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02/08/2007

Completion of the Assistance Projects in Lebanon

20061204_leban_jpf_distribution_khiam2_4 JEN has finished its emergency relief program in Lebanon and would like to thank you very much for your kind contribution to the project.

Israel attacked Lebanon on the 12 July 2006.  JEN intervened and conducted a needs assessment in the Southern part of the country on 17 August, immediately after the cease-fire between the two countries.  Responding to local needs, our team distributed sanitary goods and reconstruction tools to those returnees who were suffering from severe livelihood losses after the war.

JEN distributed hygienic kits in five inland villages that municipal and international relief agencies had not reached.  This project was effective in improving the sanitary conditions of returnees.  JEN also offered reconstruction kits to 38 villages seriously damaged by the bombing.  To do this, JEN established Tool-Kit Committees to manage tool lending to the local population, which satisfied both individual and community necessities.  The Committees were successful in stabilizing community-based sustainable management systems. For example through the advertisement of the program to the local population, the effective and equal selection of the target population, the lending of reconstruction tools, as well as management of the Committees.

Soon JEN concluded that the local communities had established their own self-reliable systems through the reconstruction of their housing and a sense of solidarity within their community.  Therefore, JEN decided to finish our projects in Lebanon out of respect for the sustainable management by the local population.

Thank you very much again for your kind understanding and donation to JEN’s projects in Lebanon.  JEN will continue relief programs for victims of disasters in countries all over the world. 

February 8, 2007 in Lebanon |

They Studied a Two-Hour Day, Six Days per Week for Nine Months

JEN closed its one-year literacy project in Kabul in the end of January.  As a part of the project, 147 Afghan adults completed a nine-month course in Kabul last November.  They celebrated their certificate with municipal workers.  A survey shows that the course was successful in enlightening Afghan adults about the importance of basic literacy.  Participants regularly came to class a two-hour day, six days per week for nine months.  In addition, they willingly delivered their new knowledge after class to their families at home.

  Initially, three fourth of participants could not use a telephone because they did not know numbers.  Now all of them are pleased that they became able to make themselves understood in writing numbers and words.  In the classroom, for example, they communicate in writing about what they want, how they can get it, and which obstacles they expect to get it.

  The school year starts in Afghanistan in the end of March as soon as the long and severe winter goes by.  JEN, after completing its project, would continue to support public literacy courses to promote adult literacy skills further.

February 8, 2007 in Afghanistan |