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2011.09.30

Tsunami Aftermath - Reflections of a Volunteer Worker

A volunteer from England had expressed her thought about the experiences.

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Traces of homes,
shells, smashed, skeletons;
Weeds thriving among
bare foundations,
Rubbish mountains of concrete, items un-discernable, mementos?

Coastal areas wrecked
the land sunk into the sea.
New roads & new sea defences,

Temporary, square, pre-fab shelters,
certainly not homes -
resembling camps,
containing the displaced, the lost
without fences or guards.

Residents and survivors,
so generous, so politely Japanese,

Only six months later,
So brave, embracing life, sharing with us volunteers
a drink on a hot day, a joke,
the events on that day, their toilet facilities.....

And yet bereft of their homes
their livelihood
and for many - their loved ones.

JEN call for volunteer

Click here for the detail

September 30, 2011 in Tohoku earthquake |

2011.09.29

Introducing a new staff in Haiti

My name is Kosaka. I newly assumed as an accounting and general affairs staff at Haiti office.

I’ve worked as same post for Tohoku Project at the Tokyo headquarters before I arrived here.


On the 21 September 2011, my fright has been cancelled for the typhoon and I hastily shifted my fright for the next day and changed planes at Chicago and New York. Then I arrived safely in Haiti on 23 September, 2011.

Everything is new and fresh to me because it is my first visit Haiti.
I’m very excited for the pink and yellow flowers, colorful fishes swimming in the clear sea, and so on. 

Haiti is a beautiful country but now Haitian people are living under harsh conditions. I can’t stop hoping to come the day as soon as possible Haitian people would gain the untroubled living conditions, here in beautiful country. 
I’ll focus on doing my own best work to be contributory to realization that. It has been my dream to engage this work.

I’ve been hoped to concern myself in humanitarian work since I’ve herd about my grandfather’s actual experience of during and after the world war Ⅱ. I moved to Ireland by myself after graduated junior high school, and I learned English and Northern Ireland’s problems. I visited to former Yugoslavian countries for example Kosovo, Serbia and Bosnia while I was a university student. I engaged in many activities in those countries.

I continued to chase my dream after graduation from university. I applied to the work of overseas division during part-time work with JEN and get the post.
I’m very happy because I supported by many people to realize my ambition of a life. I’d like to return the courtesy for Haitian people little by little.

September 29, 2011 in Haiti |

A community worker's dream

Ms. Kilbarini is a 23-year-old lady living in Mullaittivu District, Udda Yakadu  village.

This district, being the last strongpoint for the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), suffered heavy exchange of fire between LTTE and the government army.

She fled the region only to return in the end of June, 2011. Here, JEN is carrying out Life-Rehabilitation Assistance for the people who have just come back to their old homes.

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Ms. Kilbarini is working at JEN as a community worker (CW) in order to take care of her sick mother and 12-year-old brother. The CW plays an important role as intermediary between the local people and JEN, through tasks such as necessary fieldwork and explanation for the supporting program.

Her future dream is to take an examination for allowance to enter a university. In Sri Lanka, there are exams at the end of the 13th grade, and students are allocated to universities and their desired fields of study according to the results.

We sincerely wish for soonest rehabilitation of livelihood in the region and for Ms. Kilbarini’s dream to come true.

(This program is being implemented from July 2011 with cooperation from our supporters and Japan Platform.)

September 29, 2011 in Sri Lanka |

Water Environment in South Sudan will be Introduced in “Chikyu VOCE” Part 2

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JEN staff went to Morobo county with the crew of international co-operation TV programme “Chikyu VOCE (Earth VOCE)” produced by TV Tokyo for coverage.

Kanjya  primary school which we visited this time is one of the schools in which JEN provide hygiene education last year. Wells and latrine construction has been in progress this year.

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When we arrived at the school, all students in the school had got together as it was time for the beginning of hygiene education. When the JEN Japanese staff made a short speech in local language, the students cheered. It was a time for hygiene education.

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A hygiene club was established in the school and there are 15 members at the club. They introduce correct hygiene knowledge to the students in the hygiene education class which is held twice a week.

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At the hygiene education class, the club members perform a drama for telling correct hygiene knowledge and do some quizes using picture cards to choose whether the illust is correct.

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The latrine and well construction has not completed yet. The students normally use the toilet in a church in the school’s property, however, apparently they sometimes use the bush in the school as a toilet.

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The task of hygiene club member goes on since it is also their role to encourage students to use the new toilets when the toilet construction is completed.

The aspect of passing correct hygiene knowledge from students to students will be broadcasted on “Chikyu VOCE” in October. Please check it out.

September 29, 2011 in South Sudan |

2011.09.28

JEN a besoin de volontaires d’octobre 2011 à février 2012 !

