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Rebuilding of community – Reconstruction of the area by ourselves

JEN made plenty of activity for the rebuilding of community after earthquake and tsunami on March 11.

JEN started meal service at the end of March. JEN provided people who went back to their house, of which first floor cannot be used but second floor is good to live, from shelters with warm lunch so that they can feel relieved.

This was a start of community café.

On July 22, JEN stopped meal service that had continued for four months.  At the begging, meal service was an emergent issue for the people who cannot use their kitchen or gas.

JEN started meal service in Nakayashiki are only, however, also started in Kazuma area in May.

At the begging of June, local people starded to help volunteers who was making meal service. In this way, collaboration of local people and volunteers began.  Then, we met people who gathered in the meeting place in Koganehama area.

In July, in addition to one meal service a day, various activities such as soccer school for kids, interchange with volunteers who provided nice coffee, and visit of volunteers who made hair cut as relaxation started..

In the last half of July, there is an atmosphere people can gather with comfort, JEN made a judge to stop meal service.  However, it does not mean the stop of support.

On the way of support for independence, JEN faces many phases. Stop of meal service was a really big turning point.  Then new system started. Namely, people of these three areas run their own three areas, and JEN supports this system.

At the end of 2011, three community café are run by the inhabitants.  From the start of a new year, community cafes will start plenty of activities for the reconstruction.  Leader of these activity is each of inhabitants. Not JEN as a supporter.

[ Community café of Nakayashiki area “Nakayashikissa” ]

Meal service in April


Handycraft school in community café

Art therapy for kids

[ Community café in Koganehama area “Koganehama-kaikan” ]

Staff announces activity

Entrance before repair work (will complete in the spring of 2012)

[ Community Café in Kazuma area “HANA-sou” ]

Meal service in May.  As this place was pulled down, meal service and other activities are made in the tents until autumn.

Community café “HANA-sou” is completed in November. In this care, people can bear the cold wether.

By the corporation and participation of plenty of supporters and inhabitants themselves of these areas, people are rebuilding their communities.  JEN will support these movements from the sidelines.


December 28, 2011 in Tohoku earthquake |


【Rebuild Community 】Christmas Party at HANA house

On December 18 a Christmas party took place at HANA house, a community cafe in Ktsuma -Minami district. With the help of NIHON L’OREAL ltd. workers in Tokyo preparations for the party including arrangement for hand massage service and crafting wreaths had been completed and those workers along with JEN staff welcomed local people. While the wind was blowing hard on that day, the party was crowded with many people from children to the elderly.

【Outside of HANA house; Colorful flowers bloom】

【Entrance is full of shoes 】


Bright daylight was getting in and the Christmas song was heard in HANA house. A decorated Christmas tree welcomed people at the entrance. Time and again people there were heard to exchange greetings saying "Hi there, It has been a while.", because since the disaster they hadn't been able to see each other and they for the first time could reunite with their old friends at HANA house.

【Serve visitors hot tea and cakes 】

On that day people could participate in hands-on wreaths crafting which was crowded not only with women but men. They decorated wreaths in any way they want and took those products to their homes.

【Wreaths crafting attract many people】

Many people also waited in line for hand massage and general massage service. They spent nice and easy time enjoying hand massage by people from NIHON L’OREAL ltd., talking about their daily affairs. 

【Talk spring from hand massage 】

On looking at notebooks on the table, children gathered saying "Let me paint something on it!". They looked somehow happy, even though they were bothered at which color to use for painting pictures. One child painted a cute little girl, another one painted a number of colorful large circles and the other one painted with all their strength to tear his paper, they all looked happy.

【Children get excited about painting 】

Participants were provided with gifts at the last, makeup for adults and candy for children.

【Christmas present 】

HANA house has been a place where local people can get together without reserve since it was able to open with collaboration from NIHON L’OREAL ltd. and by donations from supporters. It is the place for adults to spend relaxed time over tea as well as for children to come together on their way home from school. Children are heard to say "Hi, I'm home" on the way back from school today. 
A Famous Christmas Song Record Concert takes place  on the 25th of this month.

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○Postal transfer account No.: 00170-2-538657
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Please select “Tohoku Earthquake” from the pull-down.

For any inquiries regarding bank transfers, please contact JEN Tokyo Office
(phone: 03-5225-9352, contact: Tomita or Asakawa).

