FSM Postal Service to deliver gifts to remote islands
PALIKIR, Pohnpei—This coming Dec. 10, 2019, the Postal Service of the Federated States of Micronesia will, in partnership with Okeanos Foundation for the Sea and their vaka motu canoes, sail from Pohnpei proper to the islands of Sapwuahfik, Nukuoro, and Kapingamarangi to deliver Christmas packages.
The Pohnpei-based vaka motu will then return to pick up more gifts so as to sail to the Eastern islands of Mwoakilloa and Pingelap.
On De. 16, the FSM Postal Service will set sail from Yap proper eastward toward the neighboring islands of Yap State.
The FSM Postal Service will accept and send mail in the same manner as mail sent abroad, and FSM Postal Service staff will be the ones loading Christmas packages on the vaka motus.
Only Christmas packages will be accepted for this special Christmas service to the remote islands; bulky items, such as housing materials, and flammable materials, will not be able to be sent on the vaka motus.
Citizens desiring a similar service in Chuuk State are encouraged to advocate for Chuuk State’s acquisition of one or more vaka motu canoes.
For more information, the FSM Postal Service can be contacted at:
• Pohnpei: +691-320-2614
• Yap: +691-350-2197
• Kosrae: +691-370-2057
• Chuuk: +691-330-2737 (PR)