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02/24/2011

A Hygiene Education with Puppet Play would Start

Water sanitation improvement project provided by JEN prevailed the information related to hygiene issue by using puppet play. Although the puppet play mainly targeted to children at school, the benefit spread not only the schools but also around the community.

Recently, 10 staff at JEN had a puppet play training by 8-day intensive course.  The training was held with corporation by a NGO whose activities are specialized in health and hygiene in Africa.

Making puppets for the play required high skill and knowledge and it is formidable work.  A woman in the community saw when we were chopping a mattress for the material of puppet, and she said that ”You are wasting the mattress. If you could have given the mattress to me, I and my 6 children would not need to sleep directly on the ground…”. It was difficult to explain to gain the understanding that a little cost is needed to produce a big result. The puppets and the puppet play were made through those processes.

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A rehearsal of the puppet play in Kendira  village at Morobo county was not only to inform people but also great fun. It was hot day, however, many people came to see the play.

JEN thinks that warm heart communication with people is important , and makes an effort to set an environment in which people can obtain new knowledge with opening their heart. The script of the play is simple and the audiences are involved to solve the problem in the play. It must be the most interesting way of learning!
 
Project Officer / Elizabeth

February 24, 2011 in South Sudan |

In his third year working with JEN

This time, I would like to introduce David, our project officer. He is in his third year working with JEN in the Eastern region. David is a 51-year-old Christian Tamil, and has two kids - One in high school and the other in junior high. He has participated as project officer since JEN started its program in the Eastern region in September 2007. He has provided the people of psychological care and assistance to regain self-sustainability.

“When I was a student, my future dream was to become a social worker and support my neighbors. While I was young, I worked at YMCA. I became a company worker after that, but in 2005, when the conflicts were beginning to intensify, I came back to my old job to support the people again.

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“The people of Batticaloa have been affected by the conflict for more than 20 years. It was impossible for them to lead a stable life, and various assistance activities to the people have led them to become reliant on others. I want to replace that reliance to a sense of independence. In order for people to feel independent, it is necessary to make an environment in which they can earn a living in their own villages, or nearby. Construction of agricultural wells, one of the activities carried out by JEN, is a good example of providing opportunities of income generation in the people’s own villages.

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“The conflict ended in 2007, and the town of Batticaloa is starting to grow again. The countryside, however, has still yet to recover. I want to support the people even more so that the villages of Batticaloa will develop as well.”

(*1: The project for construction of agricultural wells, distribution of seeds and seedlings, and reinforcement of the communities are all carried out with support from the Japanese government, Chabo!, and our supporters.)

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February 24, 2011 in Sri Lanka |

Introduction of the new staff!

My name is Dimitri. I’ve been a program officer of JEN Haiti team since this January.

Nice to meet you!

February 24, 2011 in Haiti |

02/17/2011

What you need to move

The Islamabad office which is the base of remote office in the Afghanistan project moved in this mid-January.

I have been preparing to move to the next place to make the working environment organized smooth whenever I had time. However, once you moved we recognized the reality was that there were problem with almost the entire infrastructure (such as water, electricity, gas, telephone, internet etc).

The house landlord was helpful to solve the problem one by one, but this is not Japan.

It is not unusual that the repairman does not show up mentioning that he will appear today. He once comes to check the situation telling us to return soon and end up showing the next day. Even though you purchase the whole desk set, they never deliver on the day they promised.
 

Now that the problem is getting settled recently at last, I then started to think that this moving situation is also an example for part of the supporting activity. To pursue this project, it requires more time than we imagined. In order to continue a better support, patience is required. Even moving your office is no exception.

It has been about a month since we moved and we are now in an environment to concentrate in our project.

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February 17, 2011 in Afghanistan |

Damage of the flood and work for reconstruction

The damages by the flood last year are still visible in many farms.

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We talked with Mr. Nisal Khan and his children in Kalbera village. He runs a farm and his land is still covered with mud and grass.
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Under such situation, JEN staff started to instruct for reconstruction of farms in the village. In order to reconstruct the land, rake the mud by a tractor and recover the ground for cultivation.

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We conducted agricultural trainings in Sher Khan Kalay village and Kabalai Koroona village. In the training, the trainer started from noxious of agricultural chemicals and how to make compost. Then, Yonas Khan, one of the participants, talked about the traditional agriculture; how to cultivate the land and important points when you plant different vegetable seeds in one field.

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The participants also have opportunities to practice reconstruction work and farm preparation on site.

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February 17, 2011 in Pakistan |

02/10/2011

Surprise and delightful growth of the staff

Usually I work on general affairs and accounting at the capital city, and I was surprised when I went to the field after so long.

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The local staff worked on kneading cement and setting the stage for around the hand pump under the burning sun.
Mr.Guy, plumber who has three wives and always joyous is saying joke and Mr. Ansoul, plasterer is daubing cement for the stage.
Everyone is working earnestly with smile although the hard work in the hot weather.
Once I left the work space about 40 minutes to see other pump, and when I came back there, surprisingly almost all of the stage has been completed!

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Because their speed of working has been more glowing, there is another reason for surprise.