December 24, 2011 in Tohoku earthquake |


Safe water for everyone

JEN has been installing Chroline dispensers supportted from your generous donations and Japan Platform.

Installing the dispenser right by the well makes it possible to chlorinate the water at the source. Also it explains its importance of the chlorinating the water then encourage the procedure.


In the early December, staffs from JEN took training to make liquid chroline with HTH powder.

Calcurate the quantity of the powder to the certain quantity of water. You have to be careful with the density of the chroline liquid. If it doesn't contain enough density of chroline, the water can't be disinfected while it can affect the taste of water and health if too much density.

Ms. Elise from IPA ( Innovations for Poverty Action) does wear the same cloth everytime she gives training. Because the chroline liquid would splash over her cloth then it gets breached.

In Haiti, 5 gallon (about 19liters) buckets are usually used. You can get enough amount of the chroline liquid for the water in the bucket by turning the dispencer lever for once.


"Then what are we gonna do if we have 1 gallon bucket?"

"How long will the disinfected water last for drinking?"

They assume problems which could happen after installing the dispensers as many as possible. So that they can make sure that the project works in any circumstances.


From now on, staffs of JEN will give training to Water Control comittee, well administrator and volunteers on the safe water supply. At the same time, JEN will start the education project to help the community understand the health benefits of disinfecting water.

JEN aims to improve the healthy lives by learning about the safe water project.

December 22, 2011 in Haiti |

The favourite ingredient South Sudanese

Today, we will introduce a vital ingredient for every day’s dining table in South Sudan.

We visited a small factory in central Kajo Keji county.

Firstly, we put the ingredient into the machine.

It seemed that the ingredient was grained by the machine with motor.

What was squeezed from edge of the machine was peanut butter.

Peanut was grown in Kajo Keji county, a JEN’s project site. Each family makes peanut butter, however, the peanut butter produced at the factory where we visited is popular for the villagers. On that day the fragrance of peanut was spread around.

People love the peanut butter and they use it for variety of dishes such as soup, beans stew, vegetable stew and grilled meat and vegetable mixed with peanut sauce etc..

Although common types of peanut butter are sweet spread for bread in Japan, there are varieties of cooking methods in not only South Sudan but also many place in East Africa.

December 22, 2011 in South Sudan |

Nandri / Istuti

How time flies! Year 2011 is nearly over. For this year’s final report, I would like to review JEN Sri Lanka ’s activities in 2011.

The year started with the launching of a project for the restoration and cleaning of wells in Vavuniya  District, Northern Province. (Funded by JPF)

We managed to provide 470 clean wells, of which 406 were restored in the first six months,  allowing more people to obtain safe water.

In July 2011, the project site moved to Mullaitivu District. This was the area which remained a battleground until the end of the civil war and resettlement of refugees only started in July 2010.
One day, unexploded ordnances were  found at the project site and created tension among everyone, but apart from that incidence everything went smoothly. Fifty wells will be restored or cleaned and 188 shelters/toilets will be constructed by the end of this month. (Funded by JPF)


In the Eastern Province, we had already started a project (December 2010) consisting of construction of 29 agricultural wells, construction of 14 culverts, and community development activities. (Funded by MOFA)



However, heavy rainfall which continued from the end of 2010 aggravated the flood damage and access to the project site was hampered for a certain period of time.


During this period, we were able to distribute emergency evacuation kits to the flood victims, with the support of Kao Corporation.


In early summer, the bridge destroyed by the flood was finally reconstructed, allowing JEN to resume the project . The construction and community development project in the Eastern Province will be completed by the end of this month. 

We have been able to implement these projects not only with the grants funding and the donations from various organizations, but also with the donations from the public, and with the support from all of you who read our news-letters and activity reports. 

The staff members of JEN Sri Lanka would like to express the most sincere gratitude to all those concerned. (The title is “Thank you” in Tamil (left) and Sinhalese (right)).

We will continue to devote our energy and commitment in the next year’s activities.

December 22, 2011 in Sri Lanka |


Recruit volunteers for March

The voluntary work for reconstruction support takes place on March 15(Saturday), 18(Sunday), 24(Saturday), 25(Sunday), 31(Saturday) and April 1(Sunday).

The Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami brought enormous damage to the Tohoku district on March 11. From right after the disaster to the end of February 2012 a total of more than 4,000 volunteers have participated in recovering towns and cities including cleaning off houses wrecked by sludge and debris, dredging up mud from ditches and transporting supplies to temporary housing through JEN volunteer dispatch program. One year after the disaster, volunteer work has shifted from 'emergency-relief' which requires heavy work like removing debris and cleaning up side ditches to 'reconstruction assistance' which involves revitalizing fishery industry and supporting daily life of people living in temporary housing. JEN makes its motto to 'support effort to live through' and continues its mid and long term assistance. We are now hearing about what help people in the region who are set out to recovery need0 and coordinating them so that we may offer best assistance to those in need. We will accept volunteers again from March 16. We want you to continue to participate in volunteer work so that those people may be able to stand at the threshold of returning to their previous life as soon as quickly and we together may be able to inspire them to think positive.

<Terms and Conditions>
1. Transportation to and from Ishinomaki must be organized by 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.

< Application Date >
On every Saturday and Sunday from March 16 to April 1; March 17(Saturday), 18(Sunday), 24(Saturday), 25(Sunday), 31(Saturday) and April 1(Sunday)
Dates that follow will be noticed on our website as soon as they are firm.

To participate in volunteer work, volunteers must gather by 9:00 a.m. in front of JEN Ishinomaki Office; SASADENBILL 201 3-13 Isenba Ishinomaki City; 5 minutes walk from JR Ishinomaki Station, and dismiss at the same place.
Be sure for the first-time volunteers to attend volunteer orientation that takes place at 7:00 p.m. every Friday.

The details are as follows.
※Volunteers must work for at least 1 day.
※Application deadline: 5:00 p.m. 1 week before your work day
※The fixed number of volunteers is 20 every day.

<First-time Volunteers >
Volunteer orientation is mandatory for the first-time volunteers and they are held from 5:00 p.m. every Friday at JEN Ishinomaki Office; SASADENBILL 201 3-13 Isenba Ishinomaki City; 5 minutes walk from JR Ishinomaki Station.
After the orientation, volunteers will be guided to accommodations at 6:00 p.m.

JEN Watanoha accommodations, which is located in 48-2 Watanoha aza Yamazaki Ishinomaki City, are available for volunteers for \500 a night.

<Work details>
◆Helping recover fishery industry
◆Cleaning up damaged mountain streams, shrines and parks where children play; and besides what is desperately-needed at that time. We adjust volunteer work to match the changing needs of assistance.

<Additional information>
◆The time and place of application are subject to change and so please make sure to go over JEN's website before you set out for volunteer work.
◆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.
◆As the office is small, there aren't enough space for volunteers to wait. Please assemble approx 5 minutes before the meeting time.
◆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 for one year from April 1 to March 31.

The leaflet tells you how to apply; fill in application form; send it by E-mail or Fax.
volunteer@jen-npo.org / Fax 0225-25-5612
For details →download「hp_eng.pdf」
Application form →  download「application_eng.doc」

<Contact us>
Please contact
volunteer@jen-npo.org for inquiries.
Volunteer coordinator: 080-3303-3249
period for acceptance: 9:00 a.m. to 18:00 p.m. on weekdays
December 21 2011, Dispatch of Volunteer, Removing debris, Helping recover fishery, Reconstruction support, Mental care, Great East Japan Earthquake| Permalink

December 21, 2011 in Tohoku earthquake |


Rebuilding the community and supporting protection against disasters

On December 14 in Watanami branch office in Ishinomaki City, a presentation ceremony to give a patrol kit to Ishinomaki Watanami Area Young Crime Preventer Training Association.

The president of the association, where a patrol kit became unavailable due to the disaster, requested a kit from JEN, and it was presented today.

The president and members receiving the catalogue

The weather was good, and Mr. Tsuruoka, the president, with a new uniform and a smile, expressed his gratitude: “Thank you for a new uniform.”

The president wearing a new uniform

After that, the president and the members got on a patrol car and went into action vigorously. They will work hard for prevention of crime in Ishinomaki from now on too.

JEN will move forward to a reconstruction step by step, with local people.

December 20, 2011 in Tohoku earthquake |


Support for reconstruction through music – Chiristmas present of musical instruments from GLAY.

On December 19 (Mon), JEN, together with a foundation “mudef” which is running a support project of the reconstruction from the earthquake “HOPE FOR JAPAN”, held a ceremony of presentation of musical instruments to sixteen schools in Ishinomaki, that lost instruments by the disaster.

[in the middle high school in Ishinomaki – new musical instruments are on the stage/]

Brass band is very popular in Ishinomaki. Brass band by pupils was on the street for the sports festival in the spring, river opening in the summer traffic safety parade in the autumn.  ]

However, the schools, which used to be pleasant learning places, suddenly changed due to the earthquake.  There are twenty nine schools of which building was covered by water or destroyed.  Musical instruments in schools were also flowed away or covered by the sea water.

Most schools were used as a evacuation place until a few months ago.  After the earthquake, people used curtain to prevent the coldness in some school.  Some pupils are still studying in the other schools as their schools were completely burned by the fire.

Under such situations, a rock band “GLAY”,supporting mudef, presented musical instruments to schools in Ishinomaki as a Christmas gift.

[Presentation ceremony]

Eighty six kinds, two hundred eighty nine musical instruments has been presented. Before this, JEN interviewed each school about requirement for the instruments. Each school has each need.  In the middle high school where the presentation ceremony was held, they received nine instruments such as trumpet and trombone.

During the ceremony, video message from GLAY was introduced.  They said that they hoped pupils/students will make wonderful sound with those instruments in Tohoku area.  It was very strong and warm message.

[Message from GLAY]

After that, Brass band people played music. When the earthquake happened, they were practicing for the graduation ceremony that had been scheduled to be held on that day. Their performance was very high for the gold prize, and their sound was very loud and seems pleasant on this ceremony day.

[Music play by brass band]

After the ceremony, brass band people gathered in front of instruments put on the stage.

“Wow, great!”  They shouted and received the instruments.  They looked very happy.

Many school students and pupils have less opportunity to do with music due to limited environments such as temporary schools.  However, as GLAY says, music has power to make people smile.

We are really looking forward to listening the sound of brass band in Ishinomaki again through this presentation 

December 19, 2011 in Tohoku earthquake |


The day and life of a Channa shop

Today we will introduce the story of a man who runs a channa restaurant who we met in Dera Isamil Khan.

His name is Shaukat Ali ***. For about 20 years in a market located in the center of Dera Ismail Khan, Shaukat has been selling dishes using beans called channa.


Channa dishes are cheap, spicy and high in nutrition and are popular among the locals. At Shaukat’s restaurant, the onion yogurt and spice are poured on to channa and rice in front of the customers and it looks really delicious!!

Actually, Shaukat was affected by the great flood in 2010 and his crops that he was growing in a small farmland were damaged.

“It is very difficult to go back to the lifestyle before the flood, but I believe if we continue to work hard, things will be back to normal again.” says Shaukat.


Shaukat is very busy serving customers, washing dishes and preparing the food from 7am in the morning when his shop opens to 4pm when he closes.


He has a wide range of customers including shop employees, families, and government employees, but most of them are students.

120 plates of 20-yen channa plates are served every day, which comes to 2,400 rupees (approximately 2304 yen) in sales.


After the shop closes, Shaukat buys ingredients (channa, rice, tomatoes, onions, yogurt, lemon, spices) for the next day on the way home, which cost 1,900 to 2,000 rupees (approx. 1824 to 1920 yen) per day, so after this is deducted from the sales, his day’s income is about 450 rupees (approx. 432 yen).

Shaukat lives together with his mother, wife, and 6 children in a small house. After he gets home, Shaukat prepares for the next day, which takes about 3 hours, but his family all help him, so Shaukat says he enjoys his job.

December 15, 2011 in Pakistan |

Staff Profile of JEN Baghdad Office

Today, we would like to introduce JEN Baghdad office.


There were 6 staff working at JEN Baghdad office.

JEN was continuing the projects in Iraq corporated by Iraqi staff, although it is difficult for Japanese staff to stay there due to unsafe domestic situation in Iraq.

Hygiene project assistant : Asma (left)

Programme officer : Basim (right)


Engineer: Mohamed (left)

Engineer: Hamudi(right)


Chief engineer : Yashin(left)


In discussion.

December 15, 2011 in Iraq |

JEN staff meeting


From December 11, 2011, we had a 2-day staff meeting in Islamabad Office. Five local staff who are working in various parts of Afghanistan gathered together to review the projects for FY2011 and also discussed about the projects for next fiscal year.


