GEF Graduation

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 out local Lukej wood.

Friends, family, local business leaders along with  President Heine attended this celebration of success and accomplishment.

It is WAM’s hope that the training received will help these young people realize their dreams and goals.


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

NTC Trainees Retreat to Eneko

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 a big part of the Vocational and Life Skills training during the retreat; therefore trainees are divided into groups to teach the importance of learning to work together. WAM staff was assigned to supervise the groups. The group activities encouraged the trainees to three areas:

  • Communication
  • Collaboration
  • Decision-making skills

In addition each day cultural and traditional skills are taught and lived by. Group activities included a schedule to cook breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as the following:

  • handling fishing, throw net fishing and seafood hunting
  • Coconut gathering, husking and grinding
  • Instruction and participation in cooking Marshallese traditional food
  • Learning how to make an underground oven (traditional oven)

To facilitate the skill of working together team activities such as the ones listed below were planned each day:

  • Tug of War
  • Over & Under
  • Neck-to-Neck
  • Volleyball
  • Relay

The Retreat proved to be very successful in helping the NTC trainees with an increased awareness of responsibility and the importance of taking assigned tasks seriously. This training has also prepared them to implement their goals and helped them to make decisions for their future.

 


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

GEF Advanced Carpentry and Entrepreneurial Program Coming to Completion

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. An Open House Event was held on June 26, 2017 from 5:30 to 7:00 pm displaying the handmade wood products that the trainees in this program have produced from local woods. The Open House was attended by many in the community as well as family and friends. It was an opportunity for the GEF trainees to display their hard work and what knowledge and skills they have achieved from this Advanced Carpentry Program

The trainees in this program also participated in the Retreat to Eneko Island July 3-6, 2017. This retreat encouraged environmental awareness, manit (local customs and food), and self-identity thru various group activities. Learning to work in teams helped all trainees to see the need to work together to protect the environment and use it wisely.

A special session that took place during the retreat was when they went over to an islet near Eneko. The trainees were located on a small portion of sand that looks like a formation of a little islet. Alson the Executive Director of WAM begin talking to them about climate change and how it is part of their culture adaptation. This was the perfect setting to talk about climate change because not only did the trainees HEAR about climate change but they actually were able to SEE how the Marshall Islands is affected by climate change. The Retreat proved to be very successful in helping the GEF trainees with an increased awareness of responsibility and the importance of taking assigned tasks seriously. This training has also prepared them to implement their goals and helped them to make decisions for future employment and entrepreneurship. Completion of this successful program and graduation day are not far off.

 


April GEF Trainee of the month Abija Lometo Photo: Sealend Laiden

April GEF Trainee of the Month

Abija Lometo was April’s GEF trainee of the month. He has lived in Majuro for the last three years with his wife and daughter. Before living in Majuro he along with his family resided in the Mili atoll where is family is from. Abija’s goal from attending the WAM GEF program is to be self-employed doing custom carving projects for clients. Congratulations Abija!


NTC Youth Reference Group 2017

The WAM 2017 Vocational Program has an added feature this year with establishing a Youth Reference Group (YRG) from among the 2017 NTC trainees. The aim of the (YRG) is for the trainees to actively contribute to the evaluation of the program, increase their self-esteem, and increase their confidence. The YRG in particular will assist in the planning and organization of the Open House Event and the Graduation. This years YRG trainees are pictured below.

WAM 2017 Youth Reference Group. Pictured from left to right is Rona Stephen, Lestha Mokka, Donny Erbin, Johnson Anwel, Jerry Anjain, and Aklok Edward. Photo: Sealend Laiden

WAM 2017 Youth Reference Group. Pictured from left to right is Rona Stephen, Lestha Mokka, Donny Erbin, Johnson Anwel, Jerry Anjain, and Aklok Edward. Photo: Sealend Laiden


WAM Vocational Program 2017

WAM’s 2017 Vocational Program started on April 3rd with 25 enthusiastic trainees. A pre evaluation was completed by each trainee identifying their personal goals from participating in the WAM program. To be employed was 60% of the trainees goal and 28% wanted to get their GED. Advanced education such as a trade or vocational school was the remaining 12% goal.

