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04/28/2011

My name is Hamihdura Hamid.

I was born in the refugee camp in Pakistan and grew up there. After graduating high school in Pakistan, I decided to continue my study at the university in Afghanistan and moved to Afghanistan. In the year 2008, my family moved. After I received my bachelor degree in agriculture at the University of Afghanistan NANGARHAL, I received my MBA majoring personnel at ARAMA- IKBAR open university. After 2008, I have been working on reforming the community.

                  

I learned that JEN has been very helpful supporting the refugee in Afghanistan in so many aspects, which was very touching. Fortunately, I was able to get a position at JEN as a program field officer.

The work at JEN will not only provide us an opportunity to work hard but also contributing to the next generation for creating a bright future and make us feel the passion. I believe that hard working is a factor that credits a bright future for the next generation.

We Afghanistani’s love freedom, nature and harmonization. For us, the sky is a bed, the moon is a lamp, the mountain is a house and snow is a blanket. We listen to the music of the breeze and live in a homeland like heaven. Now it is time that we become all for one, for the people of the world and for the sanctuary of nature, all work together for Afghanistan.

Field Officer: Hamidura

April 28, 2011 in Afghanistan |

From the second batch of soup kitchen volunteers: Cherry blossom party (Ohanami)

On 25 April, the soup kitchen volunteers enjoyed the Japanese tradition of dining by the cherry blossoms. The food on the menu were udon noodles, rice cakes, and sweets made of red beans.

They were invited by Nakajima Inc. who is providing their premises for the soup kitchen.
The cherry blossom tree does look very pretty.

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April 28, 2011 in Tohoku Earthquake |

04/27/2011

Too Slow Support in the Field -by Keiko Kiyama

- by Keiko Kiyama (Board/Secretary General)


I, once again, would like to express my condolences to the deceased and the bereaved families and my sympathy to those hit by the earthquake and tsunami.

As you may know from the website of JEN, we first started our operation in Sendai, and then, shifted to Ishinomaki to support people affected by the disaster. I would like to write blog articles related to Great East Japan Earthquake for the time being.

Comparing with what I have seen in the field of emergency assistance overseas, the emergency responses here keep me surprising. First off, speed of support is too slow. Off course, I must admit that we are also a part of such slow support activities. But, to be honest, it is unacceptable to see evacuees being relocated from classrooms in a school to a gymnasium or volunteers still providing soup kitchen to evacuees at the moment when whole 6 weeks have passed in Ishinomaki.

This is neither criticism to the government nor to the local municipality. Efforts by local municipality staff, who are also affected by the disaster, are amazing. It is not my intention to say ‘do it harder’ to those staff who are already working so hard.

But, even so, why don’t things work fine there?

One thing is scale of damages. Damages reached too vast areas in too devastating scale. Much improvement has been seen in populated areas after people removed debris. Meanwhile, debris are still untouched in deserted areas, which means areas where death tolls were high.

April 27, 2011 in Tohoku Earthquake |

04/26/2011

The third batch of soup kitchen volunteers: 3,000 meals of hot ramen (soup noodle)!

From April 22nd to 24th, hot ramen (soup noodle) was prepared for the soup kitchen. The third batch of volunteers was able to prepare 3,000 meals (a large amount!), so we decided to organize the soup kitchen tent near the train station on the first day.

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Watanoha Station was a bit deserted. Unfortunately, the train has not been in operation for the past six weeks since the tsunami.

However, on the first day of the soup kitchen, April 22nd, there was a long queue of people waiting despite the rain. In Tohoku, the temperature drops when it rains even in April.

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1,200 meals on the first day, 600 meals on the second day (in front of a sushi restaurant) and 1,200 meals on the final day (in the residential area of Kazuma community) – A total of 3,000 meals were distributed!

Thank you very much to the third group of volunteers!

We are calling for volunteers for soup kitchen.
For more information please click here.

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We appreciate your kind support.

Donation by credit card is possible from here. 

Thank you very much for your cooperation!

April 26, 2011 in Volunteer InfomarionTohoku Earthquake |

Call for Sludge Removal Volunteers during the Golden Week!

We are calling for mud and sludge removal volunteers during the Golden Week. Please see below for details.

We are expecting many volunteers during the Golden Week. The application will be closed once we have 50 volunteers for each day.

Please send in your applications as soon as possible!

Please click here for the latest report on sludge removal volunteer.

Terms and conditions
1. Transportation to come to Ishinomaki must be organized by the volunteers.
2. Volunteers will work and lodge in groups.
3. Volunteers need to bring a sleeping bag, food and drinks for their consumption, work clothes (rubber boots, rubber gloves, long sleeve T-shirt and trousers).

We are calling for volunteers on the following days
April 29th and 30th
May 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th

Application deadline
◆For volunteers starting April 29th, 30th, May 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th
We have closed application.

◆For volunteers starting May 5th and 6th
Application deadline: May 2nd at noon

◆For volunteers starting May 7th and 8th
Application deadline: May 6th at noon

Meeting point
Place: JEN Ishinomaki Office
        284-1 Minamizakai Shinmito, Ishinomaki City
Time: Those arriving the day before – At 17:00
        Those arriving in the morning – At 8:30am

*Those arriving the day before will move to an accommodation space by van after the meeting.
*Those arriving in the morning will move to an orientation venue by van after the meeting.

Orientation
Time: From 9:00am before volunteer work
Place: Joshi Shogyo High School
         1 Watanoha Hamasoneyama, Ishinomaki City

Please note that the time and the meeting point may change due to local situation. Please check our website before your departure for any changes. Thank you for your cooperation.

For more information: 「sludge_removal_volunteer.pdf」をダウンロード

Application form: 「application_form.doc」をダウンロード

Contact: volunteer@jen-npo.org
Please indicate "sludge removal volunteer" in the subject section of your email.

