Volunteers Continue to Rally Behind Maysak Relief

Living thousands of miles away from the wreckage of Typhoon Maysak hasn't stifled the enthusiasm and generosity of Habele's donors and volunteers.
Just this week, Rachel and Derek of Washington, DC, responded to the plight of Outer Island students by gathering, packing and shipping out an assortment of school supplies and toiletries! As a former Peace Corps Volunteer to Micronesia, Rachel has experienced firsthand the tremendous excitement and benefit that even simple supplies can provide for island children. 
Many thanks to Rachel and Derek for the supplies, and for the kindness that motivating your donation!

The ongoing needs of students and families on Micronesia's Outer Islands are significant. Donations like these go a long way in meeting those needs. Already, Habele donors have been able to encourage students displaced by the storm.

Additionally, Habele's network of volunteers have been working to deliver sustainable, traditional food sources to devastated communities on islands like Faraulep and Piik.

Please share this with friends and family. It makes a big difference!
To donate directly to Habele's ongoing work in Moving Past Maysak:

or send check or money order to  Habele, 701 Gervais St, STE 150-244, Columbia, SC 29201.
Habele is a tax exempt, all-volunteer, US based nonprofit with a proud history of high impact support for our partners in Micronesia.



Traditional, Sustainable Food after Maysak Destruction

Micronesia's remote Outer Islands were fortunate enough to receive emergency supplies of food and water immediately after the destruction of Typhoon Maysak. These rations are crucial for short term survival, but the need to revive traditional, sustainable food sources is an ongoing need.

Volunteers with Waa'gey - a Habele partner organization - have jumped in to help bolster relief work with a long-term food solution for some of Yap State's most isolated Outer Islands.

Drawing on traditional and local knowledge of storm relief, Waa'gey volunteers collected over fifty baskets of traditional crop seedlings, which they will personally deliver to the atolls of Faraulep and Piik. Inside the baskets are over 500 plants, including taro, banana, tapioca, sweet potatoes and even mahogany trees. These are familiar crops, identified by islanders as the most targeted means of helping remote communities regain self-sufficiency.


Islands 101: The Basics

Lagoon in Ulithi Atoll. 

Habele donors and volunteers often ask questions about the daily lives of the people who live thousands of miles away in beautiful Micronesia. Go here to read, "Where is Micronesia?"

The Outer Islands of Yap provide a fascinating look into traditional island culture and lifestyle. Even today, many remote islands and atolls live in much the same way as they have for millenia.


Outer Islanders live in small villages facing the calm waters of the atoll’s lagoon. The lagoon provides a shallow, safe location for washing, swimming, gathering fish and shellfish, and launching canoes. This is an extremely valuable feature, considering that these tiny strips of land are surrounded by millions of square miles of some of the deepest water on Earth!


Islands 101: Where is Micronesia?

The beautiful atoll of Ulithi (Yap State) is a picturesque example
 of one of Micronesia's many Outer Islands

Since Typhoon Maysak ravaged Micronesia, many Habele donors and volunteers to the “Moving Past Maysak” effort have been asking basic questions about this remote and beautiful region. 
Where is Micronesia?
“Micronesia” is an umbrella term for a region in the Western Pacific Ocean. This massive section of the Pacific is over 3 million square miles, with thousands of islands scattered throughout. These islands are grouped together in six different sovereign countries. One of these island nations is the “Federated States of Micronesia,” also referenced as the “FSM.” The term “Micronesia” is most commonly used to refer to the 600 islands and atolls making up the FSM. 

 These islands are themselves grouped into four states: Kosrae, Pohnpei, Chuuk, and Yap. Kosrae is the state furthest to the east (toward Hawaii), with Yap being the westernmost state (closest to the Philipines). Each of these states have distinct cultures, languages, and natural resources.


