Habele volunteers sent off instructional materials to Head Start centers on the Ulithi Atoll late this week. The shipment, the third this year to Head Start, was organized by a retired couple who visited the Outer Islands of Yap in 2004.
My husband and I had a wonderful time when we visited Ulithi in the course of our mid-Pacific travels. I was struck by the natural beauty of the islands and the warmth of the people. That said, it was frustrating to see how under-resourced the schools were. I knew there was an imperative to help, and I am glad that I can work through Habele to do just that!
Information on previous Head Start donations can be found here and here.
In other Habele news, volunteers and donors will be pleased to see that the United States Postal Service plans to reassign domestic address status to the Federated States of Micronesia and the Republic of Palau. This will allow Habele to spend more money on scholarships and the purchase of supplies, and less on postage.
Volunteers are encouraged to check out the September 2007 edition of National geographic Traveler magazine (review here) for a ten-page article written by P.F. Kluge. Kluge’s The Edge of Paradise featured prominently in Habele’s Ten Great Books About Micronesia list released earlier this year.
The Habele Outer Island Education Fund is a US-based non profit organization dedicated to the advancement of educational opportunity and accomplishment in Micronesia's remote Outer Islands.