In the same period, 6 local staff from Pakistan had also come from Dera Ismail Khan and the local staff from the two countries found the 2-day meeting mutually-stimulating.
After the meeting, all of the staff members enjoyed Pakistani dinner together.


Then, after the dinner, the staff members presented the projects implemented in each country. These presentations not only allowed JEN representatives in Islamabad office to understand the local situation more deeply but also promoted the local staffs from Afghanistan and Pakistan to understand each other.



The information of effective case examples shared in this meeting will be useful for the local staff in each country to improve their support activities.

All of our activities in Afghanistan or other countries are supported by JEN’s supporters. I would like to express our gratitude on behalf of all the staff members.

Finally, I would like to share with you the thank-you messages from the local staff of Afghanistan.

December 15, 2011 in Afghanistan |


Chabo! Ms. Kazuyo Katsuma’s Inspection in Ishinomaki – Day 2

On Thursday, December 8, Ms. Kazuyo Katsuma, the author of “chabo!”, and others made an inspection in Ishinomaki for the second day.
On the day, Mr. Junishi Morioka, the chief editor of Kobunsha, participated too, going into action from early morning with Ms. Katsuma and JEN staff.

On the second day, they visited Nobiru Elementary School in Higashimatsushima City and Nobiru Station on JR Sengoku Line.
JR Nobiru Station, where the tsunami swept toward, has still not been restored, and the Sendai-Sengoku section has just resumed service via other stations with buses as their proxy jointly.

A platform of JR Nobiru Station: The tsunami swept toward the height of the mark of the station name

Leaving Nobiru Station, they headed for the assembly hall of temporary housing in Konan area in Ishinomaki City next.

In this region there are only a few numbers of buses circulating in the city, and there are not many places where people can go shopping immediately.
On the day, when JEN held Ochakko(tea-drinking party) for the first time in the assembly hall, there were many people who have met each other first time since they started living in the housing. Building a community for people who come from various regions and live in temporary housing, is just about to start.

In the assembly hall: Ms. Katsuma and others fitted in with the circle at once.

They added to the gaiety of the talk with local people while drinking tea, and the party was listening to experiences that a variety of people had at the time of the quake.

Then they went to Okawa Elementary School in Kohoku area in Ishinomaki City, Nagatsura region, where houses are still flooded, Okatsu Town and Onagawa Town.

Okawa Elementary School, where 70 percent of the students died

Nagatsura region, where houses are still flooded

In spite of a long distance travel, everyone was gazing at the scenery that was seen from the window of the car. By the time they were coming back from Nagatsura to Ishinomaki City area the evening was almost there.

After that, at a community space “Nakayashikissa” in Nakayashiki, Ms. Katsuma and others visited a weaving class, and finally dropped by the Ishinomaki Office of JEN.

We listened to their comments on the inspection for 2 days in Ishinomaki there. Then, they exchanged opinions about the problems in Ishinomaki from now on with the staff. It was impressive that Ms. Katsuma and others were thinking about the reconstruction of Ishinomaki with JEN staff in earnest, and it was a meaningful time for us too.

Exchanging opinions with JEN staff

December 14, 2011 in Tohoku earthquake |


Ms. Kazuyo Katsuma, the author of “chabo!”, visits Ishinomaki

On December 7 and 8, for two days, Ms. Kazuyo Katsuma, the author of “chabo!”, Ms. Yumiko Kanba, a member of the promoting committee, and others visited Ishinomaki.

“chabo!” is the abbreviation for Charity Book Program, which is a donation program by JEN realized through the courtesy of the authors.

On Wednesday 7, Ms. Katsuma and others firstly visited Minato area in Ishinomaki City.

Minato area was severely damaged by the tsunami, and the ground floors of many houses were submerged under water, and then became uninhabitable. Ms. Katsuma and others were attentively listening to the explanation by JEN staff, who lived in this region until just before the disaster.

Minato area: Mountains of debris piling up can be seen on the background.

On transfer (Uonomachi area): A tank is left lying down.

Next Ms. Katsuma and others visited Fukukiura in Oshika Peninsula.

JEN continues support to resume fishing industry in Oshika region, where fishing gear such as nets and sky tanks have been washed away by the tsunami.

Local fisherpersons taught Ms. Katsuma and others net-knitting and they had an actual experience of it. As there are not many successors who can knit nets, the guidance of veteran fisherpersons is very important for transmission of technical know-how too.

