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What we can do in Tokyo

080422_low JEN sold rice of Iketani, Iriyama of Tokamachi-city in Niigata, at the booth on "Earth Day Tokyo" on April 19th and 20th. Seventy six packages of rice, 750 grams per package, were sold thanks to the promotion by supporters of JSC(JEN Supporters Club).

Mr. Takahashi from Tokamachi city development committee, came to Tokyo and participated the event, and raised his voice together. The customers bought the rice saying that “I can support for the earthquake disaster”, “I want to do something for the settlement”, “Because it is delicious rice made in Uonuma” and so on.  Some people said that they want to participate in volunteer activities after they knew about the volunteer activities in the village of Iketani from the rice.

What we learned from the event is that there is still room for improvement for how to sell rice for  the Committee and Sales Promotional tools in various sites and ways are important.0804222_low

Ideas and cooperations are needed from the volunteers in order for the committee to sell rice in Tokyo. We look forward to your supports for the activities of the village of Iketani in Tokyo this year.

April 24, 2008 in Niigata |


Meaning behind of Distribution

080415_2008pk_low Recently, the Field office in Kashmir, Pakistan received requests from schools. That is a request for helping them install tents.

Reconstruction of schools in Bagh district has been late severely, so as a temporary measure other organizations distributed tents kit which can be used as class rooms in the fiscal year 2008.

The students have received the new tents, however they do not know what to do with them even though they have an instruction paper in one hand, because they have never set such large sized tents by themselves.

JEN also distributed tents for schools from January to April in 2006, as an emergency assistance just after the earthquake hit in the area in Oct 2005. JEN set the tents in cooperation with the villagers and JEN has been periodically monitoring afterwards and doing repairs.

This time the tents are not the ones which JEN distributed, however JEN has been helping the
villagers to set the tents together by the request from the school.
One may image “Distribution” is just to “give objects”. However the distribution of JEN is not just “carrying objects”.  JEN always cares the feelings of receivers or users when purchasing or distributing.

And JEN considers that distributed objects can encourage local people's independence.

April 17, 2008 in Pakistan |


Traces of War

0407 The road from the Juba office to the project site in Lainya County is often blocked. This is because an international NGO is overseeing the removal of landmines that have been planted in the roadside during the war. Lainya is an area where there were intense battles between the Sudanese army and the Sudan People’s Liberation Army. Therefore, even three years after the end of the war, the people’s lives are threatened by the innumerable neglected landmines and unexploded bombshells that remain hidden. 

In the past, when such road blockages occurred, I was impatient thinking ‘The meeting time at the project site is drawing nearer!’ However, the removal of such landmines is an indispensable component in the revival of Sudan. Therefore, until such tasks are completed, I drink juice, taking a break with the driver and other staff members, waiting patiently until we can drive through again.

April 10, 2008 in South Sudan |


Delivery of safe water

080401_k7_low JEN with the support by Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan and individual donnors have been conducting the installation of water pipes which connect water storage tanks and public water pipes in order to supply safe water to students as a part of the construction of schools.

In Afghanistan, sanitary conditions are very bad in most schools. The students of Cobura school  whom JEN is supporting still use dirty water from the channel next to the school for drinking.
Polluted water comes from cities through the channel, so there is no safe water that protects students’ health there.
Over a long winter, the construction of water storage tanks has been restarted and the constructions have been advanced to pre-foundation of stones. JEN has been conducting activities in order to make up sanitary conditions that can allow students study safely as soon as possible.

(Photo: The completed base of water storage tank)

April 3, 2008 in Afghanistan |