Search For One provides free medical, dental, educational and developmental help to the underprivileged people of Kiribati through the efforts of professionals who volunteer their time.
We often regard these spread-out islands as paradise. But the many thousands of people who live there face a daily struggle with disease such as dysentery, hepatitis, tuberculosis, and, the ugliest disease: hopelessness. Furthermore, the outer island people live in villages that roads do not reach. Today, often where the roads stop, so does the care, supplies and compassion. The Republic of Kiribati (pronounced Ki-ri-bahs) is located in the central/south pacific where the international date line crosses the equator. The country is comprised of 33 islands, 21 of which are inhabited, and the population is over 103,000. The population on Tarawa, the main island and port of entry, is 50,000. The overcrowding is causing conditions to be worse than in Bangladesh. There are only 8 doctors and no dentists for these 103,000 people. All 8 doctors reside and practice at the country’s only hospital on Tarawa. There are no consistent medical or dental services for the other 53,000 people living on the outer islands.
LIFE ON KIRIBATI
A life in Kiribati is one of the hardest in the world because the beautiful lagoons are being polluted by human waste and most existing toilets flush into their drinking water.
No more than 4 feet above sea level, the islands have no soil—only coral sand. Rainwater filters through the coral sand, over their buried dead, then into their water supply, polluting their drinking water even further. They have no safe potable water, no soil for growing any vegetables or fresh fruit. They do not use chairs so they do most of their eating at floor level, nor are they aware of the need to wash their hands before preparing their meals. All of these problems combined have caused the hepatitis rate to soar over 60%. The vast majority have nothing to do except fish for their existence. In 1994, Search For One was asked to consider providing health and development assistance for the forgotten people who live in the outer islands. From this initial request SFO has been bringing the needed people and equipment together to meet this important challenge.
SEARCH FOR ONE, Inc.
419 S. Division St.
Moses Lake, WA. 98837
CALL | (509) 765-5255
Search for One, Inc. is a non-profit 501 (C) (3) organization founded in 1992 by Craig and Remy Scott of Gladstone, Oregon, with the purpose to provide needed health services to remote and isolated people of the world. Through Craig’s desire to serve humanity and Remy’s upbringing on an island in the Philippines came the decision to focus their attention on relieving the suffering of remote island people.
Search for One is also incorporated in the Republic of Kiribati.