Brad's Transformation Of The Alele Museum & Library
17 December 2013 | Majuro, Marshall Islands
Linda / 32c & 75% Humidity
It's time I posted some photos of the amazing work that Brad has done at Alele. When we arrived it was a structurally sound building with 2, flat roofs that had leaked for years. A local fix had been attempted unsucessfully a few years ago and after that the museum was closed followed by the library.
By the way, in Marshallese, an Alele is a special woven purse/basket that holds your most treasured posessions.
The museum, and what remains of it's undamaged contents have been moved to the ground floor. I understand that visiting has brought a tear to the eyes of more than one Marshallese who had never been able to access the previous space due to the stairs.
The library is bustling with life again, especially kids in the afternoon, following school. Susanna, the librarian has a big smile on her face and has been unpacking boxes of children's books shipped in from various donors in the US.
Look at the album 'Alele' for some 'musty before' and 'cheerful after' photos. It's not the Getty but remember where we are!