Jusqu’à la fin septembre, plus de 3.000 personnes ont participé aux activités de JEN en tant que volontaires. Chaque jour, une vingtaine de volontaires aident à la restauration de la ville d’Ishinomaki. Grâce à leur aide, nous avons pu nettoyer la boue et les débris dans certains quartiers, distribuer du matériel d’urgence aux habitations temporaires, et fournir des repas chauds (déjeuner et dîner) aux personnes qui déblaient et nettoient leurs maisons.
Nous remercions les volontaires venus de tout le Japon, pour nous aider à nettoyer les maisons, les espaces publiques tels que les centres d’évacuation et certaines usines afin de préparer leurs réouvertures. Nous avons également besoin de volontaires dans les zones pêche pour permettre un retour rapide aux activités.
De façon à encourager la pensée positive des habitants de Tokohu pour qu’ils retrouvent une vie normale, nous vous demandons votre soutien.
Veuillez trouver ci-dessous les informations concernant l’appel aux volontaires d’octobre 2011 à février 2012. Nous vous remercions de votre aide.

<Conditions>
1. Le transport jusqu’à Ishinomaki ainsi que le retour doivent être organisés par les volontaires ;
2. Les volontaires travaillent et logent en groupe ;
3. Les volontaires doivent apporter leur sac de couchage personnel, nourriture et boissons, vêtements de travail (bottes en plastique, gants, T-shirt à manches longues et pantalons) ;
4. Les volontaires doivent être couverts par une assurance volontariat.

<Planning>
À partir d’octobre 2011, les activités de volontariat sont fermées tous les lundis et mardis.
L’engagement minimum pour les volontaires est de 1 journée. Les engagements les jours de semaine sont les bienvenus.
Les candidatures resteront ouvertes tant que le quota de 20 candidats ne sera pas atteint.
Délai pour candidature: 17h, une semaine avant la date de participation

◆Tous les mardis ( tuesdays?? You wrote earlier that volunteering activites are closed on Tuesdays...)
Lieu de rassemblement: Devant le bureau de JEN Ishinomaki
Addresse: Sasadenbill 201, 3-13 Isenba, Ishinomaki City (à 5 minutes de marche depuis la gare JR Ishinomaki)
Heure de rassemblement: la veille (mardi) à 17h00  ( tuesdays?? You wrote earlier that volunteering activites are closed on Tuesdays...)

★Une session d’information sera tenue après le rassemblement. Les volontaires seront conduits à leur logement après cette session (départ 18h)

◆Tous les samedis
Lieu de rassemblement: devant le bureau de JEN Ishinomaki
Addresse: Sasadenbill 201, 3-13 Isenba, Ishinomaki City (à 5 minutes de marche depuis la gare JR Ishinomaki)
Heure de rassemblement: samedi 9h.

★ Une session d’information sera tenue après le rassemblement. Les volontaires seront conduits aux zones de travail après la session.
<Logement>
Adresse: JEN Watanoha (48-2 Watanoha aza Yamasaki, Ishinomaki City, Préfecture de Miyagi)
Frais de logement: 500 yens / personne.

<Description de la mission>
◆Enlever la boue et les débris des maisons (nettoyage de la boue, jeter les débris et les meubles qui ont été apportés par la vague du tsunami)
◆Aide à la distribution de biens de consommation dans les maisons ou les préfabriqués
◆Soutien à la reconstruction/restauration des activités de pêche
◆Nettoyage des ruisseaux, lieux saints, et parcs
Ainsi que toutes autres tâches jugées nécessaires.
Les tâches peuvent changer en fonction des besoins. Nous vous remercions de votre compréhension.

<Autres informations>
◆JEN contactera les volontaires par email ou téléphone pour confirmer leurs candidatures.
◆Les candidatures seront fermées quand les quotas de participants seront atteints.
◆Merci de contacter JEN pour toutes propositions de volontariat régulier.
◆Il est possible que certaines missions soient annulées en raison de la pluie.

<Assurance pour volontaires>
Il est obligatoire de souscrire à une assurance volontariat ‘Catastrophe Naturelles Plan A’.
Nous vous demandons de bien vouloir souscrire à votre propre assurance auprès du Japan National Council of Social Welfare. Une fois souscrite, cette assurance est valide jusqu’à la fin mars 2012.
Plus d’informations, cliquez ici :
Formulaire de candidature: 「application_eng.doc」
Merci de contacter 
volunteer@jen-npo.org  pour toutes questions.

September 28, 2011 in francais |

JEN a besoin de volontaires d’octobre 2011 à février 2012 !


Jusqu’à la fin septembre, plus de 3.000 personnes ont participé aux activités de JEN en tant que volontaires. Chaque jour, une vingtaine de volontaires aident à la restauration de la ville d’Ishinomaki. Grâce à leur aide, nous avons pu nettoyer la boue et les débris dans certains quartiers, distribuer du matériel d’urgence aux habitations temporaires, et fournir des repas chauds (déjeuner et dîner) aux personnes qui déblaient et nettoient leurs maisons.

