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Conservation makes music in Raja Ampat

When we first decided to help the local village communities of the Fam archipelqgo make virgin coconut oil (VCO) & soap we did not expect it to end up with a musical note. Our intention was to help the local villages establish small businesses to provide them with a reliable, sustainable and environmentally sensitive income and act as an alternative to income derived from shark finning and other destructive fishery practices. The project has worked well over the last 12 months and now there is a constant flow of VCO & soap out of the village and income into the villages. Usually the VCO which is sold to local resorts and liveaboard dive boats is used for massages, health tonic or even in salads, however, we did not expect it to have a musical use.

Chris Hamilton & his wife Leah who manage nearby Papua Paradise resort kindly stock village VCO & soap and help Sea Sanctuaries in myriad other ways. They sell the products to their guests and there is a steady flow of income to the Fam communities. Just before Christmas we were speaking to Chris & we were surprised to discover that he uses the VCO to oil the wood of his hand made violins. 

In between managing Papua Paradise resort Chris finds time to take amazing wild life photos and make beautiful violins from roof timbers of old village houses. We took some photos of Chris in his workshop and playing his hand made violin on the beach oiled with Sea Sanctuaries virgin coconut oil. Chris said if you are going to hand craft a beautiful musical instrument then you have to use the best oil.

Thanks to Chris & Leah for all the support you have given us.

 

Chris Hamilton using Sea Sanctuaries VCO to oil his violin

Chris Hamilton using Sea Sanctuaries VCO to oil his violin

Beach music Batanta style

Beach music Batanta style