Materials, Partnerships and Fundraising
We are a small team of passionate and committed individuals, but sometimes it’s hard to get everything that needs doing done. We need the support of passionate and willing ‘Orang Laut’ (which means ‘sea people’ in Bahasa Indonesia), individuals or organisations, to join us in our mission to protect and conserve the most marine biodiverse and abundant reefs on earth.
Our team of Orang Laut, who support us from afar, are the key to our success! And no matter where you are in the world, you CAN still make a direct difference and contribute to the success of our field operations.
We currently seek the following from passionate and kind people around the world. Please Contact Us if you can contribute to any of the below ‘wishlist’ items.
Scuba Diving Gear – Partner/ Sponsor
Much of our work, in particular reef restoration, COTS mitigation, MPA monitoring, and the training of local people to conduct such activities, requires the use of scuba diving gear.
The sea is our office, and our dive gear our uniform. Whilst in many countries a uniform may not particularly meaningful or enjoyed, here in Raja Ampat a unified image is both essential and meaningful; reinforcing a sense of pride and belonging to our team – the Orang Laut (meaning ‘sea people’ in Bahasa Indonesia).
Currently, the scuba diving equipment in use is personal equipment provided by our Founders and local team. However, as we upscale our projects and expand to train and include even more local community members, it is essential we can provide a larger amount of quality and safe equipment.
The SEA People operates on limited resources, and given this, the purchase of quality scuba diving equipment reduces our capacity to train and employ local people; therefore, we currently seek a partner or sponsor willing to support us in this matter, and directly contribute to fieldwork that protects and conserves the most bio-diverse coral reefs on Earth.
Four Stroke Outboard Engine
We currently seek a sponsor/partner to support us in obtaining a Four Stroke Outboard Engine.
Sadly the most commonly used and available engines within the region are highly polluting Two Stroke engines – which have been shown to emit 10 times more pollution than Four Stroke engines (through un-preventable loss of unburned fuel in the exhaust – which goes directly into the sea), have emissions that are more toxic than those of Four Stroke engines of equal power, and create greater noise pollution in terms of vibration and sound volume, affecting marine wildlife and ecosystems.
Oil and fuel floating on the surface from a 2 stroke outboard engine.
Raja Ampat is home to the greatest abundance marine biodiversity on the planet; its (comparatively) clean and nutrient rich waters support the abundant and pristine reefs the area is known for, which in turn supports the lives and livelihoods of local communities, and a lucrative tourism industry. Sadly, with increasing development in the area, water pollution is increasingly becoming and issue in the area (chemical, land runoff and waste water, sewerage seepage).
In order to continue to further limit our environmental impact, we wish to obtain a Four Stroke engine; quieter, more fuel efficient and with no fuel/oil leakage, this type of engine is more consistent with our environmental ethos.
Peer to Peer Fundraisers
People power is key to our success, and our vision is to empower a global tribe of Orang Laut (‘sea people’) to ACT in the protection and defense not only the world’s most marine biodiverse location and last coral reef stronghold, but in their very own home environment too.
Being based in the field and in a remote area, we do not always have the capacity to pursue fundraising activities as we would like to. Therefore, we currently seek individuals willing to conduct fundraising and awareness activities and campaigns on our behalf, from anywhere in the world! Whether it be an online crowdfunding campaign, a dinner or a BBQ, a presentation at your local club, a walkathon, beach cleanup (or anything else you can think of!) we seek Orang Laut from around the world to advocate and act on our behalf, to raise funds that help our organization protect and conserve the reefs of Raja Ampat.
Lemonade stand in Cap d’Antibes, France, to raise funds for The SEA People
Each and every year, worldwide, the majority of charitable giving (over 70%!*) comes from individuals – not corporations, private sector or government grants; individuals just like you, your family, friends and colleagues. So your donation, or any funds your raise through your network, matters more than you could ever know!
*fyi – in the US alone this amounted to $309.6billion in 2019!
Corporate Social Responsibility – Private Sector
The SEA People currently seek appropriate CSR programs from ethical and socially responsible private sector organisations.
By partnering with The SEA People, the private sector can fulfill its environmental and sustainable development goals objectives, whilst receiving bother measurable (and measured) outputs from within the field.
Partnering with The SEA People can help demonstrate a social responsibility that can, amongst other things, be leveraged to obtain and retain customers, improve customer and employee engagement, and leverage brand differentiation.
Contact Us to find out more about how The SEA People can contribute to your organizations CSR objectives.
Volunteer Positions Vacant
Please contact us using this form if you are able to support us with any of the items listed on our Wishlist. Thankyou.