Nous remercions les volontaires venus de tout le Japon, pour nous aider à nettoyer les maisons, les espaces publiques tels que les centres d’évacuation et certaines usines afin de préparer leurs réouvertures. Nous avons également besoin de volontaires dans les zones pêche pour permettre un retour rapide aux activités.

De façon à encourager la pensée positive des habitants de Tokohu pour qu’ils retrouvent une vie normale, nous vous demandons votre soutien.

Veuillez trouver ci-dessous les informations concernant l’appel aux volontaires d’octobre 2011 à février 2012. Nous vous remercions de votre aide.


<Conditions>
1. Le transport jusqu’à Ishinomaki ainsi que le retour doivent être organisés par les volontaires ;
2. Les volontaires travaillent et logent en groupe ;
3. Les volontaires doivent apporter leur sac de couchage personnel, nourriture et boissons, vêtements de travail (bottes en plastique, gants, T-shirt à manches longues et pantalons) ;
4. Les volontaires doivent être couverts par une assurance volontariat.

<Planning>
*    À partir d’octobre 2011, les activités de volontariat sont fermées tous les lundis et mardis.
*    L’engagement minimum pour les volontaires est de 1 journée. Les engagements les jours de semaine sont les bienvenus.
*    Les candidatures resteront ouvertes tant que le quota de 20 candidats ne sera pas atteint.
*    Délai pour candidature: 17h, une semaine avant la date de participation

***Tous les mardis***
Lieu de rassemblement: Devant le bureau de JEN Ishinomaki
Addresse: Sasadenbill 201, 3-13 Isenba, Ishinomaki City (à 5 minutes de marche depuis la gare JR Ishinomaki)
Heure de rassemblement: la veille (mardi) à 17h00 

Une session d’information sera tenue après le rassemblement. Les volontaires seront conduits à leur logement après cette session (départ 18h).

***Tous les samedis***
Lieu de rassemblement: devant le bureau de JEN Ishinomaki
Addresse: Sasadenbill 201, 3-13 Isenba, Ishinomaki City (à 5 minutes de marche depuis la gare JR Ishinomaki)
Heure de rassemblement: samedi 9h.

Une session d’information sera tenue après le rassemblement. Les volontaires seront conduits aux zones de travail après la session.

<Logement>
Adresse: JEN Watanoha (48-2 Watanoha aza Yamasaki, Ishinomaki City, Préfecture de Miyagi)
Frais de logement: 500 yens / personne.

<Description de la mission>
1) Enlever la boue et les débris des maisons (nettoyage de la boue, jeter les débris et les meubles qui ont été apportés par la vague du tsunami)
2) Aide à la distribution de biens de consommation dans les maisons ou les préfabriqués
3) Soutien à la reconstruction/restauration des activités de pêche
4) Nettoyage des ruisseaux, lieux saints, et parcs
Ainsi que toutes autres tâches jugées nécessaires.
Les tâches peuvent changer en fonction des besoins. Nous vous remercions de votre compréhension.


<Autres informations>
1) JEN contactera les volontaires par email ou téléphone pour confirmer leurs candidatures.
2) Les candidatures seront fermées quand les quotas de participants seront atteints.
3) Merci de contacter JEN pour toutes propositions de volontariat régulier.
4) Il est possible que certaines missions soient annulées en raison de la pluie.

<Assurance pour volontaires>
Il est obligatoire de souscrire à une assurance volontariat ‘Catastrophe Naturelles Plan A’.
Nous vous demandons de bien vouloir souscrire à votre propre assurance auprès du Japan National Council of Social Welfare. Une fois souscrite, cette assurance est valide jusqu’à la fin mars 2012.


Plus d’informations, cliquez ici (en Anglais):

Formulaire de candidature: 「application_eng.doc」をダウンロード
Merci de contacter  volunteer@jen-npo.org  pour toutes questions.

September 28, 2011 in Volunteer InfomarionTohoku earthquakefrancaisle tremblement de terre |

2011.09.27

Tale from a volunteer 6: On a Stunning Sunny Day at the bay - By D.A.

During an 8 day stay at JEN’s Watanoha House, Ishinomaki, as a volunteer, I was amazed by the number of volunteers. People come from all over Japan to participate in the volunteer programme for a day or more, some staying at Watanoha House, where everyone eats and sleeps under the same roof.

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The work was physically hard and my body aches in places I didn’t know existed, but it was great to see that a large group of us had a significant impact on clearing the storm drains of a little fishing village in Ayukawa in Oshika Peninsula. The local fisherman in charge was grateful to have us there and at lunch time he put a piece of wood across 2 trestles to create a make-shift table for us on which to enjoy our noodles - which 2 sisters staying with us in the House had had the foresight to prepare and bring for the House-volunteers. I was so hungry by then that this simple meal was a feast fit for a king!

Looking across the bay on this glorious sunny day, the view was as pretty as any you might wish to see, so difficult to comprehend the sight the Tsunami must have presented on 3.11, causing the devastation behind me.

Remarks: D.A, from England, contributing for 3 weeks in Japan. 2weeks at JEN Head Quoters, 1week in Ishinomaki.

*Share your experience with us.  
Send your message to: info@jen-npo.org

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For inquiries (in English)
Sludge Removal Volunteer click here
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September 27, 2011 in Volunteer InfomarionTohoku earthquake |

Récit d’une volontaire: par une journée magnifique à la péninsule d’Oshika… par D.A

Pendant les 8 jours passés comme volontaire à la maison des bénévoles Watanoha de JEN, à Ishinomaki, j’ai été impressionnée par le nombre de personnes prenant part aux activités. Des gens venant de tout le Japon participent au programme de volontariat pour une journée ou plus et la plupart vivent, mangent et dorment sous le même toit, à la maison Watanoha.

Le travail était physiquement difficile et j’ai eu des courbatures dans des parties de mon corps que je ne connaissais pas mais de voir que le travail de notre groupe a eu un impact significatif sur le nettoyage des systèmes d’évacuation des eaux pluviales dans le petit village de pêcheurs de Ayukawa dans la péninsule d’Oshika était génial. Le pêcheur local en charge était reconnaissant de nous avoir et au moment de la pause déjeuner il nous a préparé une table avec un morceau de bois et deux tréteaux pour que nous puissions manger nos nouilles, cuisinées par 2 soeurs qui logeaient avec nous et qui avaient eu la prevoyance de les préparer et nous les apporter depuis la maison des bénévoles. J’avais tellement faim qu’à ce moment ce simple repas fût pour moi un vrai festin de roi!

En regardant la baie en ce magnifique jour ensoleillé, la vue était d’une telle beauté, qu’il me fût difficile d’imaginer comment le tsunami du 11 mars ait pu causer la dévastation qui se trouvait derrière moi.

Remarques : D.A, d’Angleterre est restée 3 semaines au Japon. Elle a contribué au travail de JEN en tant que bénévole 2 semaines au siege de l’ONG et 1 semaine à Ishinomaki.

*Partagez vos expériences avec nous. Envoyez vos messages à: info@jen-npo.org

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Pour plus d’informations
Volontaires pour le nettoyage des débris cliquez ici

September 27, 2011 in francais |

[Tohoku] Récit d’une volontaire

Récit d’une volontaire: par une journée magnifique à la péninsule d’Oshika… par D.A

Pendant les 8 jours passés comme volontaire à la maison des bénévoles Watanoha de JEN, à Ishinomaki, j’ai été impressionnée par le nombre de personnes prenant part aux activités. Des gens venant de tout le Japon participent au programme de volontariat pour une journée ou plus et la plupart vivent, mangent et dorment sous le même toit, à la maison Watanoha.


Le travail était physiquement difficile et j’ai eu des courbatures dans des parties de mon corps que je ne connaissais pas mais de voir que le travail de notre groupe a eu un impact significatif sur le nettoyage des systèmes d’évacuation des eaux pluviales dans le petit village de pêcheurs de Ayukawa dans la péninsule d’Oshika était génial. Le pêcheur local en charge était reconnaissant de nous avoir et au moment de la pause déjeuner il nous a préparé une table avec un morceau de bois et deux tréteaux pour que nous puissions manger nos nouilles, cuisinées par 2 soeurs qui logeaient avec nous et qui avaient eu la prevoyance de les préparer et nous les apporter depuis la maison des bénévoles. J’avais tellement faim qu’à ce moment ce simple repas fût pour moi un vrai festin de roi!

En regardant la baie en ce magnifique jour ensoleillé, la vue était d’une telle beauté, qu’il me fût difficile d’imaginer comment le tsunami du 11 mars ait pu causer la dévastation qui se trouvait derrière moi.

Remarques : D.A, d’Angleterre est restée 3 semaines au Japon. Elle a contribué au travail de JEN en tant que bénévole 2 semaines au siege de l’ONG et 1 semaine à Ishinomaki.

*Partagez vos expériences avec nous. Envoyez vos messages à: info@jen-npo.org

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Pour plus d’informations
Volontaires pour le nettoyage des débris cliquez ici


September 27, 2011 in Volunteer Infomarionfrancaisle tremblement de terre |

2011.09.22

Dera Ismail Khan, a city of Sohan Halwa

Dera Ismail Khan is a very beautiful city in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province.

Bazaars in this city are centered in the area called “Chowgalla”.
“Chowgalla” means “the area that four roads begin”, and literally, there are four main streets; Topanwala Bazaar, Muslim Bazaar, Kalan Bazaar, and Bhatiya Bazaar.

Dera Ismail Khan is famous for dates as we reported before, and also for mangoes. Particularly, Langra Mango is popular Pakistan.

Furthermore, Dera Ismail Khan is famous for a traditional sweets “Sohan Halwa”. This sweets is popular in Pakistan and the Gulf Countries for its lip-smacking taste.

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You will see Sohan Halwa shops everywhere in the city, but many of them are located in Topanwala Bazaar.
Many people in this city earn their living by selling Sohan Halwa.

Sohan Halwa is usually cooked with milk, sohni (ingredient made from flour), Maida flour, butter and sugar. This sweets is served to the guests at major festivals in Pakistan (like Eid).

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You can see a variety of Sohan Halwa in Dera Ismail Khan. According to an owner of a Sohan Halwa shop in Topanwala Bazaar, 11 types of Sohan Halwa including with 8 different dried fruits, almonds, sugar-free, fat-free, etc. are sold.

Price is different depending on the type, and it ranges from 180 Pakistan Rupee (about 155 Japanese Yen) to 300 Pakistan Rupee (about 260 Japanese Yen) per kilo.

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At bazaars, you can choose a type of packaging from cardboard box, tin box, and plastic box. Cardamom, coconuts, peanuts, almonds, walnuts, pistachio are used not only for flavor but also for decoration.

Many Pakistani deserts are very attractive and tasty. We cannot talk about “good food” without sweets like Kheer (rice pudding), Firni (custard), and of course Sohan Halwa.

As there is even an Urdu saying “Eat sweets first, work second”, sweets is very important in Pakistan.

September 22, 2011 in Pakistan |

School Construction is on going

Presently, among the 14 schools of Parwan Saran district and Sahidhel district, the school facilities such as toilettes, wells, running water and the water supplying facilities and the classrooms, outer wall of school facilities are now being constructed.

The children at these schools had to study under these terrible conditions without outer walls, no toilet and no running water.

The facility of the school was not repaired and was left over for a long while.
In order to set up new facilities, JEN has begun their construction from May 2011. After 4 months, we would like to introduce that we are close to a new safe environment.

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Ahangaran Junior High School

During the expanding the new classroom; increasing three classrooms will provide a comfortable environment to study.

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Chenaki Boys High School

With the outer wall being constructed, it has changed to a secure studying environment being protected from the outside.

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Hajan Junior High School

Water supplying system has been attached, so the pupils can wash their hands.

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Haibat Khil Girls High School

The toilettes and wells have been set up safely.

The hygiene environment has improved and made school life comfortable and feel secure to study.

Still negotiating with the school, village and government authorities, we are continuing the construction so that the children can study in a secure environment.

September 22, 2011 in Afghanistan |

Report from Jordan

When it comes to the Middle East, you might think that it is far away from Japan. But in reality, people in Jordan, where JEN office is located, are very friendly. I can feel that they have warm feelings for Japan in my daily life.

For example, at a restaurant or a supermarket, once they know I am Japanese, they talk to me concerning how is Japan doing after the Great Eastern Japan Earthquake in Tohoku, which was largely reported here in Jordan. They also encourage me saying that Japan will surely recover.

The other day, a charity concert was held for supporting Tohoku recovery at Amman, the capital of Jordan. Many people came to the site.

Many people in Jordan in the Middle East, wish Japan’s recovery even though it is far from Japan.

September 22, 2011 in Iraq |

2011.09.15

-Northern Province- Visit from JPF monitoring team

During September 5th and 6th, a monitoring team from Japan Platform (JPF) visited Sri Lanka. Staff from JEN accompanied the team and exchanged views with the residents in several regions.

On the first day, we monitored the restoration and cleaning project of wells in Vavuniya district, Vavuniya County.


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This photo shows us monitoring an example of the well being used not only for daily chores but also for agricultural purposes, and contributing to income generation of the local residents. You can see in the photo banana leaves vigorously growing in line behind the well.

On the second day, we monitored construction of pre-hab houses with lavatories and restoration and cleaning of wells in Mullaittivu district, Puthukkudiyiruppu County.

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This area has been severely damaged, being a disputed region until the end of the civil war. Though basic detection of land mines has been completed, detection of unexploded bombs is still under way. In addition, many things such as tractors and tin sheets lay abandoned alongside the roads heading to the area.

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We carefully took narrow, steep paths covered with thick bushes and finally arrived at the first house of the local residents.

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The inhabitants of the house allowed us to take a look inside.

In this area, walls of the houses are temporarily covered with waste material of various sizes. Since there are places that cannot be reached without going near trenches, we are to carry necessary materials into the location only after the residents have made it possible to enter those places.

JEN Vavuniya office is carrying out the program in order to finish all the stonework in the location before the rainy season coming at the end of September.

September 15, 2011 in Sri Lanka |

Received TV Coverage

JEN’s water sanitation project in Sudan  was requested to have TV coverage of an international co-operation TV programme “Chikyu VOCE (Earth VOCE)” produced by TV Tokyo. The guide is Mr. Lou Oshiba.

At first, JEN covered water condition in South Sudan with Mr. Lou Oshiba.

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Even in capital city Juba, many people scoop up water from the Nile and drink straight away. People do not mind if others are washing their cloths, cars, and motor cycles and bathing, when people scoop up the water at the same time and place.

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According to the man kindly interviewed by us, he comes here to scoop up water six times per day. He uses the water for his house and makes his living by selling the rest as a pound per tank.

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JEN has a water sanitation project in South Sudan.
The day after we covered at the Nile, the programme covered JEN’s hygiene education at schools in Morobo county.

 
How have the children been learning correct hygiene knowledge, and the daily life of the children who have built correct hygiene knowledge.
 
Wait for a next news flash of South Sudan.

September 15, 2011 in South Sudan |

They look like different people!!

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Cyril, our manager of overseas division has visited Haiti in about half a year, on 25th August 2011.

For this half a year, JEN has especially made a strong effort is capacity building for the local people and local staff.



It is not easy in Haiti where the education hasn’t reach enough for each people. But JEN’s resident officer, Dmitri has believed their potential and communicated them with patience. JEN’s staff has made effort to have their own self initiative and help them to feel a lot more confident their power.

In the beginning, they had seed direction from JEN’s resident staff everything and they hadn’t thought themselves and made a proposal what they should do.

But, by slow degree, JEN has increased their ownership and now the local staffs have taken chief responsibility for capacity building of the local people and discuss each other and think themselves what should they do sometimes wondering what doesn’t work fine.

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Local staffs will stay Haiti after JEN has gone in future and they will contribute the recovery and growth of Haiti. I’m very excited that they will make some impacts for the Haitian people more and more.

September 15, 2011 in Haiti |

2011.09.08

Call for volunteers in September

Over 2700 volunteers have participated in JEN’s activities so far!

With those support, we were able to remove debris and sludge at Watanoha and Oshika area, distribute relief supplies to temporary housing, and provide lunch and dinner to those residents working to clean up their homes.

Presently, JEN is supporting not only cleaning up community space and factories with those employees to restart their business, but also supporting fishery reconstruction.

We can all support those people to make a first step to regain their livelihoods and be optimistic about the future again.

Please see below for details of volunteering in September. It has changed that volunteers joining volunteering for their first time need to apply for their own insurance.

Thank you very much for your support.

<Terms and conditions>
1. Transportation to and from 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).

4. Volunteers need to be covered by volunteering insurance.

<Schedule>
Time and meeting point may change due to local situation. Please check our website before departure for any changes. Thank you for your cooperation.

※Please note that the meeting point differs on Wednesdays (arriving on the previous day) and Saturdays (arriving in the morning).

※As the office is small, there are no space for the volunteers to stay and wait. Please assemble approx 5 minutes before the meeting time.

※If the application does not reach the quota, the application will be open for volunteering. Please ask individually. The application will be closed once we have 20 volunteers.

◆Every Wednesday
(Application deadline: 5pm, 1 week prior to participation date)

September 14, 21, and 28

Meeting point: Outside of JEN Ishinomaki Office (※)

Meeting time: 5:45pm, previous day (Tuesday).

★The orientation will be held after assembling. Volunteers will be sent to the accommodation after orientation (leaving 6pm).

※Address: SASADENBILL 201, 3-13 Isenba, Ishinomaki City (5 minutes walk from JR Ishinomaki Station)

◆Every Saturday
(Application deadline: 5pm, 1 week prior to participation date)

September 10, 17, and 24

Meeting point: Prefabricated building next to Senshu Univ. (former JEN Office)(※)

Meeting time: 9am, Saturday.

★Orientation will be held after assembling. Volunteers will move to work areas after orientation.

※Address: 284-1 Minamizakai Shinmito, Ishinomaki City (1 minute walk from main gate of Ishinomaki Senshu Univ.)

<Accommodation>
JEN Watanoha Accommodation

Address: 48-2 Watanoha aza Yamazaki, Ishinomaki City

※If number of volunteers reach 20 quota, prefabricated building next to Senshu Univ.
(284-1 Minamizaki Shinmito, Ishinomaki City)

<Work details>
◆Debris and sludge removal at house (cleaning up debris, sludge, mud, trash, furniture submerged in water brought by the tsunami)

◆Distribution of relief supplies to temporary housings,

◆Supporting fishery reconstruction activities

◆Cleaning up streams, shrines, and parks

And, any other work necessary.

Work may change due to supporting needs.

Thank you for your understanding.

<Additional information>
◆JEN will contact volunteers by email or phone to confirm application of volunteers.

◆Application will be closed once we reach the quota.

◆Minimum activity period is 1 day. Weekday activities are welcome.

◆Volunteering activities are closed on Tuesdays.

