Since 1997, Partners in Development Foundation (PIDF) has been dedicated to drawing upon the ancient Hawaiian cultural traditions to meet the current challenges facing today’s Hawaiian population. Using vital traditional concepts such as the ahupua‘a system of land and environmental stewardship, and ho‘ona‘auao, traditional mentorship in education, Partners in Development creates and implements programs to address the needs of at-risk groups within the Hawaiian community, such as preschool children, their caregivers, and economically depressed neighborhoods.
Partners in Development Foundation, an IRS Section 501(c)(3) non-profit public foundation was incorporated in 1997 with the goal of helping families and communities overcome difficult challenges in ways that would make them, in turn, teachers and helpers of others in need.
The Foundation’s first program was its free traveling preschool, Tūtū and Me, established in 2001 through the U.S. Department of Education in cooperation with the Association of Hawaiian Evangelical Churches of the United Church of Christ. This program set the pattern of PIDF’s utilization of traditional Hawaiian values in contemporary settings. Recognizing the role of grandparents raising Hawaiian children, the program sent teaching teams to underserved communities to help meet the developmental needs of these young children and support the grandparents and other care-givers in this task.
As the Foundation plans new strategic approaches focusing on rural development, special needs education, and the health of minority groups, it remains committed not only to ensure the long-term success of the people it serves, but also to instill in them a passion and a responsibility to serve others.
Partners in Development Foundation is committed to strengthening the communities through the strategic implementation of innovative ideas. From the Foundation’s inception, strong, transparent fiscal management has been a priority to ensure the success of the programs. As they focus on the long-term success of the people and the communities they serve, they hope to instill a sense that those who succeed have, in turn, a responsibility to serve others in need.
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