We have been working with the President’s Village Children’s home for eighteen months. Initially the focus was on taking the children for snorkel/swim sessions every few weeks. The children at the home are orphaned, neglected or abused and rarely get a chance to go into the ocean as many of their carers cannot swim. Through the snorkel/swim sessions we hope to foster a love of the ocean in these children so that they may learn to protect the marine environment as they get older.
As part of the continuing partnership we also hold quarterly fundraising activities. The funds raised are put directly towards items that have been requested by the home. Past purchases have included bicycles, ferry tickets for a camping trip, and much needed shoes and clothes.
On 22nd March 2012 thirty volunteers took part in a day of challenges around the island of Mahe. They included hiking up a tea plantation, becoming a sand mermaid, visiting as many beaches as possible and dancing at the Children’s home. It was a day of trials and tribulations that culminated in a sunset cruise around the St Anne Marine Park to thank everyone for their hard work. The day was a great success with over £1000 raised by friends and families for the Children’s home.
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GVI Charitable Trust Manager