07/17/2014

Nature Jonglei state

As South Sudan has celebrated her third anniversary I am writing a brief article about nature of Jonglei state as it is the largest among the ten states of the Republic of South Sudan, moreover the civil war began in its town Bor in 1983 as a district under administration of Upper Nile when Sudan and South Sudan was one country.

The state covers an area of 1.3 square km consisting of eleven counties.
Jonglei is bordering Ethiopia in the east Kenya in the south

Jonglei state is inhabited by six Nilotic ethnic groups, namely Nuer, Dinka,. The population of Jonglei is 1.2 million (according to the disputed 2008 census results).

The socio-economics of Jonglei state relies mainly on agro-pastoralist and fishing communities. The state has two major seasons known as the dry and wet seasons.
The average annual rainfall during the wet season, usually 7-8 months per year, is 400-1100mm. The communities have strong cultural roots and most of their activities are dominated by traditional practices such as initiations, scars and cattle keeping

For instance, in Nuer community the initiation is done through tattooing and removing of lower teeth for any boy or a girl to be qualified to adulthood, whilst in the Dinka culture, in addition to these practices, the male must kill a bull in order to be promoted from childhood to adulthood.

Emmanuel Kenneth Duku (Administrative officer)



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July 17, 2014 in South Sudan, Sudan |

Thank you poster

I am pleased to hear that JEN celebrated its twentieth anniversary in 2014 for its twenty years operations for providing assistance to help peoples’ life.
On this twentieth anniversary occasion, As JEN staff of Sri Lanka I express my heartiest thanks to JEN to support and provide assistance to the most vulnerable people in Sri Lanka to live independently.

I am very  proud to be for a JEN’s staff to work with the community to enhance their life. Therefore, I offer my heartfelt thanks to JEN for giving me this great opportunity. As a Sri Lankan and a staff of JEN I offer my continuous support to continue the projects which are carried out by JEN in our country to enhance our peoples live.

I am very  happy to hear the voice from the community where the JEN done its assistance are still remains and remembering in their hearts. They are much thankful to JEN always.
Sri Lanka is offering its gratitude to JEN for still getting JEN’s assistance to improve peoples’ lives from different project for many years and it will help people to sustain their life in future.  Really JEN triggered vulnerable peoples’ eyes to open wide and exposed them the green lights in their live.

Finance Officer   M.Priyatharjini

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July 17, 2014 in Sri Lanka |

School Building shortage

There is a big shortage in the buildings numbers against the schools numbers in Iraq’s governorates.

If we take one of the governorate such as Babil province,  the schools Number is 1280 schools but the buildings number is 830 , which means that most of the buildings have more than one schools. In the other governorate like Kirkuk many of buildings have three schools and some building have five schools like Al Mujahidin school. Some areas in Kirkuk have only one building for the primary and no buildings for the intermediate and secondary school for girls. Therefore, they use caravans which have very short age comparing with the buildings. These schools use caravans which have a small classroom and are able to contain 50-60 students. There are 469 schools in Iraq like this style.

The capital governorate Baghdad announced that 4000 buildings are needed in Iraq, and the directorate of Baghdad governorate said that 500 caravans will be provided as a temporary solution.

[Intermediate school for girls in Al Hawiga (using caravan as the classroom)]
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July 17, 2014 in Iraq |

07/10/2014

JEN Coordinates Induction Course at Minamisanriku

RICHO’s new employees were trained at the town of Minamisannrikucho. This year makes the third year since the training program began, which has become familiar among people in the town.

A total of 223 trainees participated in the program this year, of which 113 participated in the first leg of the program held in April and 110 in May respectively. The trainees were divided into groups according to an area assignment to nine hama [fishing community] and each group engaged in fishing support activities for four consecutive days at the same hama such as shipping mekabu [holdfasts of seaweed], making anchors of farming rafts and so on.

【RICHO’s new employees engaged in plucking mekabu from seaweed.】
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【After returning to their hotel, they review the day’s activities and redefine their goals.】
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The trainees’ earnest attitude toward whatever they do have moved the people in the communities to wait for them to come every year. The program provides not only the communities with contributions in human resources but both the communities and the trainees with a priceless opportunity to learn from one another.

On the final day of the activities in May, the Shizugawa branch of Miyagi Prefecture Fishery Cooperative awarded RICHO a letter of appreciation for its three-year-long fishery support activities. Mr. Sasaki, the chair of the Shizugawa branch, said “Thanks to your assistance, Minamisanrikucho’s fishery is moving gradually toward recovery: We’ll keep on working until our recovery is accomplished.”

【The trainees participated in April said goodbye reluctantly to fishermen:Moto-hama, Omori-hama】
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【The trainees were hard at work, producing as many as 2,300 sandbags in four days: Mitobe-hama】
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【The trainees took a picture with Arashima Island in Minamisannrikucho in the background.】
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It’s getting harder for the trainees who visit “quake-and-tsunami-hit areas” for the first time to understand the areas’ true faces because debris has been completely removed and they can see nothing to prove that they are in the areas but huge earthworks. Working on site together with locals, listening to storytellers, getting a smell of the salt, and hearing the sound of the wind, they were able to gain a great opportunity to see today’s Tohoku by themselves. That must have provided the trainees a learning environment and make a formative effect on their life in the future as members of society.

