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
Co-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 Co-Director.
Milañ Loeak
Co-Director
Milan̄ is a co-director of Jo-Jikum as well as a member of a Marshallese women’s non-profit organization, Mejedik, while also working for the Youth Services Bureau at the Ministry of Internal Affairs. Born and raised in the Marshall Islands, she is well-versed in its sacred manit (culture), and her passion lies in learning, sharing and preserving Marshallese manit, language, and stories despite the challenges faced by her islands today. In 2014, Milan̄ was selected as one of the 350.org's Pacific Climate Warriors and blocked the world’s largest coal port in Newcastle, Australia to send a strong message to the world that the Pacific Islands are standing up in solidarity.
Meitaka Kendall-Lekka
Financial Manager
Born in the outer-island of Likiep Atoll, but was raised mostly in the capital-island of Majuro Atoll in the Marshall Islands, Meitaka received both Bachelor and Master Degrees in Business Accounting from Chaminade University of Honolulu in Hawaii. Presently, she is an instructor and the Business Studies Department Chair 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. When not teaching or studying, she loves to wear many other hats including being a delighted mom, a gardener (love to grow my own food), a fund manager to non-profit organizations, and an avid fisherwoman. (The ocean after all, is my front and back-yard!)