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04/16/2007

Village Development in Niigata: Volunteers Wanted!!

Hp_1 Village Development in Niigata: Volunteers Wanted!!

Join in agricultural activities surrounded by the beauty of nature in Iketani village!

■ Schedule in 2007:

(1) April: from Friday, 27 to Monday, 30 (four days)

(2) May: from Thursday, 3 to Sunday, 6 (four days)

(3) May: from Friday, 18 to Sunday, 20 (three days)

(4) June: from Friday, 22 to Sunday, 24 (three days)

(5) July: from Friday, 13 to Monday, 16 (four days)

(6) August: from Friday, 10 to Sunday, 12 (three days)

(7) August: from Friday, 24 to Sunday, 26 (three days)

(8) September: from Friday, 21to Monday, 24 (four days)

(9) September: from Friday, 28 to Sunday, 30 (three days)

(10) October: from Friday, 26 to Sunday, 28 (three days)


※ Travel fees are at the expense of each participant.

※ Parking for private cars is available in the village.  Car pool among participants is welcome.

■ Activities :

restoring local infrastructure, supporting the livelihoods of the elderly, bush clearing and farming, preparing and participating in community festivals in summer and autumn.

※ Activities depend on the weather and both seasonal and local needs.

■ Number of participants :maximum 15 persons

■ Participation fees : ¥6,000 for three days; ¥8,000 for four days (Kitchen materials included / participants cook in rotation.)
※ Dinner on the first day is excluded.

■ Belongings: cleaning cloths, work gloves (non-slippery), rubber working boots, long-sleeve shirts, a hat, a mask, a raincoat and other clothes for farming activities.
※ Boots can be borrowed in certain conditions.

■ Lodging: Iketani School (Iketani, Tokamachi-shi, Niigata)

■ Deadline for application: Maximum of 15 persons each session (First come, first served).

■ Application :

<1> Download「application_form.doc」をダウンロード   Fill in the form and send it to JEN's Tokyo Headquarters by FAX, E-Mail or Post.

※ Before sending your form, please call JEN to ask about the availability of places, as some sessions may already be full.

<2> JEN will call you back to inform you of bank/postal transfer.

<3> Your reservation will be confirmed after the bank/postal transfer. 

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■ Meeting time: 19:30

■ Departure from Tokamachi Station: around noon (depending on the day's activities)


■ Meeting point : The West Gate of the Tokamachi Railway Station, Tokamachi City, Niigata.  JR Line and Hokuhoku Line are available.

※ JR Line stops at the East Gate, and Hokuhoku-Line at the West Gate.  Participants coming from JR line should kindly come over to the West Gate.

※ Participants coming by private car kindly park at the station and come up to the West Gate.

Timetable of the Hokuhoku Line ⇒ Click Here 

■ Contact: JEN Tokyo Headquarters (Kakizawa)
TEL:03-5225-9352 / FAX:03-5225-9357

E-mail: info@jen-npo.org 

※ Projects in Niigata are organized in collaboration with the Tokamachi Regional Development Committee.

April 16, 2007 in Niigata |

04/15/2007

Family Farming Workshops in Iketani Village, Niigata

Ts350280 Would you like to know how farmers live and work in Iketani,

a small village surrounded by beautiful mountains? 

Why don’t you join our farming workshops, planting in spring, trimming and clearing in summer

or harvesting in autumn?

Local, experienced villagers will give you insight into their daily village life. 

Full board and lodgings are available in the JEN Centre, a former school restored for visitors. 

Together participants cook fresh local vegetables with Uonuma-Koshihikari,

Japan’s best brand rice produced in this region.Ts350279

■ Spring Session (May, 26 and 27)

Schedule:
Saturday, 26 
- 11:30/ Meet at the Tokamachi Station (JR and the Hokuhoku Line)
- Afternoon/ Rice Planting
Sunday, 27
- Morning/ A look at the natural beauty of the area
- 14:00/ Departure from the Tokamachi Station

■ Participation Fees: 11,000 Yen per person (meals and activities included)
※ Travel fees are at the expense of each participant.
※ Participants cook in rotation.

■ Target: school children (6 to 12 years old) and adults (parents, relatives, teachers, neighbours, etc.)
※ Kindly ask in advance if you would like to bring preschool children.

■ Number of Participants: Maximum 16 people (First come, first served)

■ Application:
<STEP 1> Download the application form.  Fill in the form and send it to JEN’s Tokyo Headquarters by FAX, E-Mail or Post.
※ Before sending your form, please call JEN to ask about the availability of places, as some sessions may already be full.

<STEP 2> JEN will call you back to inform you of bank/postal transfer.

<STEP 3> Your reservation will be confirmed after the bank/postal transfer.

