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2010.11.25

The Hygiene Promotion Workshop was held

We hold the hygiene promotion workshop at 25 targeted schools from the beginning of October.

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It was scheduled for two days at each school, targeted mainly for the teachers. On the first day, we had a lecture and on the second day, we had a review and also the guide of actual teaching method for children.
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It might be a bit busy for the teachers to participate in the interval of their own classes. It was greatly pleased for us JEN members to hear a teacher say casually to a latecomer, “I heard a very useful lecture during your absence!” We realized that our long processed hygiene promotion project was received as a help for them.

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We distributed the teaching materials and hygienic kits at this workshop, of which introduced several time on this blog. For checking detailed content of teaching materials, please refer to following blog.

http://blog.excite.co.jp/mottainai-staff/d2010-11-17/
We apologize that the article is written in Japanese.

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This workshop was held with the cooperation of all of the supporters, the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs and UN-OCHA.

November 25, 2010 in Iraq |

2010.11.18

If we imagine

In this country, several hundred families have to go to bed without eating proper dinner, and several thousand children can not commute to school. Many people are going to die without taking enough treatment in the hospital every week. Why?

‘‘Poverty.’’  Oneday, one of the villagers that JEN perform some activity in his village ask us, ‘Do you have any salaried work?’ From this question, we began to discuss about poverty.

Villager: I am so hungry, but I do not have both work and money
JEN: What kind job would you like to? Can’t you find any job in your village? If you can not find, why don’t you create it for yourself and other villager?
Villager: I can not do that. A half of people in the village can not find the job. How can I create the job?
JEN: I think you can create because there is a beautiful in this place. Most of the people in the world like the beach very much.
Villager: I know such a thing, but people like famous and clean beach, not like this place.
JEN: Do you think that is only reason that people does not come this place?
Villager: Umm,,,,,,,, I do not know
JEN: Listen what I say. Please imagine. 200 families live in this village. You recruit one person from each family, and begin to clean the beach. Maybe cleaning is going to be finished in two days, and all of garbage is disappear in third days. After that, you gather the money from villagers, and build the shop which sell cold drink or the seafood restaurant. Then maybe many visitors will come to beach, and they swim, buy some cold drink at shop, and eat some lunch in restaurant. At that time, how many villagers can get work……

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That villager thinks it seriously.
JEN: Do you think that is impossible?
Villager: N, No! I do not think like that, but how can we let the people realize that this village have nice beach?
JEN: That is easy. Make the direction and put it up on the highway. You should write the beach’s name, an arrow, and distance from the beach. In addition, take some beautiful photo and had them run in the newspaper. You also go to tourist board at the capital, and report what you did. If you finish everything, everyone in your village must help you. If you work with everyone as unison, how many works you can create?
Villager: (count on his finger,) Manager of shop and restaurant, waiter or waitress of restaurant, cleaner, security guard, sailor, fisherman, and guide…..Wow! There are many jobs!
JEN: Yes. You can do anything you want. Anyway, think about making money in this sea. This is the same as fisherman of village.
That villager starts to think, and say.
Villager: I will try! At first, I will gather other villager and discuss about this idea.

Earning enough money for family living….. This is the dream of all of pure people in Haiti, and this is also a goal of JEN. Therefore, we have to let the people realize the importance of independent, and support their effort to come their dream true by themselves.

Haiti needs practical work for revival from damage of earthquake or rebuilding the country. Every single people in the country should help each other, and they work as unison to become the country which can prepare enough food, hospital, road, and school.

November 18, 2010 in Haiti |

A Magic Tree in Sudan

When I saw the tree was on the way to a project site in Morobo county, from Juba. That area was covered by trees of the woods like other areas of southern Sudan. However, the tree was far taller than others in the area so that I wondered why only this tree grew like this.  That was Mahogany. Mahogany was highly prized as timber but there were no Mahogany tree around.

After a while, I passed that road again and asked a local staff about that tree. The local staff told me surprising story.

This tree was old and perfectly suitable for timber therefore some people had ever tried to cut down the tree and never succeeded. Some people tried to cut it down by using heavy machinery. The tree fell, however, it stood there next day as if nothing had happened.

Do you believe this? It was completely unbelievable story for me. Might it have magic power? Tree of Buddha in Sudan…. “Banyan Tree” in Asia and “Baobab” in Africa, especially in Madagascar, are famous for that kind of story. I wish someone could find the truth about it….

November 18, 2010 in South Sudan |

There Will Soon Be Water for the Fields

Through the support of Chabo!, the Japanese government and all of you, JEN has set out to construct 40 agricultural wells in Eastern Sri Lanka, and that project is approaching its peak.

The site is a small encampment isolated in the jungle. Over 95% of those living here say that the grave lack of water to farm with is their greatest problem. With that soon to be solved, villagers watch the construction with earnest eyes.
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The villagers here know the underground water veins better than anyone, and we follow their advice in deciding where to dig. Even those living too far away to use the well spared no support. Once, for example, a narrow farm road had brought our construction equipment to a dead standstill. A farmer with fields next to that road, who knew he wouldn’t benefit from the well directly, told us to break his fence and pass through his land. A torrent of “thank you”’s and “sorry”’s flooded from our mouths.

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After JEN completes construction of these 40 wells, the residents aim to employ the resulting benefits themselves for the greater good of the region. Together with everyone there, and everyone reading this article, we hope to keep rebuilding so that this entire area can return to the livelihood it once had.

November 18, 2010 in Sri Lanka |

A Magic Tree in Sudan

When I saw the tree, on the way to a project site in Morobo county, from Juba. That area was covered by trees of the woods like other areas of southern Sudan. However, the tree was far taller than others in the area so that I wondered why only this tree grew like this.  That was Mahogany. Mahogany was highly prized as timber but there were no Mahogany tree around.

After a while, I passed that road again and asked a local staff about that tree. The local staff told me surprising story.

This tree was old and perfectly suitable for timber therefore some people had ever tried to cut down the tree and never succeeded. Some people tried to cut it down by using heavy machinery. The tree fell, however, it stood there next day as if nothing had happened.

Do you believe this? It was completely unbelievable story for me. Might it have magic power? Tree of Buddha in Sudan…. “Banyan Tree” in Asia and “Baobab” in Africa, especially in Madagascar, are famous for that kind of story. I wish someone could find the truth about it….

November 18, 2010 in South Sudan |

2010.11.11

Hajj - Sacrificing -

Hajj starts on the 8th day in December, the month for pilgrimage on Islamic calendar. Muslims sacrifice animals on 10th day.

It’s regulated to offer a sheep per a pilgrim or a cow / a camel per seven pilgrims. These animals should not have any disease: they should not be blind even in one eye, should not have difficulty in walking with leg disease, and should not be emaciated for only skin and bones. Its age is also limited as over 5 years old for a camel, over 2 years old for a cow, and over 6 months for a sheep. Traditionally, pilgrims had been butchering the animals by themselves or observing others do butchering. In these latter days they don’t have even to observe by paying for an agency.
This change has some reasons, but one of these seems to be a hygienic problem by facing a left meat on street.

Then, to where do this butchered meat go?  To be eaten by pilgrims? To be thrown away? No way, it is to be packed and delivered to the needy all over the world.

December 10th on Islamic calendar falls the first day of Eid holiday (=the festival of sacrifice called Eid ul Adha). All of the Muslims who are not on Hajj also sacrifice to celebrate this holiday.

November 11, 2010 in Iraq |

2010.11.04

The Campaign of Sanitation by Villagers

he contemporary technology can expect natural disaster like a hurricane, storm, and flood, but an epidemic like cholera will attack without any warning.

JEN are performing the sanitation promoting project against 50 thousand families. 459 volunteers who are trained for this sanitation promoting project are teaching knowledge about sanitation. They have high motivation, and try to spread what they learn to village.

Volunteer go to village to explain about cholera after joining emergency meeting with JEN staff about corresponding how to sterilizing house, car, and dead body. They also stimulate villager to get information about sanitation by listening radio, or communicating with each villagers. In a village named Jeanty at Grand Goave, wash place is established at center of village, and call out the villagers to wash their hands by soap.

This effort started from ‘Global Hand Washing Day’ on Octorber 15th.  This trial has begun under the leadership of volunteers for letting everyone wash their hands appropriately.

After that, we decide to establish wash place in Sojin, next village of Jeanty. At the area where JEN perform the project, this kind of sanitation improvement activity is spreading wider than we expect. Volunteers accomplish their new role at life improvement of people in the community, and they are very proud of that.

If Hurrican Thomas attacks to Haiti, the risk to spread cholera virus may become higher. Haiti team of JEN has 500 people including JEN’s staffs, drivers, and local volunteers, and they try to prevent to spread the sickness to 50 thousand people in Haiti.

November 4, 2010 in Haiti |

Well Repairs — One Young Woman’s Story

Eight months ago, 24 year-old Rajesuwali  returned to her village in the northern region of Waunia, which was damaged by the earthquake . She has a husband and two children, but her husband remains in custody under charges of anti-government activities. Also living with Rajesuwali is her younger sister, who has three children of her own, and whose husband has also yet to return from custody. The two sisters share a home with their mother and five children at the outskirts of the village.

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When we visited her three months ago, she travelled 500 meters every day to draw heavily soiled water from a broken well. When that well was later cleaned, monkey and cow corpses were found inside it.

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Now, Rajesuwali’s well is as good as new. She drinks from it, and uses its water to cook and tend to her garden. She’s deeply grateful to everyone involved in its repair and cleaning.

This activity was made possible by Japan Platform and our supporters.

November 4, 2010 in Sri Lanka |