Meet ChildFund Kiribati's programme director David Kakiakia

Meet ChildFund Kiribati's programme director David Kakiakia

Helping his community to access safe drinking water, better nutrition, and training opportunities is what motivates David Kakiakia in his role as ChildFund Kiribati's programmes director. The father of two's passion for seeing young people thrive stems back to his teenage years when he volunteered as the president on the Kiribati Institute of Technology student association.

David started working for ChildFund in 2017 when the ChildFund Kiribati team was established. He has progressed from programme coordinator and works across all of ChildFund Kiribati's projects including the youth learning programme, positive parenting, community water and sanitation awareness outreach and more recently, the distribution of solar water distillation units and solar water purifiers.

People living in Kiribati face many struggles in their daily lives caused by rising sea levels, low ground water and limited public water supply. Very sadly, Kiribati has the highest infant mortality rate in the Pacific, largely due to its unsafe drinking water from contamination and that's why projects to improve access to safe drinking water are a focus for the ChildFund Kiribati team.
David and other ChildFund team members will be at Pasifika Festival in Western Springs this weekend talking about ChildFund's work in Kiribati. ChildFund also works in Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea in the Pacific.

If you're in Auckland, pop  along and say hello to at information hub 4 site 403 at Pasifika Festival, Western Springs from 9am to 6pm Saturday or 10am to 4pm Sunday.

Read more about ChildFund's work in Kiribati here

Pasfika Festival overview 

Pasifika is all about celebrating the rich culture of Pacific peoples and all they bring to communities around Aotearoa New Zealand. Over this weekend an estimated 50,000 people will enjoy performances, kai, crafts, sport and more at Western Springs Park. The festival is open to the public 9am-6pm Saturday 18 March and 10am-4pm Sunday 19 March.  

See more general information including full details of what’s happening here: 

Pasifika Festival 2023 - Festival Information | Tātaki Auckland Unlimited ( 


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