Kiribati is a island nation located in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, next to boththe equator and international date line.
This country is comprised of 33 small atol islands, only 20 of these islands are in liveable condition. Rich in culture and providing a home for 120,000 people, Kiribati is one of least developed countries in the world and is highly dependent on international aid for their economy.
BYU- Hawaii is a school that gathers cultures from around the globe, especially from the Pacific Islands. More than 600 alumni of BYUH are from Kiribati, including our current team member Kimberly Tokanang Aromata. Of this project she said:
“As an I-Kiribati, I see the need for the Re-Earth initiative to improve the health conditions for myself, my family, and community. We chose Kiribati because we have resources ready including 10 acres of land on Marakei, connections with several supporting organizations, the support and approval of the Kiribati government, as well as a passionate team to enforce this project. ”
Kiribati needs this project, and through our resources, we know that it is the PERFECT place.