Guam’s new first lady was busy establishing a new movement to strengthen the community through service.
Focusing her efforts on encouraging people to get involved and give back to their island,
First Lady Christine M.S. Calvo set the stage for the Rigålu Foundation,
a non-profit organization that quickly gained notoriety and support from Guamanians of all ages.
“Rigålu,” translated from Chamorro means “gift,” a theme that gives First Lady Calvo a conduit to support a wide range of community initiatives.
Drawing from her intense connection to family, faith, compassion and service, the first lady is one of the Guam’s most vocal advocates for foster children. With foster care initiatives at the forefront of their work, the Rigålu Foundation has created a multi-faceted mission to strengthen the community through these main areas:
· Foster care
· Early Childhood Education
· Sports Tourism
· The Arts & Humanities
With each of these goals and her enthusiastic support for so many others, the First Lady’s Rigålu Foundation truly lives up to its name with the many gifts they share throughout the community. Beyond their accomplishments, First Lady Calvo is most proud of all those who have answered the Rigålu Foundation’s call to serve others.
“We’ve helped so many people these past four years and with this momentum, I see the Rigålu Foundation being there to support future generations of Guamanians,” First Lady Calvo said. “But this success wouldn’t be possible without the miracle workers who help us make a difference in the lives of those who needs us most.”
From the construction of permanent bus shelters; to providing hundreds of school uniforms and shoes to foster kids every year, the Rigålu Foundation’s initiatives are inspired by children and our collective need to strengthen their future. Along with sponsorship of important sports tourism-related activities such as the International Table Tennis Federation World Cadet Challenge; and the successful operation of the Government House Peace Festival for two years in a row, First Lady Christine M.S. Calvo sees each day as a new reason to nurture, build and inspire.
Share the gift of LOVE: Foster Kids
All kids need love. And making sure that every child is loved when they need it most is the heart and soul of the Rigålu Foundation’s work. Foster kids, foster families and the services and volunteers that support them can always count on a helping hand from the Rigålu Foundation.
Foster children in our community outnumber licensed foster families. And sometimes, they outnumber the places we have for them to stay at all – leaving no choice for a lonely foster child to be cared for in a youth correctional facility.
The Rigålu Foundation is committed to making sure that this worst-case-scenario is never an option.
Help build the Rigålu House. Because every child, no matter their circumstance, deserves a safe, loving home-away-from-home.
Rigålu Gift of Love Network: (The Rigålu Foundation's affiliates and beneficiaries)
· Guam Foster Families Association
· Harvest House
· Alee Shelter
Share the gift of KNOWLEDGE: Early Childhood Learning
Your support will help make sure that a broad range of early childhood services, service providers, researchers and awareness campaigns reach the families and children who need us most.
Rigålu Gift Knowledge Network:
· Early Childhood Development Council
· First Lady’s Annual Easter Egg Hunt for Special Needs Children
· Guam CEDDARS
· I Fama’gu’on Ta
Share the gift of COURAGE: Helping Talented Guamanians Reach for the Stars
Your support of Rigålu’s EveryONE Movement may be the key to unlocking Guam’s next international star! No matter what – we want every aspiring Guamanian to know their community is in their corner!
Rigålu Gift of Courage Network:
· Guam Women’s National Rugby Team
· Festival of the Pacific Arts 2016
Share the gift of LIFE: Protecting Our Families, Preventing Violence, Saving Lives
A gift for Guam through the Rigålu Foundation will strengthen the force of the ongoing community – and regional – movement against violence.
Rigålu Gift of Life Network:
· Mothers Against Drunk Driving
· Domestic Violence Prevention Task Force
· Healing Hearts Crisis Center
· Alee Shelter