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07/28/2011

Beginning the Survey for the Program of the Year 2012

The other day, we began surveying the needs for the next year program. This time, the field officers of JEN visited all the 33 schools in Jawarsaji district and the 44 schools of Parwan Province. This was to understand the present status and other than this, we conducted a survey by interviewing the school teachers, the villagers and the parents.

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There were classrooms where the ceiling was exposed. It was an unsafe environment for the children to study. It would not be a surprise to see something falling from above, but the children are studying in that kind of unsafe environment.

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In the same school, the numbers of classes are insufficient for the number of pupils, so some of them had to study outside.

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There are classrooms without walls.

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The environment for the toilet is not that good either. There are no doors and no hand washing places nearby. There are water faucets but no running water, filled with trash and not ready to wash hands.

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Also, there are a number of schools that these unclean springs and streams become the only water source.

July 28, 2011 in Afghanistan |

Develop a concept of community-Part 1-

Because of a sense of community hasn’t  sunk into the Haitian people, they rarely ever cooperate to their common interests.

Therefore, many international organizations or NGO group had set up water facilities until now, but it had not been maintained by the citizens themselves. Haitian people have not the system of conservation and maintenance, so once it had broke they had left the situation as it is.

JEN has driven forward the establishment of a committee of water management to self-organize by the local people.

But it is impossible to make the community which has no precedent handle the committee like that.

Then we asked an organization called HO(Haiti Outreach) to make the training for citizen people. HO has a lot of experience of water and health problem in Haiti. Furthermore, National Water and Health Office recommend them.

First of all, it is important that we, JEN’s staff will contact the community with our clear vision.
Roger, one of the director of HO asked JEN’s staff.

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Roger; Imagine the situation after five years later about the well and its surrounding which you are doing now. Please clearly imagine.

JEN(Adone);I imagine the committee of water management will function very well.
They will save lots of money and establish their school by its money. There will plant many flowers and set a bench around the well. There will be filled with energy.

JEN(Nadia);I expect that the committee of water management will become a dead issue within a year. They will cease to act, for example because they lost their account ledgers. They can’t collect water fee, pomp will be broken, and National Water and Health Office do nothing for the problem.

Roger; Please raise your hand who expect very positive situation after five years, like Adone?
No one raised their hand.

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They all know that it will be very difficult to keep effective acting of the committee of water management without adequate preparation.

But there is much point in imaging about five years after.
Firstly, it clarifies our policy to which direction we want to lead the community.
Of course the direction should be settled by the community, but local people’s motivation will change depend on the vision of  staff. Also, it will change the style of contact for the community.

Secondary, we can prepare for the issues that could happen. Everyone had laughed what Nadia said because it was so realistic .It was too real.
Maybe it is likely to be the situation which Nadia said if this goes on.

But of course we don’t want to be like that, everyone think so and keep going to the community, and the training will go on. ( To be continued)

July 28, 2011 in Haiti |

A New Project Site

JEN’s team visited Dera Ismail Khan District on July 17. JEN starts the support project for IDPs who fled for refuge from the conflict in South Waziristan Agency, and now live in Paharpur City that is situated in the northern part of Dera Ismail Khan District.

JEN will assist IDPs who live in three selected villages in Paharpur City. The location of a new project site is the village which is 50km far from the city of Dera Ismail Khan.

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We checked some candidate buildings for office in our first visit to Dera Ismail Khan. It is quite difficult and needs to be careful to choose the location for office, because there is a public safety problem in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province area-wide where D. I. Khan resides.

There are several things we have to check before we make a final decision about the location for office. For example, it shouldn’t be in the highly-populated area where everyone can access easily. Also, it is not appropriate to open the office in easily-noticeable area where VIPs live and it is always at risk of terrorism.

Dera Ismail Khan District is famous for summer heat among other neighboring regions, and the temperature had been at 36 to 42 degrees C throughout our stay there. Although the rain had been forecasted in the northern part of the district, we didn’t have any rain in the whole week during our stay.

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The Indus River runs through the eastern part of Dera Ismail Khan City. At the riverbank, there are good places for a picnic and some nice restaurants that serve freshwater fish cuisine. As darkness sets in, people who suffered from the extreme heat during daylight go to the river to enjoy the cold evening breeze and crossing the river in boats.

The city of Dera Ismail Khan is situated in the state borders of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province, Punjab Province and Balochistan Province, and the Indus Highway links Peshawar and Karachi through the city. These factors make Dera Ismail Khan a multicultural city.

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The local language in Dera Ismail Khan District is Saraiki (similar with Punjab language). There are Pashtun people, Saraiki people, Panjab people, and Bloch people in Dera Ismail Khan City, so it is common to see people in various costumes on the street.

