05/22/2015

JEN dispatches an expert team to Nepal.

JEN dispatches its expert team to Nepal.

Our team there is now preparing for the emergency goods distribution and further assistance in the area NOT covered by the current assistance.

Further information will be fed upon receipt updates from the field.

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May 22, 2015 in Nepal |

05/21/2015

Soaps and washing powders distributed!

In the Camp where JEN is in charge of WASH services, JEN distributed soaps and washing powders. Resident was gathered in the distribution place sector by sector. The number of soaps and washing powders according to the number of family members were distributed to the head of household.

It is more than 30 degrees during the day in the camp. Soaps and washing powders are essential in this season when people frequently wash their hands and do the laundry.

In the heat of the sun, distribution in all sectors was completed in three days, being supported by other NGO, camp management, police and so on.

After distribution, one of resident came to us and returned some soaps, saying that he received more than the number of family members. It is not easy to do so, taking into consideration harsh living condition in the camp.

In order to respond to their expectation, JEN will continue to work, straightening ourselves.


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May 21, 2015 in Iraq |

Project site introduction - Bas Gerard -

We would like to introduce our project site, Bas Gerard. It is located 5 minutes by car from Haut Gerard in Leogane where we introduced as an another project site before. There are 160 households living in Bas Gerard.

People in Bas Gerard mainly get income by selling agricultural products, livestock and charcoal. There is not enough land to cultivate because it is situated in the mountain valley. Therefore, charcoal is essential source of revenue for local people, and they cut and burn tree, and sell it in the market.

JEN works on renovation of 4 kiosk shaped water facilities, repair of 1 existing water tank, capacity building and strengthening of Water Management Committees and hygiene promotion.

【Under construction of kiosk shaped water facility(right building)】
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【Under repairing of water tank】
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In addition, due to “World Water Day” on 23rd March, we conducted hygiene practice such as fetching water in a hygienically better way, protection of water, treatment of water by using water purification tablets in this area. In the near future, it is expected that inhabitants in targeted communities have access to safe and sufficient water through construction and repair of water facilities. We continuously conduct hygiene promotion activity so that inhabitants also recognize major risks regarding public health (including cholera) and take necessary measures to prevent deterioration of hygiene condition. 

【Inhabitants make charcoal】
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May 21, 2015 in Haiti |

Bannu Sports Festival 2015

The Bannu Sports Gala has been organized every year by the District Government and Army in order to boost new sports talent especially in youth.  But this time it was special as the TDP’s youth were also encouraged to expose their talent in different type of sports activities along with the host communities. 

The Sports Gala was started from 12th May to 14th May, 2015. Different Indoor and outdoor games such as cricket, tag war, volley ball, etc. were arranged in a decent manner. The Players came from far away with great enthusiasm and spirit.

The humanitarian organizations were also invited by the PDMA to arrange different stall in sports gala. Most of Bannu based NGO/INGO has displayed their stalls relevant to their activities. JEN has also displayed a stall regarding livestock management awareness and IEC (Information, Education and communication) material.  JEN has distributed broachers regarding livestock awareness to those who visited JEN stall. JEN technical team has provided basic information regarding livestock management to the visitors. People took great interest in the JEN stall and were asking many questions regarding livestock management.

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In the end of the event, chief guest specially gave a shield as an award to JEN and thanks JEN staffs for it is contribution for the needy communities.


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May 21, 2015 in Pakistan |

Improvement of Maternal and Child’s Health

In Afghanistan, one of major problems is the high mortality rate among children under 5 years old. The mortality rate ranks 186th among 187 countries: second worst in the world. In the biggest hospital in Parwan province, children’s health is not sufficiently protected because there are neither enough medical equipment for children nor training for children’s doctors due to lack of funding.

JEN had successfully done a great job for the improvement of maternal and new-born health in Afghanistan. JEN conducted Eleven days IMCI (Integrated Management of Childhood Illness) training for 24 doctors of 10 districts of Parwan province from 19/04/2015 to 04/05/2015.

In IMCI training JEN has provided a great help in number of areas, like how to use IMCI chart, Assess and Classify the Sick Child Age of 2 months up to 5 years. IMCI focuses on the recognition of children with severe illness needing referral and provision of appropriate treatment and counselling to children with acute respiratory infections, diarrhea, measles, malaria and ear infections as well as under nutrition. In addition to the management of the most common conditions in sick children, the IMCI approached by training health staff to update immunizations, give micronutrients, promote breastfeeding and provide feeding counselling.

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All participated doctors were much thankful and appreciated JEN’s hard efforts regarding their assistance with Parwan health sector for providing such a useful training for them. They said they learnt a lot from this training practically and they added they wish JEN to continue their cooperation in the future in order to improve the capacity of staff in health sectors and equip various sections of hospitals and health centres with significant medical tools.

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Finance and Accounts Assistant
Samar Butt



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May 21, 2015 in Afghanistan |

05/14/2015

Tackling garbage issues in a Camp for internally displaced people

In addition to scabies issue reported in last week’s blog, other hygiene/environmental risks residents in the IDP Camp face includes the overflow of garbage in the camp. Although the camp has a garbage truck that visits the camp every day, due to the size of the camp, the truck can only collect from one sector each day. When the garbage is left outside for days, it causes bad smell and serves as an ideal place for vectors such as flies to grow.

In addition, the lack of household or communal garbage bins in the camp was encouraging many IDPs to throw garbage on the ground.  This happens especially among the children, as awareness of hygiene tends to be lower. As an example, many children throw their candy wrappers directly on the ground after eating.

In order to reduce the amount of garbage scattered in the camp, JEN procured and distributed household garbage bins over 10-13 May 2015. The garbage bins with lids would protect garbage from being left outside while waiting for the collection trucks, and reduce the risk of vector breeding.

Additionally, JEN began working with a group of volunteers from the camp to train them as community hygiene promoters. During the first meeting, the volunteers identified garbage problem to be one of the main priorities to work on in the camp. In order to clean up the camp and raise awareness about hygiene risks related to garbage, the volunteers suggested to conduct a monthly cleaning day and household visits to families for awareness sessions. We look forward to a successful campaign with the newly established hygiene promoters!




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May 14, 2015 in Iraq |

Moving offices in Sri Lanka, from Vavuniya to Kilinochchi

JEN Sri Lanka is delighted to let you know that we have moved our main office from Vavuniya to Kilinochchi town, which is an hour’s drive to the North. After spending more than 6 years in Vavuniya, we have decided to make this grand move as our current project sites are in Kilinochchi and Mullaitivu Districts, and we have none in Vavuniya District. In addition, we closed the field warehouse in Pachchilaipalli DS Division and integrated the two offices into one in Kilinochchi Town. Thanks to this decision, international and local, as well as project and administrative staffs, are now working in one office, and we can now directly communicate with each other.

So today, I’d like to share lots of photos that’ll show you one of the examples of how “moving in Sri Lanka” looks like.

What you see right below is the rolly truck we used to move our stuffs. Sri Lankans simply call them, “Rollies”. We had two Rollies and seven young men support our moving.

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Desks, shelves, fridge, dressers, boxes, bicycles, you name it.
Whatever the item, they smoothly carried and put it on the Rolly. Very impressive.

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And after one or two hours, the Rolly reached maximum capacity.
Oh boy, that was quick.

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And the office became empty in a very short amount of time.

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We attempted to load the security hut too, and though a bit of it stuck out, we deemed it successful. We were advised by the local police office to put a red flag to caution vehicles around the Rolly while it moved. But as we did not possess such item, we collected a red-colored plastic bag from a nearby shop. It seems that this was sufficient.

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To our surprise, all office and household items reached the new office in Kilinchchi town in one pieces.
So, what do you think? Did it terrified you or impressed you?

Next time, I’ll guide you through Kilinochchi town, where our new “headquarter” is at.
For now, I’ll end with giving you a glance of our new office.

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Arisa Nishida, Program Officer



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May 14, 2015 in Sri Lanka |

Thank you for your support over the past seven years.

We completed our assistance activities in South Sudan at the end of January 2015.

During the civil war that lasted for more than 20 years until 2005, refugees were forced to keep themselves hidden, sometimes behind bushes, under inhuman conditions. In 2006, cholera claimed more than 500 lives due to particularly poor water and sanitation conditions.