April 26, 2011 in Volunteer InfomarionTohoku Earthquake |

04/21/2011

Challenges in digging wells in Haiti – Part 2

A company called ALCO Service was contracted to dig the first well in a place called Kafou Thozin. The area is accessible on road and has enough space for well digging, so it didn't look like a difficult project site.

The workers started digging, and when we thought we were going to see the first drop of water, we hit a hard rock and could not continue using the drilling machine. We were planning to dig manually and then with a machine, but we had to continue digging manually.

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Day by day, the worker went deeper into the hole. A courageous worker dug 13 meters underground before he reached water. We hoped that the nature of the soil would change from this point onward, and could start digging with the machine. However, the nature of the soil remained the same.

The worker went back into the hole, and while two trucks sucked water, he started digging again to reach the second underground water level, 21 meters underground.

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Without the hard rock, we were supposed to finish digging the well in two or three days using the machine, but manually, it took us two weeks. We never know until we start digging – By overcoming such a challenge, we will continue digging wells for the people in need of clean water!

April 21, 2011 in Haiti |

Introducing a new staff (Part 2)

April the 4th, I arrived at JEN’s office located in Islamabad Pakistan. I will be in charge for the Afghanistan project from the remote office.

During my college life I was addicted to music; therefore I was in music business before joining JEN. I had nothing inconvenient in my life, but one moment, I began to question my life. Am I able to help someone? Just that kind of time, I happened to know JEN and I became a member from August 2010.
 

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When I joined JEN, it was just after the big flood in Pakistan, and I was assigned as the responsible person from headquarter of the Pakistan Project. On the meantime, I learned about Pakistan and wanted to visit the country.

My wish came true and I am now in Pakistan. From now on, as the appointee of the Afghanistan Project, with a mental restart, I will do my best. I hope for your support to help those who need aid

Afghanistan Program Assignee, Program Officer, Shinya Kamata

April 21, 2011 in Afghanistan |

[Announcement of Leaving and Taking a post] ~ Leaving a post Mr. Shu Nishimaru ~

I, Nishimaru have been posted as a head of the office and concurrently serving general affairs and accounting.

I will leave Sri Lanka on 19th April since the limit of my visiting period regulated by the government of Sri Lanka, 3 years will be past in near future.

I have stayed at Sri Lanka for total 6 years including 3 years of my former job. The meantime, I have got 3 children and my family becomes 5 people.

At the time when I took my post on May 2008, a conflict at the east area had finished. Meanwhile, another conflict at the North area had been still continuing. The conflict at the North finished on May 2009.

As of now, in the sight of armed conflict, it gets peace, and has been promoting the reconstruction at North and East area, and at the other area there has not been any conflict, has been getting vitalizing tourism and economic development.

Although nobody knows the futures, I presently presume and hope that Sri Lanka is going to advance with cooperating each other as one country.

After my temporary return to Japan, I will take a new post at Sudan.

I will have been furiously working on with talking and snuggling up to the people who are suffering from harsh environment in the conflict, thank you.

April 21, 2011 in Sri Lanka |

The second batch of soup kitchen volunteers: Providing 130-150 meals a day.

We received a message and some photos from the second group of soup kitchen volunteers who started distributing hot meals on April 12th.

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"We have been preparing food for lunch and dinner everyday for the past one week. Around 100 people come for every meal. One of the evacuees staying in the evacuation center told us he had been eating only rice balls, and came because he heard of our soup kitchen. There are more people coming who heard about our soup kitchen from other people.

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After a disaster, there is usually a lack of water, thus we cannot provide fresh vegetables for hygienic reasons. However, there is water in Ishinomaki base camp, so we are providing tomatoes, cabbage and cucumbers which we grew ourselves. People seem very happy to eat fresh vegetables.

People were especially happy when we served hot food, udon (Japanese noodles) and croquette.

While distributing food, we asked the victims 'What do you need?' and they told us 'I am worried because I don't have any summer clothes' and 'I need a broom and a dustpan.'

We feel that we are getting closer to the victims whom we see everyday. We think it's better to continue volunteer work for at least a week rather than a day or two."

There are people who also participate in mud and sludge removal in between soup kitchen volunteer work.

"At first, we thought of using vehicles and machines to speed up mud and sludge removal, but nowadays we are changing our attitude thinking that maybe it's good to have more conversations with residents while working.

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Volunteers of barbers and hairdressers joined us today (April 20th) to offer their services. A temporary salon was set up in the neighboring factory, and already eight people received the services. A man was promoting the service to his friends by showing his 'handsome look', and a woman came to show us her hair cut which she received for the first time since the earthquake.

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There are many young volunteers coming from all over the country. One of the volunteers was told by a victim 'We are very happy to have people come for soup kitchen and sludge removal. We are also thankful for the parents who raised their children like this to come for volunteer work'."

The leader of the soup kitchen group, Mr. Koutaro, says that they are getting familiar with the work during the past week, but they would like to listen to the victims more and think of ways to meet their needs.

April 21, 2011 in Tohoku Earthquake |

Seconde équipe de soupe populaire : 130 à 150 repas servis chaque jour.

Nous avons reçu un message et des photos de la seconde équipe de volontaires en charge de la soupe populaire qui a débuté la distribution de repas chauds le 12 avril.

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« Nous avons préparé des repas midis et soirs chaque jour de la semaine dernière. Une centaine de personne vient à chaque repas. Un des évacués hébergé dans le centre d’évacuation nous a dit n’avoir mangé que des boules de riz et être venu parce qu’il avait entendu parler de notre soupe populaire. De plus en plus de gens viennent après en avoir entendu parler d’autres personnes.

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Après une catastrophe, le manque d’eau est un problème fréquent. Pour des raisons d’hygiène, il ne nous est donc pas possible de servir des légumes frais. Le camp d’Ishinomaki dispose en revanche de suffisamment d’eau, nous permettant de servir tomates, chou et concombres cultivés par nos soins. Les gens ont l’air vraiment heureux de pouvoir manger des légumes frais. Et ils étaient particulièrement contents lorsque nous leur avons servi des plats chauds, des nouilles et des croquettes.

