New Administration and Finance Officers

I am Gaminieesa Gandhithason I have more than 15 years of experience in working with many of the organization including the UN. I have successfully handled finance, administration and logistic works for massive relief and recovery operations during and after the disaster.

I joined JEN as an Administration Officer. First of all I would like to say thanks to JEN Sri Lanka for selecting me for this position, to give my support to the community in the resettlement areas. I am very glad to hear about JEN’s activities in Sri Lanka since 2004 for post-disaster recovery and later supporting the war affected people in the North. I am so happy to be able to support contributing to our society, by helping those still in need. That is why I once changed my track from admin/finance to program for 2 years. I worked with UN-Habitat, as a Project Assistant (Housing). During this period I had a good chance to talk directly with the war affected people.

I hope that there will be much more people uplifting their living standards through JEN’s assistance.

[Gaminieesa(Administration Officer)and Al(Finance Officer)]

Gaminieesa Gandhithason
Administration Officer

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October 1, 2015 in Sri Lanka |

The Refugee's diseases

In the random aggregates of the Iraqi refugees and the refugees camps of Al Anbar , Diyala and Kirkuk , the epidemic diseases diffused because of the hard hot weather in summer and cold weather in winter , expired medicine and drinking a direct water from the lake.  There are no regular visiting from the hygienic teams to the refugees camps or to the random aggregates. In the summer there are different types of diseases like the diarrhea, lice, and pectoral diseases.

It is difficult to treat these diseases because of the shortage in the availability of medicine and limited visits of hygienic teams from ministry of health. On other hand they undergo from the afflicting of the snake & scorpion in the camps.

Most of Iraqi refugees have a poor status and don’t have the ability of private treatment for the diseases, more than half million babies and children from the Iraqi refugees need the hygienic caring.

“random aggregates”:IDPs become groups settled in any place wherever there is space

[Refugees in camps]

[Refugees in random aggregates]

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October 1, 2015 in Iraq |


Starting construction of a new kiosk shaped water facility

JEN Haiti has started to construct a new kiosk shaped water facility in our project site, Bas Gerard in Grand Goave. Although renovation of 4 kiosks has been done this year, 4th kiosk has used by many people. In order to prevent conflicts between users, and to reduce waiting time to take water, we initiate construction of a kiosk which is 250m away from 4th kiosk. 

A lady who lives near construction of 5th kiosk said “It took me 45 minutes to go to fetch water on foot at water spring before. After 4th kiosk completed, it took 25 minutes, and 10 minutes to get water when construction of 5th kiosk finished.”

5th kiosk water facility will be used by 35 households around this area and 15 households living in other 2 communities near Bas Gerard.

【Under the construction of 5th kiosk water facility】

【People wash clothes near kiosk】

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September 24, 2015 in Haiti |

Good luck to an international staff

It is very nice experience for us to work with Japanese colleagues(called the international staff) in JEN. We have learned so many things from them which are improving our capacity. We have learned that honesty with the job is one of the most important things and if we are honest with it, we will be punctual automatically and we will enjoy the work. 

Since 2005 we had chance to work with many Japanese colleagues and all of them were exceptional. When they come to work with us, we enjoy time with them and we sometimes have parties together, but at that time we forget that those staffs are not here forever and they have to leave. Whenever they announce about their departure, everyone becomes sad and remember those lovely days which we spent together.

Our Japanese colleague, Megumi Fujita will leave Pakistan after completion of her 3 years mission. She adopted our culture and society so well and she was visiting colleague’s houses to celebrate happiness and encourage during the sad moments. She is one of the best expatriate staffs who do their best in the job and try to do more than her TORs. We are all happy that she was happy in Pakistan and going with the pride like all other Japanese staffs. We wish her best of luck in the future!

[Staffs of Islamabad]

[Mango party]

From the staffs JEN Afghanistan and Pakistan

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September 24, 2015 in Pakistan |

Dream bags distribution to students in 2015

Every year JEN distributed dream bags to the selected schools in the targeted area. The main purpose of the distribution is to help the deserving students and bring smile to their faces. Those areas were selected where the economic situation is not good and people are in trouble. These bags are distributed by the help of RKK.


