Kelly Lorennij

Canoe team launches latest skills program

Canoe team launches latest skills program

Waan Aelon in Majel (Canoes of the Marshall Islands/WAM) started a six-month training for youth Monday with 20 trainees ready to go. The two-part training includes Life Skills classes in the morning and vocational training in the afternoon. Classes include basic English, math, and computer, which are all taught by Berlyann Labija. In previous years […]

Telling the climate story

Telling the climate story

KELLY LORENNIJ The youth non-profit Jo-Jikum is hosting a two-week Digital Storytelling workshop on climate change, a first in the Marshall Islands, which is headed by Jo-Jikum’s Director Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner and Project Manager Jina David. The program is supported by the non-profit organization 350.org’s Pacific Regional Coordinator Fenton Lutunatabua and Campaigner Joseph Sikulu. The workshop […]

New Japan-Marshalls book

New Japan-Marshalls book

KELLY LORENNIJ The first Japanese-Marshallese phrase book is on sale at MJCC in Delap and online on Amazon for only $25. The 248-page-long book was published last Thursday by Yakuji Nipposha, and began making its way around Majuro with co-writers Gaku Hashimoto and Mika Sato who visited the President’s Office Monday to deliver a copy. […]

Wellness Center goes mobile

Wellness Center goes mobile

The Wellness Center held a blessing ceremony Monday for its two new vehicles: the Waan Lomor, a product of collaboration among New Zealand Foreign Ministry, Taiwan Health Center, LDS Charities, the RMI Health Ministry, MALGov, REACH-MI, and Canvasback, as well as a brand new pickup truck, donated by MALGov. Health Minister Kalani Kaneko, Majuro Mayor […]

First Laura public library

First Laura public library

KELLY LORENNIJ Laura residents came together late last month last week to bless the opening of the very first public library built by the non-profit organization Growmate Education with donations from 237 families and friends in Japan. Growmate Chief Junko Shindo, a former JICA volunteer who currently teaches at Laura High School, also assisted in […]

Music Man lights up Majuro

Music Man lights up Majuro

KELLY LORENNIJ Seasoned theatergoers counted down the last few seconds to lights out during Tuesday night’s show at the International Conference Center where family, friends and fans of The Music Man occupied more than half the room. The musical, deemed a “masterpiece” in theatre, is a romantic comedy with book, music and lyrics by Meredith […]

65th Bravo anniversary marked in Majuro

65th Bravo anniversary marked in Majuro

KELLY LORENNIJ The annual Nuclear Victims Remembrance Day brought the community together to commemorate the Marshallese nuclear weapons test legacy with a solidarity march led by RMI President Hilda Heine and US Ambassador Karen Stewart, followed by speeches, posters, essays and music. Majuro Mayor Ladie Jack recognized the work put in by students and national […]

Math whiz departs Marshalls

KELLY LORENNIJ “I am from Japan, but the Marshall Islands is my second home,” Daishiro Taniguchi told the Journal before his departure for Japan last week. Taniguchi taught secondary math for two years as a Japan International Cooperation Agency volunteer, and returned to work as a math specialist for the Public School System at the […]

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