Pendant la distribution, nous avons demandé aux victimes ce dont ils avaient besoin. L’un nous a répondu : « Je suis ennuyé car je n’ai pas de vêtements d’été ». Un autre nous dit « J’ai besoin d’un balai et d’une pelle ». Nous avons le sentiment de nous rapprocher de plus en plus des victimes que nous voyons chaque jour. Nous pensons qu’il est préférable de continuer notre travail de volontariat pendant au moins une semaine plutôt que pendant un jour ou deux. »
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Parmi les volontaires, certains participent également au déblaiement de la boue et de la vase entre deux distributions de soupe populaire.
Au départ, nous pensions utiliser des véhicules et machines pour accélérer le rythme d’évacuation de la boue, mais désormais nous pensons qu’il est aussi bien de pouvoir communiquer d’avantage avec les résidents pendant notre travail.

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Des bénévoles barbiers et coiffeurs nous ont rejoints aujourd’hui (20 avril) pour nous offrir leurs services. Un salon temporaire a été installé dans l’usine du quartier et déjà huit personnes ont pu bénéficier de leurs services. Un homme faisait la promotion de ce service à ses amis en leur montrant sa « belle allure » et une femme  nous a montré la première coupe de cheveux qu’elle avait pu obtenir depuis le tremblement de terre.
Il y a beaucoup de jeunes bénévoles en provenance du monde entier. L’un de ces volontaires s’est vu remarquer : « Nous sommes très heureux que des gens viennent pour cuisiner et évacuer la boue. Nous sommes vraiment redevables vis-à-vis des parents qui ont éduqué leurs enfants de la sorte. »
Le responsable du groupe en charge de la soupe populaire, Mr Koutaro, affirme qu’ils maitrisent de mieux en mieux leur rôle, mais qu’ils aimeraient écouter davantage les victimes et réfléchir aux moyens de répondre à leurs besoins.

April 21, 2011 in Tohoku Earthquakefrancais |

48 engineers to meet self-reliant!

JEN had provided a training for the local community "how to use hand pumps" as one of the water sanitation improvement projects at primary schools in Central Equatoria. This project is supported by you the individual partners and Japan Platform. 

20110421_jpf3_handing_over_ceremony We had organized a completion ceremony for 48 participants from the facility management committee who completed the training in Kajo Keji county.

The training officers and irrigation and water supply officers and so on from the government had attended the ceremony, and certifications were handed in every trainee.

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One of the trainees, Ms Alice Edward, told us she wanted to let other villagers know the knowledge she gained at the training. At the last part of the ceremony, tool kits for repairing wells and spare parts were presented to each committee and the members were filled with delight.

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JEN would like to be in touch and wishing them for great success of new 48 engineers.

April 21, 2011 in South Sudan |

04/20/2011

Nous avons distribué des vêtements fournis par UNIQLO pour la quatrième fois et les provisions de nos donateurs.

Les 16 et 17 avril, nous avons distribué des vêtements UNIQLO et des provisions de première nécessité dans les villes d’Ishinomaki et d’Ogatsu.

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Cette fois ci, la zone cible était une maison de repos la ville d’Ishinomaki ainsi que dans les régions nord de la côte de Sanriku, à deux heures de route d’Ishinomaki.
A la maison de repos de Keijin d’Ishinomaki, les vêtements et les provisions ont été distribuées aux personnes âgées, et aux patients pris en charge dans les hôpitaux environnants.

Dans la ville d’Ogatsu, nous n’avons distribué des habits et des subsistances qu’au seul centre d’évacuation de l’école primaire d’Oosu où 500 adultes et 17 enfants séjournaient et dans un centre d’évacuation à Ara (où les évacués étaient principalement âgés bien qu’étaient présents 10 enfants), à 30 minutes au nord d’Oosu en voiture.

Le centre-ville d’Ogatsu a été complètement détruit. La plupart des habitants de la zone ont été évacués à l’école primaire d’Oosu. Tous les habitants de Funakoshi sur la péninçule, ont été évacués et restent soit à l’école primaire d’Oosu, soir au centre d’évacuation d’Ara.

Ensemble avec la communauté d’Ishinomaki, nous allons continuer notre soutien jusqu’à ce que les habitants puissent retrouver leur vie normale.

Nous apprécions votre soutien continu.

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April 20, 2011 in Tohoku Earthquakefrancais |

We distributed clothing from UNIQLO for the fourth time and supplies contributed from our supporters!

On April 16th and 17th, we distributed UNIQLO clothing and relief supplies in Ishinomaki City and Ogatsu Town.

This time the target areas were a nursing home in Ishinomaki City and areas in the north of Sanriku seashore, two hours ride from Ishinomaki City.

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At Keijin nursing home in Ishinomaki City, clothing and supplies were distributed to the elders, staff and patients staying in the neighboring hospital.

In Ogatsu Town, we distributed clothing and supplies at the only large-scale evacuation center, Oosu Elementary School, where 500 adults and 17 children are staying and at an evacuation center in Ara community (evacuees are mostly elders, but also 10 children) 30 minutes north by car from Oosu.

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The central part of Ogatsu Town has been completely destroyed. Most of the people in the area evacuated to Oosu Elementary School. All the members of Funakoshi community on the peninsula have evacuated, and are staying in either Oosu Elementary School or the evacuation center in Ara community.

Together with the people of Ishinomaki, we will continue our support until people resume their normal lives.

We would appreciate your continuous support.

April 20, 2011 in Tohoku Earthquake |

04/18/2011

Appel mondial pour des volontaires

Nous recevons actuellement des demandes depuis de nombreux pays. Les personnes souhaitant contribuer à la reconstruction dans la région du Tohoku peuvent nous contacter. JEN est une ONG internationale reconnue dans le soutien d’urgence aux populations et dans des projets de développement en Haïti, Irak, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Sri-Lanka et Soudan.

