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Avoid the Rock Meet the Needs

    One of the activities JEN provides, through support from Japanese Government and all of you, is construction of agricultural wells. The other day, we ran a soil survey for those wells in eastern Sri Lanka’s rocky Batticaloa region.

    Working with engineers from the Bureau of Irrigation and Water Supply, we begin by picking out a location suitable for excavation, then using a ground probing radar system called SYSCAL RIPLUS to investigate the condition of the soil.

    Next comes electrical resistivity* testing: we make a reference point, and draw lines out straight to either side using a tape measure.


    We then follow that line, driving in stakes every 50 cm on either side, and run an electrical current through the soil to test its quality.

    This process is repeated at 1m, 1.5 m, 2m and 3m from the reference point.

    Using the figures from the survey, the engineers draw a line graph. Each reading allows them to tell if there are rocks or water veins at that location, and analyzing them provides soil, water and other geological information.

    *Electric resistivity: a substance's resistance to electricity. The more water there is in underground sediment, the easier it is for an electrical current to pass through.

July 29, 2010 in Sri Lanka |

When Action Speaks More Than Words

100729_jpf3_kajo_keji_bright_unity_ On the 29th of June 2010, I visited the Bright Unity School in Kajo Keji County, Kajo Keji town, where we conduct hygiene education. It is a co-ed school, and is the largest school in the county with over 1,000 students. The campus has both brick buildings and the traditional mud houses called Tukul.
Thanks to all of our supporters and Japan Platform, JEN is conducting hygiene education and constructing wells and toilets at schools in the Kajo Keiji and Morobo Counties. We have been working in the Kajo Keiij County since 2008, and JEN is very well-known among the locals there. When we visited the Bright Unity School, children there warmly welcomed us, knowing that we are from JEN. It was a living proof of JEN’s success in the community.

Haileselasse, Program Officer

July 29, 2010 in South Sudan |

Another Disaster in Eight Months?

Haiti is one of the poorest countries in the world with a tragic history and deadly incidents. The low-income strata of Haiti are frequently affected by hurricanes, floods, earthquakes and political conflicts and violence in any era.

Haiti has always been vulnerable to natural disasters. Tropical storms and floods killed more than 3,000 people in 2004. In 2008, another storm hit Haiti, which affected 800,000 people and killed more than 400 people. These disasters not only inflicted people directly but also the country’s economy that has always been in shambles. People therefore cannot rely on agriculture or farming. The biggest natural disaster in the history of Haiti was the earthquake in January 2010. 80% of the main cities like Port au Prince, Leogane and Petit Goave were destroyed, along with their economies. More than 300,000 people were killed and hundreds of thousands of people became homeless. Despite the fact that it has been just six months since the earthquake, the meteorology department announced that the hurricane season would begin in August and predict that it would be one of the worst in history. People who are living in camps prefer to remain in such poor condition and would not start reconstruction since they know the deadly effects of the hurricanes. They don’t want to be affected twice in a year after an eight-month period.

Humanitarian organizations and developed countries must strengthen their support to rebuild Haiti. Let’s hope together that we can improve the situations in Haiti because nothing is impossible in this world.

July 29, 2010 in Haiti |


School Reconstruction and Hygiene Workshop

Now JEN's project is under way side by side with Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs and with UN-OCHA (United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs). During the 7 months from April to the end of October this year, school reconstruction and hygiene promotion project are taken place in elementary schools and junior highs schools in Baghdad.

As of July 15th, 7 school buildings are completed reconstruction. We are planning to prepare the cleaning equipment, hygiene kits (such as toothbrush and soap) and the teaching materials which will be used at our hygiene workshop. The hygiene workshop will be started once the new term started.

Hygiene workshop has two purposes to prevent children from infectious disease transmitted by water such as cholera, and to help children’s understanding the importance to keep clean by cleaning their school. This project also helps to maintain the improved school environment by school reconstruction project. The cleaning equipments and hygiene kits will be handed to children so that they can practice studied hygienic knowledge at once.

July 22, 2010 in Iraq |


Well cleaning is underway!

At the beginning of July, as the residents looked on, we began cleaning wells in Northern Waunia. With helmets and boots on rope firmly grasped, the members doing the cleaning lower themselves to the bottom of the well.

At the same time, members at ground level make the work easier by pumping water out of the well to a set level.

The members in the well brush the walls clean, and load broken bottles and containers, dry leaves, mud, sludge and other sediment into buckets before members above pull them back up. Wells are cleaned by repeating this process.
Finally, we snap a picture of the members after a job well done. Nice work, everyone!


July 15, 2010 in Sri Lanka |

KAP survey has started!

Thanks to all of your support and Japan Platform, the School Water Sanitation Project is ongoing as planned.

In this project, we construct latrines and wells at schools, establish school committees for their maintenance and management, and provide training with regard to these facilities’ maintenance and management.

Furthermore, we are providing hygiene education at a total of 51 schools. At this moment, we are conducting a KAP survey, in which we conduct a pre-education survey on children’s level of hygiene knowledge(Knowledge), their attitude toward changing their behaviour (Attitude) and their behaviour practice (Practice).

