Photo Above: An outdoor living area where visitors are received, food is shared and plans are made.

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Juliet Lyon first came to Vilankulo as a Peace Corps volunteer in 2004. From there she spent years in Mozambique, most of them in northern Inhambane, with international development organizations. In 2018, Juliet joined forces with a cadre of professional colleagues to launch ParCo as a grass roots, community led development organization in Vilankulo, Mozambique. It wasn’t long before she connected with passionate local influencers to tackle issues of interest in creative ways.

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Ilidio Cole first approached Juliet to find support for his Beach Clean team concept. As of February, 2019, he is ParCo’s Project Coordinator overseeing Beach Clean, Seahorse Protection, Environmental Education and Awareness Raising Events. He holds a bachelors degree from the Eduardo Mondlane School of Rural Development (ESUDER) where he did a thesis on sustainable fishing. Last year, he was the top prize winner in the Frozy bottle competition with recovering over 6,000 bottles and caps from beaches and roads. At home he has a vegetable garden, a pet rabbit and is building his first up-cycled couch from 2l PET bottles.