In weeks one to four the trainees were guided to look towards themselves. The theme was “Self Identity”. These weeks of the curriculum involved the life-skills counselors assisting the trainees in the process of obtaining social security numbers, birth certificates, bank accounts, health clearances and ID cards. The trainees were also introduced to the substance abuse counseling program and advised on time management and money management strategies. The trainees were informed on the knowledge about migrating through participating in a presentation by Internal Organization for Migration (IOM). The counselors have conducted completed Behavioral Health Screenings for 60% of the trainees. The remaining 40% will be completed in the next few weeks.

In weeks five to ten the theme was “Health”. This is where all the trainees learned about the importance of a healthy life style. The topics covered were suicide prevention, substances, inhalants and drugs and STI’s/HIVs. The focus of these weeks were an introduction for the trainees in independent living skills by working on the garden and having guests such as the Wellness Center teach trainees how to cook healthy meals using local foods. There were guest speakers from CMI Peer to Peer Educators, Youth to Youth in Health, Kumit Bobrae, and Jerry Nii to extend trainees knowledge of local services. Also, the Youth Reference Group (YRG) started their preparation for the open house. Starting the week of June 5th trainees will be introduced to basic computer skills that will help them in their employment search and continuing education after the completion of the WAM program.

Enjoy the pictures of these events.

Orientation Day with Director Alson Kelen and Counselors Suemina Bohanny & Sealend Laiden. Photo: Tamie Bowman

Orientation Day with Director Alson Kelen and Counselors Suemina Bohanny & Sealend Laiden. Photo: Tamie Bowman

 

NTC Trainees for WAM Vocational Program 2017. Photo: Isocker Anwel

NTC Trainees for WAM Vocational Program 2017. Photo: Isocker Anwel

Vocational Orientation with trainer/navigator Binton Danel. Photo: Sealend Laiden

Vocational Orientation with trainer/navigator Binton Danel. Photo: Sealend Laiden

Vocational Training pictured left to right is Fredly Amlej, Idelia Stephen, Lestha Mokka, Carlos Kesai, Jerryann Harkey, Thyin Laibwij. Photo: Sueminna Bohanny

Vocational Training pictured left to right is Fredly Amlej, Idelia Stephen, Lestha Mokka, Carlos Kesai, Jerryann Harkey, Thyin Laibwij. Photo: Suemina Bohanny

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


WAM Vocational Program 2017 continued

WAM trainees Dalas Henry and Jerry Anjain applying for identification cards. Photo: Sealend Laiden

WAM trainees Dalas Henry and Jerry Anjain applying for identification cards. Photo: Sealend Laiden

WAM trainees Johnson Anwel, Carlon Jetton and Jerryann Harkey applying for birth certificates. Photo: Suemina Bohanny

WAM trainees Johnson Anwel, Carlon Jetton and Jerryann Harkey applying for birth certificates. Photo: Suemina Bohanny

WAM trainees receiving sailing instruction. Photo: Isocker Anw

WAM trainees receiving sailing instruction. Photo: Isocker Anwel

WAM 2017 Trainee Aklok Edward. Photo: Suemina Bohann

WAM 2017 Trainee Aklok Edward. Photo: Suemina Bohanny

WAM trainees preparing lunch. Photo: Suemina Bohanny

WAM trainees preparing lunch. Photo: Suemina Bohanny

WAM trainees Rona Stephen, Idelia Stephen and Aklok Edward enjoying the gardening experience. Photo: Suemina Bohanny

WAM trainees Rona Stephen, Idelia Stephen and Aklok Edward enjoying the gardening experience. Photo: Suemina Bohanny


GEF Trainee of the Month

GEF Trainee Maston John was trainee of the month for March. His father’s family is from Enewetok and his mother’s family is from Majuro.  He and his wife along with their two daughters are living here in Majuro. He is very happy to be able to increase his skill level in carpentry by participating in the GEF program at WAM.

GEF Trainee of the Month Maston John for March. Photo: Suemina Bohanny

GEF Trainee of the Month Maston John for March. Photo: Suemina Bohanny


GEF Trainee of the month

GEF Trainee Oliber Mack was trainee  of the month for February. His family is from Aelõñlaplap and his wife and son are living with him here in Majuro. He is very happy to be able to increase his knowledge and talents by participating in the GEF program at WAM.