April 18, 2011 in francais |

04/17/2011

Call for volunteers around the world

We are receiving inquiries from various countries. Those who wish to contribute to the recovery of Tohoku, feel free to contact us. JEN is an established international NGO implementing emergency and self-reliance programs in Haiti, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Sudan.

For inquiries (in English)

Sludge Removal Volunteer click here

Soup Kitchen Volunteer click here

April 17, 2011 in Volunteer InfomarionTohoku Earthquake |

04/14/2011

Breakfast in Baghdad : Pacha

In the morning, "Pacha" is one of the popular breakfast which people in Baghdad eat especially in the cold morning!

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Pacha is a food which well cook the cow’s head meat with bones and the internal organs. We eat the Pacha over on top of the bread which is dipped in soup called tissue leave.  According to your taste, it is also delicious to top with pickles, lemon juice and onion!



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Some people say that they prefer to use sheep’s head or tongue instead of beef. It easier to eat than beef with a bone, but it might be easy to digest reason.

We call "Pachechi" who sell the Pacha. Pachechi buy Pacha’s ingredients, beef and mutton, from butcher. Then, they begin the work called “Samotto” which is cleaning up the meat seared with fire for a prolonged time. Once the meat is clean, just cook Pacha and sell them!

"Pacha" is thought as food which is rich in vitamins and minerals needed by our body. Therefore, it has become one of the most popular breakfast for people who require physical strength to work in particular.

April 14, 2011 in Iraq |

Using the agricultural wells: Comments from Mr. Visuvalingam

One day in March, we passed by an area where we had constructed an agricultural well in the previous project. We decided to visit one of the participants of that project, Mr. Perenbam  Visuvalingam (37 years old), who lives in Perillaveli in Kiran county.
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 “I earn my living by growing maize, potatoes, and peanuts during the rainy season, which lasts for about 3 months from November, but in other seasons I used to cut some logs in the woods and go to the town to sell them as fire-wood. But look what I do now! I feel the joy of working on my own land. I feel something I had never felt before in my life.”

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 “Five months ago, when the new well was nearly finished, I spoke of my dream at JEN’s workshop. I said, “This well is the largest agricultural well I’ve ever seen. I want to use the water from this well and grow agricultural crops all year round.” Now, I am trying to save money and time and make as much profit as possible from this garden. I can think this way because I have access to plenty of water. Thank you for coming by today. Please come again to see the garden in 2 month time.”

 Finally, he asked, “We are using the well water not only for agriculture but also for domestic use. That is not a problem, is it?” So we told him, “Of course not. The well is yours so please think and decide how to use it among yourselves. The important thing is to share the water.”

(Nagarajah, field officer; Sharulatha, field assistant)

April 14, 2011 in Sri Lanka |

04/13/2011

We have ended the collection of relief items. Thank you very much for all your contributions!

We received a great number of relief items, not simply from within Japan but also from all over the world, despite the fact that we had to change the list of needed materials on a weekly basis based on the quickly changing needs of affected communities.  We’re concluding this phase of our work for now—thank you so much for all your support! 

We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your understanding and flexibility to the changing needs and to the short deadlines for shipment that we had to ask of you. 

We hope that through the participation in the provision of relief items you were able to experience in some way the fast changes in people’s needs and living conditions during emergency relief.

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This photograph captures a scene from the Ishinomaki office.  For a while we stored the received items in a large warehouse set up by the World Food Programme (WFP), but it would often quickly overflow, so we sometimes had to keep the boxes in a corner of our office.  Volunteers who came to help from all over the country were responsible for checking each of the items, organizing them by category, and making sure that they could be taken out as soon as they were needed. 

The “body warmer” (kairo) that we’d been collecting since the beginning of the relief activities were no longer necessary with the coming of spring, and the wet towels were also slowly becoming less important as the portable bathtubs started to come around the shelters.  A different kind of support, other than the distribution of items, is emerging as the next need.

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JEN will continue to deliver the needed support to the needed places. 

We welcome your continuing support and contributions! 

(Photo: Volunteers who slept in their car because it was too cold in the tents)

Sludge removal volunteers:

Soup kitchen volunteers:

April 13, 2011 in Tohoku Earthquake |

04/12/2011

First Sludge Removal Volunteers: The First Step to Return to One’s Life

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We began recruiting “Mud-busters” (sludge removal volunteers) last week, and the second round took place today (April 12th).  The actual sludge removal began today, so we’re naming it the first Mud-busters activity.  We had 9 participants.  Please read here for the activities of the “preparation volunteers” who came together on April 10th. 

Now, these “Mud-busters.”

Even though it’s called “sludge removal,” it is in fact more than the removal of mud.  The reality is that staff and volunteers have to remove heavy rubble that has been washed into the towns and houses, and carry out or dispose of furniture, hard tasks that require several men to accomplish. 

Despite these difficulties, in the last few days we have received volunteer applications from company employees in groups of dozens, and we are beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel.  4 out of the 9 participants today were from the Iriyama and Iketani community in Tokamachi, Niigata. This community is a group of merely 7 households where JEN has conducted emergency relief after the Chuetsu Earthquake in October 2004, rehabilitation work, and community revival through November 2010.  Elderly members of this community worry about the rice paddy preparations in the affected areas.  Please read here about JEN’s work in Niigata.

JEN is conducting activities in Watanoha in Ishinomaki city.  In this area, even one month after the disaster, the rubble and mud are virtually untouched.  We began our work there after inhabitants, who had begun cleaning out their homes themselves, requested our support.

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The back of a shelter buried under rubble (above).

The garden of someone from Watanoha.

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The first task today was the removal of tatami mats that had been soaking in seawater.  We carried out about 15 tatami mats and a refrigerator in 30 minutes.  The work load was so heavy that the TV crew that had come to cover our story joined in! 

