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03/31/2011

What is needed now? [No.1] – Sludge Removal

JEN Ishinomaki Team is divided into four groups:

• Sludge removal team (removing sludge from evacuation centers and individual homes)
• Soup kitchen team (distribution of food at evacuation centers)
• Psychosocial care team (psychological support for those affected by the earthquake)
• Household visiting team (visiting individual homes and distributing goods, as well as assessing the needs and the damage)

Amongst the four, there is an urgent need for sludge removal.

Why?

Perhaps you will understand why from the photograph below…

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Photo: Thick sludge at Ookaidou, Ishinomaki City

Sludge, brought by the tsunami, is now emitting disturbing odor around communities. 

It has been three weeks since the earthquake and the tsunami hit Tohoku.
The sludge is drying up and hardening. Gradually this sludge will turn into dust. The dust will be blown up into the air which can have perverse effects to our health.

It is estimated that 20,000 people in Ishinomaki City take shelter at home.

The tsunami brought heavy sludge inside houses. Tatami mats and furnitures have absorbed water (one tatami can weigh up to 100kg), thus women and elders cannot even clean up their houses.

Most of the people staying at their homes live on the second floor because the ground floor is covered with sludge. There are evacuees who could return home once the sludge is cleared.

JEN is now procuring equipments and preparing to receive volunteers while coordinating with other organizations.

This Saturday, we are delivering 30 tatami mats and 2,600 sand bags and tools for sludge removal together with the dump truck from our warehouse in Adachi, Tokyo. 

We will proceed with the assessment and the preparation for the sludge removal with people in the communities and volunteers so that the evacuees can resume their normal lives as soon as possible.

March 31, 2011 in Tohoku Earthquake |

New staff introduction

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Since February, I have been assigned to a program officer in Foreign Division.
I have been taking care of Afghanistan program at head office in Tokyo.
I had formerly been involved with importing shoes at private business company before I join this team.
It is big change of direction for me, but I before did international volunteer work in an African country, Zambia.

It is first experience for working at NGO, I will give it everything I have got.

Sincerely,
Afghanistan Foreign Division
Program Officer / Tetsuo Kimura

March 31, 2011 in Afghanistan |

Distribution of supplies in Samad Qila, Charsadda District

Below are some photos from March 21st when we distributed supplies in Samad Qila in Charsadda District.

110331_1 The beneficiaries are waiting to receive agriculture tool kit under the tent.

110331_3JEN staff in the field check the beneficiary’s ID card and token to make sure the person is registered.

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A beneficiary taking his agriculture tool kit on his shoulder. He will receive bags of fertilizer before heading home. The bags of fertilizer are carried by the workers in wheelbarrows.

110331_5_2The beneficiary is following the worker carrying his fertilizer in a wheelbarrow towards the gate.

110331_4_2The constable checks people entering the distribution point.

110331_7_2 The distribution point.

110331_6 A worker before the distribution of supplies.

PakiFarmers from Samad Qila loading their agriculture tool kit on a Suzuki vehicle.

March 31, 2011 in Pakistan |

Introduction of new staff of JEN

How do you do?

My name is Mays and I am a new member of JEN Iraq team.

I was born in Bagdad in 1982 with my father was a diplomat and my mother was a lawyer.

I lived close to different cultures because we moved from place to place due to my father’s job.

After I graduated from the pharmaceutical department of Bagdad University, I got a job of medicines exportation and had relation to not only hospitals but also Ministry of Health in Iraq.

After that, I thought I would like to do what helps people further and I made my new start as a member of JEN today.

I’m going to cultivate a better understanding of JEN from now on since it’s the first day for me, but what I can say at this moment is that it is able to carry out my work at JEN delightfully with my friendly colleagues.

Thank you very much for your kind attention for my introduction.

March 31, 2011 in Iraq |

Que faire maintenant? [n°1] Déblayer la boue

L'équipe Ishinomaki de JEN se compose de quatre groupes:

- L'équipe déblayement de la boue (déblayer la boue des centres d'évacuation et des maisons)
- L'équipe cuisine à soupe (distribution de nourriture dans les centres d'évacuation)
- L'équipe soin psychosocial (soutient psychologique pour les victimes du tremblement de terre)
- L'équipe visite à domicile (visite des maisons individuelles et distribution de biens, et évaluation des besoins et des dégâts)

Entre les quatre, le besoin le plus urgent est le déblayement de la boue.

Pourquoi?

Vous comprendrez sans doute en observant les photos ci-dessous.

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[Photo] Boue épaisse à Ookaidou, ville de Ishinomaki

La boue, apportée par le Tsunami, commence à émettre des odeurs dérangeantes autour des communautés environnantes.

Cela fait désormais trois semaines que le Tsunami et le tremblement de terre ont frappé Tohoku. La boue est entrain de sécher et de se durcir. Petit à petit, la boue deviendra poussière. Cette poussière sera soufflée dans l’atmosphère, ce qui pourra avoir des conséquences néfastes sur notre santé.

On estime que 20.000 personnes à Ishinomaki se réfugient chez elles.

Le Tsunami a apporté une boue épaisse dans les maisons. Les tatamis et autres meubles ont absorbé l'eau (un tatami peut peser jusqu'à 100kg), les femmes et autres personnes âgées ne peuvent donc même pas nettoyer leurs maisons.

La plupart des gens restant chez eux vivent au deuxième étage parce que le rez-de-chaussée est couvert de boue. Bon nombre d’évacués pourront retourner chez eux une fois la boue nettoyée.

JEN est en train de procurer du matériel et se prépare à recevoir des volontaires, tout en se coordonnant avec d’autres organisations.

Ce samedi, nous avons apporté 30 matelas tatami et 2.600 sacs de sable, ainsi que des outils pour déblayer la boue avec les gens dans les communautés et des volontaires, pour que les évacués puissent retourner à leur vie normale aussi tôt que possible.

March 31, 2011 in francaisle tremblement de terre |

03/30/2011

What is Appropriate Coordination in Emergency Assistance?

In all the fields of emergency relief overseas where JEN has been active since it was established in 1994, “coordination meeting” existed everywhere. It is because, off course, lack of appropriate coordination results in duplication of support and oversight of needs. Especially, in cases of massive natural disasters or conflicts which affect many people, any large amount of support cannot be enough.

So, appropriate coordination is not a luxury like “would be better if available, but not necessary”. On the contrary, it has critical importance in reality.

To tell very roughly, coordination meetings anywhere have the following three parts;
- “Understanding of outlook -> identifying needs -> allocation of roles -> filling gap of needs” (this is the part of actual coordination);
- “Information sharing”;
- “Avoid lopsided support”.

All stakeholders have meetings in one place to identify which areas are in severe conditions, what kind of needs are seen in such areas, which organizations are doing what there, and as the result, what needs gaps still remain. At the same time when we know those points, we start implementation of support from whatever we can do. It is difficult to know outlook at the beginning. So, we collect as much information as possible in the filed we have started activities, and share information from the filed in coordination meetings. If reports from other organizations tell us we can do well in uncovered areas or for uncovered needs, we go there, assess, and start activities immediately if it is feasible, and report it in coordination meetings.

In one week or 10 days, allocation of roles among relief organizations is decided in areas where damages is devastating but access is easy or areas which especially attract media attention and, thus, many organizations. In that phase, coordination meetings work smoothly, and participating organizations come to know in which areas support are not enough. So, we may look for organizations that can fill the gap in a coordination meeting.

In terms of “information sharing”, various types of “information useful for better project implementation” are shared: not only contents of activities by each organization, but also precaution against cultural background in the field, information on security, procurement, etc.

Regarding “avoiding lopsided support”, to avoid creating divide among affected people by our support, we make minimum standard of distribution items, or discuss standard of support activities.

As one of such standards, “Sphere Standard” is well known in the field of emergency relief.
http://www.sphereproject.org/

This is a standard formulated in 1997 by many humanitarian organizations and Red Cross/Red Crescent, to set minimum standard to avoid terrible life condition of affected people. This standard is not perfect, and, unfortunately, it is not met often. This standard is used, for example, when we plan shelter construction. Organizations which participate in coordination meetings should know this minimum standard, and we think about how are conditions of affected people in each area in terms of this standard. It can be used as a good starting point to have an outlook of the situation.

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Coordination meetings in the field of emergency relief overseas work like this.

Tomorrow, I will write an article of coordination meetings in the field of Great East Japan Earthquake.

March 30, 2011 in Tohoku Earthquake |

Distribution de vêtements par UNIQLO à Ishinomaki City et arrivée de la quatrième équipe!

Le 29 mars, JEN a distribué des laines polaires et sous-vêtements offerts par UNIQLO dans la ville d'Ishinomaki, préfecture de Miyagi.

