"MANUFOU GOES BEYOND HER TITLES TO MAKE SPACE AND MAKE SURE OUR KIDS ARE TAKEN CARE OF..." - Camp Unity Parent
Fou The Community , Fou Da Kids
2009 - FOUNDED SF SAMOA RELIEF ORGANIZATION
SF Samoa 2009-2013
Manufou organized immediate relief efforts for the Tsunami that ravaged through the Pacific killing over 100 people in both Samoas and leaving thousands homeless and without basic needs. Manufou did not waste time to coordinate efforts on the ground here in the Bay Area and filled 10 container loads of donations of basic necessities and non perishable food to meet the needs of those now devastated and displaced.
2009 - 2013 SF SAMOA TOY DRIVE
Manufou ensured that ongoing support continued after the tsunami, especially during the holidays and a Toy Drive was created to bring smiles to the children of American Samoa and Samoa who were still without. She secured the cargo sponsorship of Hawaiian Airlines, and by the second of week of December in the years 2009-2013, all donations were shipped and distributed throughout the Territory. Manufou was instrumental in ensuring the kids of American Samoa and Samoa were not without Christmas gifts after enduring a tragic time in their lives.
2009 - 2013 Manufou's Shoe Box Books Project
Ongoing collaboration to support students in American Samoa and Samoa continued in partnership with Books for Barrios to ensure that the love of learning and literacy would
reach our most vulnerable communities. Manufou coordinated the Shoe Box Books Project where local elementary schools filled empty shoe boxes with new books, trinkets
and postcards for their new pen pals across the ocean. In partnership with local teacher and community leader Wendy Lotulelei this project was well received.
2011 - Founded Non-Profit: Pacific Islander Community Partnership (PICP)
Pacific Islander Community Partnership was established and founded by Manufou with the mission to “Engage, Educate and Empower Pacific Islander communities”. To date,
this humble initiative has served hundreds of families needing support for advocacy, letter writing campaigns and community support in our schools and court systems. Manufou’s voice has echoed across the Bay Area through her advocacy for students
and families from marginalized communities. Her volunteer support has been seen in coordinating protests against discrimination, lack of representation and the need to be
2011 - Created Camp Unity
A labor of love was created in 2011, a volunteer effort to meet the growing need of support for quality and affordable child care, after school and summer programming. Manufou immediately saw this as an equity issue and garnered the support of fellow community leaders and established this Pacific Islander Summer Enrichment Program
that has not only served a diverse population of students throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, but became a sought out summer option for families from as far as Florida, Missouri, Arizona, Washington, Utah, Hawai'i and Southern California. Camp Unity is a perfect example of the Ethnic Studies model and why is works. Camp Unity found a home during the summers in SF, Daly City, South San Francisco and on
the campus of College of San Mateo.