The work we do at GVI Seychelles could not be done without support of our local partners, whether directly or indirectly. While we can often feel like we are in an isolated bubble here at Cap Ternay, living within a couple hundred meters of the marine park that we dive in so often, we work in collaboration with many partners throughout the year. One of these partners is the Seychelles National Park Authority (SNPA)
To build upon the relationship and allow the GVI volunteers and SNPA staff to get to know each other, together we organized a few team building day activities. You might be wondering what this has to do with the children who live at President's Village Children's Home? Well, this team building activity was a challenge to raise money for the President's Village! We all participated in our annual Raft for Rupees!
Each year at this time, rafts from GVI staff and volunteers line up alongside those of SNPA, racing to and around a mooring buoy several hundred meters into the bay, and back again. The event continues to grow in success, and teams are certainly improving their times, with the winning SNPA team returning to the beach in less than half an hour, an all time record! While unfortunately teams from other organizations were not able to gather teams and build rafts this year, we hope that future years will bring more teams into the equation, which may even give GVI a chance! Well done to SNPA for reigning victorious (again) and to the winning GVI team for pulling ahead of the others in the last 20 meters!
Another, more recent, partner the Green Islands Foundation (GIF) joined us in Cap Ternay with 15 children for a day of lessons and activities on sharks. GVI volunteers split up into three groups to teach different shark-facts. One group discussed sharks tails and teeth and what they mean for hunting, eating and swimming. Another discussed local sharks and where they are most commonly found. The last group talked about the importance of sharks in the food web.
After all the lessons were done, we went down to the mangroves to see where the lemon sharks hide when they are pups and then headed off for a snorkel on the reef. It was great to see the kids learning so much and even getting to explore the reef.
Thank you for your support. Without your generous donations partnerships and activities like these would not be possible.
Every Tuesday afternoon starts the same way. We load our van full of fins, masks, snorkels, floaties and the massive floating ring that is always a winning choice. We drive down to a nearby beach and eagerly wait for the children to arrive. A short while later the truck pulls up and out jump an excited group of about 10-15 kids, usually with smiles as wide as the big floating ring that is waiting for them in the water. The next hour and a half is spent splashing in the shallows for the young kids, or off adventuring on the reef with full snorkel gear for the older ones.
A few of the older children will practice their swim strokes, inevitably asking one of the volunteers to teach him or her a new one, while the young ones slowly get more comfortable in the water. A young girl who, six months ago, wouldn't step more than three feet into the ocean will now eagerly follow us into the deep water, just don't you dare let her go!
To continue to raise funds to support the kids at The President's Village, a number of fundraisers take place throughout the year. As you would have read about in our last update, in March our volunteers found themselves racing around northwestern Mahe island competing in tasks and challenges, both mental and physical, in a series of games based upon the TV series the Amazing Race. Most recently, our annual Raft Race for Rupees took over the bay. There were four Global Vision International teams and three represented by one of our partners, the Seychelles National Parks Authority (SNPA) racing on homemade rafts to a mooring buoy and back again.The SNPA teams might have been victorious this year (again), but just wait for next year! These funds will help us install a large set of solar panels at the Children's Home to provide clean and sustainable energy for a dorm building.
These funds will be put to use to help us install a large set of solar panels at the Children's Home. This will help to provide clean and sustainable energy for one of the dorm buildings at The President's Village.
Thank you for your continued and generous support.
All the best,
We hope 2015 is treating you well! We are almost in the second half of the year and things at Cape Ternay have been busy.
On March 1st we held our most current charity fundraiser: The Amazing Race Seychelles, a day filled with fierce competition, epic challenges, a few close calls, and most importantly multitudes of laughs and smiling faces. Our fundraising goal for the event was to come up with a total of $750 or £450.
The extremely successful event was organized by our wonderful Community Officer Emma and one of our fellow volunteers, Kristen. For those of those not familiar with the premises of the game show The Amazing Race – teams compete against each other by completing numerous physical and mental challenges in a race-like fashion, while travelling to multiple locations for each new clue.
In our 2015 GVI Seychelles Amazing Race, the GVI Cap Ternay staff helped set up and run each of the challenges spread out around the island of Mahe, while the volunteers were broken into teams and competed for glory. Our volunteers teamed up to face a variety of challenges, puzzles, riddles and tasks with each one facing the possibility of elimination from the race. The four teams consisted of El Fuego, The LuLu Lemon Sharks, Oriental Sweetlips & the Smoking Hot Men, and Charlie’s Angelfish.
Team El Fuego was in the lead for the physical part of the race, however, team Oriental Sweetlips & the Smoking Hot Men won the fundraising race by bringing in the largest donation amount of £240.00. In the end, everyone was winners when it was announced we raised a total of $850.00 or £560.00, surpassing our goal by 25%!
A portion of the funds will be going towards installing a solar panel system at the Children's Home. The system will help to reduce electricity bills, which in turn will allow for more money to be redirected towards the children.
Thank you for your continued support on this project!
All the best
Every Christmas, the GVI Seychelles team and volunteers use donations, from people like you, to create a Christmas party along with presents for the children of the Presidents Village home.
As chaotic as it was to purchase individual gifts for nearly 60 children aged 0-16, we maneuvered our way through Victoria making purchase after purchase and tried to think back to what we would have liked seeing on Christmas morning at different ages. We only knew we’d succeeded on the last day of our term as we visited the kids and watched them tear open the wrapping paper with huge smiles and quickly abandoned us to play with their toys. The smiles on their faces was infectious as we spent much of the afternoon joining in on their fun.
Making our day even more special for kids and volunteers alike was the dance presentation by a select group of eager kids, led by two Divemaster Interns who had spent weeks practicing a choreographed routine to two songs. Despite visibly rising nerves at the prospect of dancing in front of all of their peers, every one of them stood strong and performed the routine to a clapping and excited crowd. These kids are provided food, a home, and education by the Home but it is one of our goals to provide more one-on-one and extracurricular support to the kids, many of whom spend much of their lives being brought up by a rotating staff of carers instead of parents. Each week we take a group of the kids snorkeling and swimming at a nearby beach, where they learn to swim and enjoy the ocean.
Thank you for making this possible.
It has been another busy quarter for the GVI Seychelles Chritable Trust. At Cap Ternay, volunteers completed an Underwater scavenger hunt. Hidden underwater were (ocean-friendly) clues for the teams to find; some buddy teams planned routes based on their knowledge and familiarity of our home reefs while others plunged in with fingers crossed and eyes wide open.
All teams came up victorious, though of course some more than others! Each clue provided the team with a task valued between 10 and 100 points, giving them another day and a half to pull together to complete the challenge and make it to the finish line by 5:00 pm on Thursday. Tasks ranged from a handstand on L'Islette to a marathon snorkel from Cap Ternay beach to Anse Souillac, while others sent the group down to the very south of the island to Police Bay or required a dancing rendition of the Thriller on another beach (on film). Not all tasks were completed, but the following evening we all gathered at Anse Royale for a meal and point tally along with a laugh at the various videos and photos that had been accumulated during the day. A prize for the individual who had raised the most and for the team with the most points was a little bonus, but the real perk of the day had been an excuse to celebrate raising over £300 for the President's Village.
The challenges continue to be a source of fun, a great opportunity for team building and help us improve community awareness regarding the work of the President’s Village Children’s Home. The donations from family and friends of volunteers and staff, have been amazing and we would like to thank you all for your continued support. Please keep an eye out for our next Charitable Trust event in a few months as we aim to continue supporting the great work of our chosen organisations and fundraise even more than before!
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