04/10/2014

Agricultural cooperative society

JEN supports to establish agricultural cooperative societies, not only to construct agro-wells and hold workshops..
This cooperative society is composed of leaders of Well Maintenance Community for the agro-well.
This was established as an idea to solve problems and challenges are difficult for a household, shoulder to shoulder with the members in the society.
As the concrete theme for it, we supported to set up a compost making yard and empower the society through the management. To manage the compost making yard, we provided a tractor to collect materials and a chopper to crush the material efficiently, and constructed a hut to keep the machinery and the materials.

[Tractor]
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[Chopper]
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[Hut]
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The beneficiaries know how to make the compost well since we provided the workshop and they have practiced it. So we think they can concentrate to learn the management of the society as the core of community empowerment. As the result of the idea, the discussion among beneficiaries became active and they said “Let’s register our product as our brand and sell it after we have a capacity of mass production!”, “Let’s try to use the hut as a market to sell vegetables we made!”

[Compost yard]
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The opening ceremony was prepared by all beneficiaries. The ceremony starts with a walk by a children’s band. At the ceremony, crushing materials was demonstrated. A staffs of local government said “Collection of material can be regarded as the measurement of dengue because it can be reduce egg-laying sites of mosquito”. We could get a new idea for our project.

[Ceremony]
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[Ceremony by children]
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[Demonstration]
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While I was surprised at the motivation of the beneficiaries, I could feel an expectation of their development at same time.

Administration & Finance Officer Tomoo Nasuda

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April 10, 2014 in Sri Lanka |

The student's impression

One of the students in twelfth grade expressed his happiness and the comfort for what we are doing in school. He mentioned that some of the students used the soil area as a latrine because of the bad condition of latrine. He also expressed his will to work with JEN to keep the school clean. The headmaster attended the conversation and encouraged the student to work with his classmate to keep the school clean. I replied to the student that he can work with JEN when he gets some degree to be qualified employee. The headmaster again complemented us and indicated that JEN’s rehabilitation work was remarkable in Diyala with DoE.

Summer season is around the corner in Iraq and classrooms will become very hot. To prepare for battle with the heat, JEN provided fans to the schools. The student also thanked us for the fans in classrooms.
    Students’ joyous smile encourages us to keep working for them. JEN will keep working to rehabilitate school equipment including WASH facilities in order for students to spend time safely and comfortably.

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April 10, 2014 in Iraq |

04/03/2014

World Water day

Do you know what special day March 22nd is?
It is World Water day, and this was declared by United Nation since 1993. As our program in Haiti is focused on “Water”, we wanted to do something special for this day to remind everyone the importance of water. So we have decided to have hygiene promotion event at 4 of the communities we have been working. (We currently work with 18 communities) Our team has put a lot of effort in planning this event, involving CAEPA (water management committee) and hygiene promotion volunteers. Main focuses on this event was to teach people about Water protection, treatment and conservation. To show the importance of treated water, we created the slogan for this event “Dlo+Tretman=Sante” meaning treated water is for the health. Our team has put a lot effort in preparing the program including music, play, games and so on. Many volunteers have come out to help in the preparation.

As the poorest country in the west hemisphere, Haiti has been relying on assistance of NGOs and international organizations. We noticed in our activity that this causes Haitian people to be more reluctant in taking responsibility of their communal facilities and they rather rely on NGOs or other organizations to take action for them. One of JEN’s objectives of this program is to assist in creating an environment where community takes control of their own facility and to be self-sustainable in a long run. For the reason above, we tried to create the program for this event, which requires everyone to participate by taking small training using paper play and answer some questions in the form of quiz. We also wanted to take this opportunity to distribute some hygiene kits which were previously donated by UNICEF and MSF. We made sure that people who participated in the training or certain activities in the event to receive this kit. We hope the adults and kids in the community enjoyed the event and also learned important lessons from us!

[Banner for the event]
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[Training on water treatment by JEN staff]
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[Putting a bracelet with the slogan, Dlo+Tretman=Sante]
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[Distributing Hygiene kit]
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[People gathering to see the play and games]
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[Kids getting training on washing hands properly]
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April 3, 2014 in Haiti |

Conflict Mitigation in FATA

JEN is implementing its projects for returnees in FATA since 2012 December.  Those returnees were earlier displaced from their homes due to conflict between government forces and anti-state elements. Generally, the tribal area is known as conflict zone in the rest of the country due to the prolonged insecure situation.

Traditionally every person in FATA keeps his own weapon. People of FATA are famous for different types of behaviors like hospitality and friendships.  On the other hand, they are famous for low percentage of literacy and being engaged in prolonged conflicts.

During implementation period of projects, JEN staff faced some challenges to handle conflicts arising between the community members on water supply schemes. It was most important to resolve the conflicts on time for achieving the desired results. Keeping in view such challenging environment at community level, JEN staff was oriented about the social structure of FATA and they were trained to better deal the beneficiaries.

