SOS Sahel newsletter

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SOS Sahel newsletter
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Dear Friend,

We’ re very happy to bring you another newsletter,
highlighting what we have been up to over the last
few months.

During this time, we have seen the completion of
our five-year long project in the Red Sea State of
Sudan. This project was very successful, and we’re
working with our partners to investigate ways to
replicate and build on some of its success in the

We've also continued to raise money for our partner
SOS Sahel Ethiopia, who are working on a Resilient
Economies and Livelihoods Project in partnership
with four other NGOs. Focusing on environmental
conservation and alterative livelihoods, they have
been working with communities to reduce
vulnerability to environmental shocks and build
economic resilience. We’re very proud to be helping
them raise matched funds for this project, which is
90% funded by the European Union.

Inthe meantime, we are continuing to look for more
opportunities—not just for our partners who are
doing incredible work with vulnerable communities,
but also funding opportunities for ourselves here in
the UK. Some of the work that we do naturally falls
outside of project budgets, but our partners
nonetheless rely on us to support them— be it with
strategic development, fundraising, financial
management, reporting or anything else they may
need. It is important that we find a way to sustain
ourselves so that we can continue to provide
services that empower and strengthen our partners,
which helps their impact go even further.

We are very grateful to have such loyal and
generous donors like you. We cannot express how
much your support means to us.

Thank you,


Linda Horgan, Director

SOS Sahel

International UK

SOS Sahel Newsletter

Achievements from the Red Sea State, Sudan

The Agricultural and Fishery Production by Smallholders Project did
things differently. In an area where populations were chronically
dependent on aid, the project asked people to financially contribute
to that aid through a voucher system. Rather than providing inputs
for free, beneficiaries were linked with the private sector and
contributed a proportion of the price of an input (be it a GPS system,
or some seeds), the rest being paid by the project. The voucher
system was combined with intensive and practical training for all
beneficiaries involved in the project. This way of providing aid was
new to communities and while it took a significant amount of time for
people to trust the project, by the end of the five years significant
attitude changes had taken place. By giving people an active role in
into their it created a level of

the investment livelihoods,

independence not seen before. Dependency on aid turned to

ownership, pride and self-reliance.

We met Abdul two years ago, when he told us: “/ had two boats
before but was going to sell them as ! couldn't afford the
maintenance. However, with the help of SOS Sahel | have improved
both boats and now rent a third. | have bought engines, ice boxes and
fishing gears thanks to the project, and ! plan to buy a GPS system in
the future... With my improved income | have been able to build a new
home for myself and my family.” Two years later, when the above
photo was taken, Abdul owns four boats and a_ tuk-tuk. The
contribution he made towards new technologies paid off; inputs such
as GPS and Fish Finders heloed him to improve his catch by an
incredible amount, and along with ice boxes and training on on-board
and off-board handling, he has improved the quality of catch to the
market and increased his income significantly.

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Every donation we receive helps us to support
our local African partner organisations work
with poor vulnerable communities in order for
them to become strengthened, sustainable
and resilient communities. With only three
staff and a small shared office space, we’re
light on our feet in the UK, keeping running
costs to a minimum so that your donation
goes further.

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send any contributions you can to the Oxford

Other ways to give

Please remember us in your will

Every gift in every will, however large or small,
makes a difference. By leaving a gift to SOS
Sahel UK in your will, you can help
marginalised Sahelian communities build
themselves a brighter future, with stronger
voices to influence those with the power to
end dryland poverty. Gifts don’t have to be
lump sums, but can be residuary (e.g. 1% of
your estate). So if you are thinking about your
legacy, after you have provided for your
friends and family, please remember us.

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Discussing the project with fisherfolk in Suakin town, it was clear that
a new generation of fishermen were engaging in the livelihood. They
described ‘university graduates’ and ‘graduates of the sea’ - now both
working within the same livelinoods. When the project started, there
was a belief that the fishery sector was dying out, with new
generations having little interest in traditional ways of life and often
migrating for work. But now, young people have seen the financial
benefit that their fathers, uncles and friends are reaping. The new
technologies like GPSs and Fish Finders are now commonplace

because of the project and this has
helped to entice young people into
fishing. Mohammed, — pictured
right, has recently graduated from
university; he has a boat, engine
and GPS

through the project and goes deep

system purchased

water fishing. With young people
becoming more involved, not just
in the fishery sector, but also in
farming, the impact of the project
on these livelinood is likely to live

on in future generations.

Women are also gaining a greater voice in the farming and fishery
sectors. Before the project, women were rarely engaged in fishing,
but now they have set up a Fishermen’s Friends Association, with 206


members. Rowda, one member, explained “men already had an
association, and so we thought about starting one just for women”.
The association makes fishing nets and tools, and has set up a fish
restaurant with support from the project. All income goes back into
the association. Through this mechanism, women in_ fishing
communities are getting more of a voice, and slowly engaging more in
economic activities. Although they are still not going out to sea within
this traditional

Furthermore, whilst women have always been active in the farming

society, change is happening nonetheless.

sector, they began to realise there was space and an opportunity for
them to organise. The first women's only farmers association was
registered with help from the project and has sought support from
the bank and ministry of agriculture; they purchased a tractor
through the voucher system with a 30% subsidy from the project.

The changes that we have seen through this project have been
incredible, and we’re looking forward to watching these communities
flourish even more in the future.

SOS Sahel

International UK

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