Like previous years, JEN decided to distribute the dream bags to the students in 2015 as well. JEN decided to distribute 5,090 dream bags to the students in 2015. These dream bags will be distributed to the students of 17 schools in Charikar district. Afghan team started the distribution to the students on September 8th 2015. The distribution will be completed by October 5th 2015.These schools were selected because the children in these schools are poor and face financial difficulties. Their parents are mainly farmer or skilled / unskilled labor.

The targeted children are from first to third grade in elementary school. Dream bags contain stationeries, toys and small color pens, which are not affordable for the parents. Students can use stationaries for their class work and home work, while toys can bring joy and smile on their faces.

RKK dream bags distribution is very important and it can play a vital role in the life of small students and their parents. Parents struggle for their children to make them educated and spend good life, not like them to work in farms because of being uneducated. It can also help in controlling the drop out in the schools.

The number of targeted areas is increased from one year to another year. Number of dream bags was 4,770 in 2014, while number of dream bags was 5,090 in 2015. Keeping in mind the importance of RKK dream bags, JEN will continue this activity in 2016 as well and so on.

[View of dream bags distribution]

[Students looks busy while checking their dream bags]

[View of a happy students after receiving her dream bag]

Humaira Wahab
(Administrative and HR Assistant)

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September 24, 2015 in Afghanistan |

54 Months on: Ishinomaki Still in Transition

By this September 11th four and a half years have passed since the Great East Japan Earthquake, as make us realize how quickly time flies.

Ishinomaki, though worst affected by the earthquake, is now recovering. The renovation work on schools in the city have finished, and so students have moved from awkward makeshift classrooms to their reborn schools, returning to their normal school lives. The city’s key industry, fishery, has recovered to the extent that its fish haul reached as high as 80 percent of pre-quake level. To support the industry Ishinomaki fish market was reconstructed and now reborn into a world-class market. With the construction of coast infrastructure and housing for affected people proceeding at a fast pace, many support organizations are seen to take initiative to boost local development.

【Minato elementary school underwent aseismic reinforcement work】

【Ascidian harvest at the Oshika Peninsula】

While efforts to construct 4,500 public housing units for affected people by 2017 are now underway in Ishinomaki, there are still 133 cramped temporary quarters where as of August 1, 4,988 households are suffering many inconveniences. Temporary quarters are becoming empty every day as people continue moving to the public housing units to settle in new neighborhoods. The difference between neighborhoods that are ready to brace these people and ones that are not is becoming visible, which is presenting a new challenge.

【Nakasu, Ishinomaki City】

【Recently Completed Public Housing Units for Affected People(Uploaded Image)】

It’s said that the local government has no plan to integrate temporary quarters within this year, but people fear that necessity impels it to hasten the plan

You can see Ishinomaki continue developing day by day, but people living in the disaster stricken areas feel like “we have a long way to go to return to normal.” JEN will continue supporting locals until they can live with peace of mind.

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September 24, 2015 in Tohoku Earthquake |


Drought in Haiti

Drought has some harmful impact during rainy season between April and June. According to CNSA (Coordination Nationale de la Sécurité Alimentaire), this drought reduces harvest of agriculture production. It will below half of production compared to a normal year. The high probability that El Niño phenomenon continues, and weather forecasts indicate rain in below average until December, a performance lower than the normal. The rise of price associated with loss in crops is projected to reduce food access for poor households in south peninsula, department of north west, north east and south east (*1). In addition, lack of irrigation infrastructure and lower water level in rivers make living of farmers and rural population vulnerable.

At present, damage caused by drought is not conspicuous in Leogane, however, there is a possibility to get worse situation in the near future. JEN continues to ensure safe water access to contribute living of local people.

【People wash clothes in river of lower water level in our project site, Bas Gerard】

(*1) HAITI Perspectives sur la sécurité alimentaire (CNSA ,2015).

(*2) Bulletin humanitaire Haiti numéro 52/Juillet 2015(OCHA, 2015

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September 10, 2015 in Haiti |

Agriculture Support To Returnees In Khyber Agency, FATA

JEN has been working with affected people of complex emergency in KP/FATA since 2011. JEN has assisted more than 10,000 families in different sectors including Shelter/Non-Food Items, WASH and Food Security.

Recently JEN has started an agriculture support project for returnees of Khyber Agency in FATA. The people of Khyber Agency were temporarily displaced from their homes due to military operations against armed militants. As 6 years have passed and the situation started to settle, people started returning. (So far 54,599 families have returned to Khyber Agency and 32,217 families are still temporarily displaced from their homes. Source:UNOCHA)

JEN will target 1,150 returnee families in the agriculture support project. JEN will provide these returnee families with agriculture tool kits and seeds for farming and kitchen gardening. Purpose of the project is to help recover the livelihood and improve food security at household level.

