Jo-Jikum is a non-profit based in the Marshall Islands. We are dedicated to empowering Marshallese youth to seek solutions to environmental issues impacting their islands.

Core Programs

  • Earth Champions
    An intensive 6-month project-based training program in which one Marshallese “Earth Champion” aged 18-25 is selected from one of the villages on island....
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  • Climate Change Arts Camp
    A one week summer arts camp in which high school students are taught how to use art forms such as spoken word and...
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Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner
Director
Kathy Jetñil-Kijiner is a poet of Marshallese ancestry. She received international acclaim through her performance at the opening of the United Nations Climate Summit in New York in 2014. Her writing and performances have been featured by CNN, Democracy Now, the Huffington Post, National Geographic, Vogue Magazine, Nobel Women’s Initiative, and more. In February 2017, the University of Arizona Press published her first collection of poetry, Iep Jāltok: Poems from a Marshallese Daughter. Kathy co-founded the non-profit Jo-Jikum alongside her cousins when she first moved back to the Marshalls in 2011, and now serves overseas as Director.
Meitaka Kendall-Lekka
Financial Manager
Meitaka is helping JoJikum as the Financial Manager. She received both her Bachelor and Master's Degrees in Accounting from Chaminade University of Honolulu and is presently one of the few local Marshallese faculties teaching at the College of the Marshall Islands. She is also a student enrolled in a PhD Program for Creative Leadership for Innovation and Change with the University of U.S. Virgin Islands.