Africa believes crowdfunding is the key to bridging the funding gap for Non-Profits and Social Impact Organizations. Regardless of how many volunteers a project may have, in most cases, the availability of funds determines the success of a project.

How the DoGood.Africa Platform works

DoGood.Africa lists vetted projects from verified and credible Non-Profits and Social Impact Organizations on the website.

  1. Donors back these projects with funding and support.
  2. Funds raised are remitted to the organization to implement the project and we provide relevant support along the way.
  3. We seek regular feedback, updates and reports of project impact and progress and we share to the wider community of donors and other relevant stakeholders.

About DoGood.Africa

DoGood was born out of a desire to make a difference and change the narrative around Africa as an underdeveloped continent. DoGood.Africa has therefore been created to provide funding and technical support to social impact projects in Africa to ensure sustainable and seamless project implementation. 

Starting from Nigeria where DoGood.Africa was founded, the platform is launching with some of the following projects:

  1. Empower Makoko Fishing Community: Makoko is a slum in the heart of Lagos, Nigeria. It is also a fishing community; this project plans to empower the community with better fishing equipment to increase their fishing yield and production working towards 1,2 and 8 of the UN SDGs. To find out more, visit: https://dogood.africa/project/empower-makoko/.
  2. Light up Kaduna: Under the initiative REES LIGHTS AFRICA, the project light up Nigeria is aimed at providing electricity access to rural and marginalized areas across Nigeria with no prior access, working towards achieving Goals 1, 7 and 13 of the UN SDGs. To find out more, visit: https://dogood.africa/project/light-up-kaduna/.
  3. Love In The Midst of War (LITMOW): Project LITMOW helps in rehabilitating survivors of the insurgency in Northern Nigeria by giving them food, clothing and other necessities and providing some children with access to free and quality education, thus achieving Goals 4 and 16 of the UN SDGs. To find out more, visit: https://dogood.africa/project/litmow/.

Get Involved:

Power lies with the people. DoGood.Africa sees a future where all Africans and the diaspora join together and participate in making in building, growing and developing our local communities, countries and our continent. Join DoGood.Africa, in developing Africa and killing the media narrative of Africa being a poor continent incapable of internal development.

Becoming a volunteer takes hard work, dedication and a real commitment of time and resources. DoGood.Africa is committed to improving lives and communities and volunteers are a key component for ensuring that projects run as smoothly as possible. To become a volunteer, visit: https://dogood.africa/volunteer/

To make a donation, visit the DoGood.Africa launch page at www.dogood.africa/launch

For more details on how to sign-up as a Social Impact Organization, Partner, or Volunteer, contact:

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Email: [email protected]

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