Ms. Katsuma challenged fishing net-knitting too!

After that, they saw how it was like to land a basket on the boat, going out on the sea with fisherpersons.

A blue sea spread endlessly.

Conger eels, crabs, and urchins were caught!

Departing from Oshika Peninsula, they headed for HANA-So, opened in Kazuma area.

HANA-So just opened on the 29th last month as a local community café, but it had become a place where mothers who chat with tea and children come back straight from school and gather. To the children’s voices “Hi, I’m back!”, everyone answers “Welcome home!”.

They visited HANA-So.

Children playing train cheerfully

Later, Ms. Katsuma and others visited Hiyoriyama Park. A view of Ishinomaki City seen from Hiyoriyama has changed so much that there was nothing we could say. For the reconstruction of Ishinomaki, Ms. Katsuma and others continue the inspection on the next day too.

(From left)Bureau chief of JEN, Kiyama, Ms. Katsuma and others, JEN staff

A view seen from Hiyoriyama

December 12, 2011 in Tohoku earthquake |


Changing seasons

 It must already be very cold in Japan at this time. The temperature is also declining here in Colombo and it takes some courage to shower in the morning with cold water. During daytime, however, it is still warm enough to spend the day in a T-shirt.

 Agricultural season has started in the Northern region, now that the climate has shifted from dry to wet period.

 Agriculture is prosperous in northern Sri Lanka because much of the land is flat. We see many rice fields when we travel to the northern area. Brown paddy fields in which the soil is being turned over, the colors of the farmers’ clothes, healthy rice plants shining green, and the white egrets roaming around looking for something to eat.    

 The colors and the tranquility of the rural areas must be one of the most beautiful scenes in Sri Lanka.

December 8, 2011 in Sri Lanka |

Figuring out what "self-reliance" is

I have been assigned to this project in Haiti as a program officer. Before I came here, I comitted myself to the disaster relief effort and the reconstruction project in Ishinomaki, Miyagi pref after the Great East Japan Earthquake.

In Tohoku(Northeastern Japan), the massive earthquake and tsunami devastated the region on March 11th in 2011. A year before, the natural disaster had also struck here in Haiti.
Haiti is known for the honarable history of the first black-led republic in the world. However, they have been struggling with poverty and civil wars even before the disaster hit the nation.
Right after I got here, I had to face the fact that Haiti heavily depends on the international aid. That made me try to figure out what "self-reliance" means. 


We, JEN have been supporting them to found Water Control Committee by the residents as well as costructing the water supply facility and hygiene education.
The Water Control Committee should be run by the residents for the their own residents. The committee is to maintain the well to make sure it works properly everyday.
Also they collect maintenance fund from the residents monthly in case of a breakdown of the well.
What they are going to do with the committee might sound easy, but it is difficult for them. The reason is they are used to be supported by others that they need to learn how to work on their own, one by one from the scratch.

December 8, 2011 in Haiti |

Latrine Construction by Community – the Digging

Local people would construct school latrines and JEN would provide trainings and material for it. The project was actually launched.  Latrine construction would proceeded digging holes for dirty water tank, wall construction of the holes, floor construction and wall and ceiling construction.

The digging hole needed manpower. In one of the areas, community made three groups and they were digging holed as a competition. In another area, most people were busy thus volunteers raise fund and hire the local people to dig the holes.


What the most important is for the project was not the method of digging but the process of how the local people discuss by themselves and make the decision.
They discover the problem, discuss and solve it. JEN provided self-reliance support in which local people are able to take those set of actions regularly and providing the construction material is just a catalyst of it. Though those process, the local people earn their experience as community.

James Doki,  a security of Boli  primary school in Kajokeji county said “In results of JEN’s hygiene education, students started cleaning the small old latrines which already exist. JEN was the first organization to come to such a back country. We never forget being supported by Japanese.”

We sometimes had to stop digging due to the water filled with holes by unusually continuous rain this year, however, the people were highly motivated and wished that it stopped raining immediately.

This project was supported by JPF , “Chabo!” and everyone.

December 8, 2011 in South Sudan |


Support to the report of Ishinomaki by TELETICA, a televition office in Costa Rica.


On December 5 (Mon), a reporting group of TELETICA, a television office in Costa Rica visited Ishinomaki to report on the reconstruction from an earthquake disaster.  They visited various places in Ishinomaki with JEN, who is supporting mental care, rebuilding of community and recovery of fishery in this area.

