Toki Rapa Nui School of Music and the Arts
Toki Rapa Nui seeks to protect the social, cultural and environmental heritage of Rapa Nui via the construction of the Toki School of Music and the Arts on Easter Island. Since 2012, NGO Toki Rapa Nui has offered music classes to children and adolescents in classical and traditional areas, with an average of 60 students per year. The Easter Island Foundation is a proud supporter of the Toki Rapa Nui School of Music through donations.
NGO Toki Rapa Nui has set an example by building the first totally self-sustainable School of Music in Latin America and works arduously on projects and education to help mitigate the problems of garbage, deforestation and scarcity of potable water.
Today only a total of 1,340 people (19% of the Rapanui ethnic group) speak the Rapanui language; another 6% understand their language but can’t speak it. Of Rapanui speakers, 77% are over 45 years of age; the language is in danger of extinction. Toki encourages children and adolescents to learn the language and traditions of the island through classes and workshops.
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Mahani Teave, founder of the Toki Rapa Nui School of Music, has had an amazing year. She has released a new CD, Rapa Nui Odyssey, and is the subject of the new documentary, Song of Rapa Nui, which was nominated for an Emmy. She was interviewed on CBS Sunday Morning and National Public Radio, where she performed and a Tiny Desk Concert. We congratulate Mahani on all her accomplishments!
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Terevaka Archaeological Outreach Program
The Terevaka Archaeological Outreach Program was created to help teach Rapanui high school students learn about preserving the past while preparing them for the future. It has the following goals: to utilize archaeology as a foundation for education and opportunity within Rapa Nui’s island community; to promote awareness and expertise in archaeology and cultural conservation; to document, study, and conserve the remarkable treasures of the past that remain on Rapa Nui today. The EIF is proud to support TAO’s educational mission. You can learn more about TAO by visiting the link below.
The William Mulloy Library
The William Mulloy Library (Biblioteca William Mulloy) is located at the Museo Antropológico P. Sebastián Englert (MAPSE) on Easter Island. The library was named in honor of the late Dr. William Mulloy, an anthropologist whose research and rebuilding projects on the island contributed significantly to knowledge of the island’s prehistory. Mulloy’s collection of books, papers, maps, field notes and photographic materials forms the core of this scientific research museum, augmented by acquisitions and gifts. The Easter Island Foundation was instrumental in the creation of the library and continues to donate books and other materials.
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Fraternal Order of Moai (FOM)
The Fraternal Order of Moai selected the Easter Island Foundation as their national charity. The Fellowship of the FOM Foundation is proud to support the EIF’s annual scholarship program. FOM’s annual fundraiser, the Ohana Luau at the Lake, has been instrumental in providing funds to support EIF’s educational mission. With FOM’s support, EIF has been able to continue to award annual scholarships to promising Rapa Nui college students (19 scholarships in 2021, with 10 funded by FOM). The success of our program and the ability to award more scholarships each year is directly due to FOM’s generosity. FOM also donates to the Toki Rapa Nui School of Music and to Terevaka Archaeological Outreach, organizations whose programs directly benefit the youth of Rapa Nui.
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Far Horizons Archaeological and Cultural Trips