◆Please contact JEN for continuous volunteering.

◆There is a possibility that work will be cancelled in case of rain.

<Volunteering insurance>
It is mandatory to join the Volunteering Insurance.

Please apply at your nearest Japan National Council of Social Welfare. Once applied, it is valid until end of March 2012.

For details → 「hp_eng.pdf」をダウンロード

Application form →  「application_eng.doc」をダウンロード

Please contact volunteer@jen-npo.org for inquiries.

September 8, 2011 in Volunteer InfomarionTohoku earthquake |

IDPs and hot climate in Dera Ismail Khan

There are two types of IDPs who live in the suburbs of Dera Ismail Khan. Conflict-induced IDPs and seasonal IDPs.

Conflict-induced IDPs who live in this area are those who escaped from the battle between the Pakistan Army and extremists in South Waziristan Agency. These citizens escaped from the conflict take shelter in their relatives, host communities or leased houses, feeling timid and living in foul conditions.

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On the other hand, seasonal IDPs in the same area originally have stable livelihood, and they run business by themselves or make a living by culminating their own land in most cases.

They come over to Dera Ismail Khan only in the winter season. They do so because the life back home in winter season is so hard with heavy snow and freezing temperature.

Then, when summer comes and the temperature goes unbearably hot in Dera Ismail Khan, they go back to their home village where the climate is comfortable by then.

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However, the situation is not the same this year. There also has been a conflict in seasonal IDPs’ home area, so they cannot go back to their village in summer season. Besides, the temperature in Dera Ismail Khan has been around 40 degrees C during the final two months in summer season. It had usually been easier to weather out in this season.
Both conflict-induced IDPs and seasonal IDPs are not accustomed to live in such a hot climate.

Even so, seasonal IDPs can manage to weather out and live, because they have a stable livelihood.

By contrast, daily lives of conflict-induced IDPs have become harder in this sweltering hot weather because they are too poor to buy things.

September 8, 2011 in Pakistan |

10 years from September 11 attacks: Viewpoints from Iraq

I wondered what Iraqi people thought when the September 11 attacks occurred in 2001 and how they feel now. I asked the Head of Office in Bagdad about it. The following is what he said all about the attacks.

I was shocked at the screen images in news programs on September 11, 2001, because the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center complex was being attacked. It was one of the most important buildings in the United States, the biggest power in the world,

Iraqi people had never imagined that the terrorist attack would later cause the Iraqi war in our country. We thought the attack had nothing to do with us, because it was the matter between the United States and terrorists.

We didn’t understand the insistence from the United States. The Iraqi government disliked terrorist organizations.

The Iraqi war started in 2003 and the US army and terrorists fought here in Iraq. Many Iraqi citizens saw their country being devastated. Especially Bagdad was ruined.

We insist that the collapsed two buildings may be reconstructed in a year but it would take several years for demolished Iraq, one country to recover.

Now, many conflicts between religions or ethnic groups are occurring in Iraq. If the situation brought by the devastation and poverty lasts long, the country would be apart.

September 8, 2011 in Iraq |

The follow up of the hygiene education project: voice from the children

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JEN began to visit the pupils of the each school of 42 schools every month since they distributed the hygiene kit on May and June, to confirm whether their achieved hygiene knowledge correctly. Not only JEN distributed but also feedback whether they understand why they need it and know they are able to use it properly.

According to the monitoring team of JEN, it has been reported that the children understand the basic knowledge of hygiene and are practicing as well which makes us happy. For the staff of JEN, it is very delighted to learn that the children understanding hygiene education properly and practicing.
 
Today, we would like to introduce a number of comments from the children who took the courses.
 
Abdul Kadil Shahbid Boys Junior High School: Najibra (12 years old) (Spell needs to be confirmed)

When I heard about hygiene, I decided to take care of my heath as a good habit, spending a happy time and become a role model for other students.

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Sahid Hill Girls School: Setara (10 years old) (Spell needs to be confirmed)

Listening to the hygiene lecture properly, I am practicing this every day. Hygiene kit was distributed to each pupil, I understood that all of this kit was necessary to keep us in good health.

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Saframan Shahid High School: Danish (16 years old) (Spell needs to be confirmed)

Before I learned hygiene lectures, I felt that I was not always behaving correctly, but understood that hygiene lecture is to protect ourselves from disease. I enjoy practicing what I learned. I thank JEN giving us the opportunity to learn hygiene education and training with the hygiene kit.

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Chenaki High School: Sharkel (14 years old) (Spell needs to be confirmed)

Until I took the hygiene education training, I did not know the right way of the cleanness of the fingernails but now I understand. Taking clean care of your fingernails include clipping and removing the dirt from your fingernails. Under the long fingernails, bacteria maybe hiding and long dirty fingernails can cause infection when you scratch your skin. JEN gave us the opportunity about hygiene education and training through the teachers. Now I know how to take care of my fingernails properly.

