Compassion, Charity and Kindness
Francesca is only 27 years old. But, already she has accomplished more than most of us can hope to achieve in their lifetime.
She is following her life-long passion for the ocean and putting her marine biology degree to work. She's traveled from her home in England to the shores of Mozambique. She's founded a nonprofit charity with multiple programs focused on helping the environment and andthe local community.
... Oh, and she's an underwater photographer as well!
The biggest question is... when does she have to sleep?
Francesca is truly an awe inspiring person. As Dalton and I spent our time chatting with her, we both unsettling feel of 'what have I been doing with my life'. But, then that was quickly changed to getting excited about all the good she is doing and just wanting to do anything to help her cause.
JOIN OUR CHAT WITH FRANCESCA!
Listen to the our chat with Francesca on your favorite podcast player, or listen on our website:
If you prefer to watch the interview, check it out on YouTube:
Francesca found herself coming to Guinjata Bay initially as part of her marine biology studies. But as she got to know more about the challenges that massive unemployment and poor fishing practices brought, she saw the opportunity to start something special, that would benefit the environment, the local community, and be personally fulfilling. LoveTheOceans was born shortly thereafter.
Even though this part of Mozambique is on a beautiful stretch of beach, there are deadly rip currents. Most people here don't know how to swim, much less how to handle dangerous conditions.
Also, the idea of how fishing can be done on a more sustainable basis, and that tourism could bring more jobs was not being taught.
LOVE THE OCEANS WAS BORN
Francesca saw so many ways that she could help the community thrive, while also helping improve the conditions of the ocean and sealife that she cares so much about. So, she got to work building a team of passionate people and starting to build multiple programs to help out.
I cannot do all the amazing programs justice on this blog. Fortunately, the Love The Oceans website is filled with a ton of fantastic information. So, before i pick just a few samples, please head to their website and explore all the amazing things that this organization is doing.
So Many Programs, So Much Good
During our chat, Francesca highlights many of the cool programs that they have going. It truly is amazing that they can do so much with such a small team. From marine research, tagging whale sharks and working to get areas designated as marine sanctuaries to educating the community and building infrastructure, you wonder how anyone has any time in the day to sleep.
But the highlight for me was hearing about how many children in the community don't know hot to swim, and several have died because there are strong rip currents off the coast. There isn't a pool nearby to easily teach kids, so the organization secures transportation to take kids (sometimes 40 at a time) to a larger pool and has staff that volunteers to teach them.
Have a listen to the episode to hear more about all of the programs that Franscesca's organization runs.
FUNDRAISING & EXPEDITIONS
Love The Oceans has many programs to get people who love diving, marine biology, or just helping out to get involved.
You can join one of their expeditions, where you will get dives in, research fisheries, study the reefs, and also help in various community activities.
Of course, if you can't show up in person, but still want to help out, you can donate here: