Mahe is the largest Island in the Seychelles and home to over 77,000 locals. The main source of income for the Island is through Tourism. Partnered with the Presidents Village Children Home, we are able to offer a stable environment for 65 children aged 6 months -18 years. Working with our partners we're able to offer funding, support and resources for additional extra-curricular actives. Providing training on the marine conservation, swimming and other key learning to all the children.
PV cares for children from families that are unable to care for them for various reasons. This can include a history of abuse, drug abuse and/or lack of social stability. Some children have been neglected or abused, while others have disabilities or learning difficulties. The children have a good standard of care at PV, however, lack additional support afforded from family care such as emotional, educational support and exposure to life challenges that produces well-rounded individuals.
Our program focuses on swimming/snorkeling activities and environmental education. These skills are useful should the children wish to pursue careers in the blue economy sector. Additionally, most of the children do not have exposure to English, so our activities provide a good foundation and help to build confidence. Our intervention gives the children an opportunity to learn new skills, develop confidence and benefit from small group interactions.
Working in joint partnership with PV we will build confidence in swimming, snorkeling, speaking English and knowledge of the marine environment. These skills are invaluable in an island state that relies heavily on tourism and the oceans that surround it. It also provides the children with an extra layer of support and care that is difficult for PV to provide due to limited staff and financial resources.