Where there’s JICA, there’s hope

Tetsuro Morita (left) currently works with the Office of Environmental Planning and Policy Coordination (OEPPC), while Tomoko Kamochi (middle) teaches at Uliga Elementary School and Masahiro Tomino works at Majuro Atoll Waste Company.
Tetsuro Morita (left) currently works with the Office of Environmental Planning and Policy Coordination (OEPPC), while Tomoko Kamochi (middle) teaches at Uliga Elementary School and Masahiro Tomino works at Majuro Atoll Waste Company.

HILARY HOSIA

Last year, the Public School System adopted a revised math textbook created by a small contingent of Japan International Cooperation Agency volunteers in Majuro. Around the same time Majuro Atoll Waste Company gained new and sophisticated methods of consolidating waste, which includes a leachate treatment process similar to Japan’s.

And, for a good number of years, Majuro Cooperative School dominated the Japanese-speaking contest arena.

All of these resulted from able and willing JICA volunteers linked to receptive counterpart organizations.

At the present time, Marshall Islands has 18 JICA volunteers spread across Majuro and Ebeye. They are placed in schools, hospitals and within community-based organizations.

The latest batch — pictured with the JICA version of Charlie’s Angels arrived last month and have already begun contributing to their respective assigned duty stations.

Tetsuro Morita (left) currently works with the Office of Environmental Planning and Policy Coordination (OEPPC), while Tomoko Kamochi (middle) teaches at Uliga Elementary School and Masahiro Tomino works at Majuro Atoll Waste Company.

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