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Monitoring by JEN will continue until the end of the year.

September 8, 2011 in Afghanistan |

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Hygiene Education through Radio

JEN’s hygiene education in South Sudan this year is different from the one in the past. Importance of hygiene is insisted not only by hygiene education at schools but also through radio to many people in the project site. It aimed to children who could not go to school and adults who had not had an opportunity to receive hygiene education.

It is not interesting if the contents are simply educational staff. Therefore we decided to produce radio drama and broadcast it, however, JEN staff had no experience of producing radio drama. Then, we asked experienced staff in another organization to train JEN staff.

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 The training was held for seven days. Eight episodes and drama song were produced in the training. Although JEN staff was completely confused to make eight episodes in such a short period of time, they made their best effort.

 The main message of the episodes is “How to prevent stomach ache”. The drama covered the topics such as needless to say importance of washing hand, the knowledge of what kind of water is insanitation, method of storing water and dealing with bodily waste, necessity of installation of latrines and hygiene of cooking tools.

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 We hope that not only children who learned at school but also their parents understand the importance of hygiene after this radio drama is broadcasted. We also hope that the number of people who suffer from diarrhea etc. will be reduced by practicing washing their hands at home.

September 1, 2011 in South Sudan |

One and half year since godou-godou*

JEN Staff(J): Hello, could you introduce yourself?

B:Hello, My name is Virgille Borlande. I was born in 28th of September in 1983. I live in Petion Ville.


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J: Where were you when the earthquake hit? and what did you do after it happened?

B:When it happened, I was at home with my 2 sisters. They were on the first floor and I was on the 2nd.
I was jumping around from a roof to other roof.
One sister left the house immediately. But another finally came out right before the house collapsed by the aftershocks.
When the house collapsed, luckily all 3 of us were 30-40 minutes away that saved our lives.
None of us have never experienced this big earthquake, but I remember hearing odd sound.

J:What do you remember most during the earthquake was happening?

B:Got out of the house, I was jomping from the house to another, I saw the scene in front of me was also jumping.

J:What do you remember about your neighborhood right after the earthquake?

B:People were screaming and trying to figure out their loved ones safety.
Even before the aftershocks hit, houses were collapsing, but the number increased after the aftershocks.
I also saw people crying as calling the names of their loved ones who didn't survive.
The first thing I felt was fear. I couldn't know what was happening.
Then I realized that there were people buried under the debris and so many victims.
I felt the night came early while people were walking around to find survivors.
I was in a big shock that I didn't know what to do.
The only thing I was thinking was if my sisters evacuated the house safe.
So I was asking around if they know whereabouts of them.
I felt a big relieve when I met them. Then I started calling my relatives.

J: Was the phone line still working?

B:Yes, it started working 1 hour after the earthquake.

J:Did any of your friends get affected by this earthquake?

B:Yes, I used to work as a mechanic in Jakmel. My cousin who was the manager in the office and his 17 years old son were killed.

J:Where did you spend the night right after the earthquake?

B:Spent a night with many people at the soccer stadium.
It's not like everyone was alone there, but also we didn't form groups either.
People come and go all night. Aftershocks was still going on, everytime it happens, people got panicked. There are people crying or call for God.

J:Did you see any robbery?

B:While the earthquake still kept happning, I couldn't care if its happening or what. I was in a fear wondering why the earthquake was happening
But, after a few days later, I noticed some of our belongings were missing. Probably that was when robberry started happening.

J:Did you actually saw any robberies?

B:No, I didn't get to see them since I was at the soccer stadium. But sure some stuffs were missing from my house.

J:What do you think Haiti will be like in the future?

B:Well, things goes very slow and bit by bit.
They need to give us some relives through any temporary event since we are still in fear.
I still feel the fear everytime I hear the noise which reminds me of the massive earthquake.
When it comes to reconstruction of this country, it only works through the international organizations at the moment. I assume reconstruction is to take time.

*godou-godou >> the onomatopoeic Haitian word for earthquake

September 1, 2011 in Haiti |

Is there anything impossible for us?

The second phase of three stages of the workshop has been done at East Batticaloa

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Our topic this time is “Planting, Harvest and Marketing for higher quality production”.
The voices of the participants of the workshop made all our staffs glad.

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“Even if a lot of resources are surrounding our living, we were not aware and could not utilize it. Moreover, we spent our money for chemical fertilizers. We have never attended such a surprising training course.”

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And we have made relationships with people who could give us advises of farming.
The workshop took place at a farmland and we learned practical methods there.
We got more knowledge which we can use hereafter. It was so fruitful workshop and motivated us.

Because the participants have basic knowledge of agriculture, they can absorb more information.
We believe the villagers will work together as a team and will make double or more harvest and profit.
We are proud to participate for community development.


(This project is receiving support from Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan and all of the donors.)

September 1, 2011 in Sri Lanka |