Makoko is small community located around the neighborhood of the 3rd mainland bridge. It is sometimes referred to as “Venice of Africa” mainly because it’s built and floats on water. A publication by Guardian newspaper on February 23, 2016 labelled the area as the World’s biggest floating slum, it is indeed! Fishing is not just a main source of livelihood to the people living in Makoko, it is a culture (way of life); both men, women and children inclusive. It is safe to say that a child learns to paddle a canoe before they can crawl in Makoko.

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The men literally engage in the exercise of fishing to make the fish available on credit to the wives or young adults. They in turn are expected to repay upon sales to her environs. This singular act or trend is needed to aid sustainable means of livelihood.

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“The Shantytown having quite a large population, needs to be sensitized on the need to limit the high birth rate” noted the Baale during a visit and even though it seems impossible to expose or empower all the women living in this community, they need to be sensitized on the control of high birth rate.

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Upon visitation, we observed the hinterlands of Makoko is not only surrounded by filthy water, but they also live on wooden planks and timbers. The state of stagnant water makes the people vulnerable to various diseases and unhealthy living. This corroborates the Baale’s claim that Malaria is the prevalent sickness in the area.

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We noticed that the classrooms in the schools were not conducive and are very small thus reducing the number of children that can be taught in class. We also discovered that a number of children would rather go fishing than attend school due to financial constraints.

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On this basis, having conversed with the people to understand their way of life and enable us achieve sustainable impact, we have decided to:

  • Bring about sensitization on healthy life including birth control!
  • Create self-awareness!
  • Provide school materials like bags, books, stationary for children!
  • Provide medical relief materials like mosquito nets!

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Ultimately, we believe that life can be better than what the people of Makoko have always called home “if we can help them through our own little way”

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