■ Meeting point: The West Gate of the Tokamachi Railway Station, Tokamachi City, Niigata.  You can take either the JR Line or the Hokuhoku Line.
※ The JR Line stops at the East Gate, and the Hokuhoku-Line at the West Gate.  Participants coming from the JR line please come over to the West Gate.
※ Participants coming by private car please park at the station and come to the West Gate.  Car pools among participants are welcome.
Timetable of the Hokuhoku Line ⇒ Click Here 

■ Lodgings: The “JEN Centre” (The Former Iketani School, Tokamachi-shi, Niigata)
Please note that there are no private rooms in the Centre, men, women and children share accommodation.  Sleeping bags are provided.

■ Contact: JEN Tokyo Headquarters (Kakizawa)
TEL:03-5225-9352
FAX:03-5225-9357
E-mail:
info@jen-npo.org
※ Projects in Niigata are organized in collaboration with the Tokamachi Regional Development Committee.

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P1030122 Here are the dates for the summer and autumn session, however please wait for updates to these workshops on the website:

Summer Session
■Date : August (Friday, 17 to Sunday, 19)
■Activities :  Rice growing, recreational activities (TBC)
■Participation Fees : 15,000 Yen per person
■Number of Participants : Maximum 16 people
   
P1030316 Autumn Session
■Date : October (Saturday, 6 to Monday, 8)
■Activities : Rice harvesting (TBC)
■Participation Fees : 15,000 Yen per person
■ Number of Participants: Maximum 16 people

April 15, 2007 in Niigata |

04/12/2007

Spring Picnic

412_2  Spring has come in Jordan.  Families enjoy sunny weekends picnicking in the green spaces found here and there.  Although it is only a short spring, just a few months, during this season fresh flowers and grass fills Jordan’s fields and makes people happy.  Strangely, people picnic, not only in the green hills of the suburbs, but also on land alongside busy highways, wherever they can find grass growing!

People say that Iraqi people also used to picnic in this way before the war.  Families, relatives and friends enjoyed peaceful weekends in the green suburbs of Baghdad.  While military operations continue to intensify in Baghdad, zoos and amusement parks are supposed to be reopening in the city.  However, many people are still in fear of their lives and do not like to leave their homes.
    

Playing in the sun, children are full of cheerful smiles in Jordan.  We hope that one day, Iraqi children will also be able to play on a sunny day without any fear, as children do in Jordan.

April 12, 2007 in Iraq |

04/06/2007

Opening Operations in The Sudan

P1040346_1 From April 2007, JEN started school sanitation projects in the South of Sudan funded by the Japan Platform.

After twenty years of civil war, the peace agreement in January 2005 granted the autonomy of the South Sudan.  Consequently, 3.7 million internally displaced persons (IDPs) and 350 thousand refugees started to return to their place of origin.

Many refugees from Uganda and The Congo are returning to the State of Central Equatoria in the South Sudan.  JEN has decided to start school sanitation projects in Terekeka and Lainya, two counties in that State especially in need.  Our team will distribute original teaching materials on hygiene education to 78 schools (10,675 children).  The staff will then use the materials for children’s lessons and teacher training.  We are also planning to organize theatre workshops that involve both teachers and children to learn through active interaction.  To set this up successfully, follow-up training for teachers is essential to our principles of community-wide development. P1040233_1       

Furthermore many schools in the State of Central Equatrea do not have proper school buildings.  Children are frequently infected with diarrhoea due to unclean water and a lack of toilets and water sources in their school.  JEN will set up basic sanitary systems (drinking wells, water pumps, toilets and drainage gutters) in schools in order to improve the children’s health.  We will also establish a management committee at each school for sustainable maintenance of these systems by teachers.

JEN appreciates your kind understanding and contributions for our new project in The Sudan.

April 6, 2007 in South Sudan |

04/05/2007

Teamwork

Unicef_jpf3_jpf4_200744_spring_view_2_1 My first spring has come here in Haveli, Kashmir after a long and severe winter.  Snow has melted in the mountain except on its summit and there is green sprouting all over the region.  It is so warm these days that I need an electric fan in the night.  Yet, it continues to rain often this April. 

Rain has been falling everyday from mid February to the end of March and this has hindered our projects.  Nonetheless, we have continued the projects, step by step, in strong collaboration with the local communities in the marginalized mountainous area in the devastated province of Bagh.  Local people and school children, even small girls have helped JEN’s staff carry desks for two-kilometres, on a pathway away from the road, in the rain, to the tent that we installed as a school.Jpf4_2007220_1   

People survived the second winter after the disaster independently and they seem to have become more and more peaceful and confident.

April 5, 2007 in Pakistan |