By Allyson Blair

February 4, 2019

Inside a tiny classroom at the Institute for Human Services, education comes in the form of life lessons.

It’s a place where stability is established among children whose lives have been consumed by hardship.

“They’re never sleeping in the same place, they’re never eating at the same time. They’re not going to school. Basically, nothing in their lives is normal,” said IHS spokesman Kimo Carvalho.

Every month, more keiki are enrolling in the IHS Children’s Enrichment Program. That’s why a gift from the Hawaii Chamber of Commerce couldn’t have come at a better time.

“We’re certainly honored and excited to present to you this $57,000 check,” chamber President and CEO Sherry Menor-McNamara said.

For the past eight months, resources at the Children’s Enrichment Program have been stretched to the limit. There is just one coordinator for more than 150 children.

Monday’s donation allows them to hire more staff.

“We need knowledge from the public. We need specialists who have early childhood education backgrounds,” said Carvalho.

To learn more about IHS and how to donate, click here.