Les vêtements ont été gracieusement donnés par Fast Retailing Co., Ltd (UNIQLO) dont les employés ont participé à la distribution. Un total de 759 résidents locaux étaient présents aux trois points de la ville où la distribution était disponible.

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[Photo] Distribution de vêtements

De nombreux résidents se sont rassemblés, suivant les annonces faites à la radio. En plus des vêtements UNIQLO, JEN a également distribué de nombreux objets venant directement de Tokyo et de nos donateurs: vivres pré-cuisinées et sous-vide, conserves, lait en poudre, couches pour adultes et lingettes pour les soins des personnes âgées. JEN va poursuivre la distribution de ces objets dans d'autres points de la ville.

Une autre équipe (Miyako Hamasaka et Tasuku Futamura) est arrivée à Ishinomaki le 29. Avec leur aide, JEN va continuer ses distributions de plats chauds dans les centres d’accueil et le nettoyage des coulées de boues dans les centres d'accueil et maisons touchés – une opération urgente dans la région. JEN va également procéder à l'identification des communautés ne bénéficiant actuellement d'aucune assistance et conduire des études visant à évaluer les besoins de la population dans ces zones.

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[Photo] Ishinomaki City, Préfecture du Miyagi. Entretien avec des résidents afin d'identifier les dégâts et besoins.

March 30, 2011 in francaisle tremblement de terre |

Distributing clothes from UNIQLO in Ishinomaki City, and the arrival of the fourth team!

On the 29th March, JEN distributed warm fleeces and underwear by UNIQLO at three sites in Ishinomaki City, Miyagi Prefecture.

The clothing was donated by Fast Retailing Co., Ltd (UNIQLO), and their employees assisted the distribution. A total of 759 local residents were present at the three locations to receive the items.

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<Photo> The distribution of clothing. Many residents gathered following the radio announcement.

In addition to the UNIQLO clothing, we distributed items that JEN brought from Tokyo. These were items provided by our supporters, such as precooked and sealed food, canned food, powdered milk, adult diapers and wet wipes for elder care. JEN will continue the distribution of these items in other locations of the city.

Another team (Miyako Hamasaka and Tasuku Futamura) arrived in Ishinomaki on the 29th. With their arrival, JEN will continue its distribution of hot meals in the evacuation centers and the removal of mud from evacuation centers and local houses - an activity urgently required in the area. JEN will also identify communities currently not receiving assistance, and conduct needs assessments in such areas.

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<Photo> Ishinomaki City, Miyagi Prefecture. Interviewing residents to identify damages and needs.

March 30, 2011 in Tohoku Earthquake |

03/26/2011

JEN Tokyo Warehouse: We received this much from all of you. Report from the first team.

Thank you for all of you who have sent emergency items to JEN’s warehouse in Adachi-ku, Tokyo.
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We would like to report that all the items have left Tokyo to their destination. The two gentlemen in the photos will be driving the items to the affected area. Thank you very much! We are currently developing a special tool to be used to report the arrival of these items at the destination.

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Many people have contributed their own expertise to make this material distribution possible. Many thanks also to the team working in the warehouse!

We need your support, now. 

Donation by credit card is possible via our English website: 
DONATE HERE:

March 26, 2011 in Tohoku Earthquake |

Entrepôt de JEN, Tokyo: Voilà ce que nous avons reçu de vous. Compte-rendu de la première équipe.

Merci à vous pour avoir envoyé des objets de première nécessité à notre entrepôt situé à Adachi-ku, Tokyo.

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Nous aimerions vous informer que tous les objets ont quitté Tokyo pour être acheminés vers leur destination. Les deux messieurs sur les photos seront chargés de conduire ces objets vers la région touchée. Merci du fond du cœur ! Nous sommes actuellement entrain de développer un système spécial qui rendra compte de l'arrivée de ces objets à leur destination.

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De nombreuses personnes ont partagé leur propre expertise afin de rendre cette distribution possible. Nous souhaitons également remercier l'équipe travaillant à l'entrepôt !

Nous avons besoin de votre assistance, maintenant. Votre contribution par carte de credit (Visa, carte du Master, Express Américaine et JCB) est possible via notre site Web anglais.   

March 26, 2011 in francaisle tremblement de terre |

Grand-mère rentre chez elle

Cette grand-mère résidait dans la salle de classe de CM2 de l'Ecole élémentaire de Minato dans la ville de Ishigaki. Elle est partie à Sendai avec sa sœur, qui y habite et est venue la chercher.

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Quand le tsunami a frappé, elle s'est échappée en voiture vers des terrains plus élevés derrière l'école élémentaire, et a vécu dans sa voiture trois jours durant.

Nous avons besoin de votre assistance, maintenant. Votre contribution par carte de credit (Visa, carte du Master, Express Américaine et JCB) est possible via notre site Web anglais.   

March 26, 2011 in francaisle tremblement de terre |

Témoignage de l'équipe d'Ishinomaki: Le seul chemin

Le quartier Ogatsu d'Ishinomaki

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La digue protégeant la zone s'est effondrée et aucune infrastructure n'a été épargnée, réseaux d'eau et d'électricité inclus. Toutes les routes ont disparu et les restes de la digue forment désormais un chemin au milieu de l'eau.

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C'est le seul moyen de se rendre à Ishinomaki.

Les Forces d'Auto-Défense utilisent des bateaux pour se déplacer le long des rivières durant leurs opérations de sauvetage car toutes les routes ont disparu.

Nous avons besoin de votre assistance, maintenant. Votre contribution par carte de credit (Visa, carte du Master, Express Américaine et JCB) est possible via notre site Web anglais.   

March 26, 2011 in francaisle tremblement de terre |

Grandma goes home

This grandma was staying at the fourth grade classroom of Minato Elementary School in Ishigaki City. She left for Sendai City with her sister, who lives in Sendai and came to pick her up.
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When the tsunami struck, she escaped to the higher grounds behind the Elementary School by car, and spent three days living in the car.



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March 26, 2011 in Tohoku Earthquake |

From the Team from Ishinomaki: The only path

Ogatsu District of Ishinomaki City.
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The embankment protecting the area has collapsed, with nothing remaining including infrastructure such as water or electricity. All the roads have disappeared, and the remains of the embankment now form a path in the water.

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It is the only path in Ishinomaki.

The Self Defence Forces use boats to move along the rivers during their rescue operations.
It is because all the roads have disappeared.

We need your support, now. 




Donation by credit card is possible via our English website:
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March 26, 2011 in Tohoku Earthquake |

03/25/2011

A nos chers amis et à toutes les personnes soutenant l'action humanitaire au Japon

Dscf3134_lowAu nom de toutes les victimes et de l'organisation JEN, nous souhaiterions vous remercier du fond du cœur pour votre implication et vos efforts sans lesquels nous ne pourrions agir.

Le soutien reçu de la part de citoyens du monde entier aide à la fois JEN financièrement pour acheminer des objets de première nécessité dans le court terme mais également une future aide humanitaire pour les victimes affectées.

De plus, chacun d'entre vous participe à renforcer la solidarité humaine. Dans les conditions extrêmement difficiles auxquelles nous devons faire face en termes d'action humanitaire, votre soutien est essentiel.

De la part de toute l'équipe de JEN.

(Photo: Ishinomaki town, une des villes affectées par le tsunami)

March 25, 2011 in francaisle tremblement de terre |

Dear JEN friends and all supporters to Japan disaster relief,

Dscf3134_low On behalf of all the affected victims and the JEN organization, we would like to deeply thank you for your devotion and efforts to make our actions possible.

To receive support from citizens from all over the world, it is both helping JEN financially to deliver materials in the short-term and relief in the future to the affected victims.

In addition, you are all adding value in terms of human solidarity. In the extremely difficult conditions that we are facing now in terms of humanitarian relief, your support is important.

Your contribution and messages day by day encourage the victims and our team in its effort.  We would like to express our gratitude for your continued assistance.

From All JEN Staff

(Photo: Ishinomaki town, one of the city hit by Tsunami)

March 25, 2011 in Tohoku Earthquake |

Vu du terrain: le tour des bicyclettes

La majorité des routes est toujours bloquée par des amas de gravats. Alors qu'avec une voiture, le passage est impossible ou compliqué par de multiples détours, les bicyclettes sont devenues extrêmement populaires.

Chacun veille à enlever sa selle avant de se garer afin que sa bicyclette ne se fasse pas voler. (Comme sur la photo).

Il semble que la région ne soit plus en sécurité comme elle l'était.

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March 25, 2011 in francaisle tremblement de terre |

Equipe de Terrain: 25 Mars

Aujourd'hui, nous travaillons avec trois équipes. L'une prépare la distribution de kérosène, l'autre cuisine et distribue des plats chauds à l'école primaire Yamashita, et la dernière fait un bilan des besoins à l'école primaire Minato dans la ville d'Ishinomaki.

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(Photo: La region côtière de la ville d'Ishinomaki)

Nous avons besoin de votre assistance, maintenant. Votre contribution par carte de credit (Visa, carte du Master, Express Américaine et JCB) est possible via notre site Web anglais.   

March 25, 2011 in francaisle tremblement de terre |

From the field: Bicycle parts

Many of the roads are still blocked with piles of rubble. With a car you can’t pass or are forced to make a long detour - which may be the reason why bicycles are now very popular!

Everyone is removing their bicycle saddles before parking so that the bicycles won’t be stolen (as in the photo).

It seems like it is no longer as safe as it used to be.

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(Photo: Ishinomaki City)

March 25, 2011 in Tohoku Earthquake |

Un message de l'équipe JEN en Afghanistan

Nous avons reçu un message chaleureux de l'un de nos partenaires en Afghanistan. Ce message est dédié à ceux que JEN supporte.

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Chers membres respectés de JEN,

Nous avons reçu l'information du puissant tremblement de terre qui a frappé le Japon le 9 mars 2011 et a provoqué de lourds dégâts et plus de 2000 morts japonais.

Nous nous sentons terriblement concernés, puisque ce drame n'est pas que celui des japonais, il est aussi le notre en tant qu'êtres humains, et nous compatissons avec nos amis japonais dans ce désastre.

Le Gouverneur de Parwan(*) a également annoncé partager ce drame, qui a rappelé la coopération entre japonais et afghans, alors les peuples de Parwan et d'Afghanistan souhaitent le plus de sécurité à l'être humain dans le monde entier.

Alors, nous souhaitons la sécurité de l'être humain partout, et surtout celle des habitants de Tohoku au Japon.

Certains membres du personnel de Charikar(*) et de Kaboul sont prêts à envoyer les mêmes montants pour l'aide aux habitants de Tohoku, pour leur contribution à l'aide humanitaire.

Merci,

De la part de toute l'équipe JEN en Afghanistan
Le peuple d'Afghanistan et surtout le peuple de Parwan.

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(*) Les projets de JEN sont implantés dans le quartier de Charikar, province de Parwan, depuis 2002.

Pour plus d'informations sur ce programme en Afghanistan, cliquez ici.

Nous avons besoin de votre assistance, maintenant. Votre contribution par carte de credit (Visa, carte du Master, Express Américaine et JCB) est possible via notre site Web anglais.   

March 25, 2011 in francaisle tremblement de terre |

Field Team: 25 March

Today we are working in three teams. One is preparing for the distribution of kerosene, one is cooking and distributing hot meals at Yamashita Elementary School, and the last team is assessing needs at Minato Elementary School in Ishinomaki City.

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(Photo: The coastal area of Ishinomaki City)

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March 25, 2011 in Tohoku Earthquake |

[Photo du Terrain] S'Aider mutuellement à charger et décharger.

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Nous avons besoin de votre assistance, maintenant. Votre contribution par carte de credit (Visa, carte du Master, Express Américaine et JCB) est possible via notre site Web anglais.   

March 25, 2011 in francaisle tremblement de terre |

A Message from JEN's team in Afghanistan

We have received a warm message from our team in Afghanistan.
This message is dedicating to the People whom JEN supports.

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Dear All respected member of JEN.


As we had got the information of powerful earthquake struck Japan on 9th March 2011 and case big damage and more than 2000 Japanese die.

We are sorry for that this is not just defect for the Japanese people, this is also defect for us as a humane and we are shear with our friends Japan people in this disaster.

The same shearing of defect has been announced by the governor of Parwan (*) and he remembered about the cooperation of Japanese with Afghans so, the people of Parwan and Afghanistan are hoping the best way of the safeness of the humane around the world.

So, we hope the humane safety everywhere especially for the people of Tohoku in Japan.

Some of the staff from Charikar(*) and Kabul are ready to send same amount as a help for the people of Tohoku as their parts of humanitarian.


Thanks

From all JEN staff in Afghanistan.

People of Afghanistan and especially people of Parwan.

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(*) JEN's projects are being implemented in Charikar district, Parwan province since 2002.


More information about the program in Afghanistan, Click here.

Donation by credit card is possible via our English website:
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March 25, 2011 in AfghanistanTohoku Earthquake |

[Photo from the field] Helping each other load and unload

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March 25, 2011 in Tohoku Earthquake |

A Message from JEN's team in Pakistan

We have received a warm message from one of our stakeholders in Pakistan.
This message is dedicating to the People whom JEN supports.

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Regarding the incident happened in Japan, being a Pakistani on behalf of my all Pakistani people, i would like to say that we all are feeling very sorry for all our Japanese brothers and sisters ,and for those who died due to this incident, i would like to express that we all “Wish May their Gentle Souls rest in Peace” Amen.



Being a Human being, i would like to make a donation for my Japanese brothers and sisters,

We all wish that God Bless all the effected people.

Take care of your self,

Regards
M.Qadir Khattak

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*JEN's projects are being implemented in Pakistan since 2004. Today, we support flood affected peoplein KPK.

More information about the program in Pakistan , Click here.

Donation by credit card is possible via our English website:
DONATE HERE:

March 25, 2011 in PakistanTohoku Earthquake |

Un message de l'équipe JEN au Pakistan

Nous avons reçu un message chaleureux de l'un de nos partenaires au Pakistan. Ce message est dédié à ceux que JEN supporte.

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Au regard de l'incident survenu au Japon, étant pakistanais et au nom du peuple pakistanais, j'aimerais vous dire que nous sommes tous extrêmement désolés pour tous nos frères et sœurs japonais, et pour ceux qui sont décédés à cause de cet incident, j'aimerais dire que nous souhaitons tous «que leurs âmes douces reposent en paix.» Amen.

Etant un être humain, j'aimerais faire un don à mes frères et sœurs japonais, nous souhaitons tous que Dieu bénisse tous ceux qui sont affectés.

Prenez soin de vous,

Cordialement,
M. Qadir Khattak
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Les projets de JEN sont implantés au Pakistan depuis 2004, nous supportons les gens affectés par les crues dans le KPK.

Pour plus d'informations sur ce programme au Pakistan, cliquez ici.

Nous avons besoin de votre assistance, maintenant. Votre contribution par carte de credit (Visa, carte du Master, Express Américaine et JCB) est possible via notre site Web anglais.   

March 25, 2011 in francaisle tremblement de terre |

03/24/2011

【Northern Province】One year with JEN‐Mugunthan

Although we had first set out to restore the wells in Vavuniya county (Vavuniya District, Northern Province) in January, the project*1 only fully started in early March, when we finally received the approval from the government of Sri Lanka. Today, we would like to introduce you the key person in this project. Rajaratnam Mugunthan(37 years old), our Project Officer. Mugunthan is Hindu and has a wife and a 4-year old daughter.

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“I was about 9 years old when the Civil War started to intensify. At that time, we lived by an arterial highway leading to the anti-governmental territory so it was common for public security officers to raid our house at night or for us to stay at our friend’s house for a couple of days to avoid the combat. Finally in 1990, the war forced us to leave our house for good. Since then, we have been fleeing from one place to another. We cannot return to our old home because it is still in the security zone of the government army.

 When I was young, I wanted to become an accountant because the newly established Commerce/ Accounting Course seemed interesting. Unfortunately, since I was living in an area under the influence of the opposition army, I had to find a guarantor in order to study accounting in Colombo. I didn’t know anyone in Colombo so I couldn’t go there. Vavuniya was the only city I could come to, but it didn’t even have an accounting office at that time. Although I was studying accounting, there were not many employment opportunities so I started to work for the Sri Lanka Red Cross Society, where I was helping as a volunteer.

 Because of the Civil War, I have always been among the people who lived under harsh environment. This may be the reason why I have always liked helping those people.   Even in primary school, I participated in a group similar to Boy Scout. Now I have joined JEN, I am happy that I can continue doing humanitarian support activities. When my daughter grows up I want her to become a social worker, not an accountant.”

(*1 The project for the restoration of wells is being implemented with the support from Japan Platform and JEN supporters.)

March 24, 2011 in Sri Lanka |

"One good turn deserves another"

On March 11th, 2011, when the massive earthquake hit the eastern Japan, I was in Port-au-Prince.
I can still remember it just like yesterday that I was agitated to see news on the earthquake and the fear until I made sure my family was safe.
The next day since the earthquake, I have got calls and emails from friends to cheer me up. Among them, what impressed me most was warmth from people in Haiti.

In Haiti, due to economic conditions or low education levels, the number of people who read newspaper.
However, people who I met at the casheir at a supermarket, residents where our office is located, on the line to pay bills, talked to me even though they even didn't know me.
They first asked if I am Japanese and I said yes, they said "It hurts me to hear about the earthquake on news".
Among the words I received from them, I was impressed with the this, "We know tough it is because we have been there. We appreciate you stay behind and work for the reconstruction of Haiti despite the devastation in your country. We would love to do something for Japan as much as Japan helped Haiti."

