RISE Programs


  • To awake from sleep or return from the dead
  • To increase in fervor or intensity
  • To increase in amount, extent, size or number
  • To move from a lower position to a higher one

The above Webster’s definitions for the word ‘Rise’ reflects the goals and purpose behind Sea Mercy’s Introductory Remote Island Soils Education (RISE) program for the thousands of remote islands of the South Pacific.

“For any health, self-sustainable or economic development related program in the South Pacific to succeed, it must start with soils training.”

Mike Smith, Organic Matters

The above quote is the key lesson Sea Mercy has learned when it comes to building Healthy, Self Sustaining & Thriving Communities in the South Pacific. It starts with the soil and the foundation of what the Remote Island Soils Education (RISE) program is built upon. Mike Smith has spent the last 10+ years teaching, training and demonstrating to the leadership and communities of the South Pacific island nations that there are no shortcuts or quick fixes to achieve the above. It starts with Soils Training and only then can you build a successful health, economic, and education program around it.

Sea Mercy not only fully embraces that philosophy; we have formed partnerships with Organic Matters Foundation and The Earth Care Agency to help restore hope and a future to the thousands of remote islands across the South Pacific. Islands and communities who in the pursuit of western social, agricultural and economic shortcuts, have turned away from or forgotten ‘their old ways’ and are now feeling the effects. Unproductive lands (nutrient depletion), failing health (diabetes) due to poor diet that relies more on processed foods than food grown locally, and an increasing exodus of their youth and talent to the primary islands for employment and income opportunities.

Our Economic Development Programs Include:

  • RISE Phase I - 2-week introductory soils training and income crop production)
  • RISE Phase II - 1-week follow-up program providing additional soils and income crop training for short, medium and long-term crop production
  • RISE Phase III+ - follow-up training and expanded economic development programs
  • Amatasi Project - The construction and donation of an ecologically and economically sustainable fishing and inter-island transport vessel.>/ul>
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