The second task of the day was to carry out furniture and household items from houses.  Taking out all the items were a hard task—everything had soaked up water, making it so heavy that we struggled to carry out one drawer’s worth of clothing and one set of futon. 

Photo: This is about one third of the amount we carried.

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The municipal office collects waste placed on the streets, so all the households are putting out their garbage outside.  There are high piles of waste all over the roads, and so coordinating with the teams cleaning up the streets to secure places for the waste is a challenge.

Photo: Waste piled on the road from households.

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Most people haven’t been able to take out the mud from their homes, much less clean and organize it.  If we don’t remove the mud quickly, once it becomes warmer the trash and fish that have been washed up from the ocean will rot.  Obviously, this will create hygiene problems. 

People are at a loss not knowing where to begin and restart their lives from this unprecedented disaster.  The forward-looking attitude and commitment of people affected by the disaster and the volunteers from all over the country who are working together to clean up the towns and houses is an important first step.

Volunteers are full of energy and willingness to help, but the large-scale buildings that are beyond the capacity of these committed volunteers are still left untouched.  In order to remove the sludge and rubble as soon as possible, JEN staff, volunteers, inhabitants of the area, other NPOs, and government officials will need to join forces and support affected communities to take their first steps towards rebuilding their lives. Those of you who are thinking of volunteering with us--see you in Ishinomaki!  We’ll be waiting for you.

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Photo: Rubble removal at an individual’s home (above).  I, Futamura, have been too focused on the tasks and hadn’t had a chance to take photographs, but thanks to one of our volunteers we managed to get this shot! 

The memorable first “Mud-busters” (below).  Thank you very much!!

We’ve just begun the sludge removal “Mud-busters” volunteers.  We’re accepting participants!  Please check here for details.

April 12, 2011 in Tohoku Earthquake |

04/11/2011

[From soup kitchen team] 5th day! Distributed 750 meals in total.

Since April 7th, JEN has been organizing soup kitchen for the earthquake/ tsunami victims taking shelter at their homes. In the yard of Nakajima Inc. in Nakayashiki, Ishinomaki City, we are preparing 100 meals for lunch and 50 meals for dinner everyday.

From April 7th to 11th, we were able to provide a total of 750 hot meals to the people of the community.

A group of volunteers has come all the way from Kobe for this soup kitchen. Thank you very much!

JEN is calling for more volunteers to help us with the soup kitchen.
For more information, please see our blog on April 7th.

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[Photo] A volunteer group who came all the way from Kobe!

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[Photo] Hot meals such as curry, rice balls, pork cutlet, boiled potatoes and meat and rice were distributed.

April 11, 2011 in Tohoku Earthquake |

5ème jour! Un total de 750 repas distribués.

Depuis le 7 avril, JEN organise des soupes populaires pour les victimes du tremblement de terre et du tsunami réfugiés chez eux. Dans le quartier de Nakajima Inc. à Nakayashiki, ville de Ishinomaki, nous préparons chaque jour 100 repas pour le déjeuner et 50 dîners.

Du 7 au 11 avril, nous avons pu préparé 750 repas chauds pour les personnes de la communauté.

Une équipe de bénévoles a fait le déplacement depuis Kobe pour ces soupes populaires. Merci beaucoup!

JEN fait appel à d'autres bénévoles pour nous aider à organiser ces soupes populaires. Pour plus d'informations, vous pouvez visiter notre blog en date du 7 avril.

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Photo: Une équipe de bénévoles venus de Kobe !

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April 11, 2011 in francaisle tremblement de terre |

Getting ready for sludge removal volunteers: Preparation of equipments

On April 9th and 10th, we organized volunteers to get ready for the arrival of sludge removal volunteers.

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Img_0938_2Img_0946There were four participants. They all said "We have been looking for something we can do!"

Ishinomaki Smile Project, a sludge removal event, was launched on Sunday April 10th. Despite the short notice, close to 900 volunteers from all over the country gathered for the event.

Equipments for sludge removal such as wheelbarrows, shovels and sandbags were delivered on the 9th. To make 200 sets of these equipments was an important task.

The work started out with moving the plastic water container to the warehouse, and on Saturday, we focused on receiving and organizing the equipments.

And on Sunday, JEN's volunteers contributed to removing mud and sludge from houses together with the 900 volunteers.

The four volunteers who helped us prepare the equipments camped in the camp site of the Volunteer Center. They had to stay in tents in high winds, but they left Ishinomaki full of energy.

The sludge removal volunteer has just started. For those who are thinking of volunteering, please join us!

For more information on sludge removal volunteer, click here.

April 11, 2011 in Tohoku Earthquake |

04/09/2011

[Call for supplies – 4th week] We are collecting the following items this week (Please send items to our warehouse on April 13th)

We are calling for contributions of emergency supplies every week. This week, we are collecting the items below.

Please ensure that the items are delivered to our warehouse in Tokyo on Wednesday, April 13th.

It is almost one month since the earthquake hit.
Our sludge removal team and soup kitchen team are working in Ishinomaki with the support of volunteers.

This week, we are collecting items needed especially for sludge removal.
(For more details of sludge removal, please see our blog on March 31st).

Thank you very much for all your support!

Items needed
1. Rubber boots (adult size) – For sludge removal
2. Rubber gloves (thick and strong quality) – For sludge removal
3. Dust mask – Used to avoid dust when removing sludge

Please ensure the items arrive at JEN Adachi Warehouse in Tokyo on April 13th.

Send the items to
We have finished collecting supplies.

When sending the items
1. Please pack/wrap the same items together.
2. Please send in cardboard boxes. We cannot accept items sent otherwise.
3. Please indicate the items and their number on the outside of the cardboard box.
4. Please note that we cannot accept items other than the above three this week. Items other than those indicated above and those arrived after April 14th will be sent back by payment on arrival. Thank you for your understanding.