What JEN does is to support the victims to get on their feet. As a by-product of our operation, we have seen "caring" spreading among people.
People in Haiti still suffer inconvenient lives. However, they can still care about me even though they don't know me. Also they wish to do something for Japan.
It is like a reward for me to see how they started caring about others.

March 24, 2011 in Haiti |

A Message from a Local Staff

I am thinking of people who suffer from considerable difficulty at the disaster site of Tohoku Earthquake in Japan. As a member of JEN engaging humanitarian assistance, although I am actually not able to go to the disaster site, I would like to pray for people who suffer from water and food shortage and get engaged to control the damaged nuclear power plant despite their risks.

We believe that Japan will overcome this difficult situation and stand up again.

We sincerely pray for Japan that the nuclear power plants will be under control again and peaceful regular life will be back to you.

( Project Officer / Elizabeth)

March 24, 2011 in South Sudan |

03/23/2011

[News Release] Update on Tohoku Earthquake Emergency Assistance (Fourth Update)

JEN’s third team arrives with relief items and will start reaching out to those in the least accessible areas.

On March 23rd, JEN (Headquarters: Tokyo) dispatched its third team (members: Kenta Ohno and Hiroyuki Kobayashi) to the area affected by the Tohoku Earthquake. They joined the second team currently on an assessment mission in Ishinomaki City, in the north of Miyagi Prefecture. In addition to the material and hot food distribution in the evacuation centers in Sendai City, JEN will expand its activities starting from the towns of Minamisanriku, Higashimatsushima, Onagawa and Ishinomaki. These are towns which have been receiving the least external support despite the massive damage and loss they have been suffering.

JEN also received information that Iwaki City in Fukushima Prefecture was not receiving emergency items due to radiation scares caused by the nuclear plant accident, and consequently sent materials from Tokyo tonight. A two-ton truck carrying three tons of urgently needed items was sent from JEN’s warehouse in Tokyo, containing diapers (both adult and children), feminine hygiene products, pre-cooked and sealed food, canned fish and meat, and wet wipes for elder care.

As progress picks up in restoring roads surrounding Sendai City, more and more communities are becoming accessible. However, there are still many isolated areas and evacuation centers. As a result, the difference between the amount of assistance being offered to the accessible and non-accessible communities is becoming clearly noticeable. In the coastal areas, the town hall itself was swept away and there are no bodies to request or coordinate external assistance that they need. In the urban areas, on the other hand, those who have lost their homes by the tsunami have no hope of returning home, and continue to live in extremely poor living conditions. Many people are expected to face long-term displacement, and their situations and needs are becoming increasingly complex.

<JEN’s activities to date in response to the Tohoku Earthquake>
Following the Earthquake, three teams were sent to the affected areas consisting of two members on March 13th, three on the 20th and two on the 23rd. The teams distributed emergency items and hot meals (rice and miso soup etc) in evacuation centers in Sendai City. To date, JEN has provided fresh food (to be cooked and distributed in the centers), clothing, blankets, sanitary items (feminine hygiene products, antiseptics, wet wipes, diapers for adults and children), and fuel. While distributing these items, JEN is also conducting assessments in the less accessible areas in order to shift to mid- and long-term assistance including the provision of psychosocial care.


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Third batch on their way

The third batch of JEN staff left Tokyo this morning.

They will join the second team today in Sendai City.

The second team is assessing the neighborhood of Sendai today.

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Photo: The departure of the third team

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March 23, 2011 in Tohoku Earthquake |

Assistance by various organisations

By an international organization, as of March 21st.


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March 23, 2011 in Tohoku Earthquake |

03/21/2011

The Head of Mission returned to Tokyo Headquarters, but…

Head of Mission, Toshio Hirano, returned to Tokyo Headquarters from his first trip to the affected area immediately after the earthquake.

(Photo: At JEN’s office in Sendai City, place provided by a supporter of JEN)

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His first project was to cook and distribute hot meals at Takasago Junior High School.

(Photo: Just finished the distribution – it is extremely cold and pitch dark, but note well, this is indoors)

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Having completed the initial needs assessment and distribution of relief items, Toshio quickly returned to Tokyo, where he sent out the second team on the 20th,

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And is now preparing to dispatch the third team!

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March 21, 2011 in Tohoku Earthquake |

03/19/2011

A Message from former JEN staff in Belgrade,Serbia.

We have received a warm message from our friend in Belgrade, Serbia.
This message is dedicated to the People whom JEN supports.

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Dear JEN Japan Colleagues,

I am writing to you on behalf of former JEN staff members who used to work with "JEN Belgrade" in the period from 1995 till 2000 in Belgrade, former Yugoslavia.

We are deeply saddened with the tragedy Japan has been going through and all our thoughts are with people of Japan who used to help our country in difficult times. We hope that the situation will not deteriorate any further.

We would like to offer help to JEN Japan. Please let us know what type of assisstance you need most.
Your response would be appreciated.

Best regards and thank you. Zeljka Topalovic, former JEN Programme Officer till 1999

Belgrade

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*JEN's projects were implemented in former Yugoslavia between 1994 and 2004. Today, friends who participated in JEN's activities are self-reliant, by setting up their own national NGO and so on.

More information about the program in former Yugoslavia , Click here.

March 19, 2011 in Tohoku EarthquakeFormer Yugoslavia |

03/17/2011

Self-introduction of a staff and the topic about agriculture in Afghanistan

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I am Jumadar. I was born in Jalalabad in 1958, and graduated from Chaparhar High School in 1977. I graduated from university in 1982, and since then I worked 29years as an engineer at various companies. I have been working at JEN’s Afghanistan Parwan office since February 20, 2011.

The status of farmers in Afghanistan
An old-fashioned farming method remains in Afghan agriculture. Afghan farmers don’t know what type of land is suitable for agriculture. They also don’t have enough knowledge on what kind of water is suitable for irrigation or which season is best for each plant or vegetable. Besides, they don’t know much about nutrient composition of soil of each land and what type of crop species is suitable for that. They are not sure about seed planting depth, when to water, or how many seeds to plant on 2000 square meter land.

However, agricultural sector is growing day by day with domestic and international support. Our hope is that agriculture in Afghanistan will be developed by better system and experts in near future.

Jumadar

March 17, 2011 in Afghanistan |

A Wedding Ceremony(2)









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Here in Amman, the wedding season is from early summer to early autumn. If you hear cars honking loudly in the street, that’s likely to be a sign that a wedding is taking place. During the wedding season, we could hear this sign of celebration almost every day.

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At a hotel, we came across couples giving a mass wedding. The ceremony is full of life – the bride and groom enter the hall while a band plays music, and the guests dance and parade around them. The music and dancing go on till late in the night.

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(Please also check our entry in October 2004 describing wedding customs in Baghdad:).

March 17, 2011 in Iraq |

The status of germination in Nisatta, Charsadda District

An agriculture specialist visited Khyber Korona Village on 25 of February in 2011 to check the status of germination.

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Bitter melon seeds were planted on 2 of February in 2011, and will be replanted in the middle of March on the farmland JEN cultivated. For intercropping, seeds of bitter melons and gourds should be planted on 10 of February and then transplanted at the end of March.

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Termites:
The biggest problem in Nisatta was termites. Before the harvest and in the trainings for maintenance, trainers had taught farmers that they could control termites with water. There had been clouds of termites in Khyber Korona village. When we visited there for checking germination, farmers were using water, not harmful spray, to control termites. Farmers said they appreciated to learn the easy way to keep crops from termites.

March 17, 2011 in Pakistan |

[Photo from the Field] Aftermath 2

The area is covered with sludge, and would certainly be filled with its disturbing odor as well.

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We are concerned that sanitation conditions may be deteriorating.

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03/16/2011

Présentation du personnel: Chef de Mission

Blog_pic6Nous aimerions vous présenter notre personnel travaillant sur le terrain après le tremblement de terre de Tohoku. Sur la photo de gauche se trouve le Chef de Mission, Toshio Hirano (Directeur Adjoint, Département des Programmes Etrangers). La photo a été prise hier.

Toshio a un Master de l'Ecole des Sciences Pharmaceutiques de l'Université de Tokyo. Après avoir acquis de l'expérience dans l'agriculture et l'élevage aux Etats-Unis, il a travaillé en Zambie en tant que membre des Volontaires de la Coopération Internationale du Japon. Il a ensuite poursuivi des études de développement lors de cours du soir à mi-temps pendant qu'il travaillait pour une entreprise. Il est ensuite reparti en Zambie et en Angola en tant que membre d'une ONG internationale, dans laquelle il a travaillé sur des projets de sensibilisation aux mines anti-personnelles, la distribution d'eau, la santé et les soins médicaux, et l'élevage.