Even after the training, JEN wishes them to continue thinking of the future of the quake-and-tsunami-hit areas and feeling sympathy for people confronted with difficult situations in the world.


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July 10, 2014 in Tohoku Earthquake |

World Cup

Soccer is the national sport in Haiti. The first official international match of Haitian team dated March 22, 1925. It was in 1974 when Haitian national team participated in the FIFA World Cup. That year was a pivotal one in the history of soccer and audiovisual in Haiti. Since then, Haitian people could watch football matches on TV.

There are 12 clubs in the national championship. The most popular clubs are Racing Club Haïtien, Violette, Aigle Noir AC. People in Haiti like to watch soccer on TV, while they do not often go to the stadium. On weekends, they enjoy other international championships such as Spain, England, Italy, and France, as well as other Champions League also.

The FIFA World Cup 2014 affects life in Haiti. This is the priority of many Haitians despite the Haitian team named Les Grenadiers could not reach the FIFA World Cup. Two soccer teams, Brazil and Argentina, are more popular.  The fans of the teams decorate their cars and their houses with flags, even the streets where they live. They wear bracelets and keychain of their favorite team.

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People watch TV wherever they are. There are moto-pubs with TV on them. People stand around to watch match. The government distributes flat screen TV in the city and the countryside. There are some watching soccer match in front of the lottery house, in their office and in the yard. People stops working. If they cannot use TV, they listen to the radio. The traffic is reduced.

They cheer when their team scores goal. They honk their honks when their team wins. The band plays music on the streets, mainly when Brazil wins. They are sad when they lose. After the game, they talk about it. This is the way Haitian people enjoy the World Cup 2014.



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July 10, 2014 in Haiti |

We are All Together

The 20th anniversary of JEN has gathered the messages from 8 countries on one page. We all read it, felt happy about it and felt togetherness with our fellow colleagues from other countries. After looking at the page, we feel JEN is not working in 8 countries but it is working in 1 world. We don’t feel difference between Nationalities but we feel we are all humans.

As we were reading in Tamil, Arabic, Pashto, Dari, Urdu, Haitian, Tewo Araou, Bari, Sinhara and Juba Arabic, the pleasure and happiness can’t be explained in words. It gives happiness to everyone, laughter to everyone as the pronunciation was becoming difficult. Making fun of each other on wrong pronunciation and yet feeling the togetherness of fellow colleagues from other countries.

The 20th anniversary of JEN provided a platform for all of us to come together, to believe in each other and to respect each other. This process initiation is indeed appreciable, we feel that it shall be carried on in the future as well so that we can come more close to each other, learn more from each other and promotes an atmosphere of friendship and peace. Our ultimate goal is to support people in need in a good way at different places in the world so we should work together united as a fist to achieve that goal and to support the victims and survivors.

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July 10, 2014 in Pakistan |

Hope leads to a better future

We would like to share this story told by Wazir Jan; one of those eligible for support activities in Dera Ismail Khan. Wazir Jan is 85 years old and living with his wife and two sons.

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“My family had been living under very poor circumstances for many years. However, we did used to own our house and a small plot of land in the village we belonged to. There was enough water to cultivate our land. We lived happily at that time.
However, one day at the mosque in the neighborhood, it was announced that the Pakistan army would conduct an operation against the anti-government armed group in our village. My mind went blank because we didn’t even have money for the transportation expenses to evacuate. When we evacuated, I saw that the air raids had destroyed our house. At that moment, I lost all of my hopes and dreams.
Moreover, because I had to walk to the shelter, I could hardly take anything with me, and had no choice but to leave my entire belongings behind in our destroyed house.
Although we moved to D.I.Khan at the beginning of the evacuation, there were no shelters around that area, so we relied on a distant relative in Daraban. We lived hopelessly in poverty for half a year.
During the heat wave in August 2010, we fled our tent to the bank of an irrigation channel to escape the sudden storm and heavy rain. The flood swept all of my belongings and crushed our hut. Then we were back to the condition we were in when we evacuated.
Currently, we live in a hut made from grass and wood. It is extremely small so the whole family can barely fit inside at once. As my children are too young to work, I support my family only through my meagre wages. Without any electrical equipment like air conditioning, the scorching summers are too harsh. So my children and I spend as much time as we can under the bridge, avoiding the strong sunlight. On the other hand, we suffer from cough and flu as a result of the freezing winters. Moreover, during the rainy reason, water leaks into our hut. I never imagined my life would be as terrible as it is now

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I frequently travelled long distances in order to receive support and donation from humanitarian support organizations, but JEN was the only one that visited our house and registered us with the livelihood recovery project. JEN gave me beetle goats as a means to increase my income. From now on, I will take care of the goats with all my effort to recover my livelihood and do my best to raise our living conditions.

