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11/22/2007

The Water Sanitation Management Committee Training has Begun!

20071119_sudanjpf_lainya_training_f Training has started on November 19th for the “Water Sanitation Management Committee”, which was formed recently. 

This committee will undertake a supervisory role in the operation and maintenance of the wells and toilets of the five schools currently under construction. 20071119_sudanjpf_lainya_training_3  

The water sanitation officials of the local administration will be teaching mechanisms and maintenance methods of the pumps used to fix the wells, as well as teaching the importance of maintaining sanitary conditions in the surrounding environment.  In addition, they will start building fences to keep animals away from the wells, as well as a cleaning duty system of the toilets at each school. 

20071119_sudanjpf_lainya_training_4 From now on, various meetings will be held among members of the Water Sanitation Management Committee in order to maintain better sanitation of wells and toilets. 

November 22, 2007 in South Sudan |

The Launch of Fish-Net Making Training

Panichankeny7 JEN held a ceremony to commemorate the launch of fish-net making training on November 19th 2007 in support of the conflict-affected peoples in the Batticaloa District in the Eastern Province of Sri Lanka.

The training is planned in ten villages in which the Fishery Cooperative Society operates.

The training was first launched in five villages out of the ten. The ceremony was attended by the Divisional Secretary of the Vakarai Division, the Livelihood Development Officer of the Army of Sri Lanka, and the Officer of the Ministry of Fishery and Aquatic Resources. The ceremony began by lighting the traditional oil lamp, which is the first ritual act performed at the beginning of all kinds of events in Sri Lanka. It was followed by speeches given by the aforementioned distinguished guests.

The training course targets forty people in each village. It lasts three hours a day, for two months. The experienced professionals teaching at universities in the project area are the training tutors, and participants will learn both theories and practices.

Psychologists also work in the project area providing psychological support to local people affected by the tsunami and conflict.

At the end of the training course, participants are expected to acquire income-generating skills by learning fish-net making and repairing in order to improve their livelihoods.

November 22, 2007 in Sri Lanka |

11/15/2007

Well-Digging Has Begun

20071106_sudan_jpf_lainya_borehole_  JEN started well-digging operations in Lainya County on November 6th.

That day, the latest model excavator, owned by a Kenyan vendor, arrived at the target school: Loka Round Elementary School. Excavation was started at the point that had been assigned and checked by the management committee.20071106_sudan_jpf_lainya_borehol_2

With the local people and students watching, water was found on the very first day of excavation, and everyone cheered!  Tests will be conducted to determine whether enough water can be drawn from the well, and hand-pumps will be installed if the results are good. 

November 15, 2007 in South Sudan |

Disaster Prevention Education Workshop

   Supported by the Foreign Ministry and by our supporters, JEN is carrying out disaster prevention education workshops in Haveli County, in the Province of Bagh. The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) supplied textbooks for disaster prevention education for this project.

These textbooks are cute picture books written in Urdu. The content is easy to understand, even for little children.

JEN has been carrying out seminars for teachers about school disaster prevention in Haveli County in light of the earthquake.  This project includes instructions of some evacuation drill methods and first-aid skills, making the contents more practical. In addition, not only the teachers, but also the students and local people participate in this seminar. It aims to spread disaster prevention knowledge.

November 15, 2007 in Pakistan |

11/12/2007

Heated Election Campaign

1122 The Jordanian government declared Tuesday, November 20th a holiday due to the parliamentary election.

The government is making a strong appeal to the nation for votes. Prior to the election, there were many posters of various sizes and different designs with pictures of the candidates could be seen along the streets of the town. In addition many cars decorated their windows with posters of those they are supporting. 1122_2

The Election Campaign Office interested us more than the posters. The special pavilions suddenly appeared in any empty spaces. They are same kind of pavilions as those used for wedding or funeral ceremonies. We can get a sense of the national character of Jordan through these pavilions even though the styles of the pavilion vary among the candidates. During the campaign, some candidates are said to rent many in order to gather their supporters for speeches about Jordan’s future outside and under the blue sky.

November 12, 2007 in Iraq |

11/08/2007

Increased Demand for Engineers

20071026_sudan_jpf_lainya_latrine_c   Currently, as a part of the project to improve sanitary environment, construction of toilet facilities are now underway at five elementary schools.