July 28, 2011 in Pakistan |

A Midsummer in Baghdad

In the heat of the strong sunlight here in Amman, days with over 30 degree have continued. We received a letter which told us the hotness summer in Iraq from the Office director in Baghdad who had repeatedly said "Amman is cool and easy to spend" during the stay in Amman.

On the way back to Baghdad from Amman, I sat in the car for 10 hours and was looking at the desert which spread out of the window.  Except there was a check point of the army sometimes, highway was very open. However, traffic congestion was bad once entered the city of Baghdad. It took two hours to reach the destination.

When arrived at Baghdad, relieve didn’t last long. Intense heat has been hit immediately. Summer in Baghdad is very hot. The temperatures can be close to 50 degrees. In this heat environment, air conditioning is essential. However, we cannot rely on public electricity because the power outage immediately.

For this reasons, most home put a generator at home. However, with only the generator at home, air conditioners do not work. At night, you have to sleep only with window from fan in a sweat.

How Iraq people spend this hottest season?  They go to air-conditioned rest area, restaurant and markets to outpace the heat somehow.

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At evening, people gather at rest area, a large fan working.

July 28, 2011 in Iraq |

07/26/2011

【Dispatch of volunteers】 At Higashihama in Oshika Hanto

Period: 7/15/2011-7/21/2011
Total participants: 2059 volunteers

Activity report at Higashihama in Oshika Hanto, Ishinomaki City.

JEN has been involved with the people living in the area in many ways, ranging from distributing relief supplies to holding a doll making workshop in Higashihama Elementary School. This time, JEN supported preparing oyster farming, which is one of Higashihama’s major industry.
 
Usually, oviposition of oysters start at the beginning of August, but since the sea temperature is rising this year, oviposition started 2 weeks earlier. This meant that we need to work on the preparation immediately. Also, the fishermen could not do their regular work, as they had to clean the fishing grounds messed up by rubbles caused by the tsunami.

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Scallops are used to attach oyster larva on farming. We make a hole in the scallop, and put a wire through it. Stack them in layers and put it back in to the sea. The scallops got covered up with mud by the tsunami, so we started with cleaning up the scallops one by one.

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Next, we put a wire thorough the scallop.

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Each oyster farming fishermen makes approx 1,000 of them in 1 season.
This operation is done usually in April, but we are trying to complete them by the beginning of August to make it before oviposition.

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July 26, 2011 in Tohoku Earthquake |

07/25/2011

【Community Space】 “Nakayashikissa” at Nakayashiki

-Rice-cake making party on the last day of soup kitchen-

We have been holding the soup kitchen at Nakayashiki since April 7, after 3 weeks from the tsunami.

July 22 was the last day of that soup kitchen. JEN had been preparing for meals at several places in Ishinomaki City, but it has come to the end at once.

164 volunteers participated in the soup kitchen, and served 24,967 meals. Since this was the last day, we held a rice-cake making party with the volunteer team in Nakayashiki and the people in the community.

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After the rice-cake making, Mr. Abe, who provided us the “space” and gave us the opportunity to start the soup kitchen, looked back the 4 months.

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“…it past 4 months from that day, and I still feel like I’m dreaming, but we were able to come this far…

…we had the devastating tsunami… but thanks to tsunami, I was able to meet everybody. I never had much opportunity to talk with my neighbors before, but we got to know and help each other under tough conditions.

…tsunami was not a good thing, but it didn’t give us only negative influences. I guess it may depends on how you think…

…of course it is not happy at all being swept up by the tsunami, but… you know what I mean? Men can keep working hard if they hear the happy laughter of women participating in the soup kitchen. If women get depressed, men get depressed. I really think that we were just lucky to be kept alive.

When we became the victim of the tsunami, we got lost on how we were to live, but thanks to JEN and the volunteers from all over the world who removed the sludge and debris, it made us feel that we might be able to carry on.

Hereafter, we will look forward to our future. Thank you very much for your kind support.”

The space which was used for soup kitchen will change its name to “Community Space” and all kinds of activities, according to the needs, will be held. The space will be managed by the people in the community and JEN, together.

The lifeline is still not completely restored after 5 months from the earthquake in Kamikama area, where Nakayashiki is located. As a result, there are many people who are living in the 2nd floor of their house by receiving food distribution from the City. This is one of the characteristics of this earthquake, many people evacuating at their home. The population of this area became less than 1/4 (including evacuees) after the earthquake occurred.

“March 11 was the worst day. It can’t be worse. We’ll try our best.” says Mrs. Abe. JEN will support the community to get activated once again.

JEN is wishing that the Community Space will develop as a space where people feel relieved and secured, and as a base for supporting activities towards the neighbors. JEN will go forward step by step with the people in the community.
The long way to reconstruction has just begun. Thank you very much for your continuous strong support.

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July 25, 2011 in Tohoku Earthquake |

07/21/2011

Work shop –In preparation for improvement of agriculture production-

Workshops are taking place in East Batticaloa with support from Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan and our supporters. The purpose of the workshop is to get more production and to make more efficient marketing, with managing a well for farming as sharable resource in the community which JEN are supporting to.

At this day, we have a lecture of organic compost. The participants gave us following playbacks,
“I have never known it has a different use between chemical fertilizer and organic compost.”
“I will sell the organic compost, not only sell the crops to improve my earning.”

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Practice of making organic compost


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Lecture of group work

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Organic Compost at last lecture

July 21, 2011 in Sri Lanka |

Independence Commemoration for South Sudan – Scenery of Celebration in Yey



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On July 9th 2011, 10 states in South Sudan achieved separatist and was newly admitted as a country “Republic of South Sudan”.

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Whole town of Yey county in Central Equatoria State, located 2-3 hours away by car from south–west of the capital city Juba , had a revelry. People from variety of tribes gathered at Freedom Square and celebrated the independence together. 9 tribes which participated in national election on January 9th this year live in Yey county.

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An officer in Yey county Mr. Area Waiwai  insisted in a speech at celebration that South Sudan was able to be independent because every one participated in the national election. In addition, he expressed his gratitude to continuing support by citizen group and NGOs during unforgettable conflict period with Noth.

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What is more, he mentioned that it was important that each area in South Sudan develop all together. Yey county consist of variety of tribes so that each tribes dance their tribes’ dance using drums, bows and arrows and shared the delight with lot of colours at Freedom Square where the celebration held.

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Mr. Uga Moses, an dancer at Avokaya  tribe, said “I am very happy with independence of South Sudan. From now on, let us clean this dust-covered area by the conflict without any confrontations among the tribes.”

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Yey area has history which the area was one of the battle field and many thousand of people damaged by the aerial blitz during the conflict in 1996, the second civil war.
JEN will support and keep an eye on people in Yey who do not forget the past and are restored the area more powerfully as new country.

(Samuel  JEN Juba Office staff )

July 21, 2011 in South Sudan |

07/18/2011

【Sludge removal volunteer report】 Encounter at Jyuusan-hama

Period: 7/8/2011-7/14/2011
Total volunteers: 1908

~Activity report at Jyuusan-hama Kitakami-cho, Ishinomaki City.~

The volunteers have been removing debris for 4 months in this area, but there was no finish line in sight with many remaining debris.

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Our activities at Jyuusan-hama all started from a conversation with Mr. Sato, Head of Fisheries Cooperative Association of Jyuusan-hama.

“Fishermen in Jyuusan-hama make living by cultivating seaweed and scallop. Tsunami swept away the tools and buildings needed for cultivating, and fishermen are going out to the sea everyday to remove the debris. We can’t handle all the work, especially cleaning the channel connecting land and sea. The supports by volunteers are really helpful.”

Jyuusan-hama was too devastated by the earthquake that they had to give up fishery and cultivation. “We want to start Jyuusan-hama’s fishery again with the remaining ships and fishermen. In order to do so, we need clean ocean.” We agreed to Mr. Sato’s opinion, and started this project.

First, we started with removing debris in the channel where cranes cannot come in.

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20 volunteers can remove only one pile of debris in one day. But there is no other way than removing one by one.

The work will continue.

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July 18, 2011 |

07/14/2011

What the Pupil of Aminu Rahman Girls School Learned About Hygiene Knowledge

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At Aminu Rahman Girls School, the education program for hygiene to the teacher who had been schooled in advance by JEN has been very effective to the pupils which are practical education.
 
The pupils demonstrated their basic hygiene knowledge what they have learned to the monitors of JEN.

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This is how the pupils are demonstrating hand washing.

Washing hands correctly is the most efficient way to prevent various infectious diseases and to protect yourself.
 
Washing hands not only prevents diseases but also reduces the risk to spread disease to other people. If you contact people without washing hands, it can spread the bacteria and cause infectious disease. Without washing hands and touch the door knobs or the keyboard that you share with others, it can also spread the diseases from the bacteria that are attached.


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This is one of the pupil how she is clipping her fingernail. She said “we were glad to learn about hygiene education from JEN. We learned the details from our teacher.”

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This is how they are brushing their teeth. The pupil who attended named Samia Jan said “shining and clean teeth with healthy teeth and gum will keep your heart and body in the best condition. If your friends don’t step back when you talk, brushing your teeth three times a day is ‘must’. Brushing teeth also can keep your breath clean”.

July 14, 2011 in Afghanistan |

Finished Assistance for Flood Victims, Started Assistance for Conflict IDPs

JEN’s assistance project for flood victims has finished on July 10, 2011. The project started in August, 2010, when devastating floods hit significantly damaged Pakistan nationwide. JEN, an expertise of coping with states of emergency, was quick to go to Kohat district in the southern part of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, hearing about the news. JEN distributed relief supplies except for foods such as tents, beds, blankets, heaters, sanitary goods and kitchen tools to the sufferers.

After that, we had conducted the reconstruction of shelters project for three months at Charsadda district located at 30-kilometer north-west from Peshawar. We distributed shelter building kits.

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Since JEN’s assistance for the emergency went successfully, we shift our activity from shelter assistance to agricultural assistance, which is regarded as an activity in the emergent and recovery phase.

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The agricultural assistance project for the living was designed for recovering income sources of farmers in Charsadda district who are suffering from the flood. We distributed necessities for agriculture and had provided trainings by experts for recultivating 2375 farmlands and grow and sell crops efficiently for seven months.

The project enabled farmers not only to feed family members but to sell at the market and store the harvest for the planting in the next season. The government authority and the elderly in the community highly appreciated our project, which was the end of the series of assistance for flood victims.

From now, JEN’s project in Pakistan is going to be relatively long lasting assistance for IDP, internal displaced persons. They are refugees from conflicts in South Waziristan Kalusha.

The new project will start in Dera Ismail Khan district which is located at around 280 kilometers from Peshawar and bordered with Punjab province. The project is designed for IDP to be able to get back their income resources and sufficient earning and to be self-sufficient through distributing goats and educating their rearing.

July 14, 2011 in Pakistan |

Self-introduction of a new office member

I arrived in Amman, Jordan on July 10. I have joined the Iraq team as an assistant of accounting and general affairs.

Six years have passed since I visited Jordan when I was a student. The large shopping malls and many cars in the city make me surprised at the progress.

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I have been still struggling to read Arabic numbers (numbers India), but I will get used to the job here as soon as possible and I really want to work for the business to support Iraq. Thank you.

(Mochida, Assistant of Department of Accounting and General Affairs)

July 14, 2011 in Iraq |

07/11/2011

【Mental healthcare for children】 Workshop by Cirque du Soleil

On June 17, a gym class workshop was held at Ishinomaki Kita High School, coached by the performers of Cirque du Soleil “ZED”. The students were fascinated with the performers from all over the world, Brazil, Russia, and America.

Funakoshi Elementary School in Ogatsu-cho, which was washed away by the tsunami, is using one of the facilities of the high school to restart the class.

The morning workshop was for the 43 students of Ishinomaki Kita High School.

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Next, they broke up into 3 groups: juggling, acrobat, and dance.

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“Don’t be shy, just have fun!” said the performer.
The students’ movement gradually became smooth.
The afternoon workshop was for the 14 students of Funakoshi Elementary School.

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Reviewing the workshop, a teacher of Ishinomaki Kita High School said, “The students are commuting from the devastated area, but since our school building was safe, there was no support until now. We are very happy that we were able to see the students’ smiling face after such a long time from the earthquake.”

There are many ways in supporting, but we interacted and shared laughter together. Once again, we were able to realize that we can connect with each other if everybody gets participated, even though we speak different languages.

Long time is required for mental healthcare. It is very important to continue believing the power made up when a person and a person encounters.

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July 11, 2011 in Tohoku Earthquake |

【Community Space】 Clean up, barbeque after-party, and football school at Kazuma

On July 10, we held an event by support of Hope For Japan, a mudef program, at Kazuma Higashi Park in Kazuma Minami.

Kazuma Higashi Park is right next to where our former ‘Community Space’ was located. We used to borrow a rent house devastated by the tsunami as ‘Community Space’, to hold soup kitchen, to distribute relief supplies, and to have the neighborhood use the space for tea breaks. The rent house was torn down due to rebuilding plans by the owner, but the function itself moved exactly as it was to Kazuma Higashi Park.

The theme of the event was to clean up the debris in the park so that people can use the park safely. After cleaning up the park with a lot of sweat, we held a barbeque after-party and football school for the children. It was an extremely hot day, but many people gathered around from the neighborhood.

