Goldcoast Developmental Foundation has come out full throttle to offer support by way of providing resources – both human and material – to victims of the 2018 Bayelsa state floods. Rains began in the month of September and lasted till early to mid-October, 2018; the floods which ensued have displaced over 150,000 people, and also affecting in one way or another more than 5 million inhabitants of the Southern state. Properties, and Agricultural and farm produce worth millions of naira were destroyed.
Given the spate of destruction, it became clear more needed to be done to support Bayelsa state Emergency Agency (SEMA) and National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) – the initial responders. Responding to the humanitarian crisis, Goldcoast Foundation launched the ‘’All Lives Matter Flood Relief Scheme (GOFRES)” in October 9th, 2018. It also rallied donors and volunteers through a call on her website, and across her social media platforms including Facebook. All these in a bid to get all hands to be on deck in coming up with initiatives towards enhancing the lives of persons displaced by the floods.
In line with one of the organization’s core mission mandate, which is to “Establish networks of diverse partnerships that build human and local organizational capacities for disease prevention and reduction to effectively respond to prevailing and potential health crisis in communities and at local government level,” Goldcoast Foundation collaborated with volunteer Doctors, Pharmacists, Nurses, and many non-medical support individuals to reach out to a number of communities in Bayelsa state, and also to others in Delta state. Areas where Goldcoast team visited were relief camps in Yenagoa, Igbogene, Seibokorogha, Igbedi, Okoloba, Angiama, Toru-Orua; and Toru-Angiama in Delta State, among others. Ailments typical to conditions in Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp were diagnosed and treated. De-worming of children was also done. 21 women were delivered of babies during this time.
On his Facebook page, Moses Oruaze Dickson, Goldcoast’s founder and managing solicitor, TRIAX Solicitors, stated that “The damage this #flood has caused is more than can be imagined. #Mothers and #children are suffering. They have been left #homeless and without basic needs.” He continues to call on all to join the train of volunteers, donors and/or partners to give a smile to the displaced. “The program is still ongoing,” he continued. “By 10th of this month (November, 2018), we are going again to support the 21 nursing mothers who gave birth before our very eyes in the flood and now leaving in terrible conditions. We are calling on all of you to send your support for these people. We need baby supplies and things for their mothers.”
Goldcoast Foundation is a Bayelsa-based non-profit organization. It was established and nationally registered with Nigeria’s Corporate Affairs Commission in 2013 to offer assistance on health, education empowerment and strategic youth development to the peoples of Niger delta region of Nigeria. It does partner with CSR-driven organizations to roll out humanitarian initiatives across Nigeria.
In 2012, the foundation assisted flood victims in 20 communities in 8 LGAs with relief materials, transportation, and funded First Aid treatments; in 2013, it partnered with Leprosy Colony Centre at Igbogene, Yenagoa, to sensitize, advocate and donate resources; in 2013, it carried out Hepatitis B virus screening and vaccinations in 10 communities in Sagbama and Southern Ijaw LGAs; see more accomplishments here.
Goldcoast Development Foundation calls on all to support her ongoing effort in flood ridden areas of the Bayelsa and Delta states, via donations, volunteer work and/or partnership.
To support the Foundation, please click this link: www.goldcoast.ng/get-involved/donate
*This article first appeared on the goldcoast website.