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2012.03.29

Help Out Fishermen in Sasunohama-shore; Socialize with Local Fishermen.

n Saturday the 24th of March, we asked people from Mitsui & Co. to work on garbage collection at Sasuhama in Ishinomaki city. Although a lot of snow still lingerd around in Sasunohama where much of houses were demolished by the tsunami, they collected rotted bamboos, bicycles and household appliances being carried here by the tsunami. While they were working, an aunt presented canned coffee drinks heated in a pan of hot water to them and they had a brief break with those canned coffees in their hands. A fisherman told them what happened in Sasuhama at the time of the disaster such as how raging waves coming toward them and people fled up to mountains.
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In the afternoon, they made arrangements for tomorrow's festival "The festival to celebrate the fresh start of oyster farming in Sasunohama".

We had asked people from Mitsui & Co. to help fishermen in making mother shells (Karakosashi), which is the initial step for oyster farming, and oyster seeding. Thanks to their assistance fishermen were able to harvest grownup oysters, because of this fishermen decided to serve those oysters at the festival.

【Classify Oysters of Rough Appearance One by One 】
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【Remove Satins from Mussels 】

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Local fishermen and aunts enjoyed making the arrangement for the festival with a laugh now and then.

Now next day is the festival. More information will follow in the next blog.

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March 29, 2012 in Tohoku earthquake |

First Batch of Goats at JEN Warehouse in D I Khan

So it’s time to go for the distribution; a core activity of the Livelihood Recovery project for IDPs in D I Khan. But wait……. Just 1 week to 10 days (for IDPs). It’s a tough test for their patience but Goats have to go quarantined. It’s good both for the goats and IDPs. Goats will get healthy and the IDPs will get healthy goats.

190 female goats and 10 male goats are present at JEN warehouse. They came here after JEN Livestock expert gave them a final touch based on selection criteria in district Checha Watani, province Punjab. The selection criterion is interesting; typical roman nose, long flat ears, small or medium size horns, huge body, variable coat color and 3 to 4 months pregnant.

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Goats are staying in a sweet home (warehouse/farmhouse). It can be called as a luxury house for them as the covered area is larger than number of goats stay there. It also has opened area which is quite larger for them and fence from all sides. The covered area is further divided in various pens (Partitions); goats with advance pregnancy, goats that are comparatively weak and diseased goats are kept in separate pens.

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The goats are vaccinated against the endemic infectious diseases to provide immunity against the fatal infectious diseases. The warehouse has plenty of wooden menges (the section where goats eat food) and cemented water troughs to ensure good feeding and watering of the goats. The goats are fed with Barseem (crushed wheat straws) and wanda (feedstuff) is provided as additional balance feed to meet the energy requirements of the goats.

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So the goats are being through test; Quarantine period of 1 week. Goats those pass the test will get to their destination i.e. their respective owners the IDPs and those fail in the test will be rejected completely or will be given another chance i.e. will be under consideration at warehouse under strict supervision of Livestock Expert to appear for the test next time.

March 29, 2012 in Pakistan |

Arab Summit will be held in Baghdad

Arab Summit will be held in Baghdad at the end of March. 22 member countries and regions of the Arab League participate in this conference. In this year's summit, they are going to talk about the unstable conditions in Syria and the democratization movement “Arab Spring”.

There were massive terror attacks across Iraq recently on 20th of this month. In response to this, security check has been extremely strict. In Baghdad, many roads were closed and mobility of people severely restricted. People are saying that all phone lines and also mobile phones might be stopped during the conference period.

We wish  every place calmness and peace until the conference ends.

March 29, 2012 in Iraq |

Aiding Classroom Tents

In Afghanistan, JEN has been aiding projects other than hygiene education and school environment renovation project which was previously introduced. The other project is the supplying tents for classrooms.

The school environment renovation project mainly constructs and repairs water supply hygiene infrastructures but it is also constructs and repairs the school building and classrooms when it is necessary. During the renovation of the classroom, the children must study in the open field. Therefore, JEN decided to imply support for procurement and lending classroom tents to protect the children from the influence outside.

①The tent for the classroom:

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This is the tent that has been in use. Installing classroom tent will make the children feel secure inside the classroom, under the strong sunlight, wind and snow.

②One tent is 40 square meters with a window. The capacity is approximately for 40 people.

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The school environment renovation project will begin to renovate two school building of the Bagram district from this April. JEN will prepare 10 classroom tents which are necessary. This will placed in the schoolyard until the renovation will end, so that the children can study in a secure environment.

③In Islamabad, inspecting the supplier by the program officer (left) and office director (right).

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After the whole construction finishes, the tent will be recovered and will be recycle when necessary.

March 29, 2012 in Afghanistan |

2012.03.25

Express thanks to people all over Japan for help; festival in celebration of the resumption of oyster farming

On Saturday the 25th of March, the festival day to celebrate the fresh start of oyster farming has come.

