The GVI Seychelles Marine Expedition began working with our Charitable Trust, the President’s Village Children’s Home, in 2010.
GVI Seychelles successfully transformed the terrestrial expedition base on Curiuese to run off a solar power system last year. The system now provides power almost 24 hours a day and GVI wanted to bring that same success to the President’s Village. After a series of meetings and site visits with GVI, President’s Village and local renewable energy experts, GVI presented a proposal to the President’s Village with options for their own solar power system to reduce their costs, enabling them to put those savings into other projects that would directly benefit the children.
One option is to start with funds currently available and install solar panels on individual houses at the President’s Village.
The other option is to continue fund raising and aim to install a much larger solar panel system on the main building that uses the most electricity and has the highest utility bills.
While the President’s Village is deciding which option to choose, GVI Seychelles continues to fund raise and is currently preparing for their next fund raising event, the Beaches of Mahe Challenge on Thursday, October 10th. Regardless of which option they choose, installing a solar panel system at President’s Village will help them reduce costs while conserving valuable resources here on Mahe.
Thank you for supporting the Children's Home throughout 2013 and I look forward to bringing you more news about which option we are moving forward with!
I hope this finds you well. Some exciting news! As per our previous reports, the aim for this project was to focus on providing the Presidents Village' Children's home with a playground. However, thanks to an incredibly generous donor, a very nice playground has been donated to the home! As such, the needs of the home have changed and we wish to continue supporting them.
As you will soon see, the general text on this GlobalGiving project page will soon change. With limited funding, the home struggles with the ongoing maintenance and currently spends a large sum of money each month on their utility bills. As such, the GVI team met with the President’s Village and suggested the idea of a renewable energy project at President’s Village to which we received their full support. The GVI team in the Seychelles have a lot of experience with renewable energy projects, having set up a research base this way just last year.
With the installation of 19 solar panels and equipment, we can help the President’s Village save thousands of dollars each month, not only saving the President’s Village money, but also teaching the next generation in the Seychelles about renewable energy and conservation, something that we are passionate about.
We hope to begin spending this money soon. We have Christmas coming up, during which time we spend money on gifts for all of the children. In addition to that,we are in the assessing and planning stages and are working with renewable energy experts to come up with a clear plan moving forward. The cost currently looks to be around 10,000 GBP, which is our current goal target anyway.
I hope you are as excited about this project as we are. We feel that this will alleviate such a huge burden for the home and will be a real long term initiative that not only helps, but is also great environmentally.
Thank you for your support and if you have any further questions about this new initiative, please do let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org
The last month saw the return of the GVI Cap Ternay raft for rupees race to raise funds for the Presidents Village Children’s Home. Everybody put a lot of effort into making their rafts (well all that they could!) and they all turned out pretty well considering no one was a raft making expert!
The race was great for everyone and a huge amount of fun was had by all. The team raised a whopping 1100GBP for the Presidents Village Children’s Home.
The President’s Village is home to around sixty children of various ages, ranging from a few months up to 18 years. The staff at the home do an amazing job of looking after the kids so it is nice to be able to give them a break by playing some games with the children and helping them to use up some of their excess energy.
Last Sunday a group of thirty staff and volunteers organized numerous games and activities for all the amazing kids at the presidents village for ‘Creole Day’. For the artistic folk amongst us there was face painting, fingernail painting and mask making, as well as arts and crafts and friendship bracelets, which the kids loved. There was also an energetic game of football for the sports fanatics, however it was the younger kids who really showed us how it is done.
Cap Ternay Staff and Volunteers took part in a day of amazing challenges to raise funds and awareness for the Presidents Village children’s home.
The Presidents village children’s home has been the charitable trust for GVI Seychelles for around 3 years, each quarter staff and volunteers organise a fund raising event to help fund the children’s home.
This February the ‘Cap T Charity challenge’ saw teams race across the island on point scoring missions in the hopes of becoming Cap T Champions! Each team containing 1 staff member and up to 6 volunteers was given ten hours and a list of over 50 challenges to complete, each challenge earning different points depending on its difficulty. As the day progressed we saw team members scaling up mountains, leaping over waterfalls and swimming across to islands! Some of the less physical challenges sent team members off on searches for some of the Seychelles rarer inhabitants such as the Giant Tortoise and Scops Owl. The money raised by such events is key in allowing the children to enjoy additional experiences such as a trip away or even providing essentials such as shoes and stationary for school.
Over the last three years the GVI Seychelles Marine Expedition has built a close relationship with the Presidents Village Children’s Home based in Port Glaud. The Children’s Home provides food, clothing and a safe environment for up to sixty children ranging from a few months to 18 years old.
Every two weeks staff and volunteers from the Marine Conservation Expedition take a group of the children snorkelling in the local marine park. Prior to GVIs involvement with the Presidents Village many of the kids could not swim. Today the majority of them can’t wait to get in the water! In addition to fostering a love of the water that surrounds their island home, the snorkel sessions are an opportunity to educate the children on marine conservation issues in the hope that some of them will become marine researchers or park rangers one day.
Alongside the snorkel sessions, GVI Seychelles has been holding quarterly fundraising events to raise much needed funds for the Children’s Home. The events have ranged from a Raft Race within the Baie Ternay Marine Park, the ‘Amazing Race’ made up of gruelling challenges around Mahe, and the Cap Ternay Olympics.
In total we raised over £3000 in 2012 and a huge thanks must go to all the volunteers and staff past and present for taking part as well as their friends and families for all the generous donations.
It was decided that some of this money would be used to purchase Christmas presents for the kids and that they would be presented to them at the annual Presidents Village & GVI Christmas Party. Many of the younger kids were desperately in need of shoes and clothes so measurements were taken and the necessary items bought. For the older children it was an opportunity to visit the shops with GVI staff and volunteers and to choose something themselves.
On the night of the Christmas party twenty five volunteers and seven staff visited the Children’s Home where they spent a few hours playing various games with the kids. Then came the moment the children had been waiting for when each volunteer and staff member gave each child a wrapped present and a hand made Christmas card. There was smiles all round as the children tore through the wrapping paper of what for many was the first Christmas present they had ever received.
There then followed a wonderful Creole dinner cooked by the amazing staff at the Children’s Home. GVI Seychelles was then presented with a wonderful painting that had been made by several of the children.
Base Manager Rowana Walton commented that ‘at such a family oriented and festive time of year, it was wonderful to spend some time with the children and have the opportunity to make their Christmas special’.
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