Project Hawaii Summer Camp

May 2017

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Awesome Foundation Oahu is pleased to announce our May receipient of $1,000 to Project Hawaii Summer Camp!  AFOahu was contacted by Kristen McReath, who is a Masters in Global Health student intern with Project Hawai’i, Inc.  Ms. McReath explains that Project Hawai’i, Inc.’s mission is to enhance the lives of homeless children on Hawai’i Island and Oahu throughout the year by providing interactive programs. Their goal is to help them escape the cycle of poverty by helping them gain self-esteem, build life and social skills, and keep them healthy. Project Hawaii is a nonprofit organization that is run 100% by volunteers and solely supported by public donations.

Project Hawaii’s work is needed because homelessness in Hawai’i is increasing at rapid rates. The sad fact is that our islands are poverty stricken! Our homeless children of Hawai'i live without running water, or electricity, let alone daily meals. They live in cars, tents and bushes. To escape this cycle, they need resources that teach them the skills needed. Not unlike a developing country, our children are facing the same dilemma right here in Hawai'i. Thousands of children live without a roof over their head. The children are eating off the streets, getting diseases from lack of hygiene, and falling through the cracks of education. A 2016 Homeless Point-In-Time Count found that the total number of homeless on Oahu is up 25 percent from 2009. And many of these are children!

Project Hawaii's traveling adventure summer camp session provides keiki with the opportunity to learn about our island with hands-on experiences to excite their imagination. Project Hawai'i Summer Camp offers our children a unique, and sometimes once in a lifetime opportunity, to explore places of the island otherwise out of their financial reach. Their team of volunteers are dedicated to provide a well-rounded educational program to involve as many of the islands' wonders as possible.

Project Hawai'i Adventures Abound Summer Camp is conducted on Oahu over a two and half week period in July, from 7:00a.m.-4:00p.m., Monday-Thursday. Keiki are provided breakfast, lunch and an afternoon snack. Their big goal for food this year (and for years to come) is to provide 100% organic food (and as local as possible) for the children. 

Awesome's check for $1,000 will help provide the homeless keiki meals while attending the summer camp.  We are thrilled that even though its a short time these kids can just be kids and enjoy the island around them and have fun this summer without worrying about their next meal.  Mahalo for all you do Project Hawaii and we hope many others follow suit so your worthwhile cause can continue to flourish.