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Photo: Evening, April 8th. Loading the truck to depart Adachi Warehouse. Thank you to Mr. Sato who has volunteered to drive the truck!

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Photo: In front of Adachi Warehouse, together with volunteers who have helped us load the truck.

April 9, 2011 in Tohoku Earthquake |

04/07/2011

Call for Soup Kitchen Volunteers!

JEN dispatched its first team to Miyagi prefecture immediately after the earthquake, and conducted damage and needs assessment and assessment of transportation and procurement routes. Along with these assessments, JEN distributed emergency supplies of clothing, hygiene kits and food for soup kitchen. We also provided hot meals for 600 people in evacuation centers with the cooperation of earthquake/ tsunami victims. We have decided to organize soup kitchen in Ishinomaki to provide hot meals for those who have difficulties securing food. We are calling for volunteers to support us in soup kitchen.

Terms and Conditions

  • Apply by group of volunteers who have experience in soup kitchen.
  • The place of soup kitchen will be determined by Ishinomaki Volunteer Center, and may vary each day.
  • The group will be expected to prepare meals for 100-1200 people each time.
    (Please indicate the number of people the group can provide food in each soup kitchen beforehand).
  • A group is requested to support for about one week (consecutive).
  • The group leader will coordinate directly with the Volunteer Center for the place of soup kitchen, etc.
  • The group needs to secure a vehicle to move around with cooking utensils.

For more details: 「soup_kitchen_volunteer.pdf」をダウンロード

Application form: 「application_form.doc」をダウンロード

Contact: volunteer@jen-npo.org
Please indicate “soup kitchen volunteer” in the subject section of your email.

April 7, 2011 in Volunteer InfomarionTohoku Earthquake |

Call for Sludge Removal Volunteers!

Sludge, brought by the tsunami, is now emitting disturbing odor around communities (please see our blog on March 31st). It has been more than three weeks since the incident, and 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.

The tsunami brought heavy mud and 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 mud and sludge. There are also evacuees who could return home once mud and sludge is cleared.

JEN is now receiving volunteers while coordinating with other organizations. We are now calling for volunteers to help us remove mud and sludge from houses.

Your participation will be greatly appreciated!

Please click here for the latest report on sludge removal volunteer.

Terms and conditions

  • Transportation to come to Ishinomaki must be organized by the volunteers.
  • Volunteers will lodge in tents, using sleeping bags.
  • Volunteers need to bring a tent, a sleeping bag, food and drinks for their consumption, work clothes (a helmet, rubber boots, a goggle, rubber gloves, long sleeve T-shirt and trousers).

We are calling for volunteers on the following days:

Please note that the time and the meeting point may change due to local situation. Please check our website before your departure for any changes. Thank you for your cooperation.

Tuesdays (Application deadline: Every Monday at noon)
April 12th at 17:00, meeting at Ishinomaki Senshu University
   Sludge removal will begin from 8:00 April 13th
April 19th at 17:00, meeting at Ishinomaki Senshu University
   Sludge removal will begin from 8:00 April 20th
April 26th at 17:00, meeting at Ishinomaki Senshu University
   Sludge removal will begin from 8:00 April 27th

Saturdays (Application deadline: Every Thursday at 17:00)
April 16th at 9:30, meeting at Ishinomaki Senshu University
   Sludge removal will begin from 10:00 April 16th
April 23rd at 9:30, meeting at Ishinomaki Senshu University
   Sludge removal will begin from 10:00 April 23rd

During the Golden Week
April 29th and 30th
May 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th

[Application deadline for volunteers during the Golden Week]
For volunteers starting April 29th, 30th, May 1st and 2nd
Application deadline: April 28th at noon

For volunteers starting May 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th
Application deadline: May 2nd at noon

For volunteers starting May 7th and 8th
Application deadline: May 6th at noon

For more information: 「sludge_removal_volunteer.pdf」をダウンロード

Application form: 「application_form.doc」をダウンロード

Contact: volunteer@jen-npo.org
Please indicate "sludge removal volunteer" in the subject section of your email.

April 7, 2011 in Volunteer InfomarionTohoku Earthquake |

Un appel aux bénévoles pour les soupes populaires!

JEN a déployé sa première équipe dans la préfecture de Miyagi immédiatement après le tremblement de terre pour évaluer les dégâts et les besoins et analyser les moyens de transport envisageables. En parallèle de ce travail d'évaluation, JEN a distribué du matériel d'urgence sous forme de vêtements, de kits d'hygiène et de nourriture destinée aux soupes populaires. Nous avons aussi préparé des repas chauds pour 600 personnes déplacées vers des centres d'évacuation en collaboration avec les victimes de la catastrophe. Nous avons décidé d'organiser des soupes populaires à Ishinomaki pour permettre aux victimes isolées d'avoir accès à des repas chauds. Nous lançons un appel aux bénévoles pour nous aider à mettre en place ces soupes populaires.

Conditions :
- Se porter bénévole en groupes expérimentés dans la mise en œuvre de soupes populaires
- Le lieu de la soupe populaire sera déterminé chaque jour par le Centre des Bénévoles d'Ishinomaki, et est susceptible de changer chaque jour
- Nous attendons de chaque groupe qu'il prépare 100 à 200 repas chaque fois (Veuillez s'il vous plaît indiquer à l'avance le nombre de repas que le groupe pourra fournir)
- Chaque groupe doit apporter ses services pendant environ une semaine
- Le responsable du groupe assurera la coordination avec le Centre des Bénévoles pour choisir le lieu de la soupe populaire
- Le groupe doit disposer d'un véhicule pour se déplacer et déplacer le matériel

Pour plus de détails (anglais): 「soup_kitchen_volunteer.pdf」をダウンロード

Remplir le formulaire (anglais): 「application_form.doc」をダウンロード

Contacte: volunteer@jen-npo.org

Veuillez s'il vous plaît indiquer "soup kitchen volunteer" dans le sujet de votre email.

