Read To Me International Foundation

Honolulu, Hawaii

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Our Haku Mo‘olelo program builds bridges that connect older volunteers with incarcerated women, and those women with their families. Volunteers work with inmates to help each write, illustrate and publish a children’s book. Women attend a “graduation” ceremony, where they read aloud and share their stories with family and volunteers. The completed books are then sent home. This new beginning plants the seeds of hope, love, and belonging.


Enthusiastic volunteers coach inmates for 12 weeks


Families bond over newly-authored books


Compassionate retirees fuel positive change




Impact

$50 helps...

pay for the art supplies for one inmate

$100 helps...

fund the production of books, which are sent home to children

$500 helps...

cover the cost of the graduation lunch for graduates and their family

$1,000 helps...

fund air travel to Oahu for a family of 4 to reunite with their mom

$5,000 helps...

finance travel for extended families to witness moms' authorship

$10,000 helps...

support research strategies to evaluate outcomes and effectiveness

$25,000 helps...

compensate new staff to oversee program and volunteers

$50,000 helps...

create, facilitate, and expand the program

$100,000 helps...

address the sustainability of the program using volunteers and staff

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