July 10, 2014 in Pakistan |

Self-Introduction part2

I am Samar Shakil Butt
I joined JEN as Finance and Accounts Assistant

I am an Accountant by profession and an ACCA by qualification which was the prime reason for my selection. After completion of my study I was inducted at the Islamabad office of one of the largest accounting network International firms as an Audit associate. However due to my commitment or work, I achieved two promotions in a single calendar year. I was promoted to Audit Semi-Senior role and started leading audit teams on various external audits engagements. During my stay at that audit and accounting firm, I was assigned to a diversified range of industries and assignments; ranging from economically significant entities and SMEs to a broad range of not for profit organizations. I came across many NGO’s working in Pakistan including UN. While auditing these organizations, I was increasingly becoming aware of the miserable conditions in which the destitute and impoverished people lived in Pakistan. I have always had a heart for these underprivileged sectors of society especially the orphaned and abandoned children. I witnessed the humanitarian assistance provided by JEN to the victims of the 2005 earthquake. I also observed the aid provided by JEN at various other occasions in the form of makeshift homes, water supply, emergency support and education.

I particularly enjoyed the idea of contributing back to our society, by helping those who in some shape or form can benefit as a result. I believe a man will not take anything from this world just as he did not bring anything in to it but we have to do something for our fellow human beings. These observations and experiences and after being forced by my conscience, I decided to play an active role by becoming a part of this humanitarian work support. I therefore joined JEN as Finance and Accounts Assistant. It makes me feel proud to be associated with JEN. I want to work altruistically to help others in a less privileged state than me and to find ways for myself to grow as a competent professional.

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July 10, 2014 in Afghanistan |

07/03/2014

Hello from a smile-loving country

Konnichiha, everyone! My name is Arisa Nishida, and I started working as the Program Officer of the Sri Lanka Program this June. Before, I worked at the Tokyo HQ supporting the country offices in Jordan and Iraq which assisted the water, sanitation and hygiene, as well as the education sector. As you may have recognized, I have entered a new field: the Agricultural Assistance; that means new experience, new knowledge, new everything. Believe it or not, I encountered something new on the first day in Vavuniya: palm trees located in the middle of paddy fields. This is something you don’t easily come across in Japan. I am very motivated to learn different values, lifestyles, beliefs so that the new knowledge and experiences that I will acquire will contribute to offering better and effective assistance for the recovery and development of Sri Lanka.

Over the past two weeks, I had opportunities to visit current and previous project sties, meet local government officials, and walk around in Vavuniya Town where our country office is located. Through this course of observing and talking, I recognized that, “Sri Lankans smile a lot.” And I also noticed that these smiles served as my mental relief especially when I get them after walking under the blazing sun.

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I do need to say here that there are so many war-affected people who still have not yet been able to re-build their livelihoods; many live in semi-permanent shelters, lack income to treat their families to adequate nutrition, and have to withdraw their children from school because they cannot afford educational materials. Also, many lost their family members during the conflict, and have not yet recovered from the depression and mental instability.

I sincerely hope that there will be much more people restoring their beautiful smiles through JEN’s assistance, and the last couple of weeks spending here has given me not only high hopes, but also confidence, for that to happen.

Arisa Nishida, Program Officer


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July 3, 2014 in Sri Lanka |

Refugees in Iraq

We can describe the Iraqi refugees from ( Al Anbar , Nainawa , Diyala , Salah Al Din ) as an afflictive state . from Al Anbar about 300 thousand refugees  (number at recently) they  left them cities to Kurdistan or other cities like Samarraa  from January when the war start till now .   

In the other three Governorates the war start in June 2014  and when it start about 325 thousand refugees moves from Al Mousil and Tallaafar , from Al Mousil they was going to Kurdistan special Duhok and Arbil  and from Tallaafar they was going to Kurdistan & Sinjar which is a poor city and do not care additional people (limited food & electricity) .

The refugees from Salah Al Din about 70% from the people was going to the north of the governorate special Kurdistan, and about 50% from the people of Al Seniya (near Begi) , Also 50% from people of Begi was going to the suburb of the city and other to Kurdistan , About 50% from the cities of Diyala was moving to other cities which have more safety and no war .

The government of Baghdad and the Kurdistan government are trying to support for the refugees, but their funding amount is limited. The refugees are still suffering to secure the foods and the marquees.  After 10days-2weeks since the refugees started to move from Nainawa (Al Mousil & Tallaafar), the UNHCR started to prepare to them the marquees and the water tanks in Duhok and Arbil. The UNHCR or other human organization can giving the accessories to the refugees only in the safety places like Kurdistan but they do not come to the Refugees in Diyala or the suburb of Salah Al Din , in this unsafely places the Refugees only wait the accessories from the migratories ministry which not enough for the refugees.

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July 3, 2014 in Iraq |