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08/27/2010

[Flash Report] The Scars Left Behind by the Flood

Assessment report arrived from the field today.
These pictures are from Charsadda, one of the regions where the damage was most severe.

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August 27, 2010 in Pakistan |

08/25/2010

[Flash Report] Distribution continues

Distribution of goods is running very smoothly in Kohat.

We have completed distribution to 202 households by the 25th. 93 houses were completely destroyed, and 109 were partially destroyed by this flood, out of which 16 are temporarily sheltering in a local high school in Kohat.

20100822_jpf2010distributiongumbat_ Kohat neighbors areas where conflict is still ongoing, so we are paying utmost attention to security matters. Distribution is carried out in a walled place with an entrance. Security guards and local police accompany the distribution.

20100825_jpf2010assessmentuc_rajjar In addition, we began assessing another badly affected area, Charsadda.

August 25, 2010 in Pakistan |

08/23/2010

[Flash Report] Distribution commences!

We finally began distribution yesterday.

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20100822_jpf2010distributiongumb_12 We are targeting 60 households in Gumbat. Today, we distributed the remaining goods to the 60 households we distributed yesterday, as well as another 15 additional households, which should complete the distribution for this area. Otherwise, one staff joined our team today, and tomorrow we will implement assessment in Charsadda, where the severest destruction is seen. To continue our assistance in Pakistan, we urgently need your assistance.


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August 23, 2010 in Pakistan |

08/19/2010

When I lost my 2 precious gifts

Rahman Gul lives in Town Gumbat with his family -  his wife, four daughters and two sons. One night when he was sleeping in the only room in his house with his family, he felt that  water rushing into the room. He sprung up to comprehend the chaotic situation and tried to  somehow get out of the room.  Then, he realized that his house was full of water.  He was desperate to secure his family, when the boundary walls of the house fell down. He immediately woke up his fourteen-year-old son to get some help from the neighbor, but saw that the neighbor’s house was already broken. When they returned to secure their family, the room was almost full of water. It was too late.

Her wife, at the same time, tried her best and sat her two daughters and one son  over the cupboard. She tightly held her two younger daughters (one and half, and three years old) in her lap when a part of the roof came down over them. With the heavy weight of the roof on top of herself, she lost hold of her daughters; they slipped from her hands and disappeared in the fast flowing water.

Next day, with the help of the neighbors they found their daughters lying outside their house in a stream. and Rahman Gul lost his two precious gifts given by God to him. This was an unbearable loss for him and his family.

Now, people come to visit his house daily for condolence. Rahman Gul is a laborer,  loading and unloading commodities  in the Town market. Rahman Gul not only lost his two daughters but also his house, which was severely damaged . He is completely lost, whether to reconstruct his house or go to the market to earn food for his remaining family. Fortunately, his neighbors are supportive and they have accommodated his family for the time being. They also share their food with his family. But it will take him long to recover from the loss of his two daughters, while working hard to save up money for reconstruction of his house. So far, he has not received any assistance, neither from the government nor from any humanitarian organization.

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Rahman Gul with his remaining family in Town Gumbat, district Kohat


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Place where 2 daughters of Rahman Gul slipped from the hands of his wife and disappeared in t

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August 19, 2010 in Pakistan |

What Can We Do With Only *\ 2,000 on Repairing Work?

In various activities of JEN we have been introduced to you until now,
I’m going to let you know today a part of what we can do with definite budget.
 
For example, we have watering equipment like this.

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Water pipe underruns as below picture.

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It has 6 meters from water main to reach the tap, and we can replace 1/3 of it to new one with \2,000.
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If we have \2,000, we can also repaint two doors, or we can place two of new fluorescent lights.

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If we would like to repair a rest room, we can re-cover the floor with mosaic tile
or we can place a hose and a tap as you can see on the left side on below picture.

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The article on hygiene promotion project is appeared on autumn issue of JEN news letter. 

*USD 24.05, exchange rate as of 8th Jan, 2011.

August 19, 2010 in Iraq |

Exercise to keep hands clean

 JEN is working on health and education programs at the school in Parwan Province, Charikar district. During the winter vacation, teachers who were trained from the experts for three days, began the health education to children from the new spring semester.

 
 In June, there was a four week hand washing program and in July, there was a two week finger nail clipping program. At the end of every month, the school Committee and JEN staff visited each school reviewed whether the program was functioning.

Here is our observation...

First, the trained teachers explain their knowledge they learned again and next the children show their hand washing. They use soap and wash thoroughly between fingers and fingernails. After the hand wash week for 4 weeks, hand washing became very well.

It seems that clipping fingernail was not that easy for small children. They cannot handle the upper level well. So first the elder children clip the fingernail of the younger children. Then the JEN staff show how to hold it again.

Finally, even the smallest child was able to clip his fingernail alone.

August 19, 2010 in Afghanistan |

What Can We Do with your Contribution? - Repairing Work in Iraq.