First, a TELETICA reporter visited a meeting place of shelters and interviewed sufferers about the situation when the earthquake and tsunami attacked them.

Recovery for Japan (RFJ) staff, who is supporting relaxation and mental care, also cooperated with them for the interview.

Among  sufferers, there are people who have mental problem. In the meeting place, JEN is rebuilding the community taking care for those people.

[JEN staff and local people : active talks in spite of the first meeting]

[massage by RFJ staff]

In the meeting place on this day, they held “Ochakko-nomi” in relaxation café. 
“I wanted to come here, but I could not do it due to inconvenience. Finally, I have come here!” In the meeting place, many people were talking comfortably. Some people were receiving massage.

[Piles of adiabator]

In shelters, coldness is becoming severe. In order to avoid coldness, adabator is piled up outside. They will prepare for the winter from now.

[JEN staff is receiving interviews about activitiy in shelters]

A reporter of TELETICA interviewed JEN staff about the community activities in shelters.

Next, they visited Fukiura area at Higashihama, Oshika.  Local fishermen were making fishing nets together with JEN Ishinomaki staff there.

Fishermen explained how to make nets to a reporter.  JEN provides materials for the fishing net, and fishermen are making fishing net by themselves.  JEN’s support is to encourage their independence.

[Making fishing net together with the local fishermen]

Last, they visited Okawa primary school in the area of Kawakita, Ishinomaki.  When they arrived, it was already dark.  So they took video using front light of the car.  About seventy per cent of pupils had been killed here.  In order to console them, plenty of flower, sweets and drinks were there.  In the letter written by a sufferer to the dead daughter, “When I wake up every morning, I feel that you are next to me..” she worte.
We cannot see in the dark photo, but there is a destroyed school building over there.

[At Okawa primary school]

Reporters of TELETICA seemed to be heavily shocked by the interviews at shelters.  They were very eager to report although time is limited to one day.  Places they visited today were only parts of the stricken area.  However, we would like Costa Rica people to know the situation at Ishinomaki.

We have started to walk for the reconstruction.
JEN will continue to support them step by step.

December 7, 2011 in Tohoku earthquake |


[ Drill for prevention of disasters] to make assurance doubly sure for the activity in stricken area – first aid lifesaving training by Ishinomaki staff.

On December 6 (Tue), JEN Ishinomaki staff received a traing of first aid lifesaving at Ishinomaki fire service headquarters.

[JEN staff arrives fire service headquarters!]

In order to keep high will and act safely, to receive training first aid lifesaving is very important.  JEN Ishinomaki staff learned how to revive heart, how to use AED and how to stop bleeding from a fire station staff.

[For the first aid of human life, to secure breathing.]

[JEN staff is learning the way of heart massage.]

Now, training has started. JEN staff were divided in groups and practiced heart massage.

For the heart message, they have to put palms at the center of breast, without bending elbows, and push breast with their weight.  In order to revive heart, they have to push breast about one hundred times per minute.  JEN staff are all eager to learn it.

[JEN staff are practicing heart massage.]

Next, they made role plays. There were four roles. Those are to call ambulance, to do heart massage, to use AED and to act as fire station staff.  Bearing the real situation in mind, they practiced very seriously.
For most staff, to use AED was the first experience, but they acted calmly in accordance with automatic voice from AED.

[AED pads are put diagonally around the heart.]

JEN staff took a written examination after the training for four hous.  All staff passed it and finished a training for the first aid lifesaving.

We JEN Shinomaki staff recognized the importance of the first aid lifesaving.  We will do our best for the activity in the stricken area. 


December 6, 2011 in Tohoku earthquake |


A Place for Relaxation in Dera Ismail Khan

In eastern Dera Ismail Khan, where JEN operates, the Indus River flows. The Indus River is the biggest river in Pakistan and the 21st biggest river in the world. In Dera Isamil Khan, the bank of this river is known for a place for relaxation.

Along the riverside of the Indus River, there is a park great for families and another park similar to an amusement park, which has a small Ferris wheel.


There is also a restaurant called “Midway” which is the most famous in Dera Ismail Khan. At “Midway”, you can enjoy not only Pakistani food, but also Chinese and Italian food. In addition, you can eat sobat, a dish made by pieces of bread cooked in a big pot shared with 4 to 6 people, which is a famous dish in Dera Ismail Khan.


