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Review for Project Hawai'i, Inc., Kea'au, HI, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I ran into this organization by chance and it changes my outlook on what it means to be a social worker. As Magin would state, "nothing is by chance and everything happens for a reason." However, being a social worker for over 15 years, dedicating my life to what I thought would change the lives I touched, was nothing compared to what I experienced working with this program.
Project Hawai'i, Inc., truly makes the difference in the lives they provide services to. Far beyond filling the holes and gaps that other agencies face. I couldn't believe the dedication they have to help the children, even with the means. It never seemed to cross their minds that there might not be funding available, or to check the computer to see what was in their inventory. Never saying no, and never turning away children as they lined up for supplies. It was truly amazing to see them in action!!
Here is my experience:
My experience was a unique one I suppose. Just happened to be at their place of giving at the right time. I was watching from across the field lots of children gathering around waiting for their turn for something. I just sat back and watched as this little old van pulled up and opened the doors, children ran up to the passenger side, yelling aunty, aunty. She calmed them down and told them to line up, and they DID! That was enough to get my full attention. These children all sat nicely along a rock wall waiting quietly. She called them all one by one all by name. They went to her and got their backpacks filled with supplies, a lunch bag and other things I couldn't quite make out. There seemed to be several dozen children waiting on the wall never to be called. She looked at them and asked, "where did you all come from?" Mostly their replies where they knew she was coming and needed supplies too. She told them she would return with all their supplies and took down names.
That is when I stepped in. I asked her where she was from, how she was going to get the supplies, and so forth. Her response to me was mind blowing!!
She stated she was going to run to Walmart to pick up the items needed for these children. She didn't have enough because she didn't know these children were going to be here. Stating this happens to her often, children in need just seem to find her. She doesn't have extra and knows that not enough funds came, but these children need these supplies to succeed in school and therefore she is going to get it.
Well, that is just amazing. The different agencies I have worked for in the past, including one's with major funding would not have even done this. They would have have told those children too bad, and put them on a wait list. They would go about their daily "job" and forget about the crisis.
So, if you want to meet a truly amazing lady, please take the time to meet Magin, attend one of her events and be part of something great.
Of course I am sure there are other involved, but this woman is really remarkable. I feel bad, as I didn't have time to meet the man she was with, assuming it is her husband, but he seemed to just follow her lead and they drove off to Walmart.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Changes to the organization? I don't know if anything needs to change other than the community or other companies, to give!! Give what they can and help this wonderful program continue with it's work!!

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