Hilferuf aus den Marshall-Inseln

16.03.2022: Aufruf zur Spendenaktion

Hilferuf aus den Marshall-Inseln

Am 24. Februar ist Waam (Schule für Canoes auf Majur) vollständig abgebrannt.

Sonja Medlan, eine Lehrerin aus dem College in Laura (einen Stadtteil von Majuro) hat eine Spendenaktion organisiert. Wer möchte, kann sich hier informieren und spenden: www.facebook.com/kameradisten/?show_switched_toast=1&show_invite_to_follow=0&show_switched_tooltip=0&show_podcast_settings=0&show_community_transition=0&show_community_review_changes=0

oder www.gofundme.com/f/rebuild-waan-aelon-in-majel-after-fire?member=17712133&utm_campaign=p_cp%20share-sheet&utm_medium=copy_link_all&utm_source=customer&fbclid=IwAR3M-o-GX5HMiqZjc0xznFc3QehdL2QJNz9QAFvDoo3hxTVx3DUl2ubO02c

Waan Aelon in Majel (WAM), or Canoes of the Marshall Islands, is an NGO in the Marshall Islands dedicated to traditional canoe building and sailing. At the same time, it is a "non-traditional" school for students to learn traditional wayfaring, navigation, and sustainable canoe building. WAM is fighting at the forefront of climate change and globalization. They teach the young generations of Marshallese that traditional school is not their only option, that Marshallese culture is alive, and that their ancestors were the greatest navigators in the ocean. WAM is a shining example of how a small NGO can improve the livelihood of an entire country through street-work, tradition, science, education and training. Over the weekend, WAM's office building and the brand new workshop for low emission craft burned down. Fortunately, nobody was harmed, but the workshop, most of the tools (including the logging equipment), the entire office with all documents, old artifacts and the WAM truck were destroyed. This is a heavy loss for the Marshall Islands, the Pacific, and the world as a whole. In the past 30 years, WAM trained hundreds of young people in traditional arts and life skills and documented canoe sailing built countless outrigger canoes and stands as a critical institution for the transition to low carbon shipping by combining indigenous knowledge and modern science. It is impossible to bring back the things that were lost to the flames, but we can help to keep the program running and support alternative routes to education. Please consider supporting the reconstruction of these facilities.