Tauhi Fonua

Illness has been a stealth killer of many of our mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, and children. This can either continue to be our reality or we can create solutions for our families and our community…TOGETHER. The Faith Advisory Board (FAB) project was created to bring young leaders from our different churches together to create those solutions so that less of our loved ones are claimed by disease. We hope to foster a new wave of leaders in our Tongan community who can be faithful learners and teachers of wellness so a strong and healthy generation can rise up to live out the dreams of our parents. The FAB curriculum is rooted in Tongan culture and history while teaching a framework of health and wellness as the foundation of a thriving Tongan community in America.

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Faith Advisory Board’s Potopoto ‘A Niu Mui resonates with my spirit long after each session. I can feel the synapses of my inner being connecting to a land that I have not returned to since 1987. The cultural values that I can attribute to my heritage is made relevant and brought full circle with my life in America. The culturally tailored curriculum reinforces the idea that we as young Pacific Islanders are worth the investment. Our dialogue encourages me to look more objectively at my surrounding environment and evaluate how things could be better.

Melevesi Fifita

*http://www.hauora.co.nz/resources/22ndJan2.pdf

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