Thursday, December 1, 2016

On Thursday, December 1st, 2016, Triple J and Ford Motor Co. Conservation & Environmental Grants, in partnership with the GlobalGiving Foundation, Ford’s grantmaking partner, presented a check for $20,000 to the University of Guam's Water and Environmental Research Institute of the Western Pacific (WERI) to support their Guam Water Kids outreach program.
The Ford Conservation & Environmental Grants Program was created to empower individuals and non-profit groups donating their time and effort to preserve the environmental well-being of their communities. By providing necessary funding and visibility, they hope to encourage the multiplication of similar grassroots efforts that will serve as catalysts for change across the globe. The 2016 project focus must relate to water, and Triple J Ford is proud to have the opportunity to work with WERI on their Guam Water Kids program.
“Guam Water Kids: Protecting Guam’s Fresh Water/Prutehi I Hanom Freskon Guahan” is an educational program to help local teachers and their students understand the value of Guam’s fresh water as a natural resource. It was funded by the Water and Environmental Research Institute of the Western Pacific and the US Geological Survey to provide teaching resources on fresh water with an emphasis on facts and images of local interest. Sponsored activities have included presentation to middle school assemblies, a teacher continuing education course, and a high school service learning modules. Themes that run through these materials include how young people can take responsibility for avoiding pollution and waste while conserving fresh water in their daily lives, and how they as citizens and future leaders can take responsibility for sustainable use and development of Guam’s freshwater resources.
“Water is and will remain a crucial factor to the many challenges that our world, and island, face in light of global change, it is important that WERI get the support in sustaining their educational program to support this global effort at a local level and in the classrooms,” said Jay Jones, Senior VP of Triple J.
The goal for use of the Ford Motor Company Funding Grant is,
·       To enhance and update the website for easy use by students on tablets and smart phones and to enrich the site’s content with interactive educational activities.
·       To bring attention to the availability and effectiveness of Guam Water Kids to educators and students by providing four 2-hour workshops for teachers and youth leaders. 
·       To develop material for participation in education-oriented community events promoting awareness of Guam Water Kids featuring a five-minute overview presentation about the importance of fresh water and the work of WERI.
When asked what this partnership means to UOG’s WERI, Director John W. Jenson, Ph.D. said, “On behalf of WERI, I thank Triple J Ford and the Ford Motor Company for this generous donation for furthering Guam Water Kids. WERI's mission is to seek solutions that improve economic conditions and quality of life for the people of Guam through research, teaching and outreach. This donation will help us expand our efforts to help young people take responsibility for protecting and conserving Guam’s fresh water resources.”
Check presentation pictured L to R: 
Ann Card, Grant Administrator, Guam Water Kids Program; John Jenson, Ph.D., Director of WERI, UOG; Dr. Robert A. Underwood, President, UOG; Cathleen Moore-Linn, Interim Executive Director, Research Corporation of the University of Guam and Jay Jones, Senior VP, Triple J Enterprises, Inc.