Kadeki explained to the visitors at our centre
Season's greetings !
It is time to send an update to our supporters about the wonderful progress from our training centre. Since the launch of our centre, we have had visitors from schools, both international and national, Government staff, tourists, and villagers from surrounding the centre. The staff at the centre, who are people from Les village, are very grateful and happy with the visits, when they can share what they have been doing in their breeding of the Banggai cardinalfish, and learn how to tell their stories. From these steady visits, three young women are keenly developing their communication skills. Since September, Putu, Kadeki and Mini have been practising their English with our visitors and learning how to explain the centre’s work.
Within the breeding program, another four young women continue to nurture the Banggai cardinalfish. Since September last year, there have been over 1000 cardinalfish babies born. These babies have now found new homes in aquariums across the UK and USA. We are now starting to learn how to breed clownfish, which requires us learning many new things, such as how to prepare food for the fish larvae of clownfish, and how to pair them so that they can breed.
Our organic community garden has also been very fruitful this year, with more vegetables available for the staff and community members. We do the cooking together with types of veggies that are new to the villagers, who enjoy the pesto from our basil very much! The cherry tomatoes are also a new wonder for them, as many of them have not seen these tiny tomatoes before.
Our reef restoration program continues this year, adding 57 more structures, donated from a variety of supporters. Some corals that were bleached, caused by a long period of raised surface sea temperatures (the El Niño phenomenon) have recovered. Our visitors have helped with new coral plantings, and we are grateful for all the help we have received this year.
We look forward to seeing more individuals and groups visiting and staying at our Centre during the coming year.
Happy New Year and may 2017 bring joys, good health, happiness and prosperity.
With best wishes from the LINI team!
Showing the students on how to prepare food
Mini and students from Jakarta
Artificial structures at the reef restoration site