Toshio a été envoyé à la mission de JEN en Erythrée à partir de Juin 2005 pour aider les victimes du conflit et occupe cette position en tant que Directeur Adjoint depuis Mars 2007. Il a aussi été impliqué dans l'offre d'assistance et de réhabilitation d'urgence après le tremblement de terre de Chuetsu (Préfecture de Niigata).

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March 16, 2011 in francaisle tremblement de terre |

[Tohoku Earthquake] Introduction of Staff: Program Officer (Field Coordinator)

Dscf1485_low We would like to introduce our staff working in the field in response to the Tohoku
Earthquake.

The photo on the left is Yuka Hamatsu working in Indonesia following the Sumatra Earthquake.

Yuka is from Miyagi Prefecture where the devasted earthquake occured on the 11 March. After graduating from university, she studied abroad and then worked at a production company and a PR agency. She joined JEN in January 2009, and was dispatched to Indonesia as a field coordinator after the Sumatra Earthquake struck in September 2009.

As one of her hobbies, she is involved in the “African Film Festival” and tries to introduce the realities of other areas in the world.

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March 16, 2011 in Tohoku Earthquake |

[Tohoku Earthhquake] Introduction of Staff: Head of Mission

Dscf2811_2 We would like to introduce our staff working in the field in response to the Tohoku Earthquake.

The photo on the left is the Head of Mission, Toshio Hirano (Deputy Director,
Overseas Program Department). It was taken yesterday.

Toshio obtained a masters degree from the Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Tokyo. After gaining agricultural and farming experience in the US, he worked in Zambia as a member of the Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers.

He then studied development studies at a graduate school’s part-time night classes while working at a company, and further moved on to Zambia and Angola as a member of an international NGO. There he worked on projects such as mine awareness raising, water supplies, health and medical care, and farming.

Toshio was sent to JEN’s mission in Eritrea from June 2005 to support those affected by the conflict, and has been in the current position as Deputy Director since March 2007. He was also involved in providing emergency and rehabilitation assistance following the Chuetsu (Niigata Prefecture) Earthquake.

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March 16, 2011 in Tohoku Earthquake |

[Press Release] JEN to distribute hot meals

Dscf2815 JEN will cook and distribute hot meals at Takasago Junior High School [Sendai City, Miyagi Prefecture] today as part of its emergency relief response.

The team arrived in Sendai on 14 of March following the Tohoku Earthquake that occurred on 11 March. We immediately started preparations for distributing emergency items, and needs assessment of basic commodities in light of the continuously changing situation of the area. 



One of team members on the site, Yuka Hamatsu, describes the situation on the ground on the 15th;


“Today we were planning to distribute hot meals immediately upon receiving relief items from Tokyo. The younger children were starting to lose their energy after spending four days in the evacuation center. They appear weaker and their faces paler. Everyone, including the evacuees, wanted at least the children to be given hot meals if it was not possible for all 1,200 evacuees at the center.

We were still able to provide 600 meals of curry rice and spaghetti to the evacuees, despite the delay of the arrival of the relief items until tomorrow. This was made possible thanks to the volunteers including a restaurant chef from Sendai and young energetic students.

It was the first hot meals the people affected had since the Earthquake struck. Tomorrow, we will cook further meals with the relief items due to arrive from Tokyo, in hope of encouraging those affected by the disaster.

Access to electricity, gas and water vary depending on each evacuation center. In centers with no electricity, people have to huddle together to keep warm once the sun sets. After spending four days in the centers, both adults and children are becoming pale and showing clear signs of fatigue. In addition, the temperature dropped suddenly today, which appears to have caused some illness among the elderly.

The only cheerful message is the level of energy from the young volunteers. Students from junior high school to university have been actively volunteering and calling others to join them. Day by day there is an increasing number of volunteers to help. The youth have been helping with the food distribution but saying “we don’t need to eat”, although naturally they should have good healthy appetites. They are encouraging everyone.”

On 16th Wed, JEN will prepare hot meals as emergency distribution, at Takasago Junior High School in Miyagino-ku[, Sendai City]. 



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March 16, 2011 in Tohoku Earthquake |

03/15/2011

[Photos du terrain] L'après-Tsunami 1

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Aussi effrayant que tranquille… après le Tsunami.

March 15, 2011 in francaisle tremblement de terre |

[Photo from the field] Aftermath 1

Scary as in traquil... after the Tsunami.

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March 15, 2011 in Tohoku Earthquake |

[Communiqué de Presse] JEN débute l'aide d'urgence

Dscf2779JEN débute l'aide d'urgence dans la ville de Sendai, Préfecture de Miyagi.

L'équipe est arrivée à Sendai le 14 Mars suivant le tremblement de terre qui frappa, le 11 mars, la région de Tohoku. L'équipe démarra immédiatement la préparation de la distribution du matériel d'urgence et l'évaluation des besoins en biens de premières nécessités, à la lumière du changement constant de la situation dans la zone.

Le 14 mars, l'équipe visita les districts d'Aoba, Wakabayashi et Miyagino pour y évaluer les besoins. Le district de Miyagino serait celui qui compte le plus grand nombre de personnes évacuées. Et c'est par ailleurs de ce district qu'est originaire un des membres de notre équipe, Yuka Hamatsu. Par une étrange coïncidence, deux des centres d'évacuation qu'elle y visita, étaient des établissements où elle avait étudié.

Yuka témoigne: «Il y avait des traces très visibles du tsunami sur les murs de mon ancienne école, le lycée Takasago. Nous y sommes entrés avec nos chaussures, parce que tout le rez-de-chaussée était rempli de boue que le tsunami avait laissée. Les premier et deuxième étages ont gardé les traces de nos semelles boueuses, laissant maintenant dans tout le bâtiment une désagréable odeur de vase.»

«La cour de l'école est un paysage atroce, transformé en une décharge de voitures que le tsunami a projeté jusque là. Qui aurait pu imaginer que je reviendrais conduire une mission d'assistance post-tremblement de terre dans l'école où j'ai passé mon enfance?»

«Demain, le 16 mars, j'irai cuisiner et distribuer des repas chauds dans mon ancienne école primaire. L'idée de pouvoir offrir les premiers repas chauds aux personnes affectées par le tremblement de terre est bouleversante et très dure à expliquer par des mots.»

Mercredi 16 mars, JEN préparera des repas chauds et distribuera de biens de première nécessité à l'école primaire Miyagino-ku.

(« Nous devons trouver un moyen de résoudre le problème de manque de carburant »… indiquait le personnel de JEN sur Twitter)

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March 15, 2011 in francaisle tremblement de terre |

[Press Release] JEN Begins Emergency Assistance

Dscf2779 JEN begins emergency assistance in Sendai City, Miyagi prefecture.

The team arrived in Sendai on 14 of March following the Tohoku Earthquake that occurred on 11 March. The team immediately started preparations for distributiong of emergency items, and needs assessment (prioritization) of basic commodities in light of the continuously changing situation of the area.

On the 14th, the team visited the Districts of Aoba, Wakabayashi and Miyagino to conduct assessment. Miyagino District is said to have the most number of evacuees. What is more, for one of our team members, Yuka Hamatsu, Miyagino District is her hometown, where she was born. By curious concidence, two of the evacuation centers she visited were her alma mater.

Yuka says, “there were clear marks of the tsunami on the walls of my old school, Takasago Junior High School. Because the first floor of the school was filled with mud that the tsunamis left, we went in with our shoes on. Eventually the second and third floors became dirty with our muddy footsteps, which now made the building filled with a disturbing odor of sludge.

The schoolyard is a horrible sight, littered with cars dumped by the tsunami. Who would have thought that I would later come back engaged in earthquake relief work to my graduating school where I spent my childhood?

“Tomorrow, the 16th, I am going to cook and distribute some hot meals at my elementary school. The thought is overwhelming and too difficult to explain in words, to be able to provide the first hot meals to the people affected since the Earthquake struck.”

On 16th Wed, JEN will prepare hot meals as emergency goods distribution, at this elementary school in Miyagino-ku.

(We need to somehow solve the lack of gasoline...  Tweets JEN staff)

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March 15, 2011 in Tohoku Earthquake |

[Revue de Presse] Distribution de repas chauds

JEN a commence la distribution de repas chauds aujourd'hui. Le second camion rempli d'équipements pour la distribution et de produits d'hygiène féminine vient de partir ce matin pour le quartier de Miyagino, dans la ville de Sendai, depuis les Quartiers Généraux de JEN à Tokyo.

Les biens délivrés sont: Des citernes d'eau, des produits d'hygiène féminine, des légumes, des conserves, du riz.

Après cinq jours dans les centres d'évacuation, la santé des personnes affectées atteint ses limites. Nous pensions cuire et distribuer la nourriture dans la cour de récréation de l'école primaire Takasago (centre d'évacuation temporaire), mais elle est remplie de boue déversée par le Tsunami. Par ailleurs, il n'y a que 5 toilettes pour 1.200 personnes.

