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10/28/2010

Hajj ~ Special Clothing for Pilgrimage ~

Hajj (the large pilgrimage to Mecca, for detail please refer to the article updated on July 16th, 2009 ) season will be started soon. Before this pilgrimage, male pilgrim should have his head shaved and should wear two pieces of white cloth called ihram. All kinds of plain white cloths without any pattern and any embroidery can be used as ihram. Even a belt to fasten the cloth on waist also hasno seam. It has only a pocket to keep the valuables. On the other hand, there’s no restriction on female’s cloths. She should have her just a little of hair tips cut.

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No one can reach to Mecca and its neighboring area without ihram. Then, when do male pilgrims from all over the world change to the special cloths?

If he tries to reach by road, he can use one of five changing rooms called Miqat, located at 11 ~ 187 km away from Mecca.

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If he reaches by air, he can change his cloths in a restroom on airplane before crossing the border. Anyway, here’s a problem that they have limited number of restrooms for all of passengers. There is always a long line at restrooms. I have heard about an unlucky man at the tail of the procession missed to change before crossing the border. Some people finish the change at departing airport to avoid this kind of risk. 

October 28, 2010 in Iraq |

Meet the Stakeholders

Since I have been stationed at Islamabad for a year, I had various experiences such as joy, anger, sadness and fun. This time I had a chance to return to Japan for annual home leave.

During my short return, I mainly spent my days to visit and report my work and projects JEN's implementing to our financial partners. It was indeed a good chance to meet these people whom I do not meet in my daily life in Islamabad, but learned that I cannot implement activities without these people.

Also, being busy with my daily work, I learned that I must never forget not only the people who benefit but the financial partners who let JEN to implement the projects as well. Something I did felt during my days in Japan.


Given the enormous strength, I felt that I must work hard with a clear mind.
In the future as well, I do ask for your support in the Afghanistan- Pakistan Project.

Thank you for your support.

October 28, 2010 in Afghanistan |

10/21/2010

Natural disaster and human disaster Part 2

20101021dscf4848 Around 16:00 on September 24th, very strong wind raged, and it began to rain. About 20 ~ 30 minutes it remains and at least 50 thousand lives were lost around capital because of this rainstorm. Billboard was destroyed and fallen, and utility pole was also falling down. A concrete block wall collapsed, and road became like river. Due to this effect, electric supply around capital area has been stopping. However, even this damage is lighter than the damage of hurricane.

If there is any other enough fuel except charcoal in Haiti……
If there is better construct structural standard in Haiti even though it is not good enough as earthquake-resistant construction……
If infrastructure was prepared enough……20101021dscf4841 .

Several hundred thousand people’s life may not lose. This kind of problem in Haiti will never solve after all if we give up solving this problem as due to natural disaster.

Haiti needs support as long as possible. Support include not only economic support but also reorganization and thinking of the problem in Haiti, and it lead to good future to our world.

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In rainstorm, one of the office assistant, Corolla, called a guard and driver loudly, and run to the place which car is parked. Head officer yielded to her that she should stay inside of the house. Head officer watch what happen to her, and he saw everyone ride the car to prevent blowing the car by their weight.

October 21, 2010 in Haiti |

A Milestone of Renewal

101021101021 “We realized that we weren’t alone.”

So says Vasansa,  who lives in the village of Pannaichadar  in Sri Lanka’s eastern Batticaloa region. Thanks to the financial backing of all our supporters, the Japanese government and “Chabo!”, JEN is able to work to restore the livelihoods of returnees who, like Vasansa, were driven from their homes by regional conflicts.

“My hopes stand on this rock, the one I’m sitting on now. This was a milestone in my life, dug out of a hole fifteen feet deep. That’s right—this is a stone that came up when JEN dug our village a well, to provide us the water we needed during the drought. That well brought stability to our lives.”

Vasansa continues.
“ First of all, JEN’s support allowed us to rebuild our lives, bringing us confidence. We know there must be challenges waiting ahead, but now we can prepare ourselves for them. Living a normal, hopeful existence gives you greater hope, and makes you grow as a person. Confidence spreads not just to those who use the agricultural wells we constructed with JEN, but to other members of the village, who are raising livestock like goats or cows, running small shops and working hard at various other domestic industries. We now work not just with nearby villagers, but with our village leaders and government officials. We are truly happy, but we’ve only just begun to leave peacefully. We hope to use the ‘PLAN, DO and SEE’ methods we learned from JEN to work, and make our capabilities, our determination and our hopes even stronger.”

