WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Department of the Interior has provided a non-profit organization in Guam with $151,550 in Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act emergency relief funding to prepare, prevent, and respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The organization, called, Mañe’lu, will use this funding, which is being made available through the Office of Insular Affairs Technical Assistance Program, to provide culturally and linguistically appropriate information, assistance, and workshops during and after the pandemic to communities in Guam.
“[Interior Secretary David Bernhardt] and I are pleased to be able to provide funding support to the non-profit organization Mañe’lu on Guam utilizing CARES Act funding,” said Assistant Secretary, Insular and International Affairs, Douglas W. Domenech. “Collective and collaborative efforts among government, non-government, and local communities are necessary to keep communities on Guam strong.”
Mañe’lu is a Micronesian Resource Center One Stop Shop that provides important services to support Micronesian communities in Guam, which Domenech said “is crucial during this unprecedented worldwide pandemic.”
With this funding, Mañe’lu proposes to support Guam’s local and migrant communities by providing culturally and linguistically appropriate information, assistance, and workshops during and after the pandemic through their Informed Island project. The project will work with Micronesian families to keep them informed, aware, and safe during the pandemic and help retrain and prepare those who have lost employment due to COVID-19, to re-enter the workforce. For more information about the services that Mañe’lu provides to communities on Guam, visit the website https://manelu.org/.
For more information about CARES Act funding that has been provided to the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Office of Insular Affairs to benefit the territories and the Freely Associated States visit https://www.doi.gov/oia/financial-assistance. For more information about other federal support to the territories and the FAS during the COVID-19 pandemic, visit www.doi.gov/oia/covid19. (PR)