Our agency targets those who live in Homeless (unsheltered) situations. Over 1,600 keiki UNDER the age of 5 live in this poverty. On the Big Island 90% of our Public schools have over 75% of their keiki on FREE or Reduced lunch program, meaning without school based meals, they go without!
Homelessness is a cycle mostly caused by lack of basic education and life skills. Most of our parents cannot read or write well enough to fill out an application. Leaving 70% of our keiki reading below grade level, and not being taught basic life skills.
Poverty on the Islands
The sad fact is that our islands are poverty stricken! Children live without running water, or electricity, let along daily meals. Living in cars, tents and bushes. The AVERAGE age of a homeless person is the tender age of 5. Yes, 5 years old. To escape this cycle, they need resources that TEACH them the skills needed.