2017 - Work started
We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization (registered in the state of Washington, EIN 82-3882957) focused on helping make rural island communities better and happier. With the help of our tireless staff and dedicated beneficiaries, we organize fundraisers, community-building events, village visits, and training sessions for villagers and our volunteers. We focus on livelihood projects to increase income-generating capacity of islanders. We seek to catalyze donor investment in sustainable ventures that have tremendous social impact in island communities.
Are you passionate about what we're doing? Let us know! We are always looking for volunteers to help us make our vision a reality. We'll help you find a way to volunteer that best suits you. We're excited to have you join the team!
Whether you help island development through monetary donations, volunteering your time to work on domestic or international relief and development projects or spreading our mission through word-of-mouth, thank you. We couldn't assist islanders to acheve their dreams without the help of supporters like you.
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We give priority to livelihood projects that increase the income-generating capacity of islanders.
Robert’s 40+ year career in international development has spanned dozens of countries around the world both with the US government and nonprofits. He is a former US diplomat who retired from the US government at the rank of senior executive. Although Robert has served in senior positions in landlocked countries such as Mongolia, Tajikistan, and Bosnia & Herzegovina, he has excelled in island rural development. Hence, his desire to build Waivunia to be an innovative island development nonprofit. Robert has a Master’s degree in International Management from Thunderbird, the top-ranked international business graduate school in the world, and one of his doctorates is the same as that of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson. He lives on Lopez Island.
Recently retired attorney from the U.S. State Department, and former U.S. Army JAG officer, she looks forward to applying and sharing her experiences from years of living and working abroad to projects focused on sustainable development of island communities.
Healthcare Executive Director for over 10 years. He manages operations resulting in over $16 million of annual revenues. His success centers on creating a new customer base through innovation and brand recognition. His leadership is based on creating a culture of accountability and growing engaged stakeholders. Ron was born and lived his early years in Waivunia Village, Fiji.
Erika Bell is the owner of Pat Pierce, an online vintage boutique that gives a portion of sales to charity. She holds a Master of Science degree in Global Merchandising and Product Development from Florida State University.
Anna Reid is the owner and operator of Walter Green, Inc. boutique stores in Northern Florida as well as www.WalterGreenBoutique.com. Through her leadership, the company has made its mark as a local community supporter as well as a destination for affordable everyday clothing for women of all sizes. She graduated with a Bachelor Degree in Finance from Stetson University in Deland, FL.
Jeffrey Bell graduated from Florida State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management. Jeff worked as an Executive Director for several different Skilled Nursing Facilities, specializing in facility operations, patient care, and overall physical plant maintenance. He is currently the Owner and Operator of Pita Pit in Pensacola Florida, a healthy quick service restaurant.
Natnicha Vayavong is currently a dual credit student at the University of Toledo. She has a keen interest in pursuing a degree as well as a profession in business. Recently in her academic career, she had the opportunity to develop a competitive business plan for the Business Professionals of America organization which placed her first in her region, first in the state of Ohio, and fourth nationally. Natnicha has worked with many volunteer organizations and is enthusiastic about working with more nonprofits.
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