FSMIS (July 2, 2013): A community group from Sekere, Pohnpei with Chuukese origin, recently visited President Manny Mori as part of their “reunion” and outreach mission this summer.
Led by Mrs. Erlyner Milli Phillip, the group consisting mostly of elder women and youth, made its way back to visit families in Pohnpei after staying in Honolulu, Hawaii for over 20 years.
“The purpose of our visit is to reconnect with families and make our children more aware of their origin, home and their government”, Mrs. Phillip explained during their brief moment with President Mori.
Marvin Phillip, leader of the youth group, said his group was part of a church community.
“We take part in outreach programs for youth-at-risks in our community along with other youth groups from other parts of Micronesia and the Pacific region.”
Mrs. Phillip expressed deep appreciation for the opportunity allowed her youth group to meet the President, some of whom could only converse in English as they were born and raised in Hawaii.
President Mori praised the decision to take the “reunion” trip, stressing the importance for the children to appreciate their origin and learn their language and culture.
The President also emphasized the importance of being good visitors residing in Hawaii and giving back in constructive ways to their communities and those in need.
The youth group demonstrated a part of their outreach services in song and dance often used in uniting youth of different backgrounds and in inter-group gatherings.
Mrs. Phillip and her community entourage arrived on Pohnpei on June 19 and will return to Hawaii early July.
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