Jooj Ej Juon Wot (We Are All Connected)
Whether it’s the atoll from which our Marshallese children birth families originate, the Jowi to which they belong, or the area of the US/World in which they now live...these are just a couple of ways we are all connected.
This summer’s culture camp, held July 8-10, 2016, was spent discovering and celebrating these connections under the theme and curriculum "Jooj Ej Juon Wot" which translates in English to "We Are All Connected."
The weekend kicked off with the traditional Opening Ceremony, including a celebration of singing, traditional Marshallese dance performances, and an official welcome to families. We were honored to be joined by Senator Dennis Momotaro from Mejit Atoll, Senator Daisy Alik-Momotaro from Jaluit Atoll, and Terry Mote, Justin Simmons and Carol Simmons from Enid, OK.
Throughout the weekend, campers took part in both formal and informal cultural experiences all taught with a focus of our Marshallese families being and staying connected. RiMajol leaders helped develop the programming and curriculum as well as led sessions throughout camp weekend.
The Jimjera Project closed out the weekend as camp families wrote letters to kids in Majuro, then added them to backpacks filled with school supplies which were shipped to RMI.
- Ceci welcomes campers to the Opening Ceremony
- Singing the Marshall Islands National Anthem
- Singing during the Opening Ceremony
- Dancing during the Opening Ceremony
- Campers moving between events
- Kids classes outside
- Adults classes inside
- Tug of war game during Marshallese Olympics
- Friends forever
- Island mapping class
- Tye-dying shirts
- Daisy Momotaro teaching Marshallese songs
- Singing at the farewell gathering
- Closing camp
- Camp Iakwe 2016