At Underwater Africa we believe that the development and safety of the communities surrounding our estuary is of utmost importance. Due to the presence of sharks in the estuary waters, we believe that it is incredibly important to correctly teach the surrounding communities of the dangers of spending time in certain areas of the estuary and how to be safe.
Our volunteers as well as marine biologists liaise with communities on a regular basis to teach them how to avoid dangers in the water, as well as creating protected areas in which the communities should not fish or swim.
We also have educational systems put in place to teach children and community members certain important skills for sustainable development, and are actively in the process of raising funds for communities. Do your bit, and join us on our beautiful conservation programme, where you will not only do your part for the ocean life, but also do your part for the surrounding communities
Our volunteers often visit the local schools, where we spend time with the children exposing them to our cultures and learning from them about theirs. Ironically, it is always us who are taught something on our visits in the end.
Our volunteers go on trips to local communities, which have something known as a “Community Garden”. In this garden they have several different fruit-bearing trees, as well as a chicken pen. This Community Garden is being set up as an educational area where other community members can learn as to what is needed to be self-sustainable.
On the volunteer’s trips they are taught the dynamic of the garden, and thereafter go in to get their hands dirty! Many of our volunteers have already worked actively to help build our pig pen project, creating a stable and rain / sun proof house for the community pigs! One step closer to a sustainable future for the communities in Tofo, Mozambique!
Our staff and volunteers take part in beach clean ups along Tofo beach. We find many micro plastics and a huge number of nurdles. Nurdles are small pellets that are the building block of all known plastic products. Every plastic item you own was originally a nurdle. Every single day nurdles are shipped around the world in their billions. In the past billions of these plastic pellets have spilled into the ocean when shipping containers carrying them fall off ships. These have now spread over at least ~30000km of coastline, reaching us here in Mozambique. These small nurdles pose a huge threat to marine life, meaning spills like these can be extremely damaging.
Another project that we have done and plan on continuing is doing a swimming course for coastal police. It is of utmost importance that the coastal police are as confident and skilled in the water as on land. Because of this, Underwater Africa has put together this programme to ensure full competence to ensure safety for each individual.
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Tofo Beach, Mozambique