April 7, 2011 in francaisle tremblement de terre |

Tales from Ishinomaki - By Keiko Kiyama, JEN Secretary General

I returned from Ishinomaki on early morning yesterday.
Being faced with the familiar outlooks of my hometown after getting off a highway, I was surprised. While devastating conditions in the Tohoku region go on, everything seems to have been back to normal here in Tokyo except for sporadic power supply cuts.
What surprised me most was that there was neither mud nor trash on the roads. Regardless of the fact that people must live in extremely inconvenient circumstances, silently remove sludge with terrible odor around, spend night in freezing emergency shelters even today.

We have been assisting and surveying the region from 20th March to 4th April from our base in Sendai and Ishinomaki. I always feel beaten down when visiting the areas most devastated by the tsunami such as Ishinomaki, Higashi Matsushima, Minami Sanriku, and Ogatsu in Ishinomaki. Whenever I visit Ishinomaki Municipal Center, hard feelings repeatedly come up to my mind. But, it is not even comparable to the hardships experienced by those affected by the disaster.

There are parents who have lost all 3 of their children at once, people that cannot forget the voices calling out for help from the roof tops of the houses being swept away, those that that have lost both sisters and mothers at once; days start and end with numerous feelings of sorrow hidden inside peoples` hearts.

I wish to improve the conditions of the people affected by this disaster as soon as possible! As if someone scorns my jittery feelings, every day passes slowly; Our volunteer fellows are going around the community, removing sludge from each house, and providing soup kitchens.
We can only step forward one step at a time, so we go forward step by step. 

Although the life in the emergency shelters is hard, it is better than the life of affected people staying in their own houses. This is because supplies are being distributed to shelters. Why don’t the supplies reach the hands of needy people despite the overflow of relief supplies in the warehouses?
Because of no gasoline, no trucks, no sufficient manpower, no information… Stop making excuses and keep working on our relief efforts. Next time, my report will cover updates on the situation up to the point where the relief supplies reach affected people.

April 7, 2011 in Tohoku Earthquake |

Introducing JEN staff in Sudan

We would like to introduce our staff in Juba office.

110407_gale_samuel_kenyiGale Samuel Kenyi is 28 years old, from Kajo Keji. He has a wife and a child, but he is now living away from his family to work with JEN. He first started working with JEN as a Project Assistant, but because of his strong sense of responsibility and accuracy in work he is now in charge of administration. “I am motivated to learn about administration and accounting. I would like to gain more experience and improve my skills in accounting and management, and contribute to peace and development in Southern Sudan,” says Gale who is reliable and makes suggestions for improvements in office.

Justine Lasu James is 42 years old from Juba. He has a wife and five children. “I am very interested in the work of JEN which leads to my motivation,” he says. He is hard working, and is always looking out for work he could do. He fixes things that have been damaged from the heat and dust in Juba, and monitors our office space for safety and security. He is learning mechanical repair from a mechanic, wishing to be able to repair cars and generators in the future.

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Kim is our watchdog in Juba office. He is on duty day and night for the safety of our staff. He can also predict weather. The rainy season started in March, and Kim takes shelter at office when it’s going to rain. Thanks to Kim, we can collect laundry from outside before it starts raining.

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April 7, 2011 in StaffSouth Sudan |

Team JEN in Juba

Let us introduce staff working at Juba office.

* Gale Samuel Kenyi from Kajo Keji, 28 years old.

110407_gale_samuel_kenyi Gale has a wife and a child and he is currently away from home for working at JEN. He is originally started working at JEN as a project assistant and nowadays in charge of administration work because of his efficiency and strong responsibility.

He said “I feel fulfilled to get some knowledge about administration and finance work. I would like to gain more experience and improve my accountant and management skill. I want to contribute to peaceful development of South Sudan continuously from now on.” He enthusiastically gave us many suggestions and very committed.

*Justine Lasu James from Juba, 42 years old.

Justine has a wife and five children. He told that he is interested in JEN’s project and his interest keeps his motivation high. He is really hardworking and always looking for some tasks he can do. He repairs many things which were damaged by heat and dust in Juba. He also monitor inside the office environment and checking the security. He wants to be able to repair complicated machine such as cars and generators in the future.

Therefore he learns things by engineer with full of passion when generator needs to be repaired. 

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* Kim

A famous guard at Juba office. He (actually "it") keeps watch his eyes very carefully for security of the staff whole day. Recently he became a weather forecast guy. In March, it often quite accurate especially in the evening. He evacuates to the office before rain or when sun sets.

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We thank his prediction as we could take our laundry back into the office before rain.

April 7, 2011 in South Sudan |

Challenges in digging wells in Haiti – Part 1

Well-digging, a new JEN project in Haiti, started in Grand-Goâve. The first well is about to finish!

Although we’ve anticipated, there were a lot of challenges before starting the well-digging. Some of the basic things are difficult in Haiti where public administration is not fully functioning.
A place in need for a well is not so difficult find. However, whether or not we can actually dig a well in the selected place is a different matter.

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The first issue is the access to the project site. An equipment for digging a well is transported by a big truck. The truck needs a decent road to reach the project site. However, there are few paved roads in Haiti. Grand-Goâve is especially difficult to reach since it is surrounded by mountains. A community in need of a well is often the most inaccessible. The road condition is the first thing we need to consider when assessing the site for well-digging.

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Another issue is whether or not we can get drinking water at the ground depth for hand pump. Because there is no water analysis conducted by the government in the area, there is no guarantee that we would get drinking water from digging the ground. 

In addition, there is another problem of finding the landlord.

