Helga Piaget is the founder of the Monaco-based non-profit organization Passion Sea, which reaches out to schools around the world with educational and artistic initiatives around ocean conservation.
The Nature of Philanthropy
Giving the time and energy to make something positive happen. It doesn’t need to be worldwide. Even if it’s small – it can be next door, in the community – it is amazing to see something happen. For me, it’s water and the environment. There is so much being done, but there is still so much to do. Water connects us all, with our bodies, with our whole planet. It’s important. You must feel where your heart goes – for you need a big passion and you need a lot of time – then think as big as you want.
In 2015, Passion Sea started with a vision: to protect the water on this earth, nature's greatest gift. Fueled with passion and a profound call to restore this element to its original beauty and purpose, we embraced this philanthropic journey. We focused our attention on the young generation as being the leaders of tomorrow. A call for action, an international art contest on the theme of water, was launched. Children all over the world participated in this project. The unique creations, voices, and interests were overwhelming. We then decided to create a book from the top children's artworks and juxtapose them with thoughts, words of wisdom, knowledge, and interest of recognizable figures of our times in the field of science, sports, music, arts, charity, and politics. This dialog between the ages was the basis of "Water is Life: Thoughts of Our Generation." Introductory education was also integrated and is part of all our ventures: teaching about water properties, cycles, memory, rituals, protection, and pollution as a foundation.
Following personal awareness, Passion Sea wanted to focus on community awareness and communication. This resulted in two ongoing flag projects. Passion Sea Children World Water Flag brings together children in each country toward a common goal and vision by expressing their vision on the subject of water. Passion Sea Flag is a new symbol of environmental behavior at sea for boats. Each flag comes with a code of conduct to love and respect our Waters. Those initiatives are bringing together children and adults alike aiming for better standards. With each program, motivation to create Change arose and led to individual and group actions on a local and global level.
We also created products and solutions to enhance drinkable water at home. Now we are ready to continue to broaden the field of action, following our roots and expanding our branches to make an impact through children's education, water healing art installations, home water filtration education, water cycle quality preservation, and challenges of marine pollution.
Find out more: passionsea.com
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