10/30/2014

Bonjour in Creole

Republic of Haiti has two official languages; French and Creole.
Creole is widely spoken in daily life in Haiti, and people usually use French in official occasions, as well as written documents.

In JEN Haiti office, Haitian staff speaks Creole.
Let me introduce some words in Creole.

Hello = Bonju
Thank you = Mèsi
Thank you very much!= Mèsi anpil
No problem = Pa gen pwoblèm
Really? = Sa’wm dim la

As some of you might notice, some words are similar to French words.
If you have a chance to come to Haiti, we would be very happy if you use some of the Creole words above with us!

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Office Assistant
Claudel Beauge

October 30, 2014 in Haiti |

The teaching in debarking

From the UNESCO report before 1991, it was considered that the teaching in Iraq was the best in the middle east. The primary schools are consisted all the kids that mean, there are no kids in the age of primary don’t enter the school and the number of illiterates reached to zero.   

After the gulf war the teaching continuous in debarking from 1991 till now, the UNESCO report considered the teaching in Iraq now is taken with third position from the bottom in middle east at the teaching field. There are 48 thousands students leaving the schools and departing to the work at different jobs. This number is forming 5% from the total numbers of the kids at the age of schools from the first primary to the 12 secondary.

More than 500 teachers were killing in the last 10 years; this caused falling in the teaching level, falling in the teacher’s ethics.

The falling in teaching aptness is one of the causes to debarking the teaching level. From these reasons above, we see a continuous rising in the ratio of the illiterates in Iraq, at the last competed statistical from the two ministries (education and high education) 74% from the age 15-24 years do not able to read and writing. One of the important reasons is the co acting of the militias and parties on the teaching field and they have low aptness to directed the teaching field … the result from these reasons can be the illiterates continuous to rising.   

[High No. in classrooms]
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October 30, 2014 in Iraq |

The Distribution Pattern

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With the start of new project, JEN field team sat together to formulate pattern/model for distribution of livestock feed package and temporary shelter due to the fact the package is a heavy one i.e. 5 bundles/packets of wheat straw, 2 bags of vanda, one tarpuline sheet with 10 bamboos and 350ml (2 bottles) of de-wormers for one family. It was decided that one side the field team (including technical staff) will engage the beneficiaries in awareness sessions, registration and signing of distribution documents and on the other side logistic team will prepare the per family packages. The distribution points were carefully selected keeping in view the space needed as per number of households for each distribution. It was decided to go for 200 households per distribution. So far distribution has been done for 400 households.

The first distribution point was only enough to accommodate 200 packages. It was realized to go for a bigger place where the distribution would be done with ease.

The focal persons/community elders were contacted. A huge piece of land was identified and was given to JEN free of cost. It was more than enough for JEN to distribute 200 packages to 200 Households.
The distribution went as per the agreed pattern. The community was gathered at one place, where information was shared in session with them regarding the distribution process and about the items quantity and usages.

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After the session, verification of tokens and signing of distribution documents took place. At the same time the logistic unit prepared the packages. The tokens were collected and each Household was given their livestock feeding package and temporary shelter for livestock.

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This is the first project started to support North Waziristan IDPs for their most important livelihood source of livestock. JEN will continue its support to these vulnerable families and to uplift their livelihoods.


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October 30, 2014 in Pakistan |

Impact of JEN activities on health and hygiene of people!

JEN has been working in Parwan province since 2010 to improve the health status of the students, JEN is constructing WASH facilities in the schools by the support of JPF. Apart from that hygiene education is also an integral part of JEN’s activities. Hygiene education program is targeting students, teachers and mullahs.

Various surveys by JEN and even by some government departments show that JEN hygiene education programme has a very significant impact on the lives of the students as well as community.

Each year JEN conducts monitoring surveys in the schools to measure the impact of its hygiene education programme. This year in 2014 monitoring survey was conducted in 3 months out of 4 months.

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The results of the monitoring survey are very encouraging. According to 2014 monitoring results 45.67% students have very good hygiene practices in the month of June. The ratio increased to 62.10% in august and even further increased to 64.97% in the month of October.. The survey also suggests that 18.79% students have poor hygiene practices when first monitoring survey was conducted in June. The ratio further decreased to 5.70% in august. This ratio further decreased to 4.29% in October which is a huge change. . The survey suggests that these figures will be more improved in the coming months. The biggest achievement is that there are no students in the high grades who have poor hygiene practices and habits.

Apart from that the statistical data of MoPH shows that the ratio of diarrhea in the JEN targeted areas is decreasing very sharply. MoPH data shows that the decrease ratio is more significant in the JEN targeted areas as compared to Non-targeted areas. In JEN targeted areas the diarrhea ratio decreased by 53.5% since 2009 as compared to 5.3% in the non targeted districts.The continuous decrease in diarrhea ratio suggests that hopefully this declining trend will be going on in the future. 

By observing the latest results, it can be said that after intervention of JEN, health and hygiene status of the students and communities improved a lot.

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Hanief Khan,
Senior Programme Assistant,
JEN Islamabad Office.

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October 30, 2014 in Afghanistan |

10/23/2014

As a team member of hygiene promotion activity

My name is Bidali Frank. I am a native of Yei River County. I am glad that I am part of this outstanding effort being exerted in the community to inculcate better hygiene behaviors and practices to prevent disease by JEN.
Yei is located in the southern part of South Sudan. It is about 160Km south-west of Juba, the capital of Republic of South Sudan and also that of Central Equatoria State. It is a homeland for the Kakwa people, who are found along the common borders of South Sudan, DR Congo and Uganda. In South Sudan the Kakwa people are found in the two counties of Yei and Morobo.

Yei town, which has in the recent past been promoted into a municipality is one of the rapidly growing towns in South Sudan due to its location and largely because of the hospitable and peace-loving nature of its original inhabitants, the Kakwa people.  It is now one of the most ethnically diverse cities in South Sudan after the national capital, Juba.
It is important to note that as it is characteristic of all post-war communities, the level of education of the people in
Yei is still very low among the metropolitan population and worst among the rural populace.  There is a very high mortality rate from diseases that would be prevented if the people had the knowledge. 

I am very grateful to Japan Emergency NGO (JEN) for coming in to educate the people on the populace of Yei River County on hygiene and sanitation. Within a period of less than 2 years of JEN’s intervention in Yei River County, there  has been a tremendous impact. For instance the cholera outbreak in May 2014 in South Sudan did not kill as many people in Yei as it did in the other affected counties in the country.

I am very much thankful that I take part in this transformation process in villages. Thank to JEN and all its donors. Please do more to save more from death!!

[Bidali Frank (holding the JEN banner on the extreme right in the back row), posing for a group photo with Community Hygiene Club members after a workshop.]
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October 23, 2014 in South Sudan |

Interview to a beneficiary in Kilinochchi

I am a native of Iththavil village. We have 7 children; Eldest daughter aged 19 years old forcibly had to join the Militant group and died during the war. The only permanent income is earning by my daughter who is employed in a garment factory (textiles). This my husband is doing day to day odd jobs from which income I am maintaining my family though it is not enough to fulfil all needs.

About the village, this is a village directly affected by the war and fully destroyed. Houses, common buildings, drainage system and even big trees were completely destroyed. We were displaced from 2004 until 2012. When we came back we saw the village is like a cemetery.

We always think our present living and try to manage with what we earn or have as we realize that this is the only way to make us alive and live peacefully. We do not depend on neighbors to meet our needs. We are confident about hard work, effort and earn is our vision which give us happiness. Our future hope is to educate our children and make them good citizens.

About a Cooperative society, I have no many ideas to share but I know by being working as a group we can save time, share new ideas, support to promote social infrastructure, economic development etc. can be done.

[Beneficiaries]
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October 23, 2014 in Sri Lanka |

10/16/2014

Selection of Distribution Point

Selection of distribution point is one of the challenging task for JEN team. It is a systematic and consultative process described as under

•Planning session
•Identification of Distribution Point
•Assessment by AIM Officer for safety and security
•Final selection and approval by PDMA and 101 Division of army

JEN team holds a brief planning session before identification of Distribution point. In this meeting AIM Unit, Program Unit and admin/logistics and finance unit take active participation and each unit/department give their valuable inputs.

The Geographical location has great importance. The Distribution point should be easily and equally accessible for beneficiaries, vendor, JEN team and the other stakeholders. There should be proper shelter which protects beneficiaries from different elements like rain, sun stroke, violence, militancy attacks etc. The workplace safety and security is most important for smooth, peaceful and successful completion of distributions activities.  JEN team places banners/pamphlets or sign boards and also request to government for police which are helpful to control crowed during distribution.

Service time is also important factor and distribution activity should be completed in time well before dusk. Transparency of project activities like registration of beneficiaries, token distributions and package distribution among beneficiaries is most important factor which reduces the chances of conflicts and distrust between JEN, beneficiaries and other stakeholders.   Active coordination with stakeholders including PDMA, district authorities and army is helpful in reducing the miscommunications and smooth functioning of project activities.

Post distribution evaluation session is also held in office for the purpose of addressing gapes and improvements in future. 



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October 16, 2014 in Pakistan |

Washing hands poster @Haiti

In our office, like other JEN offices overseas, we display JEN’s washing hands poster. Let me take this opportunity to write about “washing hands” with details.

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“Washing hands”. This is for most of people an insignificant unconscious concept. As a Water, Sanitation and Hygiene promotion specialist (WASH) this is much more than a concept. A part of my work is to encourage people to do it the maximum time that they can do and at the crucial time. From my long experience, I have faced several critical times when washing hands was able to decrease significantly an outbreak of any virus or cholera. And if you think that this concept is only for the third world, sorry to say that you are wrong.

In our society this concept was completely neglected after the massive expansion of antibiotic after the Second World War. The idea was that we can kill all disease if we have the correct antibiotic. It’s not rare to have a prescription of antibiotic for a virus. I can remember the last time we had a massive campaign on washing hands in my country; it was for the H1N1 flue. At the end the pharmacy group made more profit with their injection than the cosmetic group with their soap.
Washing hands makes entire sense here because the situation is critical for several reasons. If there is an outbreak of a virus that can be prevent on washing hand you have to make a maximum effort on that.

