07/24/2014

Bonjour from JEN Haiti office

JEN Haiti office is located in Leogane, a town one hour away from the capital city of Haiti, Port-au-Prince. The office is surrounded by greenery. The town is nice and quiet, and we can see sugar cane fields on the side of the road to the capital. Leogane was the epicenter of the Haitian earthquake in 2010, where people suffered from huge damage and destruction. While many other NGOs set up their offices in the capital, JEN is based in Leogane, as our motto is “working closer to people in need”.

 
[Our office]                         
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[View from the office]
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For the moment, there are around 15 staff and one watch dog (her name is Lorka) in the office; head of office, Ludovic from France (who has already written some blog articles), construction team and hygiene promoters (led by the local staff, Berlande), and admin staff (including Japanese staff from HQ).

[Staffs]
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[Lorka]
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In the morning, JEN Haiti office wakes up with roosters cry and lowing of cows living around the office. All staff comes to the office at 8 am, and the construction team goes to construction site, and hygiene promoters go to the field to do their activities respectively. Head of office also goes to the field, sometimes to the capital city for meetings, and also works from the office as well.

  
[Construction team]               
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[Hygiene promoters]
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Admin team literally does the back-office admin work, but here in Haiti, they have another important work. That is to keep the electricity running! Since the supply of electricity in the country is irregular, we have to charge our inverters while it’s on, and when the charge runs out, we have to operate a generator. If we live in Japan, it would not be easy to imagine this situation, but keeping electricity running is a very important mission for us! (It’s because, needless to say, we cannot use internet, charge cell phones, and even use fans without electricity).

Although our working environment is not so easy, our staff is tough and we continue to fight all the difficulties that we face to get the job done!


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July 24, 2014 in Haiti |

Fresh displacement from NWA to Kohat

Military operation causes displacement of 470,000 individuals from North Waziristan Agency FATA to settled areas of KP. Approximately 2,000 individuals have registered in district Kohat. Around 7,000 individuals have crossed district Kohat to Peshawar and Punjab province.

On request of UNOCHA-Kohat office, JEN participated in a rapid needs assessment of displaced people from NWA in district Kohat. Purpose of the needs assessment was to count the number of displaced people arrived in Kohat and to know their most urgent humanitarian needs.

District authorities have established two registration points to record number of displaced people from NWA. At 1st registration point individuals residing in district Kohat are recorded while on 2nd registration displaced People crossing district Kohat towards Peshawar and province Punjab are recorded. 

PDMA (provincial Disaster management authority) has also revised its guidelines for humanitarian organizations to work with the affected people. PDMA has remarkably expedited its NOC processing process. It will make the affected people to get timely humanitarian assistance.

The needs are very high of those displaced people and Humanitarian response is slow due to security situation of the region. Still many organizations and UN are on ground to support those vulnerable communities.



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July 24, 2014 in Pakistan |

Nothing could stop us

After Japan Platform approved the proposal of Emergency Assistance for flood damages in Baghlan province, JEN-Afghanistan has started to prepare new office, recruitment and initiated procurement process.  According to the plan, JEN team has started the project activities in Puli Khumri/ Baghlan.

In the response of huge flash floods which occurred in June 2014 in Guzargah-e-Noor district of Baghlan province JEN team is already in the target area. It is the month of Ramadan and we can’t eat or drink for more than 16 hours a day.  When we go to field we eat Sahari (breakfast at 3 am) and move toward Guzargah-e-Noor district to assess the situation and select targeted beneficiaries for tents and hygiene kits. That area is far so that’s why we have to leave very early to reach there on time.

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It’s mentionable that when we visit flood affected families we have to cross 3 districts to reach to Guzargah-e-Noor district from our office in Puli Khurmi, the road is not asphalted and it’s a bumpy. The condition is already bad because of flash floods.

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The other day it took 5.5 hours travel when we reach to a hilltop named Pulfi where the road was blocked, one of our colleague said that it’s really hard to pass this hilltop let’s turn back to base (the height of this peak is approximately 2871m). What should we do? After discussion we decided that nothing can stop us and we have to move forward. We waited for caterpillar to open the road and after clearing we crossed it.

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After travelling a few kilometers there was another road blockage, but due to our team spirit, confidence, leadership and inspiration which team leader gave to other colleagues, finally we could reach to the targeted area.

Some of the villages are completely demolished due to floods and the people are in the urgent need of shelters, FI & NFI, Cash payment and livestock to restore their normal life level because they have nothing of human being basic needs. JEN is trying it is best to support some of the most vulnerable people with its project.

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Senior Field Officer
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July 24, 2014 in Afghanistan |

07/17/2014

Nature Jonglei state

As South Sudan has celebrated her third anniversary I am writing a brief article about nature of Jonglei state as it is the largest among the ten states of the Republic of South Sudan, moreover the civil war began in its town Bor in 1983 as a district under administration of Upper Nile when Sudan and South Sudan was one country.

The state covers an area of 1.3 square km consisting of eleven counties.
Jonglei is bordering Ethiopia in the east Kenya in the south

Jonglei state is inhabited by six Nilotic ethnic groups, namely Nuer, Dinka,. The population of Jonglei is 1.2 million (according to the disputed 2008 census results).

The socio-economics of Jonglei state relies mainly on agro-pastoralist and fishing communities. The state has two major seasons known as the dry and wet seasons.
The average annual rainfall during the wet season, usually 7-8 months per year, is 400-1100mm. The communities have strong cultural roots and most of their activities are dominated by traditional practices such as initiations, scars and cattle keeping

For instance, in Nuer community the initiation is done through tattooing and removing of lower teeth for any boy or a girl to be qualified to adulthood, whilst in the Dinka culture, in addition to these practices, the male must kill a bull in order to be promoted from childhood to adulthood.

Emmanuel Kenneth Duku (Administrative officer)



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July 17, 2014 in South Sudan, Sudan |

Thank you poster

I am pleased to hear that JEN celebrated its twentieth anniversary in 2014 for its twenty years operations for providing assistance to help peoples’ life.
On this twentieth anniversary occasion, As JEN staff of Sri Lanka I express my heartiest thanks to JEN to support and provide assistance to the most vulnerable people in Sri Lanka to live independently.

I am very  proud to be for a JEN’s staff to work with the community to enhance their life. Therefore, I offer my heartfelt thanks to JEN for giving me this great opportunity. As a Sri Lankan and a staff of JEN I offer my continuous support to continue the projects which are carried out by JEN in our country to enhance our peoples live.

I am very  happy to hear the voice from the community where the JEN done its assistance are still remains and remembering in their hearts. They are much thankful to JEN always.
Sri Lanka is offering its gratitude to JEN for still getting JEN’s assistance to improve peoples’ lives from different project for many years and it will help people to sustain their life in future.  Really JEN triggered vulnerable peoples’ eyes to open wide and exposed them the green lights in their live.

Finance Officer   M.Priyatharjini

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July 17, 2014 in Sri Lanka |

School Building shortage

There is a big shortage in the buildings numbers against the schools numbers in Iraq’s governorates.

If we take one of the governorate such as Babil province,  the schools Number is 1280 schools but the buildings number is 830 , which means that most of the buildings have more than one schools. In the other governorate like Kirkuk many of buildings have three schools and some building have five schools like Al Mujahidin school. Some areas in Kirkuk have only one building for the primary and no buildings for the intermediate and secondary school for girls. Therefore, they use caravans which have very short age comparing with the buildings. These schools use caravans which have a small classroom and are able to contain 50-60 students. There are 469 schools in Iraq like this style.

The capital governorate Baghdad announced that 4000 buildings are needed in Iraq, and the directorate of Baghdad governorate said that 500 caravans will be provided as a temporary solution.

[Intermediate school for girls in Al Hawiga (using caravan as the classroom)]
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July 17, 2014 in Iraq |

07/10/2014

Volunteer Work Turns into a New Style: “Let’s go to the sea!”

Following the 3/11 disaster, many people from across the country, including personnel and volunteers, have visited seaside communities in the Oshika peninsula to help with disaster-relief work. Locals in the communities have had aspiration: “We’d like to say a big thankyou to those people who helped us and stay connected with as many people as possible.” That led JEN to launch a new program in the end of 2012 named “Let’s go to the sea!”, a series of tour events. The program is aimed at encouraging the locals to “rebuild their communities for the future” by providing them an exchange environment with people from outside. The committee composed of the locals are hosting the program, JEN helping them organize it.
The program provides you an opportunity where you can not only enjoy the Oshika peninsula’s attraction to fullest, including fishing, the cycle of the seasons, but have a nice long talk about community recovery.

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This time we will introduce to you the people who joined in the eights “Let’s go to the sea!” held in July. They came from Tokyo, Chiba, as well as from as far afield as Kobe and Hokkaido. During the wo-day trip they had an opportunity to interact with locals in the Oshika peninsula, the interaction developing into spontaneous exchanges among themselves. Listening to the locals talk about their actual experiences during the disaster, seeing the locals coping positively with recovery, they were able to learn realities on the ground that media outlets don’t report. Finally, the participants and the locals were seen to pledge a reunion at the next “Let’s go to the sea!”

The Participants were heard to say:

・“I’ve been wondering whether to volunteer in the quake-hit areas in Tohoku; I decided to participate in the program, ‘Let’s go to the sea!’, because it’s an experienced-based program and so I thought I might be able to enjoy myself by joining it.”
・”I was able to hear the situation in Tohoku on the ground after the disaster; I’ve read it in the media but found that the actual experience was totally different.”
・”This event’s biggest appeal is that you can interact with the locals; they are genuinely kindhearted, warm and so I came to like Oshika very much.”
・”Unique to this program is that you can volunteer to participate in festivals; and also impressive thing about this program is that they work together to organize the festival, displaying smile.”
All told, it seems that they became aware of and learned many things during the program.

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【A commemorative photo after exchange party.】
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Next program is held at a remote island, Ajishima, on July 12-13. Come to enjoy the beautiful natural scenery of the island and gorgeous blue sea.
Participate in “Let’s go to the sea!”, a new style of recovery assistance that replaces volunteer work, and experience what the Oshika peninsula of today is like three years after the disaster.

【They experienced hauling fixed nets.】
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Future Plans:

The eleventh event;
- Saturday August 9 and following Sunday
- Beach and site cleanup, fishing experience and sea bathing

○The twelfth event;
- Tuesday September 9
- Experience in carrying mikoshi and joining naorai (feast) in traditional festival at Oginohama

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○Postal transfer account No.: 00170-2-538657
Account holder: JEN
Please write “Tohoku Earthquake” on the liaison column.
○Credit card: http://bit.ly/c7R8iA
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

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July 10, 2014 in Tohoku Earthquake |

World Cup

Soccer is the national sport in Haiti. The first official international match of Haitian team dated March 22, 1925. It was in 1974 when Haitian national team participated in the FIFA World Cup. That year was a pivotal one in the history of soccer and audiovisual in Haiti. Since then, Haitian people could watch football matches on TV.

There are 12 clubs in the national championship. The most popular clubs are Racing Club Haïtien, Violette, Aigle Noir AC. People in Haiti like to watch soccer on TV, while they do not often go to the stadium. On weekends, they enjoy other international championships such as Spain, England, Italy, and France, as well as other Champions League also.