Women are equal beneficiaries of JEN in this project where JEN will provide them with seeds of vegetables, tools and training to start production at their homes. It would help them to get nutritious food and become healthy.

Men who are the bread winners for their families will be given 50 kg of seeds, farming tools and training by the agriculture expert and government agriculture department. It would help them in their livelihood recovery efforts.

At the end of the project, JEN is expecting to improve food security status of the affected families and enable them to sustainably stay at their homes.

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September 10, 2015 in Pakistan |

Afghan team with the Samurai spirit

I have been involved in project operations in remote system from the Islamabad office of Pakistan as a Program Officer in charge of Afghanistan project. I have been always proud and honored to be able to work together with the Afghan team in the local because working with the Afghan staff has brought me lots of learning and countless excitement.
They have never complained no matter how hard the work is. They are always dedicated to do their best in silence and they have always put out the results. They turn themselves inside out to deliver what they promised, which gives me the impression as if they are Samurai. It is great, beautiful and touching that they strive for JEN’s duty with the thought and passion for reconstruction and development of the country.

Last year, there was an event that represented the temperament and spirit of Afghanistan staff. Since the project budget decreased last year, the number of maintenance to schools has been reduced. In the result, we had to terminate the employment contract of an engineering staff in December 2014. When I told it to the staff, he thanked me saying “one and a half years when I have been working with Jen is like a dream for me. I really thank you for hiring me. Even though I have to change my job, I am happy because I could find a lifelong friend at Jen. And, I would like sincerely to thank you for coming all the way to dangerous ground from Japan, and working for Afghanistan's national reconstruction. I appreciate from my heart.” I was so impressed by his straight words and feelings that tears overflowed. While I was very sorry for not being able to renewing the contract with him, I received gratitude to reverse. He made me think the important thing as a person. Later, we had an engineering post vacant in 2015, he came back again to JEN in April 2015.

As Afghanistan became the victim of a lot of wars and infightings, the security situation has not been stable and there have been lots of negative images such as terrorism. Therefore, I feel sorry that the good aspects of Afghanistan have not been transmitted to the world. I sincerely hope that someday, peace will return to Afghanistan and the beauty and the splendor of Afghan people will be known around the world.

Thank you very much for the people, who have always been supporting our Afghanistan projects. Taking this opportunity, I would like to offer warm thanks to you. And I am looking forward to your continuing support to Afghanistan.



Program Officer for Afghanistan
JEN Islamabad Office

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September 10, 2015 in Afghanistan |


Well rehabilitation in newly liberated areas

In August 2015, JEN conducted well rehabilitation in newly liberated area in Iraqi Kurdistan. As natural water source in many parts of Kurdistan is limited, residents depend on deep wells to provide water that they need for everyday use. However, many of the wells have been damaged by ISIS during their occupation of the villages and they remain nonfunctional even after the liberation, making it more difficult for IDPs to return to their villages.

Currently, there are around 35 wells in the villages JEN has considered, but out of them, only 11 wells are functional.  These wells are connected to a main water reservoir for the village, which can be 20 to 30 meters high, so when there are not enough functional wells, they cannot produce enough water pressure to fill the reservoirs. If the reservoirs cannot be filled, water cannot be delivered through the water network. Out of the six villages JEN considered, we decided to work on two wells that provide water to a village that has around 500 returnees. 

[Water reservoir for the village]

[Damaged well]

Reasons that the wells are not working vary from a well to another. Some wells have a burnt motor from overuse, some have damaged pumps, others just have damaged cables or switch boxes to turn the well on. Therefore, JEN field staff and engineer visited the wells with a group of electricians and technicians to first assess the damage, and then to repair the wells with necessary equipment. This time, all parts, including the motor, pump, cables and the switchbox were replaced for the first well and just the pump was replaced for the other well.

[Workers replacing the pump]

The wells are now functional and are able to provide water into the village’s water reservoir and to the village itself. JEN plans to continue the well rehabilitation work, in coordination with the Ninewa governorate water department to prepare necessary water infrastructure for when people begin to return to their villages.

[Water came out of the well!]

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September 4, 2015 in Iraq |