Sonsorol State Governor Laura Miles today led a signing ceremony to celebrate the completion of the state’s 2016 Year of the Youth Small Grant Scheme project.

Made possible through the Office of the President’s Year of the Youth Program, funded by the Government of India, the project involved the publication of a booklet containing Sonsorol State legends, all written in Sonsorolese.


“The main goal of this initiative (was) to provide for youth participation in cultural preservation and continuity through storytelling,” project Chairperson Irene Haparuseng-Kurberties explained.

Spearheaded by the Sonsorol State Women’s Association, DiniFaruya, the $5,000 grant project involved much of the state community -utilizing storytellers, interviewers, illustrators, state youth officers, and traditional leaders. The 28-page booklet will be available for students in the three elementary schools in the Southwest states as well as other schools and libraries in Palau.

Accompanying the governor at the signing ceremony were India’s Honorary Consul to Palau Robert John Scaria, Sonsorol High Chief Nurap, Office of the President’s Grants Officer Jeff Ngirarsaol, DiniFaruya members, youth leaders and other state community members.

The 2016 Year of the Youth Small Grant Scheme was made possible through the generous support of the Government of India and was open to government agencies, state governments, community-based organizations, faith-based organizations, and recognized NGO’s.

Grants of up to $10,000 were awarded for worthy youth projects in the areas of education, health and hygiene, leadership development, job training and employability skills, historical restoration projects, recreation, fitness and community service. (contributed) [/restrict]