U.S. Government Completes Typhoon Maysak Reconstruction Efforts,  Broadens Environmental Resilience Support

January 20, 2018 Weno, Chuuk — U.S. Ambassador to the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) Robert Riley, United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Deputy Mission Director to the Pacific Islands Clay Epperson, and FSM government officials marked the completion of homes and public infrastructure destroyed by Typhoon Maysak.

USAID and the Government of the Federated States of Micronesia coordinated with the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Services, and the Small Business Administration for this reconstruction program, which was implemented by the International Organization FOR Migration.

Ambassador Riley cuts a ribbon marking the completion of Maysak Reconstruction Programs in Chuuk and Yap. PC: Olivia Blinn

In Chuuk and Yap, USAID constructed over 400 new homes and over 150 public facilities, INCLUDING schools, clinics, and rain catchment systems.  USAID also provided materials and vouchers worth nearly $2.8 million to over 1,350 beneficiaries who lost their homes, possessions, and livelihoods.  Additionally, USAID trained close to 1,500 local residents to rebuild their homes and communities using resilient designs and HIGH  quality materials so that the buildings can withstand future disasters.

“Our event today is not just about completing construction projects.  We are also celebrating how our governments, non-governmental partners, and beneficiaries now have greater capacity to prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters,” said Ambassador Riley.

Epperson participated in the event as part of his four-day visit to FSM, during which he met with key partners and toured project sites where USAID is helping the country overcome environmental challenges. He met with the Chuuk Women’s Council, WHICH RECEIVED A GRANT TO HELP families and schools grow RESILIENT vegetable gardens so that more food is available in their communities, especially during droughts and typhoons.

Through these and other projects, USAID is partnering with communities TO conserve biodiversity, prepare for disasters, and better manage natural resources.  In a move to advance
Micronesia’s ability to develop and sustain its own environmental resilience, USAID is also helping government, private sector, and civil society organizations gain access to international funding for projects that mitigate the impacts of natural disasters.

Epperson’s visit to FSM will mark the beginning of his longer stay in the region, where he will also go to the Republic of the Marshall Islands and Papua New Guinea.  In the Pacific Islands, USAID partners with national governments to advance sustainable, resilient development. USAID assistance in the Pacific Island region covers 12 nations: Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu.