09/25/2014

Sri Lanka Festival 2014

This is information in Japan as an opportunity that you can feel Sri Lanka directly.

On 27th and 28th September, Sri Lanka Festival 2014 will be held at Stone & Light Square near Tokyo Big Site in Odaiba.
The venue was changed from Yoyogi Park!

This festival is organized by Embassy of Sri Lanka in Japan and 11th anniversary.

Embassy of Sri Lanka → click here

State of 2012 → click here

You can enjoy Sri Lankan food, tea and traditional dance there.

Don’t miss it!




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September 25, 2014 in Sri Lanka |

Baghdad status now

Most of Baghdad people are living now in an erratic tension because of the suddenly bomb in any location at any time or chimerical checkpoint. The chimerical check points consist of aggressive sectarian that target other religion group (Sunni). Most of Iraqi people in Baghdad have a critical life and have a dangerous life, 25% from Baghdad population or more leave the city after January to Kurdistan (Arbel or Sulaimaniya) or Turkey where it is safer. Many Iraqis are going to the united nation bureaus to get the resettlement in America or other countries.

From other side in July we note several thousand refugees coming from Tallaafar to Baghdad because of Al Mousil occupation by ISIS.  Mousil is the second largest city in Iraq and located up-north of Iraq. Large No. of young men are working as soldiers in the governmental army in the war at the west of Baghdad or to the north of Baghdad, and afraid of being killed.
The life in small cities around Baghdad, like Abu Gharib at the west of Baghdad or Yousifiya to the south of Baghdad and Tarmiya or Taji to the north of Baghdad, is very bad life; continuous arresting men at a random form.

After December 2013 where the war in Al Falluja & Al Rumadi starting most of the private jobs activity decreasing to 50% and after June when (Al Mousil occupation) the activity decreasing to 15%, most kinds of private jobs were stopped . As a result; the phenomena of kidnapping rich people for ransom has increased since two months.

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September 25, 2014 in Iraq |

My Past Experience in JEN

My name is James Malish a Hygiene promoter working for JEN since July 2009 up to date implementing WASH activities especially Hygiene Education in South Sudan Particularly in Central Equatoria State Counties. Since I was employed by JEN in 2009 as a Hygiene promoter, I have so far carried out Hygiene Promotion in 40 primary schools in Morobo County, 10 in Juba County and 15 in Otogo payam and currently in 5 schools in Mugwo Payam, Yei River County using PHAST (Participatory Hygiene And Sanitation Transformation) approach methodology, training of Water Management Committees and training of primary school teachers on PHAST approach.

The time I spent with JEN South Sudan was a memorable one for me as it was rich in experience-sharing and helped me discover my potentials. I have had so many rich experiences and opportunities that I personally believe will forever shape and influence my professional life while fostering personal growth and development

Working for JEN has propelled me to be able to overcome challenges and develop my career. I learnt extensively about hygiene and sanitation the relevance of WASH sector to state building in terms of development on hygiene promotion of Village transformation behavior, community participation, and sustainable developmental projects in South Sudan. The programme has enhanced my critical thinking and analytical skills as well as improved my professional and ability to work in a multicultural environment.

Working for JEN as Hygiene Promoter was not only an honor and privilege but a lifelong experience that will forever shape my professional life. Therefore, as you read this article, I believe that it will enhance your life and be blessed. I remain James Malish Hygiene Promoter JEN South Sudan.

[Figure above showing pupils of Undukori P/School attending Pre-KAP Survey.]
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September 25, 2014 in South Sudan |

09/18/2014

Registration of Displaced Families in Bannu, Pakistan

JEN has initiated emergency livestock support project for NWA displaced families in district Bannu.  Livestock is considered one of the major assets of the affected population. JEN has started registration in the targeted areas. During registration JEN will find out the accurate data of livestock which IDPs have brought with them.

The registration form is designed in such way that it will give information about the family, possession of livestock and types of livestock. Prevailing livestock’s diseases information and data of vaccinations received will be gathered. Availability of livestock shelter is also part of the registration form.

After getting all these information the registration form will be scrutinized and the package will be distributed among the IDPs families. The package contains two types of vaccination i.e. FMD (Food and Mouth Disease) for large animals and Enterotoxaemia for small animals. The animals will be dewormed against internal parasites. Shelter will be provided to the families to protect their livestock from extreme weather.  Food package comprise of Vanda and wheat straw will be given to the IDPs to retain health of the livestock and satisfy their hunger respectively.

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September 18, 2014 in Pakistan |

Floods in Baghlan Province

Almost 80% of Afghanistan is mountainous area, and this is one of the main reasons for flood in Afghanistan.  Flood in those mountainous areas causes casualties and damage to buildings, facilities, gardens, farms and natural resources every year.
One of the reasons for recent floods in northern part of Afghanistan is not seasonal rains but dry land and deforestation from mountain slopes by villagers for their daily needs for cooking foods.

Human lives and properties affected by flood in Afghanistan is people who built houses on the flood path. Weak economy  forced people to build houses on the slopes of hills and mountains. People are not aware of the risk of flood and they are facing the damage of flood.

