Taking the trash out, washing bottles before they are thrown to the recycle bin, leaving the beach under the hot sun carrying a bag full of litter. It’s not something we would call ‘fun’ is it? However we do this, because we understand that this is the responsible thing to do for the environment and slowly it becomes an everyday habit to an point when it does not bother us anymore.
In Aquahelp Foundation, we believe that the best way to maintain a good habit is to actually make it enjoyable. For this reason every action we design is never just an action but we put extra care to make sure that every person participating, no matter how young or old, will be rewarded for the time and energy spent.
Working outside for hours under difficult weather in tasks that most people would characterise as ‘chores’, is not an easy decision. Those who do it already know that a great deal of dedication and passion is required for someone to be every time on time and ready to go the extra mile. Our aim is to show people that they are valued and to inspire even more people to join the eco-movement, by highlighting all the good things that come out of it.
How do we do this? It’s quite simple actually!
Aquahelp’s new program, names ‘Cleaning Fun Day’, targets mostly -but not exclusively- the younger generation. The first part begins with our team’s visits to various areas in Greece, such as Kalymnos or Patmos islands. There, they hold meetings with children between the ages of _ and _ in their schools, community centres or local churches and they begin discussions and interactive workshops as a way for children to learn more about ecology and environmental protection. The second part is more practical and includes the actual cleaning of beaches or forests. Children, their supervisors and other volunteers go to places of interest where they spent a couple of hours picking up litter or planting trees.
These activities promote the cultivation of environmental consciousness but they also help children realise the importance of team work in practice. In addition, they help them socialise and make new friends, as they meet people who care about the same issues. Instead of telling children what to do or what not to do, we prefer to teach them how to do things properly under a spirit of mutual help and cooperation. We are hopeful that in the future, this will highlight and bring out the positive elements of their personality and allow them to become responsible and happy adults with an ecological mindset.