Welcome to the Waan Aelõñ in Majel (WAM) Program! Our program is committed to empowering young Marshallese men and women by giving them the skills they need to move forward into a sustainable and happy future. The program is nearly 30 years young and plans to be around for another 30!

What’s new at WAM

  • On Wednesday, November 1, 2017 Ambassador Hideyuki Mitsuoka of Japan and Director Alson Kelen of WAM signed a contract for “the Project for Improvement of Transportation of Training Materials for Waan Aelõñ in Majel in Majuro Atoll” at the Embassy of Japan. The signing ceremony was witnessed by WAM’s  traditional Continue reading

  • August 11th was an exciting day for many. It marked a new kind of commencement for WAM as fourteen young men received certificates of completion in an Advanced Carpentry and Entrepreneurship Program. The program was a great success. This was displayed, by the beautiful handcrafted wood carvings, frames,and furniture made Continue reading

  • Director Alson Kelen with trainees giving instruction on climate change and the importance of protecting the environment. Photo: Suemina Bohanny

    Every year the National Training Counsel (NTC) Trainees attend a Retreat Event held on the islet Eneko. This year is was held July 3-6, 2017 and the Global Environmental Facility (GEF) trainees attended as well making a total of 32 trainees that attended the four day event. Group activities are Continue reading

  • GEF Trainees create a beautiful carved Government Seal from Lukwej. Photo: Suemina Bohanny

    There is not many days left for the GEF trainees to be at WAM. The trainees in the last few months have worked hard to hone their skills in carpentry, carving, and entrepreneurship knowledge. They have participated and been a big part of two major events that WAM has held. Continue reading

  • April's NTC Trainee of the Month Jerryann Harkey Photo: Sealend Laiden

    Jerryann Harkey was WAM’s trainee of the month for the 2017 NTC program. She lives here in Majuro with her two sisters and her Bubu (Grandmother). From her participation in the WAM program Jerryann’s goal is to attend job core. Congratulations Jerryann for being the trainee of the month.

Come sailing with WAM!

Join the fun of sailing on a traditional marshallese canoe. Click to learn more and reserve the ride of your life on Majuro lagoon!

Hand-made WAM products

Intricate model canoes of all sizes; elegant but strong coconut graters; historic stick charts … all these and more can be found in the WAM Catalog.
All the products are hand-made by the carpentry instructors and the trainees. All profits go back into the WAM program, making it a win-win situation for you and for WAM.

WAM Visitors Center

Showcasing Marshallese canoes and their history, the Waan Aelon in Majel’s Visitors Center is open during business hours, Monday to Friday. Call us on 625-6123 or stop by our office upstairs in the two-story building next to the A-frame Canoe House.

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  • WAM has a new look to its logo showing off the colours of the islands and the website address. At the same time we wanted to share that the WAM facility was updated with fresh paint to our buildings inside and out and some extra windows in the classroom for ventilation. This is all in Continue reading


If you would like to support our work, we welcome donations of any amount, which help us buy tools and material for the trainees.