Le Mercredi 16 Mars, suivant l'objectif général de distribution d'urgence de biens de première nécessité, JEN préparera et distribuera des repas chauds à plus de 1.000 personnes.

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March 15, 2011 in francaisle tremblement de terre |

[Press Release] Distribution of Hot Meals

JEN starts distribution of hot meals today.
Second truck loaded with equipments for the distribution and women's sanitary goods just departed for Miyagino District, Sendai City, from JEN Headquarter at Tokyo this morning.

The items delivered were: Water tanks, women's hygiene goods, vegetables, canned preserves, rice.

Facing the fifth day in evacuation centers, the affected people's health is reaching its limit. We were thinking of cooking and distributing the food in the playground of Takasago Junior High School (temporary evacuation center), but it is filled with mud brought by the tsunamis. On another note, there are only 5 toilets that must accommodate 1,200 people.

March 16th Wednesday, under the general objective of emergency distribution of basic goods, JEN will prepare and distribute hot meals to 1,000+ people.

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March 15, 2011 in Tohoku Earthquake |

03/14/2011

JEN’s Past Experiences With Earthquake Assistance

Just now, we received a message from the three staff dispatched to northern Japan.
They will soon start tweeting through JEN’s account, live and direct from the field. For English tweets, follow us at NGO_JEN_e .

Today, we would like to share with you our past experiences of assisting various earthquakes (and tsunamis) around the world.

<2001 India>
Emergency assistance in state of Gujarat.

<2003 Iran>
Emergency assistance in south eastern state of Kerman.


<2004 Niigata Prefecture, Japan>
Emergency assistance in Tokamachi City, the worst hit city in the prefecture.


<2005 Pakistan>
Emergency assistance in Pakistani state of Kashmir, at altitude of 2000 meters.
Currently, we are conducting an emergency assistance responding to the flood that hit the country in 2010.


<2005 Sri Lanka>
Emergency assistance in internal conflict-stricken Sri Lanka, in response to the tsunami damages from the Sumatra earthquake.
Currently, we are conducting an emergency assistance to the internally displaced persons in northern and eastern regions of Sri Lanka.


<2007 Niigata Prefecture, Japan>
Emergency assistance in Kashiwazaki city of Niigata Prefecture, responding to yet another earthquake that hit Niigata, this time off the coast.


<2008 Myanmar>
Emergency assistance in the delta area, responding to cyclone Nargisse that washed away villages.


<2009 Indonesia>
Emergency assistance in Padang.


<2010 Haiti>
Emergency assistance in Haiti, the poorest country in western hemisphere.



This time around however, the extent of the damages caused by the earthquake excels all the above damages combined.
Meticulously, but rapidly. We are just beginning our assistance.

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March 14, 2011 in Tohoku Earthquake |

03/13/2011

[News Update] Thank you very much for your thoughts

We could finally obtain the passage licence of emergency vehicles, in the evening of March 13th.
At 19:43, three staff departed for the stricken area.

We were overwhelmed when we heard, yesterday, the news of Fukushima nuclear plant explosion, moments before the staff’s planned dispatch.
After 24 hours, we are relieved to see them finally take off.

JEN’s activities that will commence as soon as the staff arrive at the site, is an essential first step to start our assistance for the people in despair, and their reconstruction of living.
What is more, the people in need are reaching a considerable number.

Those who cannot reach out,
those who cannot receive information and signs of life,
those who are isolated without any external assistance…

We are anticipating that the conditions are far beyond what we can really anticipate.
We are working and striving only to relieve the affected’s pain and anxiety.

We are receiving many calls, warm messages and donations from many of you. First, we would like to thank all of you that have supported us, and trusted us to commence this assistance.

The next update will come as soon as the team reaches the site, and delivers your message to the people.


Your support will continue to be vital.
Thank you very much,

JEN Tokyo Headquarters

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March 13, 2011 in Tohoku Earthquake |

[Flash info] Merci beaucoup pour votre soutien

Nous avons finalement obtenu le droit de passage de véhicules d'urgence, dans la soirée du 13 mars.
A 19h43, trois membres de l'équipe ont pu partir pour la zone sinistrée.

Nous avons été bouleversés quand nous avons appris, hier, la nouvelle au sujet de l'explosion de la centrale nucléaire de Fukushima, quelques moments avant que l'équipe ne prévoit son envoi.
24h plus tard, nous sommes soulagés de les voir enfin prendre le départ.

Les activités de JEN, qui vont commencer dès que l'équipe sera arrivée sur le site, est un premier pas essentiel pour démarrer notre assistance aux personnes en détresse, et pour que celles-ci puissent reprendre une vie habituelle.
De plus, le nombre de personnes dans le besoin est en train d’atteindre un nombre considérable.

Ceux qui ne peuvent entrer en contact avec personne,
Ceux qui ne peuvent recevoir ni information, ni signe de vie,
Ceux qui sont isolés sans aucune assistance extérieure…

Nous anticipons que leurs conditions actuelles sont bien au-delà de ce que nous pouvons vraiment anticiper.
Nous ne travaillons et ne faisons tout notre possible que pour apaiser leurs peines et leurs angoisses.
Nous recevons de nombreux appels, des messages chaleureux et des dons de la part de beaucoup d'entre vous. Tout d'abord, nous souhaiterions vous remercier tous, vous qui nous avez aidé et fait confiance pour déclencher cette assistance.

La prochaine mise à jour viendra dès que l'équipe aura atteint le site et remis votre message aux personnes qui s'y trouvent.

Votre aide continuera à être vitale.

Merci beaucoup,
Le Siège de JEN à Tokyo,

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March 13, 2011 in francaisle tremblement de terre |

[Flash d'information] Sur notre équipe

Membre
Toshio HIRANO: Sous-directeur, le départment de programme étranger
Yuka HAMATSU: Le départment domestique

[JEN, l'aide non publique au développement international, et son expérience d'Assistance d'urgence]

JEN, l'aide non publique au développement, supporte des Conflits qui ravagent population aux pays divers depuis 1994, comme Yougoslavie, Iraq et Afganistan. Et puis, JEN a son expérience de l'assistance aux gens ravagés par des désastres naturels, particulièrement de l'assistance de tremblement de terre en Inde (2001), Iran (2004), le raz de marée au océan Indien (2004), Pakistan (2005) et le plus dernièrement, le tremblement de terre à l’Haïti (2010).

L'expérience étrangère de JEN a introduit dans le support d'urgence des désastres au Japon depuis 2004, le Tremblement de terre au Chuetsu causé au Niigata, suivi par l'assistance d'urgence du Tremblement de terre au Chuetsu Oki (2007).

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Au sujet de plus information, nous vous serions reconnaissants de prendre contact avec HAMASAKA (Manager de relations publiques).
Téléphone: 03-5225-9352

JEN, l'aide non publique au développement, le siège social au Shinjuku, Tokyo

March 13, 2011 in francaisle tremblement de terre |

[News Update] About our team

Member
Toshio HIRANO : Deputy director, Oversea Program Department
Yuka HAMATSU: Domestic Department

[International NGO JEN and its experience on Emergency Assistance]
NGO JEN has been supporting conflict affected people in various countries since 1994, such as the former Yugoslavia, Iraq and Afghanistan. JEN also has experience in assistance for the people affected by natural disasters, particularly earthquake assistance in India (2001), Iran (2004), Indian Ocean Tsunami (2004), Pakistan (2005) and most recently, Haiti earthquake in 2010.

JEN’s overseas experience has been introduced to the emergency support for disasters in Japan since 2004, Chuetsu Earthquake occurred in Niigata, followed by the emergency assistance in Chuetsu Oki Earthquake in 2007.

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For more information, please contact to HAMASAKA (PR Manager)
Phone: 03-5225-9352
NGO JEN, Tokyo Head Quarter
www.jen-npo.org/en

March 13, 2011 in Tohoku Earthquake |

Tremblement de terre du 11 mars 2011 au Japon

Vingt-cinq mille personnes ont trouvé la mort dans la catastrophe, faisant de ce séisme le plus meurtrier dans l'Archipel depuis celui de 1923. Plus de ½ millions de personnes ont été évacué parce qu’elles ont perdu leur logement à cause du tsunami ou parce qu’elles habitaient dans un rayon de 20 km de la centrale de fukushima. Elles ont été installées dans environ 2700 centres d’accueil temporaires.

JEN a débuté son intervention auprès des victimes du séisme dans les 48 heures suivant la catastrophe. Des cantines distribuant des repas chauds ont été mises en place dans 30 centre d’accueil à destination de 8000 personnes. Des latrines ont été construites afin d’améliorer l’accueil des déplacés dans des structures non adaptées.

