Mai-Maasina Green Belt Annual Retreat Reflects on Vision and Objectives, Strengthens Team Bonding, and Charts Course for 2024

Mai-Maasina Green Belt (MMGB), a leading non-profit organization dedicated to intact forest management, wildlife protection, and cultural preservation in the Southern region of Malaita Province, Solomon Islands, recently concluded its annual retreat at Rigapeel Homestay on Small Ngella Island.

MMGB executive and staff group photo.
Photo credit: Hanua Photography

The retreat, held from 22 – 24 January 2024, brought together the Trustees, Executive members, and staff of MMGB for a profound period of reflection, team building, and strategic planning. Located amidst the serene beauty of Small Ngella Island, the retreat provided an ideal setting for the participants to immerse themselves in discussions and activities aimed at strengthening the organization’s mission and vision.

The primary focus of the retreat was to reflect on MMGB’s vision and objectives, foster team bonding, and chart a course for the organization’s activities in 2024. Key discussions revolved around lessons learned from previous projects, emphasizing the importance of not only meeting donor expectations but also ensuring genuine impact on the ground. Additionally, there were insightful deliberations on the political stance of MMGB, reaffirming the organization’s commitment to remain apolitical while advocating for environmental conservation and cultural preservation.

MMGB Chairman, Max Totorea, delivering a remark during an evening session of team reflection. Photo: Hanua Photography

Albert Kwatalae, an Executive Member of MMGB, expressed his enthusiasm about the retreat, stating, “It was an awesome team bonding time and sharing of experiences. We emerged with a clearer understanding of our goals and a renewed sense of purpose.”

MMGB continues to be a beacon of hope for communities in the Southern region of Malaita Province, striving to create a network of stakeholders and collaborate with local governments and international organizations to address conservation and climate change challenges.

A group photo of the MMGB Coordinator and the staffs. Photo: Hanua Photography

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