JEN staff was committed and hardworking. They showed diplomacy in such situation and were successful to resolve all such issues arose time to time during the implementation.  As a result, JEN implemented its projects successfully and the exit was smooth and peaceful from the target area.

[Community Meeting]
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April 3, 2014 in Pakistan |

Importance of girls’ education

Education is very important for every child whether boy or girl. The challenge of promoting girls education is very tough. The first challenge for girls' education in Afghanistan is cultural barriers.

Cultural barriers include restriction from parents to attend classes with male students, family pressure for early marriage and violence/harassment against girls etc. Other main problems which hinder the girls’ education include Poverty, Lack of school buildings, Lack of basic facilities in the existing schools, increasing attacks on schools and Lack of female teachers. Special measures such as incentives packages are essential to bring more girls to school. With a secure and protective environment at the schools, the enrollment of rural afghan girls can be increased many fold.

There are lots of advantages with girls’ education.The most important are future educated generation, Decrease infant mortality, Decrease maternal mortality, Decrease child marriage, Improve socio economic growth and so on. Keeping in mind the importance of girls’education, JEN also pay special focus on the girls’ education. Till now JEN constructed and rehabilitated many schools in Parwan, Afghanistan.

During the previous year JEN constructed 14 schools, funded by JPF, in District Surkhe Parsa and Ghorband. These 14 schools include 5 girls’ schools. For instance, JEN constructed boundary wall in Hazrat Zainab lolanj girls’ school, to provide more protection and privacy to the girls’ students. So they may be able to continue their education with ease and comfort.

[Boundary wall was constructed in Hazrat Zainab Girls school in Surkh Parsa]
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This year JEN has construction activities in 5 schools in District Surkhe Parsa and Sheikh Ali which include 3 girls’ schools. To contribute to improve the education ratio in Afghanistan, JEN is not only constructing and rehabilitating girl schools, but it also carries out other programmes to improve the education in Parwan province. JEN distributes hygiene kits to the children and taught them basic hygiene education at schools. Although these JEN’s programmes are not girls specific but it covers a lot of girls schools and thus contributing in promoting girls education.

[A new 6 classrooms building were constructed in AliKhani Girls Middle School in Surhi Parsa]
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[Girls students  shows how to wash hands in HE monitoring in Hazrat Zainab Lolanj Girls High School in Surkhe Parsa]
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Hanief Khan
Senior Programme Assistant
JEN Islamabad Office


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03/28/2014

Ishinomaki’s Elementary Schools Supplied with Play Equipment.

JEN donated new playground equipment to elementary schools in the city of Ishinomaki, whose equipment had remained unplayable due to the disaster.
Presentation ceremonies were held at Kama Elementary School on March 12 and at Okaido Elementary School on March 17.
【Children played with newly installed equipment.】
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<Okaido Elementary School>
 
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Representing all of the children in Okaido Elementary School, a second grader, Miss Yuri Sato, cheerfully expressed her appreciation saying “We love playing around in our playground; we’ve been feeling unhappy because we can’t play with equipment; thank you so much for presenting us teeters and swings; we’ll use them carefully.”
【A picture of the presentation ceremony at Okaido Elementary School.】
 
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For a video on You Tube showing the presentation ceremony and children playing with playground equipment, click here(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qqdQjRV0HC4&feature=youtu.be).
Provision of parks and sandlots for temporary quarter sites desperately reduced children’s play areas, and so elementary schools’ playgrounds with playing equipment are something that provide rare places for children to play. But the playground equipment damaged by the tsunami got rusty due to salt erosion, and that has restricted children in elementary schools and junior high schools in Ishinomaki from playing with their playground equipment.
In consultation with the Ishinomaki city board of education, JEN presented four schools playground equipment this time. New playground equipment will have been installed at Teizann Elementary Schhol, Kaduma Elementary Schools as well as Kama Elementary School and Okaido Elementary School by the end of April.
With an eye toward restoring communities and creating an environment where children can have an easier life, JEN is committed its continued supportive efforts in cooperation with local communities and schools. We hope you continue supporting JEN’s efforts.
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March 28, 2014 in Tohoku Earthquake |

03/27/2014

Traditional initiation ceremony of Pojulu tribe in South Sudan

I am a Hygiene Promoter at JEN. I will be reporting my article on one tribes of south Sudan that is the POJULU tribe of Tijor Payam in Juba County in the North-Eastern direction from the capital city.

The Pojulu Tribe has been divided into Sub-Clans. Most of them are located in LAINYA County while few of them are located in Juba County in the north eastern part of present Juba city in Tijor Payam this tribe borders the YAMGWARA ,MUNDARIES AND THE BARI of Juba. This specific tribe have got a traditional believe in which all youths are supposed to undergo initiation for them to become adults who are entitled and free to socialize, contribute, converse, with the clan elders besides they are entitled to marry a woman after the highest bidder have been confirmed for marriage and only man together with their parent bids for the women hand in marriage.

