I’VE HEARD: Some 'Where Are They Now' Stories About FOM Scholarship Recipients!

I've Heard: that the Fraternal Order of Moai has been raising charitable funds for donation to the Easter Island Foundation Scholarship Fund for many years. We have made a difference in many young people's lives in Rapa Nui by providing financial help towards higher learning. These recipients of the funds then go back and use that knowledge to help their island and it's people. We wanted to see how some of these recipients of FOM monies fared, after their studies were completed, and what they were doing on the island now. We have several brief stories below with the reicpient's name and the years they were awarded the scholarships - and one VERY special story that you will soon read! As you read these scholarship winner's stories, every Fellow should be proud of the charitable work we have done in the past and excited about continuing that work in the future!

Lara Tarita Alarcon Rapu (2012, 2013)
Tarita currently lives on the island of Rapa Nui and formally worked as the Regional Counselor of Rapa Nui over the Valparaiso Region of Chile. This was her second term in this citizen elected position, but we have now been informed that Tarita has recently been elected as the new Governor of Rapa Nui! Tarita is the perfect example of someone who took the opportunity provided in part by the FOMs scholarship funds and used that opportunity to work for the continuous improvement of the island and the lives of the people living there. This is fantastic and all FOM fellows should be proud of their contribution to her success! We are VERY proud of Tarita and her accomplishments!

Ana Huki Fuentes (2010)
Ana is living on the island of Rapa Nui and working at the Hare Noi Hotel.

Merahi Atam Lopez (2011, 2012) Lives on the island and works for Monumentos y Consejos as an archaeologist.

Vaitiare Tuki Rengifo (2011)
Vaitiare lives on the island of Rapa Nui and teaches Physical Education at the elementary school.

Pamina Olivares Paoa (2013, 2014)
Pamina lives on the island of Rapa Nui and works as an architect for SEREMI, the local electricity and water regulatory board. In her words: "Right now I find myself working for SERVIU, the urban living service on Rapa Nui (Easter Island). Our team works as consultants in charge of designs for the new rural housing for the Province. Also, we are in charge of improvements, repairs, and enlargements in subsidy housing that date from last year. I hope you are well, and I thank you again for the support of the Easter Island Foundation scholarship. I hope more Rapanui will be motivated to apply and take advantage of this scholarship."

Lafquen Passalaqua Hucke (2013, 2014)
Lafquen lives on the island and works in a retail apparel shop. She also consults as a Consejo Indígena – providing needed insight into the needs and wants of the indigenous peoples of Rapa Nui

Every FOM Fellow should be proud of these young people who are making a difference in the place they live. Our charitable works are helping people to improve their lives and the land they live on. Congratulations to all of the folks, and to you - The Fellows of FOM!!!

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