Save Communities in Koh Tao Island
4 USD can help the boat drivers to survive for a day and with 40 USD you can help them survive for 10 days. Thammanoon Boonsa, one of the small boat operators in Koh Tao states that “Before the COVID crisis, I used to earn money from tourists. Now I tried to sell fish at $3 per kilo, but even at $1 per kilo, I can’t sell them. As there are no tourists, my livelihood is very much affected.”
Coral Reef Package
For tourist boat drivers, coral ecosystems are also a source of food and income from dive tourism. Therefore, it is vital to preserve Koh Tao’s coral reefs from marine waste pollution. 4 USD can help the boat drivers to survive for a day and with 60 USD you can help them to survive for 15 days. Lamenting on the situation, one of the small boat operators in Koh Tao, Mr. Thavee Buthchui says: `For the past couple of months, we are suffering a lot. Before COVID-19, we earned $70 a day. Now, most of the boat operators have lost their jobs and are unable to earn money.`
Koh Tao means turtle island and removal of marine debris and other pollutants will ensure survival of this iconic species. Your donation of 120 USD will support one month’s livelihood of a boat driver through the cash for work scheme. This will enable the boat driver to collect marine debris for 1 month to help to reduce ocean pollution and reduce the mortality rate of sea turtles.
Whale Shark Package
Mr. Chaiyan Thurasakul, the mayor of Koh Tao Tambon municipality said, “In the meantime, we are building forward for a better Koh Tao as a sustainable diving destination. " By supporting the boat drivers for 3 months to collect marine debris through the cash for work modality, whale sharks, the most famous marine wildlife in Koh Tao, will not become entangled in fishing nets near Koh Tao again.