The FIFA World Cup 2014 affects life in Haiti. This is the priority of many Haitians despite the Haitian team named Les Grenadiers could not reach the FIFA World Cup. Two soccer teams, Brazil and Argentina, are more popular.  The fans of the teams decorate their cars and their houses with flags, even the streets where they live. They wear bracelets and keychain of their favorite team.

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People watch TV wherever they are. There are moto-pubs with TV on them. People stand around to watch match. The government distributes flat screen TV in the city and the countryside. There are some watching soccer match in front of the lottery house, in their office and in the yard. People stops working. If they cannot use TV, they listen to the radio. The traffic is reduced.

They cheer when their team scores goal. They honk their honks when their team wins. The band plays music on the streets, mainly when Brazil wins. They are sad when they lose. After the game, they talk about it. This is the way Haitian people enjoy the World Cup 2014.



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July 10, 2014 in Haiti |

We are All Together

The 20th anniversary of JEN has gathered the messages from 8 countries on one page. We all read it, felt happy about it and felt togetherness with our fellow colleagues from other countries. After looking at the page, we feel JEN is not working in 8 countries but it is working in 1 world. We don’t feel difference between Nationalities but we feel we are all humans.

As we were reading in Tamil, Arabic, Pashto, Dari, Urdu, Haitian, Tewo Araou, Bari, Sinhara and Juba Arabic, the pleasure and happiness can’t be explained in words. It gives happiness to everyone, laughter to everyone as the pronunciation was becoming difficult. Making fun of each other on wrong pronunciation and yet feeling the togetherness of fellow colleagues from other countries.

The 20th anniversary of JEN provided a platform for all of us to come together, to believe in each other and to respect each other. This process initiation is indeed appreciable, we feel that it shall be carried on in the future as well so that we can come more close to each other, learn more from each other and promotes an atmosphere of friendship and peace. Our ultimate goal is to support people in need in a good way at different places in the world so we should work together united as a fist to achieve that goal and to support the victims and survivors.

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July 10, 2014 in Pakistan |

Hope leads to a better future

We would like to share this story told by Wazir Jan; one of those eligible for support activities in Dera Ismail Khan. Wazir Jan is 85 years old and living with his wife and two sons.

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“My family had been living under very poor circumstances for many years. However, we did used to own our house and a small plot of land in the village we belonged to. There was enough water to cultivate our land. We lived happily at that time.
However, one day at the mosque in the neighborhood, it was announced that the Pakistan army would conduct an operation against the anti-government armed group in our village. My mind went blank because we didn’t even have money for the transportation expenses to evacuate. When we evacuated, I saw that the air raids had destroyed our house. At that moment, I lost all of my hopes and dreams.
Moreover, because I had to walk to the shelter, I could hardly take anything with me, and had no choice but to leave my entire belongings behind in our destroyed house.
Although we moved to D.I.Khan at the beginning of the evacuation, there were no shelters around that area, so we relied on a distant relative in Daraban. We lived hopelessly in poverty for half a year.
During the heat wave in August 2010, we fled our tent to the bank of an irrigation channel to escape the sudden storm and heavy rain. The flood swept all of my belongings and crushed our hut. Then we were back to the condition we were in when we evacuated.
Currently, we live in a hut made from grass and wood. It is extremely small so the whole family can barely fit inside at once. As my children are too young to work, I support my family only through my meagre wages. Without any electrical equipment like air conditioning, the scorching summers are too harsh. So my children and I spend as much time as we can under the bridge, avoiding the strong sunlight. On the other hand, we suffer from cough and flu as a result of the freezing winters. Moreover, during the rainy reason, water leaks into our hut. I never imagined my life would be as terrible as it is now

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I frequently travelled long distances in order to receive support and donation from humanitarian support organizations, but JEN was the only one that visited our house and registered us with the livelihood recovery project. JEN gave me beetle goats as a means to increase my income. From now on, I will take care of the goats with all my effort to recover my livelihood and do my best to raise our living conditions.

July 10, 2014 in Pakistan |