07/21/2016

Sports festival for IDPs, refugees and host community

Aiming at increasing intercommunication and mutual understanding, sports festival for youth living in refugees/IDPs camps and in host community in Duhok was held in the beginning of June 2016.

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Participants competed in athletic sports such as sprints, relay race, high jump etc. and also performed their traditional dances.

Many people from local community and NGO working in camps visited this festival and cheered for participants

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July 21, 2016 in Iraq |

07/14/2016

Construction of New Qalacha school building

Qalacha Sokhta village is located in Charikar district and in 2015 JEN did need assessment and technical survey here for 2016 year WASH program. As a survey team member I conducted survey here. During the survey I realized and noted lots of problems of this school. suddenly I faced with Principle of Qalacha girls high school by name of Bebi Amena.

She was interested to talk with me in giving detail about her school. She explained their problems of students, teachers and school. She explained the problem which they have faced during her duties as Principle. I recorded their all needs and problems such as no facility of school building, boundary wall, safe drinking water, hygienic latrines and water storage. At the moment girls students are using the Qalacha boys high school building for their educational activities.

The Qalacha Boy’s high school where we are temporary studying also have no enough class rooms for girls students. Students of 6 classes sets under old tents and veranda and some students sets under trees to carry on their study. I said to her that, what will be your and your community cooperation and contribution in this regard. She said if JEN promised to build a schools for the needy and deserving students, I am agree to donate land for construction of school.  She looks extremely happy when she realized that JEN is going to give them a big pleasure by constructing the schools which was out of his expectation. She said that I by myself and my entire villager will cooperate and contribute as much we can as your organization is going to support us to build our school and protect students and teachers from sun shine, unhealthy water, wind, rain and pollution.

After we got approval of the project and I went back for the construction site layout. I faced Mrs. Bebi Amena again. She was in hurry to reach me, when she got face to face with me; she warmly welcomed me. When she knew that JEN is going to construct their school, it was simply unbelievable for her. She said, it is my last surprise that I met you once again. With your support and now I am feeling that my dream turn into a reality. Today I am so happy that mine and my community residents’ dream came true.

On the day of opening ceremony Bebi Amena was so happy and much thankful to JEN organization and JEN’s colleagues in the site. She lay down foundation stone with other school management committee members. She said I am very happy because next year I will have more students because of new building.

From the date we started construction activities in Qalacha Girls high school she come for observing construction projects daily basis. She thanks JEN again and again for constructing the schools for the deserving students of the area.

[Currently Qalacha Girls high schools students are studying under trees and tent sheet]
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[Observation of new school building location by Bebi Amena the principle of Qalacha Girls high school]
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[Laying of foundation stone by Bebi Amena (left), the principle of Qalacha girl’s high school with a teacher]
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[Laying of foundation stone by SMC and community member]
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July 14, 2016 in Afghanistan |

1st Distribution in South Waziristan Agency, FATA

JEN carried out 1st distribution of agriculture inputs for 493 returnee families in tehsil Serwakai of South Waziristan Agency in FATA.
This distribution was carried out despite immense humanitarian access issues. JEN advocated the project importance to civil and military authorities and finally JEN’s implementing partner (SDO-State Development Organization) was permitted to access the target families.
Each targeted family was provided with agriculture/kitchen gardening seeds and agriculture tool kit. Detail is given below;

1. Maize seed (organic)    = 40kg
2. Tomato seed (organic)  = 50 g
3. Squash (organic)         = 100 g
4.  Okra (organic)          = 500 g
5. Onion (organic)            = 25 g
6. Bottle gourd (organic)   = 50 g
7. Bitter gourd (organic)   = 50 g
8. Brinjal   (organic)         = 50 g

AND the agriculture tool kit package included;

1. Wheel barrow           = 1 pcs
2.  Spade                    = 2 pcs
3. Hand Hoe                = 3 pcs
4. Sickle                     = 3 pcs
5. Digger                    = 1 pcs
6. Rake                      = 1 pcs 
7. Pick axe                 = 1 pcs

Remaining distribution for 1357 returnee families will be completed right after Eid holidays. In addition to agriculture inputs, the agriculture team will provide all men and women beneficiaries on agriculture farming and kitchen gardening to enhance their skills for better production. By the end of the project JEN aims to see improvement in food security status of the targeted families.

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July 14, 2016 in Pakistan |

07/07/2016

Ramadan ends soon, but heat continues…

Now here in Kurdistan, it is in the midst of Ramadan. During daytime when Muslim people fast, the temperature hovers around 40 degrees Celsius.

When windows are opened, heated air is going through. Electricity is frequently cut so that generator has supplied electricity more than a half of the day. Air conditioner cannot be used when generator is operated. This huge water cooler, which can be powered by generator, is a must-have item in Kurdistan.

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This water cooler provides cold air by vaporization heat. It seems like better for health than air conditioner but it is not cool enough compared to air conditioner.

The problem is night. Water cooler is not installed in bedrooms and the second floor where bedrooms are located is hotter than the first floor due to the heat from the roof. The amazing solution local staff suggested are; put soaked mattress on the roof and sleep there, or take cold shower with your clothes on and sleep. One of colleagues sleeps by wrapping herself up in soaked sheet.

This heat continues for a while, but Ramadan ends around on 4th July. One of staff met a cute sheep on the street.

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When staff left the shop, it has been already killed for dinner…

For Eid holiday after Ramadan, the preparation of celebration has been ongoing here.

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July 7, 2016 in Iraq |

06/30/2016

JEN’s Staff first visit to South Waziristan Agency, FATA

Kar Tangai is one of the most populous village in Tehsil Sarwakai ,  South Waziristan Agency, FATA.

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Its total population is approximately 2800 individuals. These people have returned to their homes couple of month back. Despite immediate response from government in terms of cash transfer these populations are living in extreme hot weather. They have inadequate access to shelter, food, health, education, livelihoods and protection etc. The populations are living in very miserable conditions amid season of Ramadan.

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However they people of the area are very brave in front of the circumstances and they are more then committed to withstand all these hardships and make sure that their return is sustainably dignified. Some local NGOs are working on health and protection projects however the gaps are paramount.

Land of this village is very fertile. Kar Tangai was famous for apricot and apple fruit production in the past. Maize is the major cereal crop in summer season. The main source of livelihood is horticulture. It was famous for vegetables production before conflict, but unfortunately all the irrigation sources like tube wells and irrigation channels from a perennial stream are completely destroyed during conflict.

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The irrigated lands are completely barren due to conflict. The average land is 10 acres per individual. According to the farmers this land is very rich for kitchen gardening and seasonal crops. JENs Implementing Partner had meetings with the community elders regarding project activities and identified around 100 families from this village. JEN will provide them with maize seeds, vegetable seed for kitchen gardening, and agriculture tool kits. JEN will also assist the target beneficiaries with land reclamation and rehabilitation.

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Total caseload of the project is 1850 families. The target beneficiaries are very hopeful for positive impact of this agriculture support project on their livelihoods and food security.

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June 30, 2016 in Pakistan |

JEN’s Hygiene Education Program

Most of the children in the community were always getting sick, they always affected from diarrhea, cold and many other diseases. The reason is community use of open defecation, not washing hand with soap regularly, open water sources often contaminated by animals or by students and villagers themselves and a lack of understanding about basic hygiene practices and health.

The importance of hand washing is the first line of defense against the spread of many diseases. When the kids come into contact with germs, they can unknowingly become infected simply by touching their eyes, nose or mouth and once they are infected, it's time the whole family comes down with the same illnesses.
JEN has provided three days Hygiene training for teachers through teachers to their students and families to increase the knowledge of students and communities regarding the importance of hygiene in life like hygiene of water, Personal hygiene, Environmental hygiene and Food hygiene.

[A view of the teachers during JEN Hygiene Education]
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[Teachers while practically washing hands with soap during Hygiene Education]
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In these three days training teachers learned enough about hygiene education. One of the teachers expressed his happiness and said that the program was very interesting and useful. I appreciate JEN for organizing such training. He said that we did not take care of our personal hygiene before; we took it easy although it was so important.

