U.S. Embassy Suva Awards Grant for Kiribati LGBT+ Association

SUVA – On March 11, U.S. Embassy Suva’s Chargé d’Affaires Tony Greubel signed a US$8,500.00 grant with Boutokaan Inaomataia ao Mauriia Binabinaine Association (BIMBA), an organization advocating for LGBT+ rights in Kiribati. The grant will allow the organization to develop and publish advocacy tools to reach a wide range of communities in Kiribati with the purpose of raising awareness on the LGBT+ lived experienced in the region.

CDA Greubel said, “I am pleased to announce today that the U.S. Embassy Suva will support BIMBA, an organization in Kiribati, with a US$8,500 grant. The purpose of the project is to develop advocacy and awareness tools that will shed light on the lived experience of LGBT+ people in Kiribati. The United States proudly supports a culture of diversity and inclusion, which includes LGBT+ communities, at home and abroad.”

The U.S. Embassy thanks Kiribati High Commissioner to Fiji, H.E. David Teaabo for being the honorary signatory for this grant for BIMBA at the official signing.

BIMBA, established in 2016, is expanding the boundaries of inclusion by sharing the LGBT+ experience in Kiribati and bringing awareness to the rights of people to feel comfortable expressing who they are. The U.S. Embassy is pleased to support this grant which will help all members of iKiribati society feel included and valued.