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First of all, it is because the majority of people do not afford for a medication. Secondly because the health sector doesn’t have the capacity to response to an outbreak etc.

Washing hands it’s not enough to prevent the transmission of disease; it has to be done in a correct way. For instance an efficient washing hand has to be done in 30 seconds. I can assure you that only a small part of our society does it correctly, and we usually call them maniac. I take a bet with you that you take much less than 30 seconds to clean your hands.

The first time I was on the field for a survey, I ask all day long the people to show me how they wash their hands. I was amazed how they proceed. They clean their hands better than a surgeon. Just to say, that the difficulty of our work it’s not only to “teach people how to clean their hands” because they know it, maybe better than me. However the most difficult part is to convince that this effort (including financially) will benefit them.

Finally “washing hands” is not enough it should be complete by “with soap” if we want to be more efficient.

Head of Office, Haiti
Ludovic Blanco


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October 16, 2014 in Haiti |

10/09/2014

Kadonowaki Junior High Student Council Wins Volunteer Spirit Award for its Efforts on "Spreading Flowerbed through Human Connection Movement"

The 18th Volunteer Spirit Award was granted to the student council of Ishinomaki Municipal Kadonowaki Junior High School.

This award aims at developing the spirit of volunteerism among junior-high-school and high-school students by parsing volunteer activities, promoting exchanges with other students, and letting other students know more about volunteer activities.

The criteria for deciding the winner of the award are contribution to communities, creativity, ability to make a plan and execute it out, leadership, and what was learned and felt. These criteria are examined synthetically.

Kadonowaki Junior High School admits the graduates of Ishinomaki Municipal Kadonowaki Elementary School and Omachi Elementary School. The school districts where the two elementary schools are located were severely hit by the tsunami, and in particular Kadonowaki Elementary School was burn down. The tsunami and following fire have left the whole districts including Minamicho town completely changed, and the town looked like “a deserted city” in the students’ eyes who used to live there. “We hope to make a flowerbed in our inflicted school’s playground and make people happy with flowers of many different colors,” that was what they thought, for many people around the country came to Kadonowaki Elementary School to check on the disaster damage..

【Burned-out building and playground of Kadonowaki Elementary School】
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The teachers of the school consulted with the city board of education to realize the students’ idea, but they were told it was difficult to set up a flowerbed in the school premises because the reconstruction plan of the school had yet to be made. JEN helped “the students in the most affected city, Ishinomaki, take the initiative in cheering communities.” JEN rented a vacant lot a short distance back from the school and removed rubbles, weeds and litters from the lot to prepare soil for flowers.

In November 2012, many local people and volunteers cooperated in making a flowerbed and planting tulip bulbs. A surprising number of flowers imbued with the students’ hope bloomed next spring. In the autumn of 2013, the flowerbed was taken over from the second graders who first came up with the idea to the first graders.

【107 students in the second grade and volunteers who helped the students】
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【In May 2013 flowers bloomed in all their beauty.】
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The Volunteer Spirit Award was to reward the students for their efforts to revitalize communities. No doubt Ishinomaki’s future leaders who bear its reconstructions are growing. JEN continues grooming future leaders.


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October 9, 2014 in Tohoku Earthquake |

Pojulu people

I am Lujang Robert Stephen Yatta Lemi. I am a South Sudanese national and a Pojulu by tribe from Lainya County, Central Equatorial State. I was born in a small village called Loka West, 70 miles away from the capital Juba. I would like to talk about my tribe, Pojulu people.

[A pregnant woman, carrying a child, a bucket of water and a bundle of wood ]
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The Pojulu ethnic groups are of the savanna lands in the White Nile Valley, in the Equatorial region of South Sudan. They are Nilotic peoples and part of the Karo people — which also includes Bari, Mundari, Kakwa, Kuku, and Nyangwara.
The Pojulu divides into smaller clans of Nyori, Morsak, Goduck, Lobora, Mulusuk, Pirisa, Malari, Mankaro and a few other smaller ones. The population of the Pojulu is estimated to be 950,000 (individuals), of whom 250,000 are women.
The majority of the Pojulu population inhabit in Lainya county of Central Equatorial State. The Pojulu are also found in Juba and Yei counties of the state.

[Thatched roofed house of the Pojulu, in South Sudan.]
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Caption:[ Loka West Plantation Teak: the largest teak plantation of my home area.]
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The name Pojulu is derived from several sources. The Pojulu can be differentiated in the way all Bari speakers pronounce words, the way all other Bari speakers say their greetings, and the way each group socialize.

The Pojulu people speak the Kutuk na Pojulu language, as other Karo people, but with particular dialectic variation which highlights the difference between the Pojulu among the Karo. This Bari language has some distinct variations linked to people’s daily activities and traditions that have evolved over time from these experiences.

This is a brief story about my culture of my tribe Pojulu.
Thanks,

Lujang Robert.



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October 9, 2014 in South Sudan, Sudan |