MRRI Press Release
January 30, 2017
Pohnpei, FSM—The Micronesia Resource & Research Institute (MRRI), a non-governmental organization, celebrated its official opening on January 30, 2017 at its office at Capitol Suites & Offices, #100 in Palikir, Federated States of Micronesia.
The MRRI will provide services that include pre-departure orientation training, awareness regarding the threat of human trafficking, and referral to service providers in Guam and Hawai'i on legal, medical, and other social welfare matters, climate change and research.
MRRI Vice President and Interim Executive Director Emeliana J. Musrasrik thanked the FSM National Government, the International organization for Migration, the governments of the United States, Japan and Australia for their continuing support throughout the world on migration and humanitarian assistance. Musrasrik explained the importance of building capacity and maintaining relationship with the governments and local partners. MRRI intends to work in partnership with established NGOs in Chuuk, Yap and Kosrae to provide similar services to the citizens of the FSM. “We don’t take it for granted that everybody understands the ‘do’s and don’ts’ of living in a different country”, explained Musrasrik.
During his remarks, FSM Secretary for Foreign Affairs Lorin Robert stated that the opening of the MRRI writes a new chapter, sets a milestone in the relationship between FSM and MRRI, and thanked Ms. Musrasrik and the Board of Directors of MRRI for their vital role in opening the MRRI.
At a time when the issues of migrants are on the global agenda, the partnership between the national government and MRRI will make certain that FSM continues to ensure that its obligations under international and national laws are met. MRRI is a critical component of the services that FSM provides both for its citizens and citizens of other countries. Critical to this service is that this partnership will protect, without distinction, every person without exception within the jurisdiction of FSM.
Participants at the MRRI opening included Nankeniei Madolenihmw, Mrs. Pelihter Adolf; FSM Secretary for Foreign Affairs Lorin Robert, FSM Secretary for Resources and Development, Mr. Marion Henry; His Excellency George Fraser Australian Ambassador to the FSM; Board members Elizabeth Hadley and Dr. Manuel Rauchholz, Island Food Community; representatives of the FSM Department of Justice, FSM National Police, FSM Health, MMIC, Bank of Guam, Micronesian Productions, members of private businesses, students, MRRI Volunteers, and many others.
The Board of Directors of MRRI are President Glen Hayashida (CEO of National Kidney Foundation of Hawaii), Vice President Emeliana J. Musrasrik, Secretary/Treasurer Ricky Carl, Member Nanei of Nett, Elizabeth Hadley, Dr. Manuel Rauchholz, and Hawaii Senate Majority J. Kalani English.
Visit MRRI at the Captiol Suites & Offices, #100 in Palikir, Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia, Mailing Address: P.O. Box 2211, Kolonia, Pohnpei FM 96941; Telephone No. (691) 320-3313,