GVI Seychelles Marine Expedition at Cap Ternay hosted their quarterly Creole Day event at the President’s Village Children’s Home, Cap Ternay’s Charitable Trust. Staff and volunteers set up different tables with activities, such as bubble making, colouring, nail painting and the always popular face painting. Before the day had barely begun, most volunteers were already covered in face paint – from tiger stripes to butterflies. Some of the older kids played football with the volunteers, kicking the ball around in the rain while the younger set played with hula hoops and blew bubbles everywhere. After a morning of fun and games, the staff at the President’s Village cooked a delicious Creole lunch of traditional items including Creole chicken curry, lentils, potato and egg salad, grilled meats and other local dishes. After lunch, volunteers took the kids across the road for a swim in the ocean to cool off (and rinse off all that face paint). It is a fun day for the kids, and a great way for GVI volunteers to give some of their time and attention to local children in need.
In addition to the Creole Days that GVI hosts every three months. GVI staff and volunteers also participate in various fund raising events to raise money for the President’s Village Children’s Home. In 2013, GVI and the President’s Village decided on a new focus of the fund raising, to purchase and install solar panel equipment on the individual houses to help reduce their overhead cost and help conserve resources on the island. The project aims to provide a renewable energy source for the children’s home which will help to reduce their carbon footprint and help to sustain our environment little by little. The solar panels will also help in reducing the overall utility bills of the village allowing more funds to be available to be spent on the children for things such as weekend activities and day trips.
GVI will be starting the project on a step by step process. At the moment we are planning on setting up solar panels on one of the six houses allowing this house to run solely on solar power. Over time GVI Cap Ternay hope to raise more funds to assist in expanding the solar panel project to eventually encompass the entire Children’s home which will mean that the home will run on clean eco-friendly power. As well as your support and donations, in February, volunteers and staff participated in the nationwide Seychelles EcoMarathon, running distances from 5K to the Half Marathon to raise money and bring the current total funds raised to £6,000.00 which is now enough to actually begin moving forward with the project!
Thank you for supporting this project, we look forward to sharing with you how the solar panel project progresses!
All the best
On Sunday February 23 2014, the GVI Seychelles Cap Ternay Expedition Base competed in the 7 annual Seychelles Eco-friendly Marathon Challenge. The marathon took place for the first time in 2008, with a modest count of 330 participants, this year they are expecting 500 oversea participants along with several hundred local participants.
The race covers a wide range of fitness levels from a 5km course up to marathon which will cover 42.2km. The philosophy of the Seychelles Eco-Friendly Marathon is to spread the focus beyond mere competition, putting equal emphasis on appreciating exercise and being surrounded by the natural beauty of Seychelles. The course set off from Beau Vallon covering the Northern and North Eastern area of the main land as well as its capital Victoria. GVI raised money for the Presidents Village Children's Home and so far, have raised over £1000 dollars!
This year, we are starting a new a renewable energy project for the President’s village. In addition to funding extra-curricular activities for the children, the money raised by GVI will be used to purchase, install and maintain a solar energy system. The project will have multiple phases and the ultimate goal would be to have the President’s Village running on solar power energy, which would reduce the cost of their utilities and also help conserve valuable resources.
Thank you to our donors and fundraisers for this challenge!
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 email@example.com
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.
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