For Teachers: Your Class Can Help the Outer Islands Move Past Maysak

Habele has been overwhelmed by the outpouring of support for the island communities devastated by Super Typhoon Maysak. Every donation - whether financial or material - has a direct impact on the islanders facing a massive recovery project. Thank you!
Many teachers have reached out to Habele asking how they can involve their classrooms in supporting the many Micronesian students who have lost everything. It’s an exciting thing to consider mainland students helping their peers many so many thousands of miles away. Habele volunteers can give you firsthand assurance that the children receiving relief packages will be overwhelmed, and overjoyed!
Please forward this to other teachers! Here is how your classroom can participate:

Response Kits: Response kits provide immediate help for the physical needs of ravaged communities. The items below are our suggested contents list for a response kit. 
• 20 bars of antibacterial soap
• 3 tubes of antibacterial ointment 
• 4 canisters of mosquito repellent
• 2 bottles of anti diarrhea medicine
• 3 small bottles of anti diarrhea pills
• 2 bottles of ibuprofen pills
• 1 bottle of acetaminophen
• 2 bottles of children’s pain reliever
• 2 bottles of children’ chewable vitamins
• 4 boxes of Band-Aids
• 1.4” - 3/4” rubber tubing (lengths of 3ft or more).
• Monofilament fishing line: 15-30+ lb test. 
• Fishing hooks (any size). 
Childrens’ sandals (slip-on or Crocs-style) are an extrememly important resource right now, as the storm left shards of metal and wood splinters littered around the islands. If you can send sandals, they will find a home very quickly!
Once you have assembled the kit, please email us ( m-a-t-t "at" habele.org. Spelled out to avoid the spambots!) with the following details-  
1. The exterior dimensions of the box(s)
2. Exact weight of the box(s)
3. Complete list of box contents.
After we receive your information, Habele will send you the necessary shipping labels and documentation to get your relief supplies headed to the Outer Islands. All you have to do is put the boxes in the mail, and Habele will make sure they navigate the cumbersome customs and Third-World importation process to get to the people who help the most. 
To donate directly to Habele's ongoing work in Moving Past Maysak:

or send check or money order to  Habele, 701 Gervais St, STE 150-244, Columbia, SC 29201.
Habele is a tax exempt, all-volunteer, US based nonprofit with a proud history of high impact support for our partners in Micronesia.



Moving Past Maysak: Dinner and a Movie

The recovery process from Super Typhoon Maysak will be long and arduous, but residents of Micronesia's Outer Islands are standing strong. Your support has a direct impact on the lives of many islanders who have lost everything!

Earlier this month, the record-breaking storm tore through the isolated Outer Islands, leaving behind the wreckage of homes, community buildings, churches, and schools. Survivors are bravely working to "Move Past Maysak," but many remain without critical supplies. You can read more about the needs of determined Outer Island students here.

Thanks to the generosity of Habele donors and volunteers, some relief boxes have already been making their way to the islands. Can a small box of first aid supplies have an impact on a such a massive scene of devastation? The overwhelming response from our volunteers on the ground is, "Yes!"

For the cost of going out to dinner and a movie with your significant other, you can bring practical, targeted relief to typhoon survivors on Micronesia's Outer Islands.


Moving Past Maysak: Outer Island Students Arrive on Yap

Students from storm-wrecked Ulithi have  arrived on Yap. Please consider giving to provide them with necessary toiletries and school supplies.

Outer Island students are facing unique challenges in the wake of Super Typhoon Maysak.

Every year, hundreds of children from dozens of isolated islands travel across the open ocean – some students traversing hundreds of miles – to attend Outer Island High School in the isolated atoll of Ulithi.

Everything changed when Super Typhoon Maysak obliterated historic Outer Island High School. Students (OIHS) from storm-ravaged islands were suddenly left without even basic educational facilities, or supplies to finish the school year.

Local stakeholders and community leaders quickly put into place an alternate plan. With no local option for schooling, thirty-two seniors from devastated Outer Islands matriculated to the state capitol of Yap to complete their studies and graduate.

Many of these students have had their own homes destroyed, and are now now attending an unfamiliar school, far from their families, on an island with a different language and customs. To make the situation even more pitiable, many of these students have arrived without even basic personal belongings or school supplies.