Organized by: Amy Allen
Meet my friends...and their precious children. They live 4,910 miles away in the middle of the ocean between Hawaii and Australia in an unforgettable country called the Republic of the Marshall Islands. Their current crisis: BROKEN REFRIGERATOR!! In a climate where average temperatures year round are high 86F and low 76F, with very high humidity, food spoils quickly. Combine this with a very limited budget and you have the disastrous recipe for imminent illness and possible starvation. There are 5 children living within the home: a 16 year-old boy and his 3 younger sisters (5th, 2nd and 1st grades). Their 2 year-old grand-daughter also lives with them. The children are not allowed to attend school unless they can bring a lunch....so the younger children have had to start missing school. This has to stop NOW to prevent further hardships!
We have been extremely blessed by being granted the privilege of having their oldest daughter living with us this year to complete her high school education. She is an amazingly kind, giving, dedicated, determined high school senior. We are so thrilled to have been given the opportunity to have her join our family. She is such a blessing and an answer to prayer for us! Please join us in praying that we will be able to support her as she chooses her life path following high school. She hasn't been home since the summer after 7th grade and is very homesick for her family. Please help us support her by helping them in this great hour of need!
While California's unemployment rate is considered high at 7.3 (2014), it pales in comparison to that of the Marshall Islands. There, unemployment averaged 36% in 2006 (more recent data unavailable). Life in poverty-stricken Majuro can be very tenuous! My life changed forever when I spent a year in this series of coral atoll chains. There I made a friend that I never dreamed would make such an impact on my life.
Many days they struggle to keep food on the table. Finances are always tight with minimal part-time and odd-jobs being the only source of income. The Marshall Islands are protected by the USA under a compact of free association since 1986. However, because the Marshall Islands do not have a minimum wage, there is no mandatory minimum rate of pay for workers. Therefore when jobs are scarce, and workers are plentiful, average wages can be as low as US$2/hr. With a very small land mass (approximately 70 square miles compiled of 1,225 islands and islets spreading across an ocean area of over 750,000 square miles) and rapidly-growing population, the population density is approximately 392 (capita per square kilometer) with a global rank of 22. To put this into perspective, crowded California's population density is approximately 91 per sq km.
There is a great and ongoing need for this Marshallese family. Please consider a donation of any amount to aid with helping them in this current crisis!