Something that is locally a bit of a sightseeing spot is Ghazi, an old boat that is stranded along the riverside. Because the river’s water level descended, the boat became stranded on the riverside.


On the weekends, people have a good time by crossing the river on boats and swimming in the river. Especially on the weekend in the summertime, many people of various generations gather here and the area is crowded with lots of people. Along the riverside, street vendors are lined up selling types of food including ice cream, fried rice and fruits and are crowded with customers.

There are many other ways to spend time along the river. People who like to dance gather around and dance together and there are also young ones who enjoy sports like football, Frisbee, volleyball, and Kabaddi (a sport like wrestling). 

The Indus River is a great spot for fishing, so among the people who live on the riverside, there are those who make a living by fishing.


You can also see people who enjoy sports and walking along the river in Japan, just like the people in Dera Ismail Khan, so in that sense I think we can say there are similarities.

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December 1, 2011 in Pakistan |

Soccer is hot in the Middle East

In the Middle East, football is very popular and one of the national sport.  You can see the popularity from matches that the Japanese national soccer team has been playing against the countries in the Olympic preliminaries or World Cup.

In the third qualifying round for the Asia Cup of World Cup, both Jordan and Iraq have fought in the A group (Japan was in C group).

On the11st of this month which was the day of Jordan versus Singapore, when walked out on the streets of Amman, everyone was staring the game everywhere. In the restaurant, we couldn’t even place an order because everyone concentrated on the game… Jordan won 2-0 with Singapore.

In that night, people was jubilant with raising the flag in the city.

Jordan against Iraq was conducted on 15th and Iraq won, however, it was announced that both teams  proceed to the final qualifying round for the World Cup.

In the final qualifying round, there is a possibility that both Jordan and Iraq may play against Japan depending on the combination. We can't keep our eyes off from the soccer in the Middle East.

(Photo: Young people who support with face paint of the flag Jordan)


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December 1, 2011 in Iraq |

Result of KAP survey for hygiene education project

As part of the hygiene education project in Parwan Province, JEN has supported the provision of a 6-month hygiene education course in 42 schools in Sayd Khel District and Salang District.

Before starting the course, we conducted a survey to find out about the students’ knowledge, attitude, and practice (KAP survey) related to hygiene. The schools selected for this survey had never received any hygiene education from the Department of Education or other aid agencies.
“Please give hygiene education to the children.” This was a strong request we had received from the school teachers, village chiefs, and parents, when we visited the villages and interviewed the people to explore their needs.


It was revealed from the survey result that approximately 75% of the students did not have sanitation knowledge or hygienic habit. Most of the children did not know the correct methods to wash the hands, cut the nails, or brush the teeth, etc. They did not have the habit of looking after the personal hygiene on a daily basis. Unhygienic lifestyle was one of the reasons for high prevalence of diarrhea and cholera, which were serious health problems for the village children. Therefore, JEN decided to provide the support in order to improve the sanitation for the children.


The project not only targets the school children but also includes the school teachers and the government officials of Parwan Province. By March this year, hygiene education specialists from the Department of Education had trained 14 government officials as hygiene education trainers. In the same period, these hygiene education trainers gave a 3-day training workshop to all of the teachers in the 42 schools, a total of approximately 720 school teachers.

After acquiring the correct knowledge of hygiene, the school teachers gave hygiene education classes to their students according to JEN’s curriculum, from mid-May until the start of the winter examination in mid-November.

 From May through June, hygiene kits containing soaps and toothbrushes were distributed to approximately 22,000 students in the target schools. The kit contained the basic sanitary items and allowed the children to actually use them both at school and at home as they gained the knowledge through hygiene education classes.

At the end of each month, from June to October, the officials of Parwan Department of Education, school management committee (established by JEN), and JEN staff monitored the children’s knowledge and practice and discussed the achievements together with the school management. This continuous effort to confirm the hygiene status and improve the teaching methods has helped the children to gradually acquire the correct hygiene habits.


Finally in mid-November, we conducted another KAP survey with the students in 42 schools. This time, after the implementation of the project, the percentage of children without hygiene habit/ knowledge became 0%. Approximately 85% of the students had successfully acquired the knowledge and habits related to hygiene and the remaining 15% of the students also had the basic level of knowledge and habits.


December 1, 2011 in Afghanistan |