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To Our Partners, Supporters and ʻOhana
Greetings and warmest aloha to all of the many friends and supporters of Partners in Development Foundation (PIDF). We welcome this annual opportunity to share with you the achievements and outcomes that our three hundred and twenty five colleagues and thousands of participants have accomplished this year, thanks to your support and encouragement! It is indeed a most humbling privilege to be a partner with my PIDF team and Board of Directors in the many and varied programs supporting our needy children and families.
Over the years, I have come to believe that our ancestors understood the need to develop and support healthy and resilient children and families if the community is to prosper. I have also come to believe that they understood that traditional practices and perspectives form a strong foundation and provide amazing energy to move individuals, families, and communities successfully through present day challenges and threats.
These are the concepts we have learned at PIDF, and as we enter our twentieth year of service to the community of Hawai‘i, we’d like to share with you a brief picture of our journey as an organization. This coming Spring of 2017, we will have served over 65,000 children and families in the areas of: education (early childhood, STEM/STEAM, professional development for teachers, parent/child education, and adult education), youth mentorships, foster resource licensing/support, Hawaiian culture, and sustainability. The awesome work and passion of our colleagues over the past two decades have reaffirmed for us just how powerful Hawaiian values and perspectives are in facing contemporary problems and seeking to put in place sustainable transformational change in the lives of those we serve.
Me ke aloha pumehana,