COVID-19 is affecting every facet of people’s lives in every corner of Thailand. In February 2020, the Royal Thai Government has addressed COVID-19 in an integrated manner and responded through a lockdown approach. Since the lockdown, the local islanders from Koh Tao who usually drive tour boats have lost a substantial source of income. Two hundred households or more than 1,000 people have lost their incomes. For individual households in Koh Tao, estimated monthly living costs is $500. It is hopeless for the small tourist boat drivers to cope with this crisis and those who have limited access to government assistance have used up their savings.
With funds generated from this crowdfunding campaign, two hundred registered tourist boat drivers shall be chosen as direct beneficiaries and will receive financial assistance. These small tourist boat drivers will collect marine debris floating in the ocean and clean the beaches under the ‘cash for work’ modality. Households will be able to use the temporary basic income for food and basic utilities while marine biodiversity resources of Koh Tao Island will also benefit through collection of marine debris