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Causes: Arts & Culture, Arts, Culture & Humanities, Education, Emergency Assistance, Homeless & Housing, Homeless Centers, Human Services

Mission: To enhance the lives of homeless children though interactive solutions to help them end the cycle of homelessness.

Results: This is our 15th year on the islands of Hawai'i. Typically each year we are able to help over 1,500 children between the islands of Hawai'i and O'ahu. We have successfully provide holiday meals, parties, gifts, to hundreds living in poverty or homeless situations. Every month we provide emergency care, hygiene, food and clothing to those living homeless along the waters edge and those high in the mountains. This is our 11th year providing the free summer camp educational program. We plan to expand our summer camp to those on the island of Maui for 2018 as well. Currently, we have our Adventures Abound Day Camp on O'ahu and Edu-Camp Sleep over camp on Big Island. Both these camps are striving to be 100% organic!

Target demographics: Poverty stricken and homeless children living on the islands of Hawai'i. We target unsheltered homeless children between the ages of infancy to 18 years.

Direct beneficiaries per year: We provide services to an average of 1,500 individual children annually. In addition to the children, we provide life changing opportunities to moms enrolled in the first to work program. Helping them develop life and work skills so they can obtain work and employment opportunities to change their lifestyle.

Geographic areas served: We provide services to the children living in poverty across the islands of Hawai'i (Big Island) and O'ahu

Programs: We provide the following Programs: Holiday Parties/Events Basic Life Skills Emergency Services Summer Camp Teen Mentoring Program Healthy Hearts for Homeless Keiki Monthly Giveaways/Outreach Emergency Support Job/Life Training/Skills Volunteer/First to Work Opportunities

Community Stories

133 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

Project hawaii is an amazing initiative., not suprisong with a woman like megan at the helm. I have known Megan & have seen her work in the community for many years. She works tirelessly for the children and the community, and always with a smile on her face. There are so many other wonderful volunteers & coordinators involved. This summer my daughter was blessed with the opportunity to attend the project hawaii summer camp. I have always dreamed of giving my girl the experience of sleep away camp, but, as a young, single working mother, it was just out of our budget. Project hawaii brought that dream to life. My daughter had an amazing time at camp! She really seemed to grow from the experience & definitely had a ton of fun. I look forward to being involved in this project more in the future!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Thanks so much for giving my kids a awesome positive summer experience . They have been through a lot of transitions this year and we are just now obtaining some sort of stability. I'm so grateful to have met Megan and Cliff, it's a great relief to see that there are people who really care about something outside themselves. I couldn't afford to do anything fun with them this summer break, so your summer camp really saved their summer ;and helped tremendously with the back to school supplies... I've found in life good things never last, but I hope you guys are able to continue your mission and continue passing great character strengths to the Leaders of tomorrow, our children -the leaders ,mentors and participants . I want to thank everyone . -Ezekiel and Ezra's Mom

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My youngest son had the opportunity to participate in Project Hawaii on the Big Island this summer. From the first day of registration, I knew this camp was going to not only be an opportunity that my son, absolutely needs (socially and physically) but I was able to see the passion and organization of the camp leaders. I was truly impressed! My son had an absolute fantastic time, both my son and I could not be any happier with the way things turned out. We were floored when we had the camp celebration with family after camp. Project Hawaii gave us parents the opportunity to spend time with our children and other fellow campers and staff in a beautiful setting, with great food and a blessing of school supplies for all of each family members children. Words can't describe how blessed we feel to be a part of this. I will definitely contribute in any way I can from this day forward to help support this organization. Hats off to everyone!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Project Hawaii gave my children the best Christmas when me and my husband couldn't. With both of us losing our jobs and had no income. So depressed. Project Hawaii was there for us. Magen became my inspiration. And I told God one day I'll be like her. And give back. Years went by and today I'm a owner of a restaurant that was always my dream. And when a storm came and damage our town. My family went and feed the community, and now till this day we are the only restaurant in the Hawaii states, that has and runs a food pantry for our community open every day. And do a big thanksgiving feeding for our community. Feeding over 1000. It all starts with a wish and of hope , for all our children and families in need. Magen gave my family that hope and answered my wish. And today I am walking beside her in spirit sharing the Aloha to all families . Project Hawaii deserve top honors for all they do for our children of all islands. Mahalo

3 Colette C.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I met this dynamic duo at a conference about people making a difference in the community. I was amazed at the dedication these two people put towards making the lives of homeless children better. Not just basic needs, but their emotional needs, and way beyond just a hand out.
Project Hawai'i, Inc. seems to be a tiny organization because there is no paid staff, no office or building, but on the contrary, this program is operating on a large scale of production. I personally work for another nonprofit organization and I don't put in half the time or energy these two do. Of course I love my job, but I don't make it my life like these two. I am very fortunate to have met these two.
What a blessing they are to the community, and to our homeless children. Keep up the great work.
A note to those who might be wondering who these two are, or if it is a great cause. Just do your research, google Magin Patrick, or Project Hawai'i. See the changes they make all year round. See their passion and their dedication for your self. Don't judge the fact that they don't have fancy names under their organization, or funding from the government. These two are real.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My family is blessed to know Cliff and Magin. We are so happy to have Project Hawai'i in our lives. Our family counts on their support all year long. We struggle, work two jobs and still can't find a place to live with our large family. Project Hawai'i helps with our needs. We rely on their support. I know that they get donations. Thank you to those who give. You help my children all the time. Thank you for not giving up on us

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Donor

Rating: 5

What an impact my donations make for these precious children. I provide a $25. donation every month for Project Hawai'i, Inc., to use as the see fit to help the homeless. I follow on Facebook to see what a difference they make everyday. I know that I don't give much, but it seems to really change lives. Last week they were able to help a new found family with a tent, a camp stove, pots, emergency supplies, meal gift cards and of course giving that family hope! WOW, that was just one of the days that I know I was part of that difference. It is amazing the happiness these children receive from the dedicated volunteers who truly make a difference on this island.