The initiation ceremony usually involves the youth age ranging from 18th upto 45 years old who moves naked for a period of 90 days (3 months). This group of initiation partakers can do any activity in the community like grazing domestic animals, hunting among other activities like any other member in the community and the only difference is that they move naked and also they don’t sleep inside a house for that stipulated period of time. Only those people who are initiated are entitled for marriage and this has been happening since their ancestors and up-to-date it is continuing in their clans. This was proclaimed by their clan elder below.
   
[Water containers for drinking in Tijor]
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[Clan-Elder in Tijor explaining their culture of initiation]
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This tribe has got an approximate number of about 1000 to 1500 households within their geographical location. Therefore taking the ratio of population determination in south Sudan which is six members per household it would therefore be estimated to 6000-9000 population of people living in tijor Payam of Juba and those who are involved are the willing youths for instance in 2013 about 98 underwent the initiation process and 3 died 95 completed the initiation process successful and those who dies was as a result of the long period of initiation in which they couldn’t sleep in a house yet naked furthermore on a rainy season but according to their elder he said that those who died were not strong enough to become a real man ready for initiation. According to their elder above, who also proclaimed that due to the civilization that was brought after the secession of South Sudan from the united Sudan has resulted into free movement of the youth from one location to the other that has reduced the number of the youths who usually under goes initiation in their community compared to the period before the secession.

This tribe has got a minimal number of animals (cattle) and others have resorted into rearing goats and it’s through this domestic animal that they use to pay bride price, school fees, and medication especially where the case becomes serious that it has to be taken to juba which is approximately 50 miles(75km) away from their ancestral land. This tribe looks very hostile from the faces of the youth the day I was with their elder discussing about their initiation ceremony. This group of people is in most cases are mistaken to belong to the Mundari tribe because of the fact that they have identification streaks marks on their faces like the Mundari people. Their youths are warriors who are so giant and can fight an enemy mercilessly with spears or sometimes with their bare hands. Even though they looks very hostile but they were harmless to a stranger who is amidst them for the first time this is justified with the fact that their clan elder was able to narrate to me about their tradition.

Thanks for this short article I hope you have enjoyed it.    

Maliamungu M Moses

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March 27, 2014 in South Sudan, Sudan |

Wisdom of beneficiaries

After the completion of construction of well, JEN distributes a water pump and hoses to Well Maintenance Community formed by the beneficiaries sharing the well.

On December 2013, I went to check the usage of the wells.
But, in fact, almost of beneficiaries didn’t use the distributed pump.
The beneficiary said “We don’t need the huge quantity of water provided by the pump during the rainy season because we can’t get enough quantity of water to grow vegetables from the rain. After the rainy season, we are going to use it. ”
Instead of using the water pump, they install a pulley themselves and use it to get the insufficient quantity. Through the pulley, they save the money for fuel to operate the pump. The pulley is handmade and made it of a gear from an electric meter and a bike.

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I appreciate to see such idea implemented by them, based on the support from JEN.
Additionally, another beneficiary sharing the well also installed the pulley same as the neighbor.
I could see they imitate good ideas themselves positively.

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Like this situation, we hope they rehabilitate their confidence among neighborhood and it spread to whole village and region.

Administration & Finance Officer Tomoo Nasuda




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March 27, 2014 in Sri Lanka |

Majallate Magazine

Kids’ magazine: Majallate is one of the famous magazines in Iraq. The magazine runs articles of the kid’s culture in Iraq and has ever been issued monthly for 44 years.

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A lot of Iraqi families get the magazine as it contains various themes and meaningful stories for children.

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After JEN undertaking editing one of the sections of the magazine with cooperation of MOE, the magazines had been distributed to students in the primary schools in the previous JEN projects. They expressed their admiration for it and they understood the importance of hygiene education and preservation of the environment which are contained in the magazine.

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Bassim Yousif


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March 27, 2014 in Iraq |

03/20/2014

Life standard of IDP,s in Pakistan

The recent air strikes cause of more than 23,061 families displacements in FATA. The existing caseload in kohat is 27,700. These IDP are living in rental houses.  Most of the families have very low monthly income Approx 5,000 PKR/Month.  In current situation their Common occupation is laboring.  UN and other humanitarian actor are providing food package on the monthly basis.

During Rapid Assessment Mr Aqal Baz permanent resident of Orakzai Agency currently leaving in Jarma Kohat told JEN staff that “I receive my monthly food package from an organization’s warehouse. This package cannot return me what I lost; my little children are surfing from last five years. They are growing like refugees. Our family structure is broken. The norms and Pakhtoon (tribal) values are demolished. So who will bring me back my prosperity? How could I rectify all that? We want to go back our home but can’t. How long we will stay over here, we don’t know”

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The question raised by Aqal Baz is genuine. His words are representing all other IDPs.  All Stakeholders need to think about solution of this problem, unless those IDPs will remain dislocated for many years.


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March 20, 2014 in Pakistan |