This summer, MAHI International donated over 50 packets of Hooked on Phonics reading programs to the southern islands of Pohnpei -- Sapwuafik, Nukuoru, and Kapingamarangi -- to improve English speaking, reading, writing, and comprehension in elementary students. Our mission on this trip was to create an opportunity for educational and personal growth, and provide outer-island students with tools to achieve their dreams, via the Hooked on Phonics program. Our volunteers Peter
Here is a picture of the ophthalmic mission team embarking on their voyage from mainland Pohnpei to the outer island of Satawan in the Mortlocks, Chuuk. These faces consist of teams representing the University of Utah's Moran Eye Center, the Guam SDA Eye Clinic, and MAHI International. In Satawan, they successfully served over 200 members in this island community!
Since returning to mainland Pohnpei on Tuesday, this same mission group has been serving at the Pohnpei State Ho
MAHI International welcomes to Pohnpei the return of Dr. Robert Wresch, ophthalmologist and his wife Betty Jo, diabetes educator from the Guam SDA Clinic. Over this long weekend, executive director John Schroer takes Dr. Wresch and Betty Jo to Pohnpei's outer island of Sapwuafik along with volunteer nurse Jeffrey Georges and assistant Nick Boyer. They are providing this outer island community with eye and overall health assessment clinics. The eye examinations Dr. Wresch is c
In a milestone project that spanned over two years to compose, organize, and execute, MAHI International, in cooperation with the Rotary Club of Pohnpei and AusAID Small Grants Scheme, implemented a solar power grid that will produce ice for the fisherman of Pakin Atoll, a small outer island community of Pohnpei. This project introduced a state-of-the-art sustainable energy production system that, for the first time, will allow the fishermen of Pakin to control their own ice
Throughout the month of August and into early September, MAHI International hosted Dr. John Marelli, a chiropractor from New Jersey who wanted to introduce the islanders to the alternative form of healthcare. Dr. Marelli, who has been a chiropractor for over 30 years, contacted many non-profit organizations around the world searching for the opportunity to serve. During his time in Micronesia, Dr. Marelli conducted approximately 1500 adjustments, speaking and introducing ch
It was simply a magical morning, my first full day in the island of Sapwaufik, a 4-8 hour motor boat ride (depending on the waves) from the main island of Pohnpei. In just 7 days, my time in the islands would be over. I awakened earlier than the others who joined me in sleeping on the cement floor with a quarter inch straw mat. We stayed in the lovingly built schoolhouse that no longer housed eager students. I went to use the toilet which the islanders had carefully put t