A big part of our mission is marine education and raising awareness about the need for sea turtle conservation. We particularly focus on reaching out to school children. Last November, One & Only Reethi Rah and ORP launched a new Marine Education Programme with students from Immaduddin School.
Designer Waqar J Khan Nasheman established Nasheman, an ethical fashion brand, in 2017. Nasheman works with skillful female artisans, who have learned the ancestral craft of embroidery passed down through generations. ORP and Nasheman collaborate on using ghost gear in fashion.
Dr. Shiva Sawmy spent 3 weeks as a Visiting Vet at the Marine Turtle Rescue Centre in September 2019. He called the experience “An otherworldly adventure in the Maldives – veterinary care, rehabilitation and release of injured wild sea turtles”.
Asif Baloch, ORP Field Coordinator in Pakistan, has provided surface support for many scuba diving excursions to remove ghost gear but he had never actually scuba dived before. He recently got PADI certified along with his younger brother, Alam, and ORP Pakistan Project Coordinator, Usman.
Our Visiting Vet Program has been a great success! In our first season, we welcomed five visiting vets who brought new skills, medications and equipment that benefited our turtle patients and resident vets alike. In return, they got hands on experience working with wild sea turtles in a tropical location.
Our new Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Centre at One & Only Reethi Rah in North Male Atoll is open. We can now transfer some of the turtle patients requiring long-term rehabilitation here and free up tank space for critically injured turtle patients at the Rescue Centre.
The whole experience was life changing, so much so that I have come home and resigned from my job of 28 years! It taught me that there is so much more to this life, and I intend to live it. We have a beautiful planet, and we need to fight to keep it, despite the odds! ~Kim Simkins
We understand that no everyone has the time, patience, or money to go plastic free. In the final article in our blog series on how to reduce your plastic waste, we give you the top five easiest, one-time changes you can make. Small but effective changes that may even prove contagious!
Encouraging your office to reduce as much plastic as possible can help encourage others to do it at home. It can also help promote the business as eco-friendly and could have a ripple effect throughout practices. This is the sixth installment in our series of blogs with tips on how to reduce your plastic waste.
You may be surprised to learn that many of your clothes contain plastic. Go through your wardrobe and check the labels; fabrics containing polyester, nylon, acrylic, or polyamide are made with plastic fibres. In this article we discuss how to reduce plastic in your wardrobe.