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In Haiti, most of the people borrow land from landlords, and the landlords themselves often live abroad. You think one person is a landlord and may find out later that person is a tenant. Therefore, we need to check over and over again in order to find out the actual landlord. Fortunately, JEN staff was able to find out the landlord by closely consulting the people in the community, and received the permission to dig a community well on his land. After a lot of effort, we also received a permission from Grand-Goâve administration and Haiti Water and Hygiene Directorate to dig a well.

Once all the problems are resolved, it’s time for the actual digging!

April 7, 2011 in Haiti |

04/05/2011

Troisième distribution de vêtements UNIQLO et de vos biens de première nécessité dans la ville d’Ishinomaki!

Les 2 et 3 avril derniers, dans 3 points de la ville d’Ishinomaki et avec l’aide de 1.256 résidents locaux, nous avons pu distribuer des vêtements qu’UNIQLO nous a fournis ainsi que de nombreux biens de première nécessité que nombre d’entre vous ont envoyé à notre entrepôt. Jusqu’à présent, nous avons distribué des biens à 2.015 personnes.

Merci infiniment à tous ceux qui nous ont aidé volontairement avec la distribution, et merci également à ceux qui nous ont gentiment envoyé des biens de première nécessité, de la part de tout le Japon !

Parmi les biens que vous nous avez envoyé, comme prévu, les plus demandés sont les chaussures en caoutchouc.

Ces biens sont nécessaires pour déblayer la boue.

Les sachets chauffant jetables ainsi que les serviettes-foulard ont également été très populaires, puisqu’il fait très froid la nuit, ici dans le Nord du Japon.

JEN appelle à l’envoie de plus de biens de première nécessité à notre entrepôt, jusqu’au 7 avril.

Les biens que nous demandons, ainsi que les instructions, peuvent être trouvés ici.

Trois semaines se sont écoulées depuis le tremblement de terre, mais nous continuons de recevoir beaucoup de soutien de votre part – et nous vous en remercions infiniment.

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à Nécessités quotidiennes (couches pour adultes, couches pour enfants, biens d’hygiène féminine, denrées non périssables, nourriture en conserve, serviettes humides, serviettes hygiéniques, chaussures en caoutchouc, sachets chauffant jetables, etc.)

Distribués à : ville d’Ishinomaki, Matunami, Koganehama, Ohkaidou, Watanoha, à 2.015 résidents.

à Vêtements UNIQLO, approximativement 7.000 pièces

Distribués à : ville d’Ishinomaki, Matunami, Koganehama, Ohkaidou, Watanoha, à 2,015 résidents

à Kérosène, 1.900 litres

Distribués à : Ayukawa, Oikawa, Komuro, Udagawacho, Watanoha,Daimonchou, Minatomachi, dans divers foyers.

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April 5, 2011 in francais |

Nous avons distribué des vêtements fournis par UNIQLO pour la quatrième fois et les provisions de nos donateurs.

Les 16 et 17 avril, nous avons distribué des vêtements UNIQLO et des provisions de première nécessité dans les villes d’Ishinomaki et d’Ogatsu.

Cette fois ci, la zone cible était une maison de repos la ville d’Ishinomaki ainsi que dans les régions nord de la côte de Sanriku, à deux heures de route d’Ishinomaki.

A la maison de repos de Keijin d’Ishinomaki, les vêtements et les provisions ont été distribuées aux personnes âgées, et aux patients pris en charge dans les hôpitaux environnants

Dans la ville d’Ogatsu, nous n’avons distribué des habits et des subsistances qu’au seul centre d’évacuation de l’école primaire d’Oosu où 500 adultes et 17 enfants séjournaient et dans un centre d’évacuation à Ara (où les évacués étaient principalement âgés bien qu’étaient présents 10 enfants), à 30 minutes au nord d’Oosu en voiture.

Le centre-ville d’Ogatsu a été complètement détruit. La plupart des habitants de la zone ont été évacués à l’école primaire d’Oosu. Tous les habitants de Funakoshi sur la péninçule, ont été évacués et restent soit à l’école primaire d’Oosu, soir au centre d’évacuation d’Ara.

Ensemble avec la communauté d’Ishinomaki, nous allons continuer notre soutien jusqu’à ce que les habitants puissent retrouver leur vie normale.
Nous apprécions votre soutien continu.

April 5, 2011 |

Third distribution of UNIQLO clothing and your emergency goods in Ishinomaki City!

On April 2nd and 3rd at three points at Ishinomaki City, with the help of 1,256 local residents, we were able to distribute clothing that UNIQLO has provided us along with the emergency goods that many of you have been posting to our warehouse. Thus far, we have distributed goods to total of 2,015 people.

Thank you very much to all those that have voluntarily helped us with the distribution, as well as to those of you that have kindly sent us the emergency goods, from all over Japan!

Among those that you have sent, as we expected, rubber boots are in the highest demand.

These goods are needed to remove the sludge.

Disposable heat packs as well as scarf-type towels were very popular, as it still gets very cold at night here in the north of Japan.

JEN is calling for more emergency goods to be sent to our warehouse, until April 7th.
The goods that we are asking for, and the instructions can be found here.

It has been three weeks since the earthquake, but we are still receiving many support from you - we are very grateful for this.

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UNIQLO clothing to be distributed at Omagari Elementary School
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JEN staff handing out goods to the local residents

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<Goods distributed so far at Ishinomaki City>

Daily necessities (diapers for adults, diapers for children, women’s hygiene goods, preserve food, canned food, wet towels, urine pads, cleaning equipments, rubber boots, disposable heat packs etc)
Distributed to: Ishinomaki City Matunami, Koganehama, Ohkaidou, Watanoha, local residents of 2,015

UNIQLO clothing, approximately 7,000 items
Distributed to: Ishinomaki City Matunami, Koganehama, Ohkaidou, Watanoha, local residents of 2,015

Kerosene, 1,900 liters
Distributed to: Ayukawa, Oikawa, Komuro, Udagawacho, Watanoha,Daimonchou, Minatomachi, local households

April 5, 2011 in Tohoku Earthquake |