Outer Island Education Program
Republic of Kiribati
In 2006 For Granted established an Education program in Kiribati (pronounced Kee-ree-bahs) to aid the education of children from disadvantaged communities on the outer islands of the country. Kiribati, located in the Central Pacific, consists of 33 low-lying atolls and coral islands. It is the largest atoll state in the world, straddling the equator for approximately 2,000 miles. Kiribati is a beautiful country rich in culture and kindness. However, it is one of the ten poorest nations in the world and desperately needs assistance in developing its early childhood education.
For Granted partnered with the Royal Caribbean Cruise Line and the Kiribati Association of Non-Government Organizations (KANGO) to facilitate the program in Kiribati. Over two years, For Granted shipped nearly 1,500 lbs. of books and educational supplies to Kiribati, providing much needed aid to Tarawa, Marakei, Abaiang, Nonouti, and Kiritimas (Christmas) islands. Many villages on the outer islands of Kiribati do not have any books, paper, writing utensils, or countless other basic resoures for educating their children. For Granted is provided these valuable items so children in Kiribati can properly begin their early childhood education and have greater opportunity for success in the future.