JEN had been working on assistance for water and sanitation condition improvement for returnees in Central Equatoria State since 2007. This aim was to encourage their re-settlement and the restructuring of the community through ingenious material assistance.

In our assistance approach, we not only installed wells and latrines, but also provided returnees with training such as well rehabilitation/maintenance/inspection, which would allow them to solve water and sanitation issues on their own. Our hygiene education, sometimes including fun puppet plays and songs, involved the community and students to ensure the familiarization of correct knowledge.

Our project had become positively effective; no one in the area which JEN had been working on contracted cholera during the outbreak in South Sudan last year. It greatly showed that our patient effort had been bearing fruit and the local community had been developing.

Finally, we would like to thank the on-site staff who have made a huge contribution to our project with an appreciation of self-reliant support. They have earnestly addressed the issues and withstood any challenge with enthusiasm and effort.

South Sudan is the youngest country in the world. Although we ended our field assistance activities, we believe that our friends in South Sudan will continue to work on building their country with passion.
    
【Training for well rehabilitation】
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【Children watching a puppet play with sparkling eyes】
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May 14, 2015 in South Sudan |

05/07/2015

Iraq Scabies outbreak in IDP camps

JEN has been working in one of the IDP camps in the Kurdish region, which accommodates approximately 13,000 individuals. In a crowded emergency situation, where people live close to each other, the likelihood of diseases developing and spreading quickly is high. Although each tent is allocated a private toilet facility in the Camp, which allows for greater privacy and better sanitation environment, some people engage in risky hygiene behaviors.

One of the major issues many IDP camps in Kurdistan are facing right now is the outbreak of scabies. Scabies is a contagious skin condition transmitted by small mites, causing rash and intense itchiness. Scabies commonly occur with lack of personal hygiene. Though it can be treated fairly simply with appropriate medicine, the disease can spread very quickly through skin contact with someone who has scabies or even sharing contaminated mattresses and blankets.  This makes the whole family vulnerable when one member of the family is infected.

In the Camp, there have been over 150 identified cases of scabies, for people ranging from ages 7 months to 60 years old. In order to quickly minimize the impact and spread of scabies, JEN is working in collaboration with the camp management, UNHCR and other agencies focusing on health, to provide hygiene kits, medicine and clean mattresses and blankets to families that are affected.

In addition, in order to ensure that people can properly protect themselves from scabies and other common diseases, JEN is preparing to launch hygiene promotion activities through volunteer groups in the camp.



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May 7, 2015 in Iraq |

Leather Goods Service Centre Bannu, KPK

Leather Goods Service Centre is a project of KPK Small Industries Development Board, situated in Bannu. It is a semi Government Training institute which is known for providing training to different people in underdeveloped areas of the province. It was established back in 1984, whereas in 1988-1999 it was converted to a form of Commercial base.

In the year 2000, the Leather Goods Service Centre was forced by the Small Industries Development Board to transfer its dwelling to Peshawar because of encountered losses over the past 16 years.
In 2003, the Centre was re-transferred to Bannu by the esteemed orders of the then Chief Minister, and was soon upgraded as Training Institute. 50 numbers of students from FATA in a single batch are enrolled in the institute for attaining (6 months) diploma in order to receive training on products made from leather. Upon successful completion of this training provided by FATA Development Authority it will immensely help in sustaining their livelihood. Nowadays, the centre is operating well and it has started generating profit steadily.

The centres have a lot of specialities to supply their products in their own show room and shops of local market. It is because due to the limited access that the industry is not able to supply in the whole country, but on high demand the industry can make products and supply to different regions in the country with prior permission of the Board .The products include Gents Purse, Ladies Purse, Key Chains, Laptop Bags, File Bags, Brief Cases, Ladies Carrying Bags and Gents Belts. For manufacturing of the said products the raw material is mainly collected from Karachi, Lahore and Peshawar. 

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At present, 14 staff members are serving in the centre under the charter of small industries Development Board Peshawar.

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The shortage of electricity was a heinous issue herein, but it has been addressed on urgent basis and they have installed a new 200 KV transformer for ceasing intermittence in the ongoing product-manufacturing process.

No doubt that this kind of small industries and training opportunities are the key to success of development and it should be promoted not only by the government but the NGOs as well.



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May 7, 2015 in Pakistan |