WAM

From ashes to action

From ashes to action

A year ago Waan Aelon in Majel lost its building to a fire. Last week, WAM broke ground for a new building that will be constructed with the help of Majuro Atoll Local Government, the United States and Australian governments, Council of Indigenous People of Taiwan, K&K Island Pride Supermarket, Iroojlaplap Mike Kabua, MISCo and […]

Three new ‘WAMCats’ celebrated

Three new ‘WAMCats’ celebrated

A well-attended graduation ceremony last week celebrated the completion of three new boats built locally for remote outer atolls. Waan Aelon in Majel (Canoes of the Marshall Islands) completed its fourth Low Carbon Lagoon Transport Boatbuilding Workshop. Last week’s graduation showed off the work of Timius Torelik (Namu), Waihee Hanchor (Wotje) and Job Jibok (Maloelap) […]

Sustainably managing island transport

Sustainably managing island transport

WILMER JOELWaan Aelon in Majel (WAM) and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (the German international development agency known as GIZ) organized a closing ceremony of the Low Carbon Sea Transport Inside-Lagoon Boat Workshop last week at WAM compound. For the workshop WAM and GIZ partnered up with the local governments of Kwajalein, Ujae, Lae, […]

WAM team cranking out boats

WAM team cranking out boats

A three-month workshop involving boatbuilders from four outer islands is seeing various boats taking shape in the Waan Aelon in Majel workshop in Delap. The WAM team and the boatbuilders from Lae, Ujae, Kwajalein and Aur are working on three projects that need to be completed before Christmas. They are building one WAMCat catamaran, one […]

Making cargo canoes at WAM

Making cargo canoes at WAM

EVE BURNS Waan Aelon in Majel (WAM) launched last month its latest three-month boat building program for the outer islands as part of a project called the Low Carbon Sea Transport inside-lagoon boat building workshop. The workshop is part of the transitioning away from fossil fuel engine boats to sustainable, locally designed and built vessels. […]

Cruising on Kõto im Al

Cruising on Kõto im Al

Waan Aelon in Majel (Canoes of the Marshall Islands) held a launching ceremony for their collaborative project, the WAM vessel that has been named “Kõto im Al” (Wind and Sun). Afterwards, participants were able to ride the vessel around the lagoon for a short cruise using an outboard engine powered by solar panels.The project is […]

WAM grads shine in Majuro

WAM grads shine in Majuro

EVE BURNS Nineteen students graduated last week Friday from Waan Aeloñ in Majel (WAM) vocational/ life skills training. It was a hot, beautiful day and many parents and friends came to witness the achievements that of the students and the awards they received. Biwij John blessed the event with the opening prayers. Rosana Ali, one […]

WAM shines at open house

WAM shines at open house

KELLY LORENNIJ The Waan Aelon in Majel (WAM) vocational and life skills program is set to graduate a batch of trainees next month. During their open house last Thursday, WAM showcased the handcrafted work of past and present trainees in full display including coconut graters, tables, pounders and riwut-style canoes. WAM Director Alson Kelen was […]

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 […]

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