Skilled and capable engineer is a must in these types of projects.  While the actual construction will be taken care of by the construction companies, engineers from JEN play a critical role in making sure that the construction project is proceeding as planned, including whether or not (1) the facilities are constructed strictly following the plan, or (2) the quality of the materials are satisfactory. 

After the construction of toilet facilities has started, the engineers from JEN are working hard to monitor the progress by going around each of the five schools at least once a week.  20071031_sudan_jpf_lainya_latrine_2

A busy week is expected to continue until December, when the facilities are expected to be completed.

November 8, 2007 in South Sudan |

Grow Together!

Photo_6  On the first day of the Harvest festival volunteer project, all the volunteers helped with sewage improvement of the branch school and prepared the tree-planting ceremony.  Since we planned to plant the trees where we did last year, we first disposed of the grass, mowed and finally made 100 holes.  We created a fantastic board for the Harvest festival using the idea of decorating real radishes and carrots.

On the day of the Harvest festival, we all prepared for it by helping to cook miso soup with pork and vegetables, arranging Mr. Hashiba's residence for the symposium and bringing up some tables.  We also created bamboo skewers for broiling iwana (mountain trout) with salt and bamboo cups.

Finally, the Harvest festival started in the afternoon.  First of all, we did treasure hunting.  This is an annual event, but surprising treasures still remained in Iketani and Iriyama, which the villagers didn't realize existed.

Next was the Symposium "Let's think about the future of Iketani and Iriyama": this was the first symposium in the village.  We had Professor Nakajima (Tanada Network), Mr. Nagasaki (Chuetsu Fukko Network), Ms. Saiki (Toka-machi city hall), Mr. Tsukura (Iketani), Mr. Yamamoto (Toka-machi Regional Development Planning Committee) and Ms. Kiyama from JEN as panelists.  A heated debate was conducted.Photo_4

There were many constructive comments like "Iketani and Iriyama's rice is the No.1!  Next year, we are going to make a field with the volunteers!"  Visitors also gave us many ideas.

8 people from Betsuyama district of Nishiyama-cho where the Development Committee and JEN supported in Chuetsu-oki earthquake joined the event.  Both relationships have deepened since the last "Genki-Takuhaibin-Event".

After the symposium, we had another main event, the performance from the play group "Hishi-no-kai", who mainly perform in Tobitari area.  In their unique act, there was a lot of improvisation in which the audience got involved.  At the climax of the play, actors cheered up the villagers:

"We sometimes face difficulties but let's keep it up, Ikedan (nickname of Iketani and Iriyama)!"

We planted both fifty maples (Itaya-Kaede) and Guercus Serratas (Konara) the next day.  We look forward to seeing them grow and they will be our responsibility.  We felt relieved after the event, and all of us went to the Beech Forest to relax.

Photo_5 This year's "Village Development (Mura-Okosi)-volunteer event" was over, but we are planning our first Snow Clearing Volunteers to stay at Iketani branch school next January.  We would appreciate your help to Iketani and Iriyama in various ways.  Next year, we are going to make more plans so that the volunteers can make an even more significant contribution.  We thank you for your attention, as always.

November 8, 2007 in Niigata |

Fixing pieces and getting ready

118 Contaminated foods and water hit the summer in Iraq by Cholera.  It is only recently that the government announced that the situation is getting better after the summer. 

Please see the photo taken at the washing-space of the girl’s elementary school in the slum area of the Baghdad we repaired. 

There was no water and swage system prior to our repairs and the washing-space without the water was used as storage. We also needed to repair electronic facilities to be able to use electronic devices. 

118_2 We made it clean and pink tiled washing-space for girls as well as for the bathrooms.  They can also enjoy the lights and fans. 

JEN is repairing the school infrastructures as described above for both elementary schools and junior high schools in Baghdad.

November 8, 2007 in Iraq |

11/01/2007

The future dreams of the young

 Supported by UNICEF and you, we are developing water and hygiene projects to the 120 schools in Haveri, Bagh. Up until now, 80% of the water supply facilities have been built and it is only a few more steps to complete the project. After the project completion, approximately 13,000 children will be able to study in the safe and hygienically clean environment.

 The top three professions the children in Haveri want to become are: For boys, doctor (1st), engineer (2nd) and pilot (3rd). For girls, doctor (1st), school teacher (2nd) and nurse (3rd).

 The first important thing to make these dreams to come true is to provide right education to the children at schools. JEN will continue to support to provide right educational environment to Pakistan.    

November 1, 2007 in Pakistan |