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Project of the year

Project of the year

Find out more about how we nurture
and inspire young people from low resourced coastal communities!

The charity we are sponsoring in 2021 is I AM WATER Ocean Conservation, based in South Africa.

The charity we are sponsoring in 2021 is I AM WATER Ocean Conservation, based in South Africa. I AM WATER believes in marine conservation through transformational ocean experiences, and the ethos ‘you protect what you love’. Their mission is to foster physical and emotional connections to marine environments, and the impact of this mission is clearly stated in the Report on their achievements in 2020.

They feel especially passionate about working with low-income coastal communities where, despite living within walking distance of the shoreline, young people have never seen the world just beneath the waves. They work to build young people’s understanding of the interdependence between humans and healthy oceans, and encourage them to protect the ocean. 

The charity we are sponsoring in 2021 is I AM WATER Ocean Conservation, based in South Africa. I AM WATER believes in marine conservation through transformational ocean experiences, and the ethos ‘you protect what you love’. Their mission is to foster physical and emotional connections to marine environments, and the impact of this mission is clearly stated in the Report on their achievements in 2020.

They feel especially passionate about working with low-income coastal communities where, despite living within walking distance of the shoreline, young people have never seen the world just beneath the waves. They work to build young people’s understanding of the interdependence between humans and healthy oceans, and encourage them to protect the ocean. 

I AM WATER fosters a connection to the ocean through education, awareness, and advocacy, with a focus on innovative ocean snorkel workshops. Thanks to these programs, young people can often overcome deeply embedded cultural fears of the ocean and are more likely to appreciate the ocean as a place that needs to be protected.

I AM WATER’s amazing group of coaches are positive role models. They support young people in having safe and positive ocean experiences, completing a challenging task and feeling a sense of accomplishment. Young people that complete I AM WATER programs, known as Ocean Guardians, also increase their knowledge of marine biodiversity, become familiar with challenges facing our ocean and the daily skills needed to protect it. To date, I AM WATER have trained over 6,000 Ocean Guardians, and over 120 young people to deliver youth-friendly environmental education programs.

I AM WATER fosters a connection to the ocean through education, awareness, and advocacy, with a focus on innovative ocean snorkel workshops. Thanks to these programs, young people can often overcome deeply embedded cultural fears of the ocean and are more likely to appreciate the ocean as a place that needs to be protected.

I AM WATER’s amazing group of coaches are positive role models. They support young people in having safe and positive ocean experiences, completing a challenging task and feeling a sense of accomplishment. Young people that complete I AM WATER programs, known as Ocean Guardians, also increase their knowledge of marine biodiversity, become familiar with challenges facing our ocean and the daily skills needed to protect it. To date, I AM WATER have trained over 6,000 Ocean Guardians, and over 120 young people to deliver youth-friendly environmental education programs.

The Oceans For All Alliance envisions a consistently high standard for their affiliated partners to create a global community of Ocean Guardians.
The objective is to support these member organisations not only in training but also in equipment sourcing, monitoring and evaluation, and access to funding.
Interest has been expressed by organisations in Argentina, Spain, Miami USA, the Maldives, the Caribbean, Hong Kong and many African Indian Ocean nations.
They hope to run their first training in the southern spring of 2021.

The Oceans For All Alliance envisions a consistently high standard for their affiliated partners to create a global community of Ocean Guardians.
The objective is to support these member organisations not only in training but also in equipment sourcing, monitoring and evaluation, and access to funding.
Interest has been expressed by organisations in Argentina, Spain, Miami USA, the Maldives, the Caribbean, Hong Kong and many African Indian Ocean nations.
They hope to run their first training in the southern spring of 2021.

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