A female teacher added that we learned about hygienic and unhygienic food. The unhygienic food can put our life at risk. Food hygiene is essential to ensure that the food our family eats is safe because we cannot see germs. Correct food storage and preparation is necessary to keep food safe and to help our family against germs. So we need to make sure our kitchen and the foods are safe and everything is protected from germs. It is important to wash our hands thoroughly with soap and water before cooking foods.

She said that besides practicing these messages in our daily lives our commitment with JEN is to transfer these HE messages to our students, inspire them to practice these messages and in the end emphasize them to transfer these messages to their families and community which is the main purpose of JEN’s Hygiene Education training to teachers.

[A view of female teacher while interviewing]
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During student’s hygiene education PRE-KAP survey a teacher said observing of personal hygiene play positive role in our student life, if our students take care of personal hygiene, wash hand with soap properly, know the time of teeth brushing, so it could rescue them from the diseases.

It is mentionable that JEN’s Hygiene Education training for teachers covered 748 teachers of 30 schools in Charikar who are going to teach the Hygiene Education messages to their students during next 6 months.
During this 6 month teaching process JEN will have a 3 time monthly monitoring of students Hygiene Education activities. A student’s POST-KAP survey and Door to Door survey of students household will be conducted in the end of the Hygiene Education program to show Hygiene Education program impact on students, on their families and community.

[A student during PRE-KAP survey with JEN Field staff]
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June 30, 2016 in Afghanistan |

06/23/2016

Effective support for people in Mashiki city

When you drive a car from Kumamoto city to Mashiki city, the road side view in Mashiki shows serious damages of the earthquake. The city was one of the most severely hit disaster areas.
The population of the city is approximately 30,000, of which one in ten people, approx. 3.000, still stay at emergency shelters.

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Although the collapsed buildings cannot be used any longer, many of the earthquake victims hope to collect their belongings from the buildings such as cars, agricultural equipment and so on. Some oraganisations with construction expertise, operate heavy machinery to assist victims with recovering their belongings.”

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The recovery work has been insufficient in every corner of Masaki city due to the severe damages. As a result, some victims assist in the recovery process by co-operating with the oraganisations.
In order to support the victims; JEN provides safety shoes, as it protects people from injuries by heavy equipment.

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JEN has also started to rent vehicles, as we encourage removing debris.

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JEN carries on effectively support the people in Mashiki city.

June 23, 2016 in Kumamoto |

06/16/2016

Spreading the hygiene education and Disaster Risk Reduction messages to the community through School Management Committee

JEN is committed to bring positive changes in the hygiene habits, attitude and behavior of the people in its targeted area. For this purpose JEN mainly focuses on students but beside that JEN also aims to spread the messages to the masses and change the attitude and behavior of local people. This year’s JEN included Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) along with hygiene education (HE) program to aware the students and local community about the methods and techniques survive through the disasters.

For more and widespread impact, JEN plan to train the School Management Committee (SMC) members on hygiene education and DRR. After getting trained these SMC members will not only implement the knowledge to their daily lives but they will also spread the messages to their respective families and communities.. SMC is the best tool for spreading the messages in the entire communities in an easy, efficient and effective way.

As mentioned above JEN planned to train SMC members on hygiene education as well as Disaster Risk Reduction. For this purpose JEN organized training on hygiene education for SMCs. The training will be conducted to SMCs of 30 schools in district Charikar. Hygiene education training was started on May 17th 2016. The trainings will be completed on June 14th 2016.

Apart from that JEN organized Disaster Risk Reduction training for SMCs of 20 schools in district Charikar. The training sessions were started on May 16th 2016 and completed on June 9th 2016. SMCs will be responsible for reinforcement of DRR education at school and community levels. JEN staff will follow up the role and progress of SMCs. A follow up training for SMCs will also be conducted. At the end of the project JEN will give plan of action to the SMCs to continue their role after JEN evacuation. In addition JEN will link SMCs with Afghanistan National Disaster Management Authority (ANDMA) for future trainings and follow up by the government department. This mechanism will ensure sustainable integration of the DRR education into schools and community. 

Keeping in mind the experiences of previous years, JEN is sure that these SMC members will not only adopt this knowledge into their daily lives but they will definitely pass it to their families and community.

[JEN field team giving training on Hygiene education to the SMC members at Hofyan Sharif Boys Middle School on 19-May-2016]
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[A view of SMC members during DRR training sessions at Omer Farooq  Boys High School on 08 to 09-June-2016]
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June 16, 2016 in Afghanistan |

Gender mainstreaming in Agriculture Project

Gender promotion is a cross-cutting issue in JEN’s agriculture support project for returnees in Bara, Khyber Agency, FATA. In order to have gender sensitive project, JEN tried to mainstream it in all phases of the project cycle management including design, implementation and monitoring. To achieve this, JEN followed gender inclusive criteria for the selection of beneficiaries. Priority was given to most vulnerable communities members like widows, elderly headed household, child headed HHs, disable peoples, and chronically ill persons.

During assessment ten villages were explored and 1,250 beneficiaries’ households were enlisted in the targeted villages by doing door to door assessment jointly with community organization members and other notables of the respective hamlets. Project implemented following main steps to ensure gender mainstreaming.

- Proper orientation of the stakeholders, community and community organizations
- Enlisting of all households was carried out by project areas community
- Project specifically collected information related to women vulnerabilities and included households where women were facing problems
- At houses where no men were head of households project facilitated women households either directly through community organizations or by relatives of the respective households
- Project facilitated 1,250 women in getting trainings, seeds and toolkits in all villages.

All information were collected and segregated at gender level. Women and girls were taken as key vulnerable target groups and most of the households were selected based on the gender vulnerability only. Out of the 1,250 total project caseload; 956 men headed HHs and 294 women headed HHs were selected as project beneficiaries. 162 HHs were selected based on persons with disabilities. 90 HHs were selected based on persons with chronic diseases. Actual gender market of the project was 2a as significant attention was given to gender in this project including women, men, elderly; people with disability, people with chronic illness and children headed HHs.

The two activities through which gender mainstreaming was considered were,
1- Following the vulnerability criteria for selection of beneficiaries and
2- Kitchen gardening activities where 1,250 women beneficiaries were provided with vegetable seeds, tools and trainings.

Out of 10 target villages, project staff was not allowed in only 1 village to access female beneficiaries for kitchen gardening. JEN respected the local culture and norms and did not push community elders to go against their norms. JEN finally trained the female beneficiaries.

[Distribution to Elderly People]
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[Distribution to persons with disability]
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[Training of female beneficiaries by JEN-SDO staff on kitchen gardening]
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[Training of male beneficiaries by agriculture department staff on agriculture technology]..
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June 16, 2016 in Pakistan |

06/09/2016

Introduction of Sri Lanka Office Staff (Technical / Logistics Team)

[Kugan (Kilinochchi Field Officer)]

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I am Kugan and I live in Kilinochchi. I have six members in my family. My father is a farmer and my mother is a Housewife. I have two brothers and a sister. I got married last year.

I have completed Secondary education and am now in my second year of external degree in Social science at University of Peradeniya Sri Lanka.  I have been working with JEN for 3 years now. JEN supports disaster affected people in Sri Lanka and our current project name is “Assistance in Livelihood and Community Strengthening for Returnees in the North”.  As Field Officer, I spend the time mostly with our Beneficiaries, encouraging them to strengthen their income base through agriculture using our assistance.  My aim is to enhance support to the people with special needs or people with disabilities and see them live with equal rights enjoyed by other people. 

In my free time I engage in social work in my own village. My other field of interests are playing, reading story books and talking with people. About my Achievements, I passed the Degree in social science course and recently obtained the certificate.

[Ashok (Kilinochchi/Mullaitivu Senior Technical Officer)]

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I am Ashok Kumar known as Ashok working for JEN for nearly two years in JEN. I entered JEN in the capacity of Technical Officer from October 2014 and was promoted as Senior Technical Officer in March 2015. I spend my time mostly with our beneficiaries and designing wells and constructing agro wells to the selected beneficiaries to uplift the living standard.

I prefer to work for JEN since JEN is giving comprehensive support to the selected beneficiaries in the field of Agriculture. I have over 28 years of experience in UN, INGOs and in national NGOs.

