Charlotte Rose Mellis

Three Solomon Islands tribes unite to protect Maleivona

July 10, 2018

A short film by program scholar, Zo Olangi of three united Solomon Island tribes.

In 2017, Charlotte (Director of BEWILDER) had the pleasure of facilitating Nature's Leading Women. A 5-day intensive business incubator program hosted by The Nature Conservancy, in partnership with Global Sisters.

Held in Brisbane, Australia the program flew female community leaders from nations across Asia Pacific to participate in a series of workshops, that supported the groups to solve an ecological challenge through enterprise. KAWAKI women were representatives of The Solomon Islands, forming an ecotourism business to protect the Manning Strait ecosystem.

During the program, Charlotte made plans with Dilly (founding member of KAWAKI) and the team at Arnavon Marine Park Authority to support the launch of this endeavour and increase early-stage revenue through a VOPO Impact Adventure. This video was filmed during the 9-night wilderness immersion, which included a group of 8 participants (including Global Sisters CEO, Mandy Richards). Thank you to Zo Olangi, local VOPO scholarship fellow, who produced this video. He also happens to be a devoted obstetrician in remote Malaita!

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KAWAKI Women of Arnavon Islands