October 21, 2010 in Sri Lanka |

A Big Achievement of Hygiene Education Workshop

 We visited the project site in Kajo Keji county with members of JPF, who came for visitation of JEN’s water sanitation improvement in Southern Sudan. We could confirm the big achievement of the hygiene education workshop for teachers, which was previously picked up in this section, through this visit.

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 In the workshop, the teachers made an action plan in which they would provide the education to the student s in their school. Surprisingly, the action plan has been implemented in many schools! In one school, hand washing facility has been installed in front of the toilets with the initiative of the teacher who participated in the workshop. We could see the children are washing their hand after using the toilet there. In another school, message plates about hygiene and health were installed. JEN’s role is to provide a chance to make a positive change. We are so glad that we have successfully played the id eal role.

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 In Morobo county, installation of the latrines and excavation of wells are steadily in progress. The site which has quickest progress is in the stage of water amount test. It will be informed in near future.

Head of Office in Juba/ Michi Yamanakajima

October 21, 2010 in South Sudan |

Achievement of Hygiene Education Workshop

We visited one of the project sites in Kajo Keji county with members of JPF (Japan Platform), who came for view JEN’s project in Southern Sudan. We could confirm the big achievement of the hygiene education workshop for teachers, which was previously picked up in this section, through this visit.

101021_sudan_2 In the workshop, the teachers made an action plan in which they would provide the education to the students in their school. Surprisingly, the action plan has been implemented in many schools! In one school, hand washing facility has been installed in front of the toilets with the initiative of the teacher who participated in the workshop. We could see the children are washing their hand after using the toilet there. In another school, message plates about hygiene and health were installed. JEN’s role is to provide a chance to make a positive change. We are so glad that we have successfully played the ideal role.

In Morobo county, installation of the latrines and excavation of wells are steadily in progress. The site which has quickest progress is in the stage of water amount test. It will be informed in near future.

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Head of Office in Juba/ Michi Yamanakajima

October 21, 2010 in South Sudan |

10/14/2010

A Message from a Engineer in Anbar Prefecture

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Here Anbar prefecture where we have river Euphrates, is located in the west from the capital Bagdad, bordered on Syria, Jordan and Saudi Arabia. People here still have tribal society and the number of main tribes exceeds 50. I would like to introduce Anbar to you with new pictures if possible, but unfortunately most of the landmarks are tumbled down.
 
I have been working for JEN as an engineer in Anbar since December, 2009. Before that, I had been belonged to a humanitarian supporting organization in Gulf States to engage in schools and wells construction/reconstruction projects for Southeast Asian people who needs to be supported. I feel happy to work for others in the field of humanitarian support, putting my specialty to account.

 
At last, do you know how we Iraqis feel for Japanese people? If you ask to 10 Iraqis, all of them will say as ‘diligent, good natured and always with smile’.
(Of course I’m one of them who answers so!)

October 14, 2010 in Iraq |

10/07/2010

Natural disaster and human disaster  Part1

Due to large scale earthquake on January in this year, Haiti was focused people’s attention around the world. Haiti has suffered by natural disaster frequently so far. Recently, there are four hurricanes landing Haiti in 2008. It made 800 people death, and 800 thousand people, 8 percent of total population, became victims of this disaster. In addition, about 26 hundred through 30 hundred people died due to mudslide or flood caused by tropical storm (smaller scale than hurricane) in 2004.

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Even if we consider the increase of abnormal whether due to environmental destruction, hurricane or storm is just natural disaster in this region. However, the damage of humanitarian disaster is also occurring in Haiti.

Oil is expensive in Haiti so most of the people depend on inexpensive charcoal as living fuel. In addition, forest is provisions for farmers. They fell forest to selling charcoal, tilling the field, and growing livestock. Because of this felling, Haiti has lost almost of all forest which covered 98 percent country and there is no resistance against heavy rain.

In 1980, the forest in Haiti which has covered about 25 percent of country were still remained. Although the Hurricane, which had a big destructive power and was classified “Category 3” in five category, had hit in 1987, no one was killed by that disaster. However, the forest is decreasing to 1.4 percent of country in 2004 and it is not enough to protect the people from flood and a mudslide. As a result, more than 26 hundred people people were dead because of heavy rain which was continued for 30 hours.

October 7, 2010 in Haiti |