🇲🇻 DAY 6: @swim.maldives 🇲🇻 * Fathalaama is the name of the Maldivian learn-to-swim and water safety program. We have assisted 35-50+ children and women per stop. * The beautiful resort @amillafushi is employing islanders from several islands and offerered the best possible organic breakfast. Manager & triathlete @mark.maldives then joined us for the choppy swim. * During the break at @fsmaldives we visited the Marine Science Center, displaying global and regional environmental challenges. * The @fsmaldives also runs a Turtle Rehab Center with a rehab for injured and stressed out turtles.
* At the next stop Kudarikilu we had a lecture from @mantatrust together with the school kids of the island on the life and threats of the majestic Manta Ray. We also learned how female mantas puts more time to look good than males.
🌴 MALDIVES FROM THE INSIDE 🌴 The first Swim Maldives is a government supported project to put focus on swimming as a health provider, and sustainable environment. 🌴 In Maldives no citizen has longer than 800 meters to the water. Swimming abilities are on the rise among every group but more work needs to be done. 🌴 With am increasing access to the water more people will get knowledge on how to preserve the ocean and its marine life. 🌴 SOME URGENT CHALLENGES are • Constructing safe houses and water walls to protect from tsunami waves when dead coral reefs can’t do it. • Secure supply of drinking water • Save threatened marine life forms. Look at the turtle amputee in pic • Clean the islands and ocean from plastic waste • Least urgent but still important is to fund money to prepare for domestic relocation and/or buy land if Maldives gets uninhabitable. 🌴 Maldives gets 76,6% of the GDP from travel and tourism (2017). 🐳 Humpback whale photo: @niyaz1111 , other @br.ranger and his team.