Vous pouvez recevoir des informations directes de la situation et des actions que nous avons entreprises par twitter via notre staff déployé au Nord du Japon. Abonnez-vous à NGO_JEN_e pour la version anglaise.

Afin de poursuivre notre assistance, nous avons besoin de vous maintenant.

Nous avons besoin de votre assistance, maintenant. Votre contribution par carte de credit (Visa, carte du Master, Express Américaine et JCB) est possible via notre site Web anglais.

JEN intervient depuis 2001 suite à des tremblements de terre et/ou tsunamis par la mise en place de projet d urgence (eau et sanitation, distribution de d abris temporaire et materiel d urgence).

<2001 Inde>
Intervention d'urgence dans la province du Gujarat.

<2003 Iran>
Intervention d'urgence au sud-est de la province du Kerman.

<2004  Départment du Niigata, Japon >
Intervention d'urgence à Tokamachi, la ville la plus touchée du départment.

<2005 Pakistan>
Intervention d'urgence dans le Kashmir, à près de 2000m d'altitude.
Actuellement, nous intervenons encore suite aux inondations de 2010.


<2005 Sri Lanka>
Intervention d'urgence au Sri Lanka suite au conflit et en réponse aux dommages du tsunami (causé par le tremblement de terre de Sumatra).
Actuellement, nous intervenons auprès des rapatriés de l'est et du nord du pays.


<2007 Départment du Niigata, Japon >
Intervention d'urgence dans la ville de Kashiwazaki, suite au tremblement de terre de Niigata.

<2008 Myanmar>
Intervention d'urgence dans le delta suite au cyclone Nargisse.

<2009 Indonésie>
Intervention d'urgence au Padang.

<2010 Haïti >
Intervention d'urgence en Haïti, le plus pauvre pays de l'hémisphère ouest.

March 13, 2011 in francaisle tremblement de terre |

[News Update] Our team is on the way

JEN finally managed to dispatch its team. Stay tuned.

March 13, 2011 in Tohoku Earthquake |

[Flash d’information] Notre équipe va arriver sur la place tout de suite.

Finalement, notre équipe est juste sur le point de sortir. Ne bougez pas, s'il vous plaît.

Nous avons besoin de votre assistance, maintenant. Votre contribution par carte de credit (Visa, carte du Master, Express Américaine et JCB) est possible via notre site Web anglais.

March 13, 2011 in francaisle tremblement de terre |

[News Update] Emergency assistance for the Tohoku Earthquake

Staff suspended due to incident in Fukushima are now preparing to depart Tokyo.

March 13, 2011 in Tohoku Earthquake |

03/12/2011

[Flash d’information] Une violente explosion

L'explosion géante à la centrale nucléaire est arrivée à 15:30 en le12 mars, donc
JEN a décidé de reporter l’intervention d’équipe pour protéger notre collègues jusqu’une additionnelle notice.

Nous somme dans l'impasse. Très désappointés....

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March 12, 2011 in francaisle tremblement de terre |

[Flash de nouvelles]  Le tremblement de terre du Tohoku: JEN envoie une équipe pour une assistance d’urgence aujourd’hui

Flash de nouvelles

- Le tremblement de terre du Tohoku: JEN envoie une équipe pour une assistance d’urgence aujourd’hui -

JEN envoie une équipe à la région ravagée du tremblement de terre causé en le 11 mars 2011.

Membre

Toshio HIRANO : Sous-directeur, le départment de programme étranger 
Yuka HAMATSU: Le départment domestique

[Mission du JEN]
L’équipe du JEN va à la Miyagi Prefecture et Fukushima Prefecture où sont ravagées horriblement par les tremblements de terre violents causés en le 11 mars, dans l’intention d’exécuter une assistance d’urgence pour les plus ravagés gens et les plus ravagées places. Le tremblement de terre violent a détruit l’ infrastructure essentielle à la region, et beaucoup de gens sont forcés à habiter dans les mauvaises conditions. JEN présume que leur vies, des alimentaires et une assistance psycho-sociale sont les plus hautes priorités et nécessaires d’urgence.

[JEN de l’aide non publique au développement internationale et son expérience d’Assistance d’urgence]

JEN, l’aide non publique au développement, supporte des Conflits qui ravagen gens aux pays divers depuis 1994, comme Yougoslavie, Iraq et Afganistan .  Et puis, JEN a son expérience de l’assistance aux gens ravagés par des désastres naturels, particulièrement de l’assistance de tremblement de terre en Inde (2001), Iran (2004), le raz de marée au océan Indien (2004), Pakistan (2005) et le plus dernièrement, le tremblement de terre à l’Haïti (2010).

L’expérience étrangère de JEN a introduit dans le support d’urgence des désastres au Japon depuis 2004, le Tremblement de terre au Chuetsu causé au Niigata, suivi par l’assistance d’urgance du Tremblement de terre au Chuetsu Oki (2007).

Nous avons besoin de votre assistance, maintenant. Votre contribution par carte de credit (Visa, carte du Master, Express Américaine et JCB) est possible via
notre site Web anglais.

Au sujet de plus information, nous vous serions reconnaissants de prendre contact avec HAMASAKA (Manager;de relations publiques).
Téléphone: 03-5225-9352

JEN, l’aide non publique au développement, le siège social au Shinjuku, Tokyo
www.jen-npo.org/en

March 12, 2011 in francaisle tremblement de terre |

[News Update] A massive explosion

Due to the huge blast at nuclear power plant, occurred at 3:30pm 12 March, 
JEN has decided to postpone to send a team,
to protect our colleagues till further notice.

We are stuck here. Very frustrating....

March 12, 2011 in Tohoku Earthquake |

[Flash de nouvelles] Envoi de l’équipe asseyante nécessaire

JEN (le siège social: Shinjuku, Tokyo) a décidé d’envoyer une équipe asseyante nécessaire à la région du Tohoku. L' équipe asseyante prépara pour une assistance d'urgence du tremblement de terre du Tohoku qui a causé des dommages graves aux gens habitants dans la région.

L' équipe partira le matin du 12 mars.


Nous avons besoin de votre assistance, maintenant. Votre contribution par carte de credit (Visa, carte du Master, Express Américaine et JCB) est possible via notre site Web anglais.

March 12, 2011 in francaisle tremblement de terre |

[Press Release] Tohoku Earthquake: JEN dispatch a team for Emergency Assistance today

Press Release

- Tohoku Earthquake: JEN dispatch a team for Emergency Assistance today -

JEN dispatch a team to the affected area of Devastated Earthquake occurred on 11 March, 2011.


Member
Toshio HIRANO : Deputy director, Oversea Program Department
Yuka HAMATSU: Domestic Department


[JEN’s Mission]
Team JEN is heading to Miyagi and Fukushima prefecture where are affected badly due to the massive earthquakes occurred on 11 March, aiming to implement the emergency assistance to the most affected people and the places.

This particular massive earthquake destroyed major infrastructure in the area and many individuals are forced to live with the worst condition. JEN assume that Livelihood, Non-Food-Items, Phyco-social assistance are the highest priority and urgently required.


[International NGO JEN and its experience on Emergency Assistance]
NGO JEN is been supporting Conflict affected people in various countries since 1994, such as former Yugoslavia, Iraq and Afghanistan. Also, has experience on assistance for the people affected by natural disasters, particularly for Earthquake assistance in India (2001), Iran (2004), Indian Ocean Tsunami (2004), Pakistan (2005) and most recently, Haiti earthquake in 2010.

JEN’s experience in overseas has been introducing to the emergency support for disasters in Japan since 2004, Chuetsu Earthquake occurred in Niigata, followed by the emergency assistance in Chuetsu Oki Earthquake in 2007.

We accept the donation (We Accept Visa, Master, Amex and JCB),
Click here


For more information, Please contact to HAMASAKA (PR Manager)
Phone: 03-5225-9352
NGO JEN, Tokyo Head Quarter
www.jen-npo.org/en

March 12, 2011 in Tohoku Earthquake |

[Flash Report] Dispatch of Needs Assessment Team

JEN (headquarters: Shinjuku, Tokyo) decided to dispatch a needs assessment team to the Tohoku area. This assessment team will prepare for emergency assistance of the Tohoku earthquake that inflicted devastating damages to people living in the area.

The team will depart the morning of March 12th.


As we commence this assistance, we will need your assistance.
We welcome donation via credit card (Visa, Master Card, American Express and JCB).
Click here.
Please indicate “Tohoku earthquake”.

March 12, 2011 in Tohoku Earthquake |

03/11/2011

[Flash de nouvelles] Un violent tremblement de terre au Japon de l’Est, JEN préparant une assistance d’urgence

Le tremblement de terre qui a ravage la région du department de Miyagi en le 11 mars à 14:46, mesure magnitude 8.8. JEN prépare une operation à présent. Voici le communiqué de presse (en anglais).

