MCAPP COVID-19 Operations Update
MARCH 15, 2020: MCAPP will suspend all public programs beginning today, for as long as needed to protect the health of our community. The biggest disruption is to the third annual Keiki Fest, which was expected to gather 1,000 people in honor of April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Future DOE guidelines and decisions will determine how we proceed with planned youth programs for the rest of the school year, all at Molokai High School. This was to include a month of [RESPECT] lessons with 9th-12th grade Hawaiian language immersion students, Athletes As Leaders girls' empowerment programs with the judo and softball teams, and interactive mo'olelo and theatre sessions to support dialogue about consent and bullying.
Our staff is working from home and practicing social distancing and we hope others are too.
“Concrete support in times of need” is proven to prevent child abuse, and is a beautiful part of Molokai’s aloha spirit. MCAPP’s staff will spend some of our time volunteering to meet our community’s most urgent needs. This includes joining Ho’oku’ikahi Aloha Molokai efforts to boost the food supply with abundance from Molokai’s family farms, ocean, and forests, and to provide non-food essentials for kupuna. One of our staff members is already making quick homemade masks out of shop towels and rubber bands to drop off for patients to use when they enter Molokai General Hospital and Molokai Family Health Center.
As survivors, we know this is an unbearable situation for some. Unfortunately, home is not a safe place for everyone. Check in and show your care to your friends, family, and colleagues, especially anyone you think is vulnerable. Message us if you would like someone to talk to. (Please note we are "mandated reporters" legally required to report any knowledge of ongoing abuse.) Or call any of the confidential hotlines included in this post. .
Everyone needs extra help in times like these. We have created a resource bank of food, income, housing, work, health, and learning support available for Molokai residents.