In the aftermath of the disaster the fishery at Sasunohama fishing village was threatened to survive, but thanks to efforts made by a number of volunteers and supportive organizations, its oyster farming was able to be back in activity.

JEN with the cooperation of International Rescue Committee, or IRC launched a survey to research people's needs and has been sponsoring a workshop since this February.

The festival to celebrate the fresh start of oyster farming in Sasunohama fishery village began to take place is all about fishermen's hope that "We want to express tanks to people all over Japan and them to come to have oysters at Sasuhama".

The idea of holding the festival to celebrate the fresh start of oyster farming in Sasunohama fishery village originated fishermen's hope that "We'd like to express thanks to people all over Japan and them to come to Sasunohama and try our oysters".

On that day, their preparations began early in the morning. Volunteers from Mitsui & Co. also cooperated fully on the preparations from cooking to traffic control. So many people gathered in one small fisher village Sasuhama from tourists who come from as far away as Tokyo, Yamanashi and Gifu to local people living in Ishinomaki city. Moreover people who were forced by the tsunami damage to leave Sasuhama returned on that day and had happy reunion.

Piping hot steamed oysters and grilled ones, mussel soup were served to people and they enjoyed them very much.

【Smoking hot steamed oysters】
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【Mussel Soup with a smell of ocean】
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Conversation like "If grilled, oysters become more sweet.", "This is my first taste of oyster though, it's delicious." came out and a cozy atmosphere was created. A fisherman who heard an Enka, Japanese ballad in the back ground said with a laugh to me "Whenever I listen to a fishermen's song, the fisherman in me starts to stir." His remarks was unforgettable.

【Festival to celebrate the fresh start of oyster farming crowded with people】
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By the time the fishery in Ishinomaki becomes lively, JEN will continue its efforts to support the full-scale recovery of fishery in many parts of Ishinomaki.

【The sea of Sasunohama 】
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====For urgent donation…↓↓↓↓↓↓

○Postal transfer account No.: 00170-2-538657
Account holder: JEN

 
Please write “Tohoku Earthquake” on the liaison column.

○Credit card:click here
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).

March 25, 2012 in Tohoku earthquake |

2012.03.24

"A seminar of hope" having started

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On Saturday the 24th of March, JEN began to offer an after-school program "Seminar of hope" at HANA house in Kaduma district, Ishinimaki city. The program is aimed to assist junior-high school and high high-school students in the disaster area for free in learning and preparing for examinations.

We named it "Seminar of hope" because we hope to be of some help in preventing hardship from making students give up their hopes and go on to the next stage of education.
Thanks to the cooperation with the NPO called "FLorence", learning assistance has started at HANA house where JEN is supporting to maintain communities.

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Since a study room in HANA house became available for students, many high school and junior high school students gathered to talk about a variety of topics; problems with study for an exam; high schools that they wish to go on to; choice of major field of study at college; what they hope to become in the future. Yet tensions were seen on their faces, children freshly talked about their hopes.

HANA house where usually people from children to adults in the region get together will turn into a place of learning for students on every Saturday afternoon from now on.
JEN continues to help children in the region to make their ways, responding the needs such as offering study room.

March 24, 2012 in Tohoku earthquake |

2012.03.22

Prices rising in Sri Lanka

At the same time that it has been said that Sri Lanka’s economy grew by 8% last year, here in Sri Lanka prices are also soaring to the roof .

For example, the bus, main mean of transport for many people here, used to cost 6 rupees for a ride in the city of Colombo a year ago and it has soared to 7 to 10, and now to 12 rupees which is twice as expensive. Try to think that the City Bus prices go up from 200yen to 400yen or that Tokyo’s subway would cost 320 yen instead of 160 yen. Now it is easier to imagine the problem, right? 

This is mainly because of the rise of gas prices that began last February, which has triggered an increase on the bus fees.

But of course the increase of prices does not only affect the bus.

Another example is the enormous rise of the electricity prices. Sri Lanka mainly produces its electricity with thermal power plants, so when gas prices soar the way it is happening now, it obviously has an impact on every person’s electricity bill.

March 22, 2012 in Sri Lanka |

Call for volunteers in September and October, 2012

The voluntary work for reconstruction support in September and October takes place on;

September 29 (Saturday), September 30 (Sunday)
October 6 (Saturday), October 7 (Sunday), October 8 (National Holiday)
October 13 (Saturday), October 14 (Sunday)
October 20 (Saturday), October 21 (Sunday)
October 27 (Saturday), October 28 (Sunday)

* Dates that follow will be noticed on our website as soon as they are firm.

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 7,000 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 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.

Times & Place to Meet
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 5:00 p.m. every Friday.

The details are as follows.
※Volunteers must work for at least 1 full 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.

