The Tide Has Turned for Deqa’s Family in Durduri

Published November 8, 2017 by Muna Ali

Deqa preparing the fishing net for her son before he goes fishing, Durduri, Sanaag region


Many of us are familiar with the old proverbial saying, "Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; show him how to catch fish, and you feed him for a lifetime", suggesting the ability to work is of a greater benefit than a one-off handout.  Adeso’s inclusive, participatory and people-centered approach ensures that the people and communities we work with receive the support they need to meet their needs today and the skills they need to build a stronger future.   

In the Durduri village in the Sanaag region of Somalia, Adeso is working alongside communities to help strengthen their ability to develop livelihood opportunities and promote coastal restoration practices.  With the support of the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, Adeso is providing trainings in sustainable fishing techniques, marketing, business skills and value chains for hardworking men and women like Deqa Sanyare. 

Deqa is a proud mother of four children and like most mothers, she is motivated by a desire to earn enough income to support her family and build a better life for her children and their environment.  With the support of her eldest son, Deqa’s family is able to make a living from the maritime environment they live in, as pastoralists; they never imagined this would be possible. However, recurring droughts and harsh conditions made it difficult for the family to find the water and pasture needed to sustain a viable livestock, making it difficult for them to meet their basic needs through pastoralism.

"It wasn't easy through the years, we barely made ends meet when we were pastoralists and we had to look for an alternative income. Living in a coastal village, fishing seems very logical but we knew nothing about the sea. We have come a long way and today my son and I make a living from the sea. He catches the fish and I process it and sell it" Deqa explained.

Today, through trainings and support from Adeso and generous donors like the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation Deqa and her entire community now have access to the tools and skills they need to revitalize community fisheries and agricultural activities. Working together, they are restoring and protecting Somalia’s degraded coastal and marine ecosystems, improving marine health, local livelihoods and food security for their community and throughout the region.

Read more about how Adeso is protecting the Somali coastal environment.