Helping a LagosIan Fishing Family
A shanty town on the edge of Lagos Lagoon was demolished when the authorities reclaimed the land. This forced Awawu Oriyomi’s fishing family including husband and 8 children to evacuate their fishing home. Fogadventures is fundraising to help Awawu Oriyomi’s family relocate.
This is the story of Awawu Oriyomi, a Nigerian woman living on the edge of the Lagos Lagoon. She ekes out a living selling fish caught in the Lagoon waters.
Awawu lives with her husband and eight children in a community that has sprung up illegally on a vacant strip of land. This narrow strip of land connects the Lekki peninsula to the Orange Island in Lagos, Nigeria. A substandard house made from bamboo and tarpaulin is the Oriyomi’s family home.
The daily activities revolve around the Lagoon. They bathe in the water, wash clothes in the water and cook with the water. The sound of water lapping the shore makes dancing music for the leaves of the only two trees. Canoes are parked in the bodies of water on both sides of the narrow strip of land. A cluster of shanty houses made of waste materials such as cardboard, tin, plastic and tarpaulin dot this strip of land. These houses have dirt floors and lack connections to basic services such as water, electricity and sewer systems. Thick smoke rises up from the kitchens where the women grill fish for sale.
Dayo stumbled on this strip of land on one of her exploratory runs and recounts the story of Awawu Oriyomi as follows:
“Awawu Oriyomi aka Mama Segun, was sitting in her kitchen tending to her fish when I was introduced to her a few weeks back. We developed a warm relationship with each other over the weeks when I regularly stopped to buy fish.
I was devastated when I visited the strip of land on the 15th of August and found posted Evacuation Notices. Mama Segun’s house had been stripped of the tarpaulin and her belongings mostly clothes, fishing nets and pans were in a heap by the edge of the water. She burst out in tears as she narrated her dilemma. A 7 day evacuation notice had elapsed and she had nowhere to go with her 8 children. She had found an empty space on another edge of the Lagoon but does not have money to dismantle the current structure and reconstruct in the new space. I was moved. I wanted to give her a bear hug and console her but I couldn’t break the social distancing rule.
I feel compelled to assist Mama Segun and support her relocation plans. Will you please join hands with me to provide emergency relief for the Awawu Oriyomi fishing family with 8 children? Together we can put a smile on their faces again.”
A Simple Gesture can change the flow of things
April 25, 2020
In the year 1859, Mr. Henry Dunant was traveling in his carriage for a business meeting.
He passed through the Solferino Battle Ground, which was littered with the dead and the wounded. The sight of the wounded soldiers from the battle compelled him to stop and help. That simple gesture changed the flow of things to come in the future. That simple gesture resulted in the birth of the Red Cross Society. The Osun Chapter of the Red Cross is one of the Nigerian local arms of that same Red Cross Society.
Runner Girl 👧🏾 is running a series of 8 Marathons on her 10 meter kitchen balcony due to mandatory lockdown. While complying with physical distancing, this will also focus public attention on the urgent pandemic work of the local Red Cross Society. Her vision is to help support their work. Here is a quote from this arm of the local Red Cross Society stating their activities:
As red cross is known as an humanitarian Organization, we have carried out covid19 sensitization across the state and we are planning to produce and distribute hand sanitizers to people and also the major project which we have been working on is distribution of palliatives like foodstuffs to the vulnerable in the Society.
We will greatly appreciate any form of assistance from your team ma.”
From the Chairman, Osun State Chapter of the Nigerian Red Cross Society
You can help achieve Runner Girl’s 👧🏾 goal of providing the Osun Red Cross Society with 8 bicycles (one bicycle for each kitchen balcony marathon she runs) and their urgently needed funds. Imagine how valuable this will be to their work. Your modest contribution is immediately needed to flatten the pandemic curve.
Please give a small donation today!
Stay safe, Stay home,
Dayo (Runner Girl 👧🏾) Akinbode