URBAN AINA - 2021 KICKSTART CAMPAIGN
Your gift will help our communities grow back stronger in 2021!
When the Coronavirus pandemic hit, you may have wondered,
“Can people engage in learning about the ʻāina while staying safe?”
The answer is YES!
These past six months have shown that we can adapt! Here are a few examples.
You may have seen these Aloha ʻĀina Packets given away along with plants and produce at drive-by sites organized by several nonprofits in Leeward Oʻahu. MLC gave away thousands of Packets (with 8 different themes) that included seeds and instructions for fun, hands-on activities at home.
Eighteen students in this summer’s Mālama ʻĀina Field School participated in our first hybrid program: they engaged in interactive online lessons that were combined with carefully planned field trips.
Teachers from schools across the West Oʻahu region are creating a supportive professional development group called the Wai Huihia Kumu Network. They're connecting to the ʻāina and each other, even through virtual spaces.
Now that hoʻoilo (the rainy season) has come, we can’t wait to start planting the native plants that we have nurtured in our nurseries. With small groups of volunteers, hundreds of native plants will go into the ground at our Ola Nā Kini restoration sites this month!
So, what lies ahead in 2021?
With your help, we will launch a new facet of our Ola Nā Kini program to embrace agriculture in the urban setting -- our new Urban ʻĀina program! Particularly in this time of a lingering pandemic, our communities want to learn how to be more self-sufficient by growing plants that provide food and resources to sustain their families and our culture.
An exciting new partnership with the Hawaiʻi Agriculture Research Center in Kunia, overlooking Puʻuloa (Pearl Harbor), will provide spaces to grow and teach alongside other agricultural educators. We plan to create a garden for gathering cultural and sustainable resources. We also plan to host a variety of home-gardening workshops at the site for you and your ʻohana. And, through a new ʻĀinaPreneur initiative, we will encourage students to use their experiences to envision potential businesses that are grounded in principles of mālama ʻāina!
But we need some “seed money” to get our program started.
Will you help us start our Urban ʻĀina program?
Your dollars will s-t-r-e-t-c-h a long way as we partner with other nonprofits, educators, and volunteers.
PLEASE DONATE TODAY!
We already have a great start with donations reaching $3,000.
We need to raise $7,000 more to meet our $10,000 goal!
You can also mail a check to Mālama Learning Center, P.O. Box 1662, Honolulu, HI 96806-1662.
The Mālama Learning Center is a nonprofit organization with 501(c)3 status.
Your contribution is fully tax-deductible as allowed by law.
MAHALO NUI LOA!