In my past experience, I worked closely with civil society organizations to write proposals and implement projects to enhance community development through business, agriculture, environment protection, good governance, human rights and climate change. I have particular interest in working with vulnerable communities and groups such as IDPs, abused Children, and Single parent families, disable persons, war and post war conditions.

I enjoy bird watching as a hobby and often go to the natural tanks to see the birds in the morning. I put my hammock up and wait to see the beautiful birds with my binoculars.  Once I almost got attacked by an elephant while visiting a site!

[Niroshan (Kilinochchi Technical Officer)]

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My name is A. Niroshan and I live in Vavuniya.  I was originally living in Jaffna, but was displaced in 1995 during the war.

I have completed my Secondary education in Technical studies in the field of Civil Engineering (NCT Civil), then completed advance diploma in Civil Engineering in City and Guilds. Formerly, I worked with Road Development Department (RDD) in 2009 and then moved to District Rehabilitation Resettlement Secretariat (DRRS) in Vavuniya. My first experience with NGO started with my work with Room to Read as engineer.

I am currently working with JEN as Technical Officer, working for the war affected resettled population in the north of Sri Lanka.  I have been with JEN for almost 1 year.  As Technical Officer, I spend my time mostly with our beneficiaries in monitoring the construction of agro wells and community buildings like ACS.

I enjoy spending my time in the nature and having pets and aquarium. My special interests are in fancy birds like lovebirds.

[Dilson (Kilinochchi Technical Officer)]
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I am Chandrasingha Dilson. I am qualified in the field of Civil Engineering and have been working with JEN since 2013. Initially I started my career in JEN as Logistic Officer and then moved to the Technical officer position since I had experience and qualification in the technical field.  I like my position as technical officer and as it is more related to the field of my study.
I am interested in addressing the issues of global warming and have been involved in organic agriculture, Aqua culture and the coconut estate farming through environmentally friendly approaches. I am also involved in ornament collection and enjoy collecting antique books. In my free time, I also develop my technical studies in the relevant field to update my professional qualification.
I like to work with the communities through JEN’s work. JEN’s approach also very much interests me and am looking forward to continuing to work with JEN through the current project.


[Sutharsan (Mullaitivu Technical Officer)]
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I am selvakumar- Sutharsan. I was bon 1981-05-03, and I lived in Visuvamadu, Mullaitivu.  I have finished my highest study of Higher National Diploma in Civil Engineering (HNDE (civil)) at ATI Jaffna. I have a 13-year experience in construction field, including serving as a consultant at construction sites. I have a wonderful opportunity to join JEN on 1 October 2015. This is the great opportunity to work with vulnerable people and I definitely give my best in this people.

In my work with JEN, I was responsible for monitoring the well construction in Othiyamalai and Tachchadampan work sites.  Under my supervision, JEN worked with the contractors to complete 10 wells in Othiyamalai and 5 wells in Tachchadampan.  In that process, I helped with the contractor selection too. I was also responsible for completing the ACS building at Othiyamalai. My responsibilities included reporting on major issues and solving each problem in coordination with the Senior Technical Officer and Project officer.

For the current project, I have worked with the team to conduct the baseline survey work, BOQ preparation for the wells and contributed to the well design.

[Freedan (Kilinochchi Logistics Officer)]
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Hello everybody my name is Freedan. Am working For JEN as a logistic officer in Kilinochchi. I was born in 1989 in Kilinochchi. Due to the civil war, I went to Colombo and I completed my studies in Colombo.

I started my career with Medecins Sans Frontieres – Holland (INGO) as a Register Officer, Supervisor and a Translator. Then I moved to UNOPS, UNICEF, UNDP, Assistant commissioner of local government as data collecting supervisor in Manic Farm IDP Camp in Vavuniya.

In 2009 I came back to Kilinochchi and worked for the HALO Trust organization as a logistic officer for five years until Jan 2015. I also worked for Holcim Larfage Cement Company from Nov 2015 to May 2016 as a sales promotion officer in Kilinochchi.

With all this work experience, I am sure I can support JEN for the projects and I will work hard in order to achieve the organization’s goals. Once again I thank JEN for helping the poor people and helping these people to build their lives better.


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June 9, 2016 in Sri Lanka |