Nous avons besoin de votre assistance, maintenant. Votre contribution par carte de credit (Visa, carte du Master, Express Américaine et JCB) est possible via notre site Web anglais.

Nous vous serions reconnaissants de choisir le liste ci-dessous du “Tohoku Eearthquake (Le Tremblement de terre du Tohoku)”.

March 11, 2011 in francaisle tremblement de terre |

[Flash Report] Massive Earthquake In Northern Japan, JEN Preparing For Emergency Assistance

The earthquake that hit off coast of Miyagi Prefecture on March 11th at 14:46, measured magnitude 8.8. JEN is currently preparing for operation.

Press Release is here.


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By credit card: here (We can accept Visa, Master Card, American Express and JCB)
Please Select the pull down list of “Tohoku Earthquake”.

March 11, 2011 in Tohoku Earthquake |

03/10/2011

Greeting the inspection team from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

The life rehabilitation program JEN is carrying out in the Eastern Batticaloa district is financed by our supporters, as well as Grant Assistance for Japanese NGO Projects provided by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan. We had heavy rain in January and February, but from March, we have been able to work on preparation to start digging agricultural wells.

On March 4th, 3 members from the Foreign Ministry came to inspect our program in Batticaloa. They checked the agricultural wells finished in two villages, which were the project sites of last year, and gathered comments from the users of the wells.

In Kiran county, Iruppayadimunmari village

Walking to the village
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Listening to the villagers
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Listening to the villagers in front of a well
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At the end of the inspection, we received following comments from the inspection team: “We felt that there is a good relationship between JEN and the villagers, from the way they shared many comments with us in a friendly manner, although we met them for the first time.”

Though they are a little far away from sightseeing areas, please visit our project sites and see how the people are living when you have a chance to come to Sri Lanka!

March 10, 2011 in Sri Lanka |

“?” in Sudan

“What do the local people use instead of toilet roll?”

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“What do they use as an iron? (It is surprising for us.)”

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“What do they use for charging mobile phone battery?”

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“What do they use for seasoning in the region where it is difficult to get salt?”

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These answers will be told at “MOTTAINAI x JEN the First Project Debrief Session- ‘Your Dormant Books Will Be a School! –Sudan’ Anyone can immediately make a contribution to society” which is held today. You will be most welcome to join us!

Please click here for details.

March 10, 2011 in South Sudan |

The importance of independence

JEN has been operating in Haiti since January 2010 right after the earthquake. Issues such as poverty, disaster, political instability and deterioration of public order have been causing pains in Haiti. To solve them, they need help from world community. However, the contribution from world community should not make people rely heavily on it. Anyone who wants to help Haiti get back on their feet should keep this in mind that people in Haiti need to establish their independence.

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Exactly right now, we are struggling our way to lead them to establish their independence. Currently we are fixing the water facility which has been damaged by the earthquake. Also it has been affecting people’s health due to lack of proper water way. We do not only support physically but get involved with the local community to promote health and run the water facility.

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JEN recruits volunteers from the local community to work with them from the beginning of the project through till handing over the water facility. We try to encourage people who will actually use the water facility can act on their own. They need to learn that it is their responsibility how to maintain the facility while getting benefit to use it.
After the fixing is done, staffs from JEN and volunteers who work hard to promote hygiene promotion campaign for free, will explain how important it is to keep the water place clean as well as the role of the water facility control committee. Then, we will provide maintenance kit including a wheelbarrow, deck brushes and scoops to keep the facility clean.
The way we approach this project is to establish a sustainable system by involving with the people in the community. Also appropriate maintenance of the water facility and keeping the facility area clean can reduce the risks of diseases which cause diarrhea such as cholera and malaria which can be caused by increased mosquitos from the water stagnation.

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People are eager to work on the maintenance. Maybe one person can’t make it possible but we believe this is the first step of their independence in the community.

Haiti Office Director Azmat Ali

March 10, 2011 in Haiti |

03/04/2011

Vacancy at Tokyo HQ: Internship

Japan Emergency NGO (JEN), a Tokyo-based relief NGO with field offices in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Sri Lanka, Sudan and Haiti, has regular open positions for full-time/Part-time internships at its Headquarters in Tokyo.

JEN’s priority is restoring sustainable livelihoods to people affected economically and psychologically by conflicts and natural disasters. Further aims involve disseminating information regarding these victims’ suffering worldwide. Interns at the Headquarters should expect to gain practical skills, a greater understanding of the daily running of an international relief NGO, and the opportunity to cooperate with governmental, international as well as private entities in Japan.

Working time: Mon. to Fri., 10:00-18:00 (five days per week) or 3 days a week ( minimum 6 months).

- The candidates must understand JEN’s missions and activities.
- The candidates need to have fluent command of both Japanese (native level) and English. Certificate of the Japanese language skill is required if the applicant’s mother tongue is not Japanese.
- The candidates also need basic PC skills (Word, Exel, Email, etc.) Additional skills (database, picture processing, web design, etc.) will be a strong asset.
-The candidates are expected to have strong communication and team-working skills, strategic thinking and ability to organize.
-Candidates missing any documents based on the above criteria will not expect to receive any news from JEN.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Interns will assist the domestic department (PR and fundraising) in Tokyo. Duties depend on each intern’s working period, skills and experience: such as, promoting partnerships with local medias, enterprises and supporters; drafting JEN’s publications (news letters, email magazines, etc.); organizing public information events; assisting related seminars and meetings; or developing databases.

Starting Date:

The internship period can be either three, six or twelve months according to each candidate's availability. Interested candidates should submit their CV and motivation letter (around 1200 words) in English directly to the Headquarters. In the meantime, please specify available period of internship. E-mail is available.

Kindly note that successful candidates must make their personal arrangement for board, lodging and other expenses while serving as interns in Tokyo.

For application: info@jen-npo.org, attn: Human Resource Department

March 4, 2011 in Staff |

03/03/2011

Distribution of seeds and agricultural tools for reconstruction


I will write about the first distribution of seeds and agricultural tools for reconstruction in Shah Pasand Kalay, Nissata, Charsada.

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These are the packages of seeds and vinyl for seedbed.

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Local staff put down the packages while counting.
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Local staff putting down the packages.
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Local staff are putting down the package while JEN team members are counting the packages and observe the staff.
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An old man is holding agricultural tools on his shoulder and a staff member is carrying compost.
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The entrance of the place the agricultural kits are distributed. The staff is checking coupons and IDs.
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A farmer are taking seeds and agricultural tools. A staff member is carrying compost.
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If a farmer lives close each other, they use a cattle to bring the kits home.
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Farmers are sitting and waiting in line for kits distributed.
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A staff member is handing out the package to a local farmer.

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A staff member is helping a farmer with carrying agricultural tools.

Thus the distribution was completed.

March 3, 2011 in Pakistan |

A Wedding Ceremony(1)



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Pages are bound between covers made of carved wood. Written on one side is a line from the Quran, and on the other side are words of invitation.

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This is an invitation card for a wedding ceremony. Pretty, isn’t it?

Below is the meaning of the words of the Quran quoted in this invitation.
(
http://quran.com/2/255)

255. Allah - there is no deity except Him, the Ever-Living, the Sustainer of [all] existence. Neither drowsiness overtakes Him nor sleep. To Him belongs whatever is in the heavens and whatever is on the earth. Who is it that can intercede with Him except by His permission? He knows what is [presently] before them and what will be after them, and they encompass not a thing of His knowledge except for what He wills. His Kursi extends over the heavens and the earth, and their preservation tires Him not. And He is the Most High, the Most Great.

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March 3, 2011 in Iraq |

Developing Human Resources for Hygiene Education

110303I would like to report about the program of improving the environment of the school and hygiene education.

Not only hygiene knowledge but staff with technical knowledge are lacking in Afghanistan, so we must begin from the scratch; educating people.

JEN first discussed with the officer at ministry of Healthcare in of the region and selected two experts of the hygiene education. 14 people were called and gave a lecture about hygiene education, to become trainers . After the training, the two experts and the new trainers became a team and conducting a workshops to instruct 710 teachers of 42 schools in Parwan.

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At the workshop, teachers learned the basic knowledge such as how to wash hands with soap so that the children at school will achieve “basic hygiene knowledge and habit” which is still not yet popular in Afghanistan.

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Also in Afghanistan, people do not know much how to deal with diarrhea that does not require doctors. Therefore, the recipe of an oral supplement ORS( an oral supplement solution dissolved with salt and sugar to prevent dehydration by diarrhea) was taught.

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In Afghanistan, New Year begins at the end of March and after continuing the workshop until March, the new school term begins. When the new school terms starts, it is the teachers that begin to teach hygiene education. I would like to introduce the progress of of the workshop next time.

March 3, 2011 in Afghanistan |