Based on this survey, we are trying to make the hygiene education as thorough as possible.

July 15, 2010 in South Sudan |


Something to cheer for

It has not been so long since the devastating earthquake killed more than 200,000 people in Haiti. Hundreds of thousands of people lost their family, became homeless, and live in temporary housing, either with host families or at one of 1,200 makeshift camps around the country. We are working in the field everyday as we constantly notice those who are living in dire situations.

Despite their challenges, there is something to be cheerful about, which is the currently ongoing FIFA World Cup. Whenever there is a game, we hear a loud live broadcasting coming from inside buses and cars everywhere in the street. Those who have personal radio sets carry them by their ears while walking or working. The most fascinating part is seeing so many people gathered around TV sets in shops and restaurants. Every time their favorite team scores, fans cheer in excitement and celebration.

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Among the Haitian people, the Brazilian national team is the most popular, followed by Argentina as a close second. JEN’s staffs always watch out for security after each game, when all the streets become blocked by the excited crowd. And now, we are planning a project that would further inspire and encourage th local people.

July 8, 2010 in Haiti |

Educational Situation in Afghanistan

Education in Afghanistan drastically improved under the rule of King Zahir Shah, whose most significant achievements between 1933 and 1973 included making primary schools available to everyone above twelve, or nearly half of the total population, expanding secondary institutions, and founding a national university in Kabul.

At the time, the education system was incredibly accessible, and most children attended schools and entered universities. The three decade of war in Afghanistan, however, destroyed the country’s economy, society, culture, and education. Most schools buildings were damaged, and only a few classrooms remained intact in some schools. Due to this situation, students in different grade levels had to share a classroom, and many students studied in tents without desks, chairs, or textbooks.  In 1996, furthermore, education was banned for female students, so half of the student population was not able to attend schools.

In 2001, the Karzai administration received a substantial amount of international aid to restore the education system that is accessible to female students. Many girls thus began attending schools, but because of the shortage of professionally trained teachers, the quality of education was very poor. This is because many certified teachers fled the country.
Many problems still plague this nation. There are regions that lack school buildings, latrines, clean water, textbooks, and etc. Many students have no choice but to study outdoors without proper facilities. The international community spent billions of dollars on aid in Afghanistan, but the country could use further assistance in education.

Despite the challenges of assistance in Afghanistan, I sincerely hope for a better future for all Afghan citizens and the successes of humanitarian aid organizations that strive toward enhanced education and self-reliance in the Afghan community.

Sultan M. Khamoush

July 8, 2010 in Afghanistan |

Some Like It Hot

Here in Jordan, we rarely have spicy hot foods. Instead what we see everywhere in the town is sweet food.

If you order a cup of tea here, it will be served with plenty of sugar. So sweet lemonade with mint is no surprise for the people here, even if it gives me a little regret ordering it to have a refreshing taste.

At first I arrived in Jordan for work, I thought it was just by coincidence to have so sweet foods. Now as I know how sweet tooth the people here, I learned to order a soft drink without sugar and adjust the taste by myself to avoid too sweet drinks.

It is not only drinks that is sweet, but also the sweets. They are the great enemy for dieters as it also contains plenty of oil. In a Korean restaurant, you will be served Jordan tasted sweet barbecued beef. In an Italian restaurant, you might be served sweet coleslaw salad for relish.

Why don't you try so sweet tooth Jordan?

July 8, 2010 in Iraq |



100629_agro_well_nokr4_vadamunai    This photo shows a well under  construction  by JEN out of 40 agro well construction project which is being carried out in resettled areas in the Batticaloa District , Eastern province of Sri Lanka.   

  At a pocket meeting with people  held at the village called Vadamunai, while our team member explaining about maintenance of this particular  well ,  the Beneficiaries surprisingly said  “  what a so big well for us “ which we have not seen in our life. 

  They also said that this is a ever big well constructed in not only in their village but also in the entire district.   A longstanding water problem would solve by this great well.    Size of the agro well is 6m in depthx3m in width.100629_meeting_with_well_maintainin 

  As a JEN team member I told the  people , to say big well is easy but you should imagine why big well provided by JEN for many people and not many wells to many people.  This is how JEN working. 

  JEN want to see the people talk together, work together, co-operate each other make effort to change living standard thereby  live together.  Thank you people for the moment but I am coming back to you on another day, said by JEN FO. 

P. Nagarajah
JEN Batti Field Officer

July 1, 2010 in Sri Lanka |

The Life in Morobo is Keep Changing

I met Ms. Betty Ayozo pumping water from the new well at Onbatikiriko primary school. Mrs Betty is 23 years old and she has 2 children. She had to walk more than 1 kilometer to pumping water.

This is the only place where people can obtain safe water. Sometimes there is long queue and people have to wait more than one hour. She used to use river water for cooking and the food was stained by the water at that time.

The family using the well at school has to pay 1 pound per month per family to Well maintenance committee. The well is placed in the school site therefore the students at the school have a priority for use of the well. However, people have a recognition that the maintenance of the well need to be managed by society.

July 1, 2010 in South Sudan |