The Inaugural Kia Eco Festival

In the spirit of marine conservation awareness, and in having a plain ole fashioned good time, the interns of C3 organized the first ever Kia Eco Festival.  The festival was aimed at generating awareness about marine conservation issues and the importance of preserving coral reef ecosystems in Fiji.  The event was a wonderful success and received heartfelt support from Kia islanders, especially the members of Yaro village, where we have been living.  The festival meandered throughout a Saturday afternoon and included sundry activities.  Booths were set up with different themes and manned by C3 interns eager to talk about their stations and answer questions.  For adults there were posters, brochures, diagrams and pamphlets to read as well as stalls on alternative livelihoods and recycling.  For children there were games and interactive activities, a character parade, an art contest, a marine-themed quiz, a talent competition, and lots of all around fun. 
 A sea snake, reading his poem about coral reefs
 Entries for the sulu design competition
 Awarding Reef Ranger participation certificates
 The Macuata district provincial officer attended to support the event
 Kids coloring for the art contest
 The childrens character parade
Girls with costumes and their message to Kians