On February 19, 2015, PIDF was awarded a grant by the US Department of the Interior Office of Insular Affairs to mentor a core group of Micronesian leaders in Hawai‘i in developing a 501(c)(3) that will support their community in achieving self-sufficiency, as PIDF has been striving to do for the Native Hawaiian community. This three-year mentorship project will focus on building WAO’s expertise in grant-writing and program management, and organizational capacity to establish WAO as an independent 501(c)(3) serving the Micronesian community in Hawai‘i.  The project will also include WAO’s first pilot project: a One-Stop Center of resources.

WAO’s One-Stop Center will aid in the successful transition of Micronesians in Hawai‘i, by serving as a central hub linking the various Micronesian communities, families and individuals with public services and other resources. In addition, this One-Stop Center will connect the Micronesian community with Federal, State and County representatives and agencies in furthering advocacy and empowerment, and will also collaborate with the Micronesian government.

WAO’s Mission

To advocate for the overall health and well-being of Micronesian people and communities, empowering them to weave their indigenous skills, knowledge, traditional values and being with the acquired knowledge of their new community in Hawai‘i, in order to reach their full potential and become self-sufficient.

For more information on We Are Oceania, visit www.weareoceania.org or email wao@pidfoundation.org