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Meet Maina Talia

The beautiful island of Kioa is located just across Buca Bay from mainland Fiji. In 1947 it was purchased by residents of Vaitupu, one of the eight coral reef islands of the nation of Tuvalu. Maina Talia, the co-director of Kioa Island Community Organization (KICO), explains that the people of Kioa are working to improve farming yields, provide access to fresh water, and train community members in agroforestry. Their goal is to preserve their culture and establish a resilient future for generations to come.
But it’s not only their own future they are working to preserve. Many more people from the low-lying islands of Tuvalu may be forced to relocate because of climate change. KICO is working to make sure that Kioa will be prepared to welcome these climate refugees.
To support Kioa’s desire for self-determination and cultural survival, the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) provides funding to KICO supporting their agroforestry efforts and helping to pay for office equipment and internet access. UUSC is a “first funder” – the first organization to provide financial support to KICO – and hopes that raising awareness about Kioa will lead to additional support.
Your gift to the annual Guest at Your Table program supports the work of the UUSC, empowering grassroots organizations like KICO that are on the front lines of creating a more sustainable future. This link, provides an overview of donation options, plus membership information.