The highest loss of life and property to the people in some areas of Baghlan was brought by Baghlan floods in 2014. The district of Guzarga-e- Noor is the largest damaged area. The village in this area is totally destroyed by flood. As a result, hundreds of houses are destroyed and hundreds of people were killed. Farang district is the second damaged area. A number of people and houses have been flood victims. The third damaged city is Pul-e-khumri in Quli Naw abad which has been washed a number of houses and full up the city water canal.

Mr. Qasaim, an elder of Gazargah-e-Noor district, said that more than hundreds of houses had been destroyed and several people including women and children had lost their lives in the last natural disaster. He also said that the affected people need humanitarian assistance as those who survived the devastating flood are living in open air.

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TThe humanitarian aid organization has been assisted those who survived the devastating flood and living in open air. One of the humanitarian aids among those was JEN, which organization distributed tent for the affected people who were living in open air and constructed protection wall to avoid next floods.
Mr. Gull Agha, who is living in the district of Qull Naw Abad, is free employ selling vegetables. A part of his poor house was shattered by recent floods. Mr. Gull Agha has thanked to humanitarian aid organization for their kind assistant, especially JEN who are working hard and constructed protection wall to obstacle next disaster.

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September 18, 2014 in Afghanistan |

Posters for prevention of Chikungunya and Dengue

In our project sites, there are still a lot of people affected by Chikungunya. We have written about the epidemic of Chikungunya in Haiti in our previous blog articles, and some of you might have already known about the disease. In general, Chikungunya has symptoms such as high fever and joint pain, which make people suffer greatly.

As Chikungunya, as well as Dengue, are transmitted by mosquitoes, it is important to prevent the increase of mosquitoes so as not to be affected by the diseases. For the purpose of disseminating accurate knowledge to local people, JEN has made posters and cards for our activities, thanks to supports from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan and our supporters.

[Posters for prevention of Chikungunya and Dengue]
140918_8The posters and cards describe symptoms of Chikungunya and Dengue, as well as how to prevent from the diseases. As you see in the pictures below, the visual images of the posters and cards help people easily understand the cause of the diseases and the way to prevent them. Using these posters and cards, JEN staff conducts our activities in our project sites, Grand Goave, Gressier and Leogane. Having correct knowledge about the diseases encourages people to change their behaviors by themselves, which have a great effect to the prevention of the diseases.

 
[Posters and cards for prevention of Chikungunya and Dengue]
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September 18, 2014 in Haiti |

09/11/2014

Parent-and-child Hometown-rediscovery Class’s 3rd Outdoor Experiences: Swimming, Camping

On August 20-21, the 3rd “Parent-and-child Hometown-rediscovery Class” was held, which took one night and two days.

JEN is hosting “Parent-and-child Hometown-rediscovery Class”, an out-of-door school for parents and their children in Ishinomaki, with the support of Ishinomaki city, the Ishinomaki City Board of Education and the Ishinomaki Nichinichi shinbun newspaper so that it may provide them an opportunity both to learn the history and appeal of their home town and to deepen the bond between them.

The latest class featured swimming and camping at Ajishima Island, a remote island off the coast of Ishonomaki. Shirahama bathing beach located to the west of the island has a shoal that blazes like emeradls and boasts one of the clearest water in Tohoku region. It was hard hit by the tsunami generated by the great earthquake, but was managed to reopen last summer thanks to islanders and volunteers from across the country.

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The weather hadn’t look promising at first, but the sky cleared up when they landed Ajishima Island, the day becoming the perfect day for swimming. Some of the children had hated going to the sea after the disaster, but the sight of the sea before them caused them to jump into the sea with not much time being wasted on warm-ups.

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Children called for extending hours allotted them for swimming.

It’s “Shima-no-gatsuko (our Island’s Kursaal)”, an accommodation facility opened in 2020, that the parents and children used this time. It was remodeled from Amicho junior high school closed in 2000 with the aim of promoting children’s sound growth by providing them with a joint retreat in Ajishima blessed with a good natural environment.

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The elementary rule of this facility is “Take Care of Yourself by Yourself in Group Living”, and so according to this rule the children determined the roles to be shared by them, prepared dinner and cleaned up after dinner by themselves. Then they enjoyed a firework display that they had been looking forward to, with it finishing the day. They seemed to have fallen asleep quickly perhaps because of tiredness from swimming.

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When JEN asked the parents about their motives for joining the class, the following answers came back: “to make up for the decrease in opportunities to play after the disaster”; “my child said he wanted to.”
When asked about “what changes in their children’s behavior they can see”, they made many positive remarks such as, “my child started to show aggressiveness”, “mental damage suffered from the disaster got to be eased” and so on.

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The next morning also the children prepared breakfast and cleared up. Compared with the first day, an improvement in children’s independence was evident and so the parents as well as JEN staff members could see the significance in having this event. At the end of the class, everyone joining in the class cleaned up Shirahama bathing beach.

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JEN is committed to continuing “Parent-and-child Hometown-rediscovery Class” as part of its efforts to provide an environment where children who will drive Ishinomaki’s rebuilding can grow vigorously.

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Account holder: JEN
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Please select “Tohoku Earthquake” from the pull-down.

For any inquiries regarding bank transfers, please contact Tomita or Asakawa in JEN Tokyo Office at 03-5225-9352

September 11, 2014 in Tohoku Earthquake |

My Experience with JEN

My name is Margaret Lindrio James; I am one of the national female staff employed by JEN South Sudan for Yei program since July 2013. I am a Community Mobilizer who mobilizes the community for JEN’s activities.   I love my Job as a community Mobilizer.  I have gained experience in community mobilization and working with communities.

[I am happy to work with JEN]
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I mobilized the women group called “TINATE” in Ombasi boma and TINATE means” THANK YOU” in Bari Language.  This group was empowered by JEN to produce soap to be used for hygiene promotion.  As the group was learning how to make soap, I also got the chance to learn through the group and now I have the knowledge and skill for making soap – I can now make soap for myself at home.

I was also involved in implementing the Emergency Response program to the IDPs in Kenyi Payam- Lainya County. I learnt a lot about how to deal with needy people, I also leant how to communicate with needy people and how to be patient. They are always appreciative and this always encourages me to love to work with communities.
A mother was very excited during the distribution of aid items in Loka West boma-Kenyi Payam. She said “Today my children will have a sound sleep!” after when she had received the mosquito net donated by JEN. She was very happy. She said she had had sleepless nights due to mosquito bites.

       
[Today my children will have a sound sleep!”]
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Though there were lots of check-points on the road we managed to transport aid items to the distribution sites, this happened simply because we had good communication skills and we were also respecting the authorities.
Personally, I have learnt a lot from JEN, which has enabled me to help the communities and also helped myself. My colleagues are cooperative and we work as a team.



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September 11, 2014 in South Sudan |

Polio in Iraq

UN uncovered the existence of 36 cases of polio in Syria neighboring to Iraq and two cases in Baghdad of Iraq, and the disease appeared in Iraq again after its disappearance for 14 years.

The United Nations has warned of the danger of the spread of the virus that causes the disease, which hits the nervous system wider in the Middle East. Iraqi Ministry of Health embarked on 10.08.2014 with the support of the World Health Organization and UNICEF with vaccination campaign against polio. This campaign is focus to protect from this disease for more than four million Iraqi children under the age of five in various parts of Iraq.

However, this campaign comes in a very difficult circumstance because Iraq is under armed conflict. The country suffers from displacement of large numbers of children to escape the violence and unrest. The campaign aims to reach children in different parts of Iraq and in conflict areas and displaced families and host alike, where violence has led to increased displacement within the country. According to UNICEF, the number of displaced are more than a million and a half since the beginning of this year and half of them are children. It is necessary of immediate action in order to prevent the spread of polio infection in Iraq.

The Iraqi Health Ministry has been prepared a wide awareness campaign to urge citizens on the need to vaccinate their children included numerous advertisements in public streets in addition of the advertisements broadcast in many TV channels and emphasized that the vaccination of children Not just once, but must be for six consecutive times.

The Iraqi Health Ministry has been prepared a wide awareness campaign to urge citizens on the need to vaccinate their children included numerous advertisements in public streets in addition of the advertisements broadcast in many TV channels and emphasized that the vaccination of children Not just once, but must be for six consecutive times.

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Thikra J. Elias



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September 11, 2014 in Iraq |

Self-introduction

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I am R.R.Vinothini newly appointed Admin Officer in JEN Sri Lanka Vavuniya Office. First of all I would like to express my sincere gratitude to the Jen Sri Lanka Team to offer me the chance to work with JEN Team to support the community in the resettlement areas.

Today on the first day I am very glad to hear about JEN’s activities in Sri Lanka since 2004 by supporting the Tsunami affected areas in Southern and following that in Eastern part of Sri Lanka and further expansion of its activity in the Manic farm IDPs by providing the water supply assistance which was the precious assistance for the IDPs during that time.

Hence, I am very much proud to be a team member of JEN Sri Lanka to work with the community to enhance their life and I am happy to say that I will give my fullest support and cooperation continuously to the JEN Sri Lanka to achieve the objective of the organization.

Further I am proud to say that JEN has stamped their good name and was very much popular in the manic farm. Through all the challenges of livelihood recovery of the returnees in Northern part of Sri Lanka JEN is still behind the innocent people (IDPs) and working hand in hand with its communities. People are very happy for the timely assistance by JEN.

As a Sri Lankan I am very much thankful to JEN and people of Japan for their timely assistance for the sustainability the vulnerable people of Sri Lanka and brought the confidence by rebuilding the livelihood activities and hope that JEN will uplift the vulnerable people in Sri Lanka by expanding their activities in various part of Sri Lanka. 

I express my best wishes to JEN for the success of the future activities.

Best wishes

R.R.Vinothini
Admin Officer
JEN Sri Lanka



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September 11, 2014 in Sri Lanka |