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Kazuma is an area close to the sea. A two meter tsunami hit the area right after the earthquake, and many cars and collapsed houses washed into the park. Not only large debris, but small pieces of glasses were scattering all over the place. To clean up those small pieces, there was no way than relying on human hand. It took a lot of time, but we wanted to see children playing in the park again. We wanted the participants to enjoy, so we planned a “clean up – barbeque - football school” event.

The lunch time everyone has been waiting…

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An after-party with barbeque, curry rice, cold tomatoes and fruits, for the exhausted body.

“I’m very happy for the fresh fruits, as there are no refrigerators yet in my house!!!”

Fatigue went away.

After a small break, a football school was held by Satoshi Tsunami, a former national soccer team member, and Koichi Kawazoe, a soccer commentator.

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We heard many laughter under the hot summer sun.

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July 11, 2011 |

07/07/2011

Northern region – the end of a program and beginning of another

Thanks to cooperation from Japan Platform and our supporters, our well repair and cleaning program in Vavuniya County, Vavunia district was completed on June 30th. We would like to express our sincere appreciation to everyone.

At Vavuniya County, where the program took place, the villagers helped repairing the well, and skilled workers did stonework using traditionally made scaffolds made from wood gathered nearby.
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The photo shows villagers using the brand-new well.


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The other day, our program officer met the District Governor. We were highly appraised for our efforts of cleaning and repairing wells on a large scale in this district.

Our next program will be located in Mullaittivu district, which takes 33 hours by car from Vavuniya. We will continue repairing and cleaning wells, and will also construct transitional shelters and toilets targeted for 188 families. The program will start on July 1st and will last until November 1st of this year.

The first half of the year has ended, but members of JEN Vavuniya office are still on the go. We appreciate your continuous support to our activities.


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(The photo above shows the program officer and a fellow organization member visiting villagers living in the transitional shelters).

July 7, 2011 in Sri Lanka |

Independence Eve, South Sudan

The head of Sudan office was changed on June 1st 2011. Shu Nishimaru was assigned to the position instead of Michi Yamanakajima who had been assigned and made good result in Sudan from February 2010.

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South Sudan had been a part of Sudan and it would be independent as a country on July 9th. In the capital city, roads and airports were rapidly developed, roadside trees were planted and atmosphere of celebration was gradually growing. One of the junctions in the city, electrical bulletin board showed remaining time to the independence day, not only how many days left but also how many hours and minutes as the photo indicates

 
On the other hand, to have the independence day safely, police and army were stood in Juba city and often check the safety. The roads were closed off near main site and peace keeping force also getting nervous. The NGOs discussed and agreed on avoiding going out after 11pm not to stimulate them unnecessarily.

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JEN international staff thought about experiencing this celebration atmosphere and tension at actual place on the independence day, however, we decided to stand by in Kenya , the neighbour country, as among NGOs, it was recommended that the staff stand by at home and keep food and water around the independence day.  

After the independence day, we would restart the project. JEN will support more to build society in which people are able to feel more happiness. In next news flash, local staff would report independence atmosphere. 

July 7, 2011 in South Sudan |

Our meeting with the mayor of Leogane

Leogane city where JEN operates is close to the epicenter of Haiti earthquake. 80% of the buildings including the city hall have been partially destroyed.

The earthquake killed thousands of people in just 30seconds, the city was in chaos with many NGOs have been operating their relief efforts.

Staffs of the city hall lost a lot as well as their citizens, with difficult issues, worked so hard to protect their families.

Since the mayor and the team at the city hall were occupied with protecting their own families, they were not able to serve the public at the same time.

It was also a big damage that many of the stored documents and data have been lost by the earthquake.

In the beginning of May, 2010, 50 representatives of 30 international representatives gathered at the liaison and adjustment meeting. Mayor Alexis Santos and the team from the city hall were barely able to figure out the current situation.

It wasn't very successful because there were misunderstandings and different perspectives on the reconstruction plan.

The biggest problem was that NGOs need to go through complicated procedures to sign their contracts with the municipal or the central governments.

JEN set the goal to improve the work result.  We thought the people in the immediate needs come first and kept our operation in the farming area.

We have built a great relationship with CASECs which is the smallest public service in Haiti in one year and a half. Then we were honored to have a opportunity to meet Mayor Santos.

Mayor Santos have already been well aware of JEN's operation in Leogane. He offered us his recommendation letters to not only the municipal level but the central government to register JEN.

1 month later, we have completed the signing all the papers for NGO registration in Haiti.
Once it is approved, it makes it easier for JEN to keep our operation in Haiti.

This is our biggest joy that we will be able to support people in the commune through numerous works in the future.

Program officer Romain Briey

July 7, 2011 in Haiti |