Accommodations
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.

Volunteer 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.

Application
The leaflet tells you how to apply; fill in application form; send it by E-mail or Fax with the document to prove that you have joined the Volunteer Insurance.
E-mail volunteer@jen-npo.org / Fax 0225-25-5612

For details → 「manual_eng201204.pdf」をダウンロード

Application form → 「application_eng201204.doc」をダウンロード

Contact Us

Please contact volunteer@jen-npo.org for inquiries.
0225-25-5611

period for acceptance: 9:00 a.m. to 18:00 p.m. on weekdays

March 22, 2012 in Tohoku earthquake |

School Latrine Construction with Community

Samuel Ayume Agostino (29yrs) is a trained slab maker/latrine construction from Lujulo West Primary School in Morobo.  Lujulo West is one of the schools where JEN is implementing school latrine construction through community participation. The school also benefited from JPF 4 water supply for schools in 2011/12.

I found Samuel working at the latrine construction site together with his team of other constructors.  I asked him how they were able to complete the project while ensuring total support from the communities.

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He said:’ The first thing we did when JEN trained us was consult the communities. We did not do this on our own but with the support of JEN staff.  JEN was clear that they did not want to do anything that could create a dependency culture especially with a new nation and communities settling down, instead they emphasized the need for us to make the most of the skills, coping mechanisms and strengths that people already have. We were sure that our community will be able to do it, especially when they were confident in our newly acquired skills.  I was very eager to show to my community what I am able to do’

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The approach has definitely paid off.  We are now at the completion stage of latrine construction, roofing begins today and by the end of this week, we shall ensure remaining tasks are completed.  Altogether we have helped in the construction of 2 blocks of 2 stances latrine.
Samuel who is a father of 3 children said that earlier on there were no clean water sources in the village.  The community relied on water from a nearby stream.  Now they have a new borehole which is within the school compound.

When asked how the community supported the latrine construction process, he said that all the bricks used in the construction were burnt by members of the community.  Additionally they collected sand and aggregate.  They also ensured that workers at the site got food on a daily basis.  This was all done through the support of area chief, religious leader, teachers and parents of school children in Lujulo.  The children were equally not left out as they also made sure that there was adequate water for the workers at the latrine construction site.

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Ultimately, Lujulo west has demonstrated that communities can take action towards restoring dignity and becoming self reliant. With the new latrines, sanitation in the school will greatly be improved.   The school has become a role model for other villages in the locality.

(Project Officer: Elizabeth Mose)

March 22, 2012 in South Sudan |

Election of the water control committee in Laberger

In early February, a new project called “Improvement project of water hygiene environment through the water control committee in Leogane district”has been kicked off. 

In this project, we will work on improving water and hygiene environment in seven communities across Leogane district located to the West of the capital Port-au-Prince.

In Haiti, we have seen many wells being left broken a few years after being dug due to lack of proper engineering or as a result of the long-term international support.

JEN will be responsible for establishing a system to maintain a well in each community.

At Laberger, which is one of the seven communities, they used to use water from the river as their drinking water. We will dig a well and establish a system which will be controlled and run by the local residents. That way, the hygiene environment can be maintained sustainably.

Here, we would like to introduce you a  "Haitian"style election for the water control committee which we just had the other day.

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First of all, according to the pre-meeting with JEN staff, this man who is the leader figure in the local community explained about JEN's project, the water control committee and each candidate running for the committee.


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As we listened to this piglet singing...


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The election for the water control committee was carried out with voting by show of hands.
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Mommy threw her vote as she fed her baby.
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However, it got difficult to count raised hands. So they moved on to the style of true or false game just like "If you vote for person A come this way and for person B go that way. " Then everybody followed the instruction.
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After a few rounds of moving around, members for the water control committee have been elected. We have to say it was a "Haitian"style election that everyone was laughing and having fun.

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(This project is supported by your generous support and Japan Platform. )

March 22, 2012 in Haiti |

2012.03.15

Cold Wave for the First Time in 20 Years

Many think of the Middle East as a land of scorching sun, where summer is the only season in ayear. In fact, winter comes to the Middle East too. This winter was particularly cold.  In earlier this month, the cold wave hit the Middle East and snow covered all the region including Jordan, Syria, and Lebanon.

There was also more than 10cm of snow in here Amman, where JEN office is situated. Because it is very rare here to have so much snow, we saw  many children, and even adults, excited  to play snow fight or to make a snowman.
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They say spring is short, but summer will come very  soon.

March 15, 2012 in Iraq |

Local Handicrafts

Pakistan has inherited a rich cultural heritage from the history. The different cities of Pakistan with wide verities of traditional and cultural handicrafts have much to offer. The Kashmiri Shawls, the Balochi and Sindhi embroidery work, the Peshawari Chappals and wