09/11/2014

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 |

09/04/2014

The color of a ball-point pen

The color of a ball-point pen varies from one country to another.
In Japan, black seems to be the most communally used color when signing or filling out official documents. Some say it is because blue is apt to fade away, and others say there remains a trace of India ink culture in Japan.

In Europe and the US, it is said that blue is often used. This may be because it is easy to tell sentences in blue from those in other colors when copied, or back when typewriters were used, corrections and signatures were in blue.

The backgrounds mentioned above aren’t clear, but the most commonly used color seems to vary.

Take South Sudan, for example.  It comes as a surprise to learn that green pens are  sometimes used to sign documents.
The following picture shows a part of a document with a signature on it. Can you see that the signature on the left is green?

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Signatures are not always written in green. According to local JEN staff members, a green pen is used specifically when the person signing the official document is authorized to make the final decision. For example, when JEN exchanged a memorandum with the local government, the government signed and sealed the document in green.

So, why green? In English, the phrase “give the green light” is another way of saying “give permission”. Some of the local staff members say the use of green pens is derived from this situation, or others say it can’t be.

Even something as simple as the color of a ball-point pen varies from country to country.    


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September 4, 2014 in South Sudan, Sudan |

JEN’s vehicle in South Sudan

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Large-size four-wheel-drive vehicles, like seen in the picture above, are used in JEN's activities.
JEN uses this type of vehicle, not a standard-sized one, because the roads JEN's vehicle runs on everyday are usually unpaved. Even those that are paved are usually damaged or have potholes.

Even off-road type vehicles like this one often have troubles with the suspension system. JEN brings its vehicle to car maintenance shops for inspection regularly. As a means of transportation, such vehicles are indispensable for JEN's activities, so JEN makes it a point to take the vehicles in for regular inspections so as not to disrupt the schedule of JEN's activities.

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The picture above shows the license plate of our vehicle. Do you see the word “NGO” on the plate? Actually, this is the license plate for Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO). A great number of NGOs are working in South Sudan, and many of their vehicles also have NGO license plates like this.

Today's topic is something about vehicles in South Sudan.


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September 4, 2014 in South Sudan, Sudan |

JEN’s 20th Foundation Anniversary Posters

This year marks the 20th anniversary of JEN’s foundation and so a variety of programs are ongoing. As part of the programs, two different posters, “Arigato(I appreciate your help)!” and “Wash Your Hands!”, were put up in JEN’s offices in Ishinomaki like in seven countries abroad where JEN is working.

In 2011, following the occurrence of the great earthquake, you could watch TV stations broadcast commercials to raise public awareness and encourage a sense of unity by Japan Advertising Council, and also the word “Arigato (I appreciate your help)!” was heard to be exchanged many times in daily life. That corresponds with Ishinomaki staff member’s comment like “the word ‘Arigato’ reminds me of the great earthquake.” I remembered rediscovering that it’s essential to say aloud the Arigato in order to convey your appreciation to others while hearing the word repeatedly at that time.

We Japanese live in such an environment where we can use clean, safe water as much as we like that we say “Wash Your Hands!” without being aware of our water blessed environment. However, when the great earthquake broke out, the biggest problem we faced was the lack of access to water. In Japan, now that the environment in which we can wash our hands anywhere and anytime is nothing special, we usually haven’t felt the worth of water. In fact we are apt to forget that this environment we consider natural is not the case abroad. But looking at this poster was a good opportunity for us to reflect on the fact that many people in the countries where JEN’s staff members are working don’t have access to safe, clean water.

【JEN’s staff members before a poster put on the wall of Ishinomaki office】
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While thinking of fellow JEN members working abroad, members of Ishinomaki office can reach the same thoughts with them. We are committed to forging ahead with its mission to realize a warless and dispute less world and a society where everybody can independently live in happiness.

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September 4, 2014 in Tohoku Earthquake |

Haitian food

Haitian people eat rice as their staple diet. While rice is a staple of Japanese food as well, unlike Japanese people, Haitian people usually cook rice with salt and oil. Generally, Haitian food uses a lot of oil, compared to Japanese food.

As seen in the photos below, Haitians cook red beans with rice, and the beans make the rice looks red. The red rice looks similar to Japanese festive food, “Sekihan” (rice steamed with red adzuki beans) but they have completely different tastes. This red rice is one of the typical Haitian dishes. In Haiti, people often cook meat seasoned by lemons and limes with tomato paste.

 
[Rice with beans]          
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[Red beans sauce]
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[Chicken cooked with tomato paste]
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In Haiti, people also eat fried bananas and food like donuts, which is made of a vegetable. 

[Donuts made of Haitian vegetable]
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In Haiti, we enjoy a lot of fruits such as bananas, mangos, and pomegranates. The country’s tropical climate makes it possible to eat mangos almost throughout a year. There are mango trees around JEN Haiti office, and we are looking forward to eating the mangos soon.

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September 4, 2014 in Haiti |

Support to IDPs/Expected Returnees in District Kohat

With the start of the conflict in FATA in 2009-10, huge displacement took place in Orakzai and Kurram agencies (FATA), similar to other bordering areas with Afghanistan. Many areas are being cleared by the military and families returned back to their places of origin. However thousands of families still remained in the settled areas of Khyber Pakhtonkhwa like Kohat, DI Khan, Hangu, Peshawar. FDMA (Fata Disaster Management Authority) announced to initiate return process for the IDPs of Orakzai agency from September 2014. JEN decided to support 1,000 families in Kohat District, supported by UNOCHA. The package was designed to fulfill their emergency needs and items which they can carry with ease upon initiation of their return process. The NFI package/family included: Folding bed, Plastic sheet for roof, Bamboo poles and ropes for shelter, Jerry can to bring and store clean drinking water, Solar lamp to provide light during night time when no electricity is available in those rural areas, Plastic mat to use as a carpet to sleep and sit on.

JEN selected UC Jarma and Shahpur for distribution of NFIs. Initially it seemed very difficult to distribute the packages within given time due to security and hardship of the areas, but the efforts of motivated JEN staff were the reason that JEN distributed these packages to 1,000 families. The community is conservative on gender issues. From the start JEN reached out the community elders and mobilized them to the extent that they agreed to allow our female staff to visit the targeted areas. There were FGDs (Group Discussions) conducted prior to selection of beneficiaries to advocate the project aim/objective and the selection criteria. This made the beneficiaries understand the concept and avoidance of any hurdle/trouble from their side in the project activities.

Three distributions took places to cover both the UCs. In total JEN has distributed 373 packages in UC Shahpur and 627 in UC Jerma. The beneficiaries showed immense satisfaction on these items. They argued that these are at least covering some of their immediate needs of shelter, water, light etc. These items are easy to carry and these will not only be utilized during their stay at settled areas but will also be used when they will return to homes.

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September 4, 2014 in Pakistan |

Provision of child’s beds for Parwan 100beds Hospital and assistance to promote

The ministry of public health (MoPH) and department of public health (DoPH)have been working closely with the United Nations, USAID, other development partners and NGOs for the improvement of maternal and newborn health in Afghanistan and as you know the maternal and infant high mortality are still big challenges for Afghan population.
As a Parwan DoPH request for needed children beds and Family Planning training for the Parwan 100 beds hospital to JEN, after assessment JEN suggested this project for Kiwanis International Association to assist in this problem reduction with  Parwan 100 beds hospital, fortunately this project approved by Kiwanis International Association and JEN conducted this project in August.

As a first activity, JEN provided 3days family planning training on (16,17 and 18 of August/2014 ) for 15 selected midwives of DOPH from all 10 districts of Parwan province, this training discussed about these topics in details such as physiology and anatomy of women’s reproductive health, common family palnning method, Counseling about family planning, this training was much useful and appreciated from Parwan DOPH and participants, as a JEN protocol these 15 trained  midwives will provide same training to remaining 55 midwives and health workers in order to improve maternity and child health through conducting counseling in all hospital and health centers in Parwan provice.

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Family Planning and its benefits: Family planning, by saving lives of women and children, contributes to achieving the development goals of reducing child mortality, improving maternal health, and promoting empowerment of women. It also contributes to the goal of combating HIV/AIDS.
As a second activity, JEN provided and handed over 10 beds for Parwan 100 beds hospital pediatric ward on 28-Aug/2014 which was the first referral source of all 10 districts of Parwan province and it will prevent the transmission of disease between pediatric patients who were share using  an adult bed with other patients in hospital pediatric section.

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On behalf of Parwan people and Parwan PHD,Dr.Qasam”Sangin” Parwan 100 beds hospital director was thankful  and much appreciated JEN national and international staff hard efforts regarding this assistance, special thanks from Kiwanis-International Association .We also received appreciation letters from the director of the hospital.

Reporter:
Dr.Mirwais”Omerzoi”
Senior Field Officer
JEN-Afghanistan

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September 4, 2014 in Afghanistan |

08/28/2014

Thank you poster

My name is Emmanuel Kenneth and I am one of the national staff employed by JEN since July 2013 as an Administration Officer based in Juba with frequent travel to the field side.

With time I came to learn about programs activities in Otogo payam in Yei River Nile in Central Equatoria State, looking at the impact of the activities and JEN’s presence in South Sudan I am very proud to be one of the cooperative team, our hygiene promoters are specialized in training selected trainers by the community leaders who afterwards train the community in hygiene awareness as well as in the schools_ and the impact reflected itself alone when the recent cholera outbreak across South Sudan, even in Yei River County, no one from Otogo payam was affected nor Rubeke sub boma.

I am also very glad to see JEN working in the Economic Empowerment Program that supported women empowerment group and soap making group in Ombasi to produce soaps to enhance hygiene promotion and income generation, those bars of soap have also been distributed to the IDP`s in Keny payam when the fight broke out in South Sudan in December 15th, 2013.

JEN`s water point preventive operational and maintenance (POM) program has benefited the community by educating community leaders in sustainability of boreholes while POM mechanics are trained to mechanically maintain and repair borehole installed in the community areas those boreholes provide adequate water to the community.

Through all challenges of insecurity, road accessibility, transport and lack of qualified mechanics JEN`s is still behind the people of South Sudan and working hand in hand with its community members.

Personally I have been trained by the international staff in reporting system and its timeline, security and its importance, finance, and remote management, which has a very big impact on my capacity development and I am very thankful to work with professionals.

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August 28, 2014 in South Sudan |