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

  • Trainees Experience On the Job Training

    In these last few weeks of our National Training Council Program the trainees had the opportunity to experience what it is like to be in the workforce. Local businesses opened their doors to the trainees giving them the chance to see just what its like to have a job.   Continue reading

  • WAM Retreat WAM trainees and staff bringing provisions ashore. Photo: Alson Kelen

    WAM trainees and staff had a great time at Eneko Island July 22-25th.  They shared responsibilities and the things learned made for a fun weekend. Each day of the retreat began with trainees cleaning up the area before starting the daily activities. Trainees were taught about the importance of keeping Continue reading

  • Teaching WAM Folk to Save Lives Instructor Binton Daniel learns first aid skills at the Red Cross workshop. Photo: WAM

    Eyes were popping and a reluctant attitude abounded as the 19 Waan Aelon in Majel (WAM) trainees were asked to do mouth-to-mouth resuscitation on one of their colleagues. “Many aspects of first aid is not really appropriate culturally,” WAM Director Alson Kelen explained. “Asking a young man to ‘kiss’ his Continue reading

  • Open House at WAM Erti John and Mary Ann Kiluwe spoke on behalf of the trainees. Photo: Karen Earnshaw

    On having women involved in the WAM training program, Director Alson Kelen said: We went to the Council of Chiefs and they did not need to stop and think about it, because they understood that everyone in the community has a task to do when making and sailing a canoe. Continue reading

  • Special training for our trainees

    The first week in June our trainees had the chance to be instructed in some very important information, this instruction will help them in the days ahead whatever there endeavors are in the future. The International Organization of Migration instructors, Ann and Luminda helped the young people understand the dangers Continue reading

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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  • Graduation Day Approaching

      These are exciting and busy times at WAM as we prepare for the 2016 Vocational/Lifeskills Trainee Achievement Award Ceremony. This event will be held Thursday, 29th September, 2016 at 10am under the tree at MIR. Visit our website again soon as we will relate how the event went and have pictures to share.    

Donations

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

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