02/26/2015

The impermanent school buildings

Most of the refugees children in Iraq don’t have schools in 2014 because of the schools far away from the camps , other reason the schools in the cities centers cannot assimilate the large numbers of refugees students . more than the half of Iraqi refugees  in the camps of Kurdistan cities , In Al sulaimaniya the Kurdistan government prepare 66 caravans using it as a schools for the refugees students and 46 schools (caravans) in Erbil and till now don’t prepare the requirements like desks , blackboards , books , copybooks and teachers  .

These caravans don’t assimilate 15% from the  refugees students  in Kurdistan , we ask all of the  human organization and the Iraqi government to prepare the enough schools for them , they loss two scholastic years and we don’t know how many other years will be loss .

In Karbala the DOE manager request from the government 200 caravans for the classrooms of the refugees students  and 20 caravans for the latrines , till now only 15 schools (caravans) were prepared at the suburbs of Karbala and prepared 450 carvans for Diyala & Al Najaf  , The Iraqi government provided 500 caravans for Baghdad suburbs as 80 caravans for each  DOE .

There are a large decreasing in the school building for the refugees students , all the world must be cooperate to save the children …..without schools the children will have the admissibility .

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2.1 million from the refugees have a very hard conditions in the hardiness of the cold weather , more than 100 children and babies dead in this winter.   


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February 26, 2015 in Iraq |

Project site introduction - Haut Gerard -

This time, we would like to introduce our project site, Haut Gerard. Haut Gerard is located in the rural area where it takes 30 minutes from center of Leogane city by car, and there are 150 households living. JEN works on the renovation of 6 kiosk shaped water facilities, capacity building and strengthening of Water Management Committees and hygiene promotion.
 
【Main road in the town】
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When we walk around the village, it is frequently seen cassava. Cassava is a kind of potato that is extensively cultivated in tropical regions, and its food texture is similar to potato or sweet potato. Cassava is often planted by inhabitants as it is easy to grow even in dry areas.

【Cultivated Cassava in the town】
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During our visit, we held a hygiene session to train the volunteers who are scheduled to promote hygiene knowledge. We discussed proper way to treat containers when we dip water, when we carry it. Volunteers who had the session this time, take place sessions and house to house visit to distribute correct hygiene knowledge to population.

【Hygiene promotion volunteers are discussing in a hygiene session】
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February 26, 2015 in Haiti |

Impact of Hygiene Education in Society

In continuation of my previous blog, I would like to share with you some important outcomes of JEN hygiene education program. JEN targets children to teach the importance of hygiene early on so that it becomes a habit. Children are the most susceptible to hygiene-related disorders like skin issues, rashes, infections, wounds, etc. Teach them early on about what to avoid. Teach them that taking a few precautionary measures to prevent infections and diseases is imperative.

Focusing children also had in our mind that as they are most active members of the society, young and motivated, So for sure they not only will bring change in hygienic behavioral of their own but also demonstrate good hygiene to their families and communities.

To find out how much success we achieved in our goal a door to door was conducted in Surkh Parsa and Shikh Ali district in January 2015 that whether children passed on this information to their families or not. In total 72 respondents were questioned in the survey.

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98.61% respondents said that they receive the hygiene education messages from their children. The survey further reveals that parents got the message well because 100% know that unsafe water cause diarrhea. 100% respondents said that we should wash hands before eating and after using latrines. According to the survey 100% of the respondents said that we can make the water clean by boiling while 83.33% of them said that by chlorination the water can be safe for drinking.

According to the survey 100% respondents said that we cover our food. Among them 38.8% said that we cover it to make the food safe and healthy while 29.1% said that we cover the food to protect it from germs and insects. Some of them said that now we take much care of our personal and environmental hygiene which has a very good impact on the lives of the community health and hygiene.

It is clearly evident from survey results that JEN hygiene education programme has a great impact on the lives of community people. It is also evident that not only children got these massage well but they also passed on these information to their family members in a good manner.

Samar Butt
Finance and Accounts Assistant

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February 26, 2015 in Afghanistan |

02/19/2015

First Exchange Program between Agricultural Cooperative Societies (ACSs)

On January 28th we assembled 42 members of 6 Agricultural Cooperative Societies (ACSs) that JEN formed during the 2013-2014 project and in the on-going project. It was our first time to have beneficiaries from different assistance periods and areas meet each other. So JEN staffs were both excited and a bit worried in obtaining our main objectives:
1. Networking between ACSs
2. Sharing success stories, challenges and problem solving methods

From 7am, we hired two buses that drove through 4 areas to pick up the participants and around 9:30am all participants reached the ACS Center (Compost Making Yard). After providing some refreshments, we started the exchange program at 10am. First of all, the President of the Compost Making Yard ACS welcomed all participants and then all participants introduced themselves to others about where they are from, their roles (president, treasurer, secretary, etc.) in the ACS, what activities they are doing, and what they expect for the exchange program.

