The Fanapi Foundation focuses on these capacity-building programs aimed at empowering self-sufficiency in the Northwest region of Chuuk State, Federated States of Micronesia. Please help our efforts by making a donation through our fiscal sponsor, the United Charitable Programs.
The Fanapi Foundation supports the creation of a Fanapi Center (Uuten Ataween Fanapi) to be centrally located at the Bay View Building on the main island of Weno, Chuuk. The Center will have a cultural life museum, offices for the Center staff and the Northwest leaders, a multipurpose conference & training room, an internet cafe, radio station, the Atawe Store – a general merchandize store, sleeping quarters for visiting volunteers, a small pier to launch outrigger canoes, and a traditional uut for cultural performances. Programs and services will include support systems for educational reform, healthcare, community development, and economic opportunities for these underserved and geographically isolated outer islands in Chuuk. Read more>>
Built upon the foundation of the first Northwest summer institute on July 2- 7, 2012 on Onoun Island, the Northwest Educators Summer Training (NEST) brings together all the principals, teachers, municipal and traditional leadership from the Northwest Unified Schools throughout the region to undergo a week-long leadership development workshop. Participants will learn the essentials of educational leadership, curriculum design, instructional improvement, staff development programs, team leadership, and other areas of leadership. The principals will have opportunities to plan the academic year to ensure common goals and strategies are met. The Foundation is working closely with the Chuuk State Department of Education, other non-governmental education organizations, Northwest municipal, state, and national leadership, and other funding stakeholders for planning, funding, and implementation of the NEST. Read more>>
Inspired by the seafaring master navigators (paluwlap) from the fanapi islands who are world renowned for sailing the Pacific Ocean using only their traditional knowledge of the stars and wave patterns, the Paluwlap Leadership Training Team is a small team of trainers to travel by outrigger canoes, boats, and planes throughout the Northwest Unified Schools to lead teacher training workshops, community discussions, and leadership training programs. The team would be trained on Weno during the summer and travel throughout the year. It will consist of the Northwest area supervisor, a representative from the Department of Education, and 2 experienced educators who will be identified from among existing staff. Read more>>
Inspired by the traditional training program (pwo) of master navigators, the Pwo Board of Directors Training program aims to bring together the Fanapi Center’s Board of Directors and some key stakeholders for a week-long leadership training retreat. Facilitated by an experienced team of consultants, the training would enable the participants to strategize, plan, and formulate the bylaws and other chartering documents required for the Fanapi Center to become a registered and chartered nonprofit organization in the Federated States of Micronesia. Read more>>
Inspired by the Fanapi island practice of outrigger sailing canoes traveling in tandem (piloo) to ensure safety on a sailing or fishing expedition, the Piloo Diaspora Community Engagement Program aims to develop and implement a culturally-informed, regionally-focused community organizing training program for the fanapi communities living abroad to engage them in the various needs in their home islands. These community engagement meetings will be facilitated by members of the Fanapi Foundation Advisory Board under the leadership of the founder. Read more>>
Lands are the greatest commodity of the people in the outer islands. In those matrilineal cultures, the care of the family and their lands are the responsibility of the women. They ensure that there is always crop growing in their natural cycles to feed the family during the dry and rainy seasons. But in the last several years, there have been unexplained damages to the taro batches, the staple foodcrop in these remote islands. Taro patches and other locally grown food products have been rendered useless due to saltwater intrusion. Global warming has victimized the people in these low lying outer islanders who have never dealt with such immense environmental change. Fanapi Foundation seeks help from the global community to address the problem of saltwater intrusion in the taro patches. The women in these islands need help in finding long-term and short-term alternative agricultural techniques that protect their taro patches from the relentless effects of global warming. Read more>>
Preventive and acute care for the outer islands has been unjustly minimal due to the distance from the hospital and the lack of priorities given by the State to needs of the outer islands. The Fanapi Foundation works very closely with the Micronesia Dental Support Project (MDSP) to bring volunteer dentists to provide acute dental care clinics and lead dental health education programs to children and their parents. >>Visit the MDSP website