February GEF Trainee of the month Oliber Mack with wood hammer the first project for use in future creations. Photo: Sealend Laiden

February GEF Trainee of the month Oliber Mack with wood hammer the first project for use in future creations. Photo: Sealend Laiden

 


GEF trainees prepare wood for carving projects. Photo: Sealend Laiden

Lukwej the Wood of Choice for the GEF Program

Its busy times for WAM as the GEF trainees learn valuable skills in advanced carpentry and carving. Their first few weeks in February involved logging large Lukwej trees, and then milling them. This beautiful local wood was cut into slabs and some was seasoned in the salt water right outside WAM. The trainees of the GEF program started with making their own wood mallets in preparation for their training in carving. They also did carpentry work for the WAM office giving it a much needed upgrade.

 

Large Lukwej tree being milled by Oliber Mack and Matson John. Photo: Sealend Laiden

Large Lukwej tree being milled by Oliber Mack and Matson John. Photo: Sealend Laiden

Stacked Lukwej slabs in WAM's Canoe House. Photo: Sealend Laide

Stacked Lukwej slabs in WAM’s Canoe House. Photo: Sealend Laiden

Lukwej slabs being cured in saltwater with the assistance of trainees Dickson Randy, Matson John and Trainer Gregory Jokray. Photo: Sealand Laiden

Carpentry skills being used by Abija Lometo & Rusty Riklon. Photo: Sealend Laiden

Carpentry skills being used by Abija Lometo & Rusty Riklon. Photo: Sealend Laiden

Lukwej slabs curing. Photo: Sealend Laiden

Lukwej slabs curing. Photo: Sealend Laiden

In the days ahead they will being given small business start-up training enabling them to be self-employed upon graduation.

 


A New Program for WAM

Whats happening at WAM these days?

A new Apprenticeship Project has begin funded by the Global Environment Facility/Small Grants Program. This new program at WAM will focus on Advanced Carpentry/Furniture Building Skills and Entrepreneurial Training.

The program will have a broad and long-reaching impact on the trainees and the community. With the skills acquired in carpentry the trainees will be made aware of the use and availability of locally sourced wood products to create such things as furniture, cabinets, caskets, cultural tools etc. This will reduce the need for such items to be imported. At the same time the trainees will be made aware of the environmental need of replantation of food trees. Training will be provided in such areas as basic business practices and financial planning so that each trainee can be empowered to have the goal of self-employment.

We are excited to be able to provide such training in these areas and can foresee the benefits of such training having a positive effect on the trainees and the community for years to come.

 


NTC Graduates 2016. Photo: J. Bowman

Vocational/Lifeskills Trainee Achievement Commencement Day 2016

After many  stormy day’s for weeks the sun came out and shined, as did the Vocational/Lifeskills 2016 Trainee Graduates! There was approximately 120 in attendance made up of family, friends and community leaders to see 14 young men and 4 young women receive their graduation certificates for completing the WAM program. The graduating Class of 2016 wore a t-shirt they personnel designed for just this day.

In just 6 months these trainees became more self-confident, improved their decision making, learned how to work together as a team and acquired many vocational skills. On display for family and community to see were the two sailing canoes built by the trainees as well as the many other woodworking crafts they had made. The trainees are provided with a Literacy course and they displayed their achievements in this area by presenting opening  and closing speeches both in English and Marshallese.  We are sure that these skills will help them in their future endeavors whether that be further education or employment.

After certificates of achievement were awarded all enjoyed a good lunch under the tree at the Marshall Islands Resort, and then some fun in the sun with the canoes. We congratulate them on their achievements at present and wish them many more to come in the future.

 

 

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Graduation Day Approaching

 

WAM's new updated Logo.

WAM’s new updated Logo

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.

 

 


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.   There were lots of smiles when we visited the various businesses to see how they were doing. Below are just a few pictures of some our trainees during their work on the job training. All trainees expressed that it was a great experience! They found working with other people, pricing inventory, and working in carpentry to be the most interesting part of the experience. The only thing they would change would be to have a longer time with the on the job training.