【The bus that transported ACS members】
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【The Compost Making Yard that was established in 2014】
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【Welcomed by ACS members】
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【JEN Field Officer making a welcome speech】
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The discussion session started by explanations from Compost Making Yard ACS members about roles/responsibilities of each position, running costs, keeping meeting minutes and account records, raw material collection, compost making procedures, marketing methods, etc. In addition, registration procedures of cooperative societies, relationship building with government officers and future goals were shared as well. As the ACS members for the ongoing project lacked confidence in continuously running the ACS and how to solve issues that may hinder their activities, they posed lots of questions about their concerns. All questions were answered in an understandable language. The session ended with all members mixed and divided into small groups to discuss about possibilities of cooperation in the near future to develop as an ACS.

【After getting into small groups the members brainstormed about the roles of an treasurer】
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【Sharing what they discussed to all the participants】
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The ongoing project held multiple workshops during the past 10 months, such as community strengthening, agricultural skills training, marketing, and management of cooperative societies. They were facilitated by government agency officers and we made extra effort to make the content as simple and easy to understand as possible by including many group activities and discussion among participants. This exchange program proved that “peer education” can be as effective as trainings from experts. Because all participants have similar backgrounds of once being IDPs and have gone through difficult times trying to rebuild their livelihoods and reconstruct communities, they can be in each other’s shoes. With many participants nodding a lot and asking more questions than usual, I sensed that this exchange program was more participant-friendly as the content was easier to understand and knowledge delivered was more relevant to what they need to most.
We were able to receive comments like,
“The program was well organized and useful.”
“My concerns decreased and I have more motivation to manage the ACS.”
“Easy to understand.”
“I learned the most that teamwork and perseverance are important to succeed.”

Also, for future cooperation, we received responses that ACS members are willing to exchange end-products, such as nursery plants and composts as well as making suggestion and advices when encountering issues.

【Group photo of all ACS members at the end of the Exchange Program】
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In the ongoing project, ACS members in Mullaitivu District will manage Plant Nursery Centers and members in Kilinochchi District will manage a Grinding Food Center. We think that this exchange program laid a foundation for further networking and cooperation, and expect that the tips shared will contribute to sustainable management and development of all Agricultural Cooperative Societies.

Arisa Nishida
Program Officer




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February 19, 2015 in Sri Lanka |

02/12/2015

The Displaced Students

As we train teachers and students to raise their hygiene, health and environmental awareness and distribution of hygiene and cleaning materials for them in schools covered by JEN project.

We have noticed that there are numbers of displaced students from other governorates. They have been enrolled in these schools. We have made a statistic about their numbers. It has been agreed with the Organization officials on the need to provide them with hygiene like the rest of the students and add other materials to them. Where it was agreed to:

•Provide all school administrations with 24 cans of lice shampoo to treat the injured students.
•Provide each pupil displaced with the following materials (bottle of shampoo to wash their hair, bottle of liquid soap to wash their hands as well as large-sized towel).

The materials were purchased and transferred to the place where we arrange materials, according to the share of each school.
    
We met the school administrations in the presence of environmental education and school health official in DOE. We talked with them on the need for special attention to the displaced pupils and distribution of materials on them. I asked them to tell us the date of Parents and Teachers Council hold in the second semester of the school year in order for us to attend, and in cooperation with the school administration give parents of students some guidance pertaining to public and personal health and pay attention to hygiene. I also delivered the school administrations CD disk containing items of training curriculum to be used to educate students and their parents in different occasions.

And subsequently we delivered school administrations the materials allocated to them; we visited the schools and participation with school administrations in distribution of materials to the displaced students and give them advice concerning cleanliness importance and some guidance that raise their health and environmental awareness.
      
This initiative has won the thanks and appreciation DOE officials and the administrations of schools and student in turn; they gave thanks to the Japanese people in general and in particular to JEN.
    
    
Reported by  Progamme officer  based in    Iraq



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February 12, 2015 in Iraq |

New project started - (3) Hygiene promotion activity -

This time, we introduce the third approach in new project, which is hygiene promotion activity.

In order to prevent waterborne diseases such as cholera, we currently disseminate appropriate hygiene knowledge to population in 6 communities.

In Haut Gerard and Bas Gerard, where we construct kiosk shaped water facilities in this new project, hygiene promotion volunteers are selected and trained. Then, they take place hygiene promotion session for local residents, and house to house visit at each community and school to distribute correct hygiene knowledge.

【Children are washing their hands】
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We also continue hygiene promotion activities in 4 communities, where we have supported in previous project sites. In these communities, hygiene promoters are recruited among former hygiene volunteers. Through visit of schools and health centers, it is expected to spread the knowledge in the entire communities. At school, we take place hygiene promotion activities including washing hands, using latrines, etc. At health care centers, we set a washing hands stand at the waiting room. This opportunity allows us to provide proper information on various water borne diseases other than cholera and typhoid, and on prevention.

Through these activities, inhabitants in targeted communities recognize major risks and take necessary measures to prevent deterioration of hygiene condition, and use water treatment for improvement of their health.

