So much has been happening around here lately! We are still in the process of switching our old website over to this new one, so if you are reading this message, you're one of the few people privileged enough to get a sneak peak at what's to come.
Jacque Spence (Canvasback Co-Founder) and Jaylene Chung (our new Special Projects Director) came back a couple weeks ago from Majuro and Ebeye, where they worked with Ray and Becky House, the regional directors at the Diabetes Wellness Center, and Dr. Antonia Demas, a food literacy consultant from Food Studies Institute. Dr. Demas has a fun and educational nutrition curriculum that is currently being used in over 3,000 K-8 schools throughout the United States, and is helping us to implement it in some of the schools on the Marshall Islands. Their trip was a bit different from past trips, consisting mainly of meetings, but these conversations with community leaders, teachers, principals, business people, government officials, and military personnel on the island of Kwajalein were extremely encouraging. The people there realize the urgency of changing their diet and lifestyle, and are looking for a way to put sustainable change into effect.
Some of these newest developments include a 2-week diabetes intervention program on Ebeye in February of 2014, the beginning of Dr. Demas' food and nutrition education curriculum, and a container gardening project on Ebeye through the help of a company called EarthBox, based in Pennsylvania. These container gardens will be instrumental in providing families with a sustainable resource to grow fresh and healthy food, much of which is inaccessible due to the island's geographical location and limited growing space (Ebeye is roughly one square mile, and is populated with 13,000 people).
We're partnering with the Kwajalein Diabetes Coalition (KDC), an organization made up of community leaders, business people, teachers, health professionals, and individuals concerned about the future of the health of Micronesia - the growing synergy around these issues is so encouraging!
We have also been very busy with our Annual Phone-a-Thon, so if you may be getting a call from us soon, if you haven't gotten a call from us yet! These pledges and donations will go towards our work in 2014, so contact us if you would like to get involved in continuing our work.
There are a few ways you can get involved:
- You can donate any given amount directly on our website, here.
- You can attend the last show of The Coyote Bandits on Thursday, December 5 at 6:30 PM at La Sierra University's new Zapara School of Business in the Troesh Center. Find more information about this here and here.
- There's Black Friday and Cyber Mondy, but now there's Giving Tuesday (#GivingTuesday), a movement that reminds us during the holiday season that we can accomplish great things if we work together. If you're unsure about how to be a part of what we do, you can be a part of our Giving Tuesday campaign by donating just $40 - this amount can provide one EarthBox container garden to a family. Donate here.
From our Canvasback family, we hope you have a great Thanksgiving!