Keep it Clean
Arno Atoll, the location for this Pilot Project, is comprised of 133 islands and three lagoons. On the Southwest tip of the Atoll lies the community of Arno, Arno. Arno Elementary School does not have a water catchment or a bathroom. Students spend roughly eight hours a day at the school, either in class or playing in the schoolyard. With temperatures averaging above 85 degrees every day the students are hot and thirsty. However, without access to a clean water source, they are often forced to ignore their thirst until they can get home. If they are uncomfortable they might choose to walk home to their own water catchment or well. This takes students away from valuable class time and puts them at risk for injury. Most likely, students will spend a half hour walking home only to stay home for the rest of the day.
The Junior Ocean Ambassador Camp is designed to foster the next generation of leaders in ocean advocacy and conservation. Geared toward local youth, ages 14-18, the program aims to give participants a renewed sense of connection to the ocean, a dedication to its conservation, and tools to be effective advocates for its preservation at a local, national, and global level. The two-week camp will promote a deep understanding of ocean sciences, foster leadership skills through cultural storytelling and encourage daily physical activity through swimming, snorkeling, and other water-based activities. Launching in the summer of 2020 on Arno Atoll in the Marshall Islands, the camp will help our youth to create the future of our oceans, today.