【JEN staff are practicing hygiene promotion in the office】
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February 12, 2015 in Haiti |

Livestock Protection Package for a displaced family with Polio affected Persons

Mr. Khana Mir is an elderly person displaced from North Waziristan Agency to district Bannu due to military operation. He is father of 3 sons and 2 daughters. Two of his sons are affected by polio virus aging 32 and 35. His third son is daily-wage laborer in the local market.

Mr. Khana Mir works as a security guard in a restaurant and earns 8000 PKR per month. Besides this he receives monthly food ration assistance from World Food Program. Government and other humanitarian organizations have also supported his family.

Mr. Khana Mir used to rear goats at origin as a primary source of livelihood. After displacement he managed to bring 58 sheep and 10 cows with him. He lost 15 sheep and 2 cows during displacement in a hip-hazard situation.

Mr. Khana is also a beneficiary of JEN Project on protection of livestock.  He received a livestock package from JEN. He provided nutritious feed to his livestock and enhanced the existing livestock shelter from the livestock package. JEN veterinary team vaccinated his livestock as well.

During post distribution monitoring Mr. Khana informed JEN staffs that provision of livestock package has given considerable protection to livestock in terms of health, shelter and feeding. Resultantly his livestock has recovered health and production of milk has increased by 8 liters. Increase in production of milk for Mr. Khana is contributing to food security of the entire family. 

[JEN staff with two polio affected people who are also project beneficiaries]
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February 12, 2015 in Pakistan |

Kabul city problems (air pollution)

Kabul province is one of the famous cities in our country and the city is surrounded by mountains. Around 4 million people live in Kabul city. As the effect of an increasing in population, Kabul city has caused many problems such as air pollution, increase of vehicles, housing shortage and high prices of rental homes in the city, which are problems with people living in the city.

One of the most serious problems is air pollution. The contamination is problematic for public health, and film hundred daily respiratory problems according to the hospital authorities. There are several causes of high air pollution in Kabul, for instance, lack of green place and the loss of trees, fuel of vehicles, smoke from factories near the town, in the absence of city power which leads majority people to use gas instead of using any other fuel like coal and wood to heat their homes, existence of garbage in the city, some of the crude roads, and other fundamental cases of air pollution in Kabul city. The government has not paid any attention yet.

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Therefore we can say maybe it will be the first row of numbered air pollution in the world and we hope to have green and clean city in the future.

Administrative and Logistics Manager
Ahmad Fahim



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February 12, 2015 in Afghanistan |

Monthly Sri Lanka/Reviewing the past 10 years -Sri Lanka Project[part1]

During the past 10 years since the end of December 2004, we have been able to support living of more than 200,000 people by receiving about 620 million yens for emergency aid from Ajinomoto Co. Inc., the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Kao Corporation, Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Insurance Inc. , Japan Platform, Japan Team of Young Human Power, Chabo!, Felissimo, Smile Heart Club of Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Co., Ltd. Management Organization for Postal Savings and Postal Life Insurance, Yomiuri Light and Humanity Association and many other individuals.

【3 year- assistance to the victims of the tsunami in the south of Sri Lanka】 
More than 30,000 people died in Sri Lanka due to the tsunami occurred in December 2004. Just on the next day of the tsunami, JEN dispatched its staff to the affected area and started to distribute urgent daily necessaries to the households that were going to move to the temporary housings in Hambantota District.

For the affected people who were living a brutal life because they had lost not only their family members, house and household goods but also their income source, we conducted job training (making coconut rope, fishing net, vegetable garden and so on) and group counseling for children through after-school activities in order that they could get new skill and regain positive force.

We have been able to rehabilitate living of more than 33,000 afflicted peoples during 3 years, and completed final self-reliance assistance project in the South by the end of 2007.

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[To Be Continued]




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February 12, 2015 in Sri Lanka |

JEN’s Handicrafts Support Project Ends

On January 30, JEN hosted the last meeting of the handicrafts support project, bringing together handcrafters who exhibited their products. So far they had met to discuss how to organize their exhibitions at public meeting places in a community hall or public gymnasium, but, as this would be the project’s last meeting, they combined the meeting with a no-host luncheon party to celebrate the successful completion of the project.

【At a different place than usual, in a friendly atmosphere from start to finish】
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During the meeting, JEN and the handcrafters agreed on who would take over JEN’s position and then JEN asked the handcrafters for frank feedback on this project, as well as to fill out a questionnaire. We heard them saying “My entry to the exhibition gave me an opportunity to find handicraft friends”; ”I found it so hard to sell my products, I’ve learned a lot.”; ”I’d been depressed after the earthquake, but this project encouraged me a bit.” Listening to them, we were really glad to have continued the project.

This project aims at promoting the empowerment of women through handiwork and putting in place a mechanism needed to ensure their self-sustaining and lasting business. JEN had worked on encouraging them to work in collaboration to run their businesses, and the last exhibition event hosted by JEN in last December showed that they would be able to do without JEN’s help. For details for the event in December, click here.

From 2015, they will make a fresh start of their businesses in Ishinomaki. We’d like to see and hope for their successful future.

【They put their sincerity into their handicrafts.】

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February 12, 2015 in Tohoku Earthquake |