Japan has suffered a terrible earthquake and tsunami. Our sincere condolences to those who are trying to recover and restore a semblance of peace.
I recently traveled to MLSC offices in Majuro and Ebeye (in the Republic of the Marshall Islands) and Pohnpei (in the Federated States of Micronesia). The purpose of my trip was to conduct a follow-up training on using Prime (the Kemp's case management system). Our MLSC tech, Ekeziel (Bong) Robles, handled the heavy work, addressing both hardware and software issues and working late into the night on all islands. My job was to give some simple demonstrations of using the system and then be available to answer questions during a hands-on practicum.
There are no daily flights into and out of the islands, so our time at each place was dictated in large part by the flight schedules. This meant a bit of time in Majuro, very little time in Ebeye, and mostly the weekend and Monday in Pohnpei. The Majuro staff gave up a state holiday in remembrance of nuclear testing victims to attend the training session. The Ebeye staff had the two days of training crammed into a day-and-a-half. The Pohnpei staff came in on Sunday for the bulk of their training.
I had a little time in both Majuro and Pohnpei to take some photos, and got just a tiny glimpse of Ebeye through the lens.
These are not in any particular order...
on the way home--from the Chuuk airport
this plane was grounded and we had a 6 hour "wait"
on the ferry from Kwajalein to Ebeye
views from the ferry arriving at Ebeye
Room at An Roshi hotel
view from the hotel balcony
views from Rita (the northern end of Majuro)
baseball in Laura (the southern end of Majuro)
Bong at Laura park
gate keeper to the end of Laura
Manase and Bong at Laura
Japanese Peace Park
roadside vendor selling kelaguen-style tiny sand-crab meat
an example of the ever-present mural work in Majuro
view from the hotel shore
seating at hotel waterfront
the hotel's extension where we stayed
Majuro office staff with Bong
Majuro Office Staff: Bob Katz, Talofou Manase, Roseann, Sunny Beero, Melanie, Wagner Joash, Ben Kilawe
MLSC office in Pohnpei
Edwina and Sal
Ben, Erwine and Bong setting up for training
Bong during the training, dealing with tech issues
Edwina and Susin during training
at The Village (for lunch)
Tino, Ben and Bong
view from the airport "departure lounge"