Let me introduce to you, what we can do with definite budget.

For example, we have watering equipment like this.

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Water pipe underruns as below picture

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It has 6 meters from water main source to reach the tap, and we can replace 1/3 of it to new one with JPY2,000(*).

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If we have JPY2,000, we can also repaint two doors, or place two of new fluorescent lights.

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Moreover, to repair a rest room, we can re-cover the floor with mosaic tile
or we can place "a hose and a tap" as you can see on the left side on below picture.

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The article on hygiene promotion project is appeared on autumn issue of JEN news letter .

(*USD 24.05, exchange rate as of 8th Jan, 2011.)

August 19, 2010 in Iraq |

08/18/2010

[Flash Report] Photo Archive #1

Photos arrived from the site today.
Photos below show the conditions of destruction, taken in Gumbat and Shakardarra, on the 16th and the 17th.

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August 18, 2010 in Pakistan |

08/17/2010

[Flash Report] Current situation, and slow assistance

The two local staff, split into two groups, are continuing with assessment of houses in Gumbat and Shakardarra. Meanwhile, personnel for research and distribution are being employed, and preparation for goods distribution, such as selection of warehouses, is run in parallel.

100817humanitarian_coordination_cen On the 17th, we participated in coordination meeting at Serena Hotel in Islamabad. Humanitarian Coordination Center of the UN was established in this Hotel, where we can obtain useful information such as maps of the affected areas.

100817_2 On the 16th, there was a heavy downpour, and JEN’s backyard was submerged yet again.

In all of Pakistan, approximately 20% of the country was submerged, even though this is not attracting media attention. Affected area is extremely vast. International community’s assistance is yet to meet the demand adequately.

Shunsuke Narita, Program Officer

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August 17, 2010 in Pakistan |

08/15/2010

[Flash Report] Departing to assess the site


100815 Local staff Tufail and Naveed, left for Kohat today from Islamabad.
Originally, they were supposed to go to Gumbat today, about forty minutes from central Kohat. But since arrival to Kohat was delayed, tomorrow they will split into two teams, one for Gumbat and another for Shakardarra. They will assess the affected area to plan our next assistance.

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August 15, 2010 in Pakistan |

08/14/2010

[Flash Report] Distribution Goods Finalized

Today was the Independence Day in Pakistan. However, since nearly 10% of the population was affected by the flood, no elaborate ceremony was held this year.

On a lighter note, distribution goods were finalized today. For 300 houses that are completely destroyed, tents, hygiene kits, beds, mattresses, and gas cylinders will be distributed. For another 300 houses that are partially destroyed, plastic sheets, hygiene kits and plastic mats will be distributed.

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Local staffs, Tufail (left) and Naveed (right), preparing the distribution of goods at the office

However, market prices of these goods are rising rapidly due to the massive jump in demand for these goods. In particular, the demand for plastic sheets is especially high, so it is possible that in the end we won’t be able to procure them.

We are doing our best to make progress with procurement and distribution, to reach as many people as possible, and as rapidly as possible.

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August 14, 2010 in Pakistan |

08/12/2010

[Flash Report] Daily Necessities, To Be Distributed

We have just received some photos of distribution goods from Pakistan.
We are considering distributing daily goods essential for living.

Hygiene kit
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Daily necessities such as kitchen utensils and cutlery
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We strive to arrange the procurement and distribution of these goods, as rapidly as possible, and to as many people as possible.

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August 12, 2010 in Pakistan |

Children Plant Trees

In Sudan, very few schools have cleaners or caretakers. Instead, the children themselves must keep the school tidy.
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They cut the grass to drive away snakes and mosquitoes, sweep the classrooms, and even clean the toilets. However, last week JEN came up with a slightly more interesting way to make over the schools that JEN has nearly finished constructing: to plant trees. Each child was given a seedling that they themselves could plant in the school garden. There are eight different kinds of trees to choose from and 120 were planted at each school.
The idea is to have each pupil keep a pet tree to look after and watch it grow. Every year as they prepare for exams, they can look out of the classroom window and see their own personal trees enjoying the sunshine and growing taller every month. Perhaps one day they will be able to sit with their friends in the shade of their tree during lunch break. If they are really lucky, in a couple of years they might even be able to feast on mangos from their own trees!
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Nonetheless, as people struggle to cultivate a  peaceful future, there are many reminders of the difficult history that the previous generations have endured. At one school, as we dug a hole to plant a mahogany seedling, we unearthed an empty AK-47 magazine. 
Philip, Project Officer
In cooperation with the UNHCR, JEN  is constructing three elementary schools in Juba.

August 12, 2010 in South Sudan |

Torrential Rain: A New River?!

20100812_dscf4739_2 On the 8th of August at around 7:00 pm, rain started pouring accompanied by thunder and lightning as I was cooling down in the balcony at the end of a boiling hot day. I love lightning so I was enjoying the cool air. However, in about twenty minutes, I heard people talking and laughing outside. I then looked down the street in front of the house, and could not believe what I saw!

There was a new river that did not exist just twenty minutes ago. The sound of the water was like that of a waterfall! People came out of their homes to play in the muddy, dirty water.

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This event highlights a few of many problems in Haiti. First of all, there is an evident lack of proper drainage system, not to mention the lack of preventative measures against mudslide. Another is that people were enjoying putting their feet in the muddy water, which is quite unhygienic. People are unaware of the danger of infections such as tetanus. The hurricane season is about to begin, and what we saw was only one torrential rain, not a hurricane. What will happen when the actual hurricane hits Haiti that is already ravaged by the earthquake?

20100812_dscf4712 JEN is now working to repair water points and conduct hygiene education. We are now only at the first step, which is a crucial one. Haiti needs long-term support to restore the necessary infrastructure and install preventative measures to be fully prepared for natural disasters as a disaster-prone country. We are continuing our effort toward this goal.

August 12, 2010 in Haiti |

08/05/2010

Ramadan, the fasting and its tradition in Iraq

We will have Bon Festival, a Buddhist function in mid August in Japan. Most people would visit their ancestor's grave. Anyway, it should not be well known that people in Iraq also have custom to visit family grave.

They visit two times a year; the first day after Ramadan (=called 'Eid', a festival to celebrate the end of Ramadan), and the first day of Hajj (= Pilgrimage to mecca). Christian era counts 365 days for a year, but Islamic era (=Hijrah) counts 354 days for a year. Basis Christian era, we feel like the first day of Eid and Hajj changes every year. For this year, as Ramadan period was 30 days from August 11th 2010 A.D, Eid started from September 10th, and Hajj was from November 16th.

They don't have custom to put flowers and other offerings on graves just like Japanese people do. Instead a passage from Koran should be read out by a member of family, or sometime by Mullah, a man well familiarized with Islamic commandment and doctrine, or by a beggar.   

Incidentally, remains are wrapped with white cotton cloth after being cleansed. Each remains are committed to the earth, lied in the direction their heads toward Mecca. For Shia Muslims, being buried in Najaf prefecture is highly boasted as they have first Imam (=leader) of Shia Ali's grave there. 


August 5, 2010 in Iraq |

[Flash Report] Destroyed houses

Below are photos we received today from the site.

Water is now drained out of Kohat district, but damages remain.

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Trees, houses, walls. Everything seems to be washed away.
JEN will continue with the assessment of the damage, and plans to distribute emergency goods that are in dire need.
Latest news from the country will be informed either via our homepage or mail magazine extra issues.

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August 5, 2010 in Pakistan |

Construction situation in Afghanistan

Afghanistan is a country which has experienced 30 years of war and during these 30 years of war, around 3 millions, both men and women were killed ordisabled. Many buildings were destroyed too, both private and governmental buildings.Hospital, schools and agriculture buildings were destroyed, so sick people had to receive treatment in outdoor tents , and similarly school children were studying in tents or in mosques without proper equipments such as desks and chairs. .

Recently, the central government of Afghanistan implemented a  direct vote by the people and since then some positive change has come to Afghanistan.  It can be seen espitially in construction of buildings.In the private sector (house building), market is now revitalized and new houses are being  constructed, thanks to people’s hard work. Some of the new houses are constructed by UNHCR with their distributed shelter for the IDPs (internally displaced persons).

In the public sector, including hospitals, schools, economic, agriculture buildings are constructed and rehabilitated by many NGOs and international organizations. Construction of school and hospitals is still going on in.

Around 80% of the necessary construction is done, but it is still not enough and needs further aid of national and international organizations. 
For the hope and success of all aid organizations to construct hospital and school buildings in all Afghanistan, and that the Afghan people could one day easily access  hospitals and schools…

Sincerely, Najibullar Khalilzai, JEN Parwan Province

August 5, 2010 in Afghanistan |

08/04/2010

Flash Report] North-west Pakistan Flood Emergency Assistance

Below are photos of the site that we received today.

The photos were taken in Muslimabad village in Kohat district, located 50km south of Peshawar.

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Latest news from the country will be informed either via our homepage or mail magazine extra issues.

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August 4, 2010 in Pakistan |

[Flash Report] JEN Staff Gone on Assessment in Pakistan

August 4th, 2010
[Flash Report] JEN Staff Gone on Assessment in Pakistan

JEN sent one staff based in Islamabad to the areas affected by the flood from July 25th to August 2nd, namely Swat and Shangla districts in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Province (previously North-Western Frontier Province) in the North-western part of the region. JEN is currently researching the conditions of the area.

By August 3rd, the number of the affected people is said to have reached 2,500,000. Villages are still being submerged under the continuing rain, and further damage is anticipated. 

JEN will continue to assess the area. Latest news from the country will be informed either via our homepage or mail magazine extra issues.

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August 4, 2010 in Pakistan |