My mother found this Teen Mentoring Program online and it definitely became one of best experiences I've been able to go through. It lasts 3 weeks and during it I witnessed the increasingly heavy poverty that Hawaii suffers through. I was blessed to meet a some 25 kids and have the opportunity to care for and get to know them. I was able to see the hope and humility these kids still have in their hearts, even though they suffer from disadvantages every single day. After just a week with them, I have obtained a bigger heart and a better understanding of the real world and its difficulties. I absolutely loved being given the opportunity to serve those less fortunate and giving them the same resources most people are so used to having. Serving and being with children are two immense passions of mine and this program only made them grow. From fundraising on the streets to putting clothes on the keiki, I have a whole new perspective on life. Overall, this program has changed my life and I encourage every teen to take part in this adventure.
I love these kids. They do not deserve to suffer through the hardships that have been forced upon them by their situations. Helping them did not feel like a chore, it fed my soul. The smiles every morning as I served them breakfast they would not usually eat, the beautiful voices singing along with me as I played ukulele, the "I love you for taking care of me's"; All of these things make all the work of being a teen mentor worth it. I can only hope that the knowledge of appropriate and kind behavior I tried to impart on them everyday sticks and they can be successful in school and life. Magin and Cliff create a truly unique and amazing experience for these children, with countless elements they would not typically experience, being homeless.
As we are gearing up for the 10th year of providing a summer educational camp for the homeless children it never cease to amaze me the dedication from these awesome volunteers. While I have not been involved the entire 10 years, I have seen ups and downs with all the issues to keep this camp going. Not only having to raise all the funds to provide a free summer camp for homeless children, but to coordinate the community volunteers, set up the transportation and schedule for the field trips, plan the menu and of course do all the shopping. These two dedicated souls have made this a mission beyond what any words can describe. Great Job Project Hawai'i and the two wonderful souls who make this what it is. Magin Patrick and Cliff Kama!! Imua
In six months of fundraising with Project Hawaii, I have seen the absolute dedication of Magin and Cliff to helping Hawaii's homeless keiki. Magin is very efficient with funding, and ensures that all money raised goes directly to those in need without any being taken by a middle man. This is literally the most efficient and productive charitable organization I have ever seen or heard of.
I wanted people to know how caring and generous Project Hawaii is. I was having a difficult finacial time because of me having to stay home with two special needs children. I was unable to buy school supplies and I seen that they were helping homeless people, so I asked them for help. Within 24 hrs they had come to my house with backpacks full.of school supplies. They were very caring and loving. My kids can npw go to school without fearing that they would be bullied because they were less fortunate. Thank you Project Hawaii,
I am both a volunteer and a donor, and have been with Magin for past 11 years. She is truly dedicated to all these children and can't imagine what they would do without her and Cliff. However, it is very frustrating to see her work so hard to obtain the funds so desperately needed in order to provide all that they do for these keiki; often times, coming up short, but somehow she still makes it work!!! Project Hawaii is the best!!
I have been a volunteer with Magin & Project Hawaii since moving to the Big Isld 10 yrs ago. She is totally devoted to helping these homeless keiki and their families. If it weren't for her and Cliff, I don't know what many of these families would do. They work nonstop to raise funds to provide not only the necessities (food, clothing, hygiene items), but to also give them some joy in their lives; i.e., holiday parties/events, summer camps, etc. It is unfortunate that Magin and Cliff must work so hard to raise the funds needed to accomplish these goals and that many of the local community organizations/business, do not step-up to help them. Project Hawaii should be one of the top non-profits in Hawaii.
I was volunteering for this program at their last collection site in Pearl City. I was actually SHOCKED to see the lack of support this agency receives. The coordinator was there with her sign in sheet of all the people who inquired or "signed up" to help and the actual show up was quite different. The list probably had 20 plus people, some families, some with friends. I showed up about 10 minutes late, so missed some of the orientation, but there were only 5 people there to help. ONLY 5. Truly this organization needs more support and more commitment from the community. Yes, we do make a difference, but having double or triple the amount of people would CHANGE lives, not just make a difference.
So, why did I help.
1. To make a difference in the life a homeless child
2. To help raise the awareness that our island is in a crisis and these children need change.
3. To be involved with an organization that is out there doing what they say, and making the difference without red tape.
WHY SHOULD YOU HELP? I suppose because Project Hawai'i needs you to continue their efforts to feed and care for the homeless children.
I am not sure if everyone understand what Project Hawai'i, Inc. does, or WHO THEY ARE.
Project Hawai'i, Inc. is a nonprofit that helps provide emergency and basic life needs to children living in extreme poverty unsheltered areas across the islands. They provide school support, emergency care, holiday events and so much more life changing opportunities to these children.
WHO IS PROJECT HAWAI'I, INC????
First let me say THEY ARE NOT a government agency, they do not have government funding and they do NOT have any paid staff.
SO, who is Project Hawai'i, Inc. As far as I can tell it is Magin Patrick and Cliff Kama, 2 people dedicated to make a difference on their days off. TWO PEOPLE who put together a huge organization to change lives and make a difference. TWO PEOPLE who invite the community to help, who struggle through the hard times, and still care for these children.
I was amazed, it truly is TWO PEOPLE and a handful of people who help when they can, here and there to make a difference.
YOU CAN BE PART OF WHAT MAKES THE DIFFERENCE.
When I discovered Project Hawaii many years ago when I moved to the Big Island, I was stunned to find out how many kids were living in poverty and/or homeless. Magin is so dedicated to these children and never judges them. She knows they are "innocent bystanders" of their circumstances. It is truly heartwarming to see what a difference Project Hawaii has made in so many children's lives.
As a volunteer, it is hard to imagine that the little time that one gives will make such an impact on these precious children. I went in this adventure for a 3 hour volunteer shift...like a 3 hour tour, I was STUCK. Stuck helping these children have a wonderful life with this awesome program. I have volunteered for other agencies, at school and such, but nothing really seems to touch the heart like this agency does.
The homeless children are so dependent on their environment, community and yes, Project Hawai'i, Inc., just to survive. That is all these children doing, surviving to live another day. Who knows what the other day might bring? At least they can look forward to fun activities and supplies that Project Hawai'i provides. Keep up the good work, and hopefully your dream of being able to save ALL the homeless children of Hawai'i will come true!
I came from Pittsburgh, PA, to Hawaii to volunteer with Project Hawaii in 2010. Since then, the experience has still stuck with me as one of the best of my life. Magin works endlessly to ensure the children of Hawaii are taken care of despite the odds, and the rest of the volunteers do just the same. I am forever grateful for the work they do and I hope one day to be able to return to Hawaii and see what more awesome steps the organization has made to make the lives of the island's homeless population better.