Bitonga Divers was first established in Inhambane to provide professional Scuba training for rural Moçambicans, allowing them to get top jobs in the dive tourism industry.
In 2006, when Bitonga Divers was formed, there were no Moçambican divemasters or instructors. Since that time, in partnership with Ocean Revolution and using foreign owned dive centers, Bitonga Divers now has trained 15 Mozambican Instructors and 27 divemasters.
In addition to professional dive training, Bitonga Divers participates with Ocean Revolution in training Mozambican graduate students (future scientists, regulatory and policy-makers) enrolled in the University Eduardo Mondlane Masters program of Marine Biology and Coastal Management. Students of the UEM Tourism School in Inhambane, the Inhambane Fire Department, IDDPE and the Ministry of Fisheries have also received training From Bitonga Divers.
Bitonga Divers also conducts community awareness and recruitment events in remote coastal villages along the Inhambane coast from Inhassoro to Zavora. These "Village Talks" help to build responsible local economies through ecosystem and resource education.
Ocean Revolution works with Indigenous Communities to support projects, provide funding skills, facilitate knowledge-transfer, and create international networks capable of influencing local, regional and global action. They attempt to bring recognition to these communities, assuring justice, and providing a framework for responsible economic development.
Since it was formed 10 years ago, Ocean Revolution has:
• Worked with over 35 Indigenous cultures to gain recognition and support for their timeless, tireless, and successful environmental and cultural leadership in caring for country
• Accomplished “both ways” collaborations between Traditional Owners and western scientists, educators, politicians, NGOs and students • Worked to establish, fund, and maintain Indigenous marine protected areas in Australia, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Mexico and Mozambique and the United States
• Conducted international Indigenous community exchanges; building cultural, technical, governance and nation-building toolkits
• Established and funded scholarship programs supporting University and preparatory students, language and technical training and post-educational employment assistance for Indigenous youth • Held women’s projects on reproductive health, abuse, and opportunity including workshops and film projects
• Facilitated revival, transfer, and dissemination of Traditional Knowledge within and between local, regional, and international communities
• Funded traditional art, song, dance, and language revitalization, documentation, contemporary use and performance
• Showcased Indigenous science and culture in Museums, Universities, film, video, written and spoken word around the globe
• Engaged in long-term relationships with Indigenous communities to build and fund infrastructure, skills and market for responsible economies in environmental services, production of traditional crafts, scientific research, shellfish aquaculture, small-scale fisheries, and tourism
Ocean Revolution’s current and past financial partners in Mozambique are The Ocean Foundation, The Putnam Foundation, The Norcross Wildlife Foundation, WWF Mozambique, The Hayground Forum, Fondation Ensemble, GDS Fund, The U.S. State Department Ambassador's Fund for Cultural Preservation, The Swift Foundation and numerous private donors
Ocean Revolution Moçambique through its many partners has a single goal: to create a social change multiplier through our collaborations that will protect vulnerable marine resources, strengthen indigenous culture and rights, and provide opportunities for sustainable economic development.