WOA is a project of Partners in Development Foundation (PIDF), a 501(c)(3) non-profit public charity serving disadvantaged Native Hawaiian communities throughout the State. PIDF will mentor the Core Team and key stakeholders in the Micronesian community to develop over a period of approximately three years a viable 501(c)(3) dedicated to the development, implementation, and management of initiatives aimed at addressing various Micronesian community needs.
PIDF is a non-profit organization incorporated in 1997 with the goal of helping families and communities overcome difficult challenges in ways that would make them, in turn, teachers and helpers of others in need. With previous experience in coordinating resources and providing technical support to new non-profits, PIDF will provide mentorship and direction. PIDF desires to equip this Core Group to become self-sustaining over a period of three years similar to its prior work with a community non-profit. PIDF has 17 years of experience managing a wide range of programs serving the Native Hawaiian community through private, State, and Federal grants. The Foundation recognizes the importance of integrating cultural values, traditional knowledge, and indigenous language to reach communities with an approach that is meaningful, valuable and applicable. PIDF also implements a holistic approach of providing support, training, and education that builds on the strength and health of the individuals, families, and communities for long term success. This approach has not only proven to be successful and replicable throughout communities in Hawai‘i, but has been successfully adapted in various communities on the mainland through a partnership with PIDF’s Tūtū and Me Traveling Preschool program and the YMCA of the USA. In addition to PIDF’s commitment to a culturally relevant approach is PIDF’s dedication to sound fiscal management and programmatic excellence. With PIDF’s extensive experience in grantwriting/grant management, developing and implementing a wide range of culturally relevant programs, and in working with the Micronesian community through Ka Pa‘alana’s Homeless Family Education program, the Foundation is prepared to mentor the Core Group to achieve these same successes with the Micronesian community in Hawai‘i.