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Women's Disability Group Receives Donation

Pohnpei Women With Disabilities (PWWD) receives sewing machines, cases, and sewing kits

The Pohnpei Women with Disability Organization (PWWD) is a non-profit organization specifically advocating for individuals with disabilities run by and for women with disability, operating under the Pohnpei Consumer Organization.

Monique Panaligan, president of PWWD, saw a need for the women in the organization to help them grow in their abilities and find more independence and self-esteem by learning to sew and make clothes. They can also provide some income for themselves by selling these clothes to others.

Monique sought assistance in acquiring sewing machines from the Guam Humanitarian Department of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In support of this request, the Church donated five sewing machines, cases, and sewing kits to the PWWD organization.

The vision of the PWWD is to improve the situation and life of women and girls with disabilities in Pohnpei and all its outer islands with an aim to pass down vast and sacred traditional and cultural traits to the rising generation.

Elder William H.K. Davis states, "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is actively involved in humanitarian relief and development activities in Micronesia and throughout the world. Programs such as this are funded from faithful members of the Church and others. These programs help children and families of all nationalities and religions by relieving suffering, helping people help themselves, and providing opportunities for service."

It is the Church’s hope that this donation will help to preserve and ensure the groups knowledge and unique skills which each individual possesses.

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