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Actually, the maintenance and repair of the water facility has been worked by almost only local staff for these two weeks.
After few months ago, we left the job up to the local staff for a week but it was impossible to work by themselves because they couldn’t deal with the happening which they hadn’t expect.
They sought the direction anything about from Mr.Romain, the officer of the program and there were luck of confidence to do by themselves.
But in this time, the function of the team work amazingly well for Mr.Romain and they firstly try to solve any problem by discussion in the team.

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It has been almost eight months since we started the maintenance and repair of the water facility.
The elderly local staff have worked with JEN almost a year.
Now the germ of the independence with we nurtured carefully has started come out step by step.

Yuka Takao, general affair and accounting in HT

February 10, 2011 in Haiti |

Keystone of JEN’s Support

Referendum for independence of South Sudan was held and the results per area were published without big trouble and deterioration of security which had been concerned.  More than 3.8 millions of people voted and 98% of them supported the independence.  After the legal procedure, the final result will release on Feb 14th.

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It was greatly appreciated that the referendum was held peacefully, however, the deterioration of security had also been expected so that JEN had built a system in which local staff had initiative for the supporting operation from last summer. For instance, we delegated the authority to the local staff and they were in charge of most operation including some management.  In addition, international staff recognized the check points for the operation thus they were able to monitor from a distance whether the operation was appropriately carried out.

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This time, although the international staff ran and controlled the project from Nairobi in Kenya until the final result was released, the preparation led success of smooth operation by local staff. The delegation of the authority let the local staff have stronger responsibility and work more independently, such as suggesting a practical plan.  We put great confidence on them.

February 10, 2011 in South Sudan |

Reviewing the activities in the Northern Province of Sri Lanka in 2010

Northern Province of Sri Lanka.

Vavuniya North County had been devastated by the civil war. We saw that those who had returned to their villages were using plastic sheets as a roof.  JEN distributed galvanized sheets and timber and supported the construction of temporary housings.

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Later, well-cleaning teams were formed among the returnees and we managed to clean the wells in most households. Civil wars not only cause physical damages, such as the destruction of buildings and deprivation of livelihood, but also result in intangible damages. For example, psychological trauma of the unrest or the stress from the life as evacuees may lead to domestic conflict, or the disruption of community activities may result in the loss of community organization. When they returned to the devastated village after 18 months in evacuation, well-cleaning became the first task the people undertook together as a community.

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JEN will continue to provide support to improve the communication between the villagers, through well-cleaning, workshops, and other cooperative activities!

February 10, 2011 in Sri Lanka |

02/03/2011

Adhan 2

Let’s continue where we left off last time.

The reason is that the adhan is centralized in Amman city. Two large mosques take turns reading the adhan (though it is not certain whether they switch every week or every month), which the other mosques receive and deliver in their neighborhoods. On the other hand, outside of Amman city, each mosque reads the adhan on its own.

I heard there aren’t many places that use the centralized system like in Amman. In Iraq and Saudi Arabia (the location of Mecca), the mosques recite the adhan by themselves.

By the way, I heard that in winter, there are times when you can hear coughs and sneezes during the adhan. Only a live program would allow that!

Next time will be the last entry about the adhan.

February 3, 2011 in Iraq |

Adhan 3

I’ve begun explaining about the adhan in January, and this time is the final entry.

I’ve already told you that there are five prayers a day, but there are six times you hear the adhan. Don’t you think it’s a little strange?

Actually, the first and second times are announced with 10 to 15 minutes in between, before the prayer at the beginning of the day. The first time of prayer is just after daybreak, so it is still dark. Therefore, the first adhan serves as an alarm clock, and the second one tells you the time of prayer.

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It makes me smile when I imagine that it reflects the people’s thoughts that however prayers are important, it’s hard to wake up in the morning!

February 3, 2011 in Iraq |

Survey and Restoration of Agricultural Land in Progress!

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Agricultural land survey is conducted in Tajakay Village;
A farmer, Mr. Gul Taseer, is explaining about the land for intercropping to JEN’s staff team while showing it.

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The look of land restoration in Tajakay Village.

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JEN’s staff team is discussing with the farmer whose agricultural land will be restored.

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Unnecessary soil and weeds are being gotten rid of with tractor blades.

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JEN’s team is observing the 50% restored agricultural land with farmers.

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The agricultural land restoration project has been in progress.

February 3, 2011 in Pakistan |

Self-introduction of the new staff

110203_ajmal_acciriI am assigned to work for JEN’s Afghanistan project. My name is Ajmal Acciri. I graduated from Kabul Medical University and am now 30 years old.

I have been working in a number of domestic and foreign group projects.
From January of this year, I am working busy at the northern part of Parwan Prefecture on a hygiene education program conducted by JEN.

I have worked as a public health social mobilization coordinator previously. At that time, I became the leader of the“Participating Learning and Action”project and supported founding the community development project consisted by the local development project area people.

Other than that, when I was working for the Department of Agriculture Recovery, I joined the project as a health education officer in Kabul
Before beginning the project, I surveyed the knowledge and habits of the villagers in advance and afterwards performed hygiene education program based on the government regulation.

From now on, I would like to share my experience to contribute improving the hygiene condition for the people in Parwan. Thank you and I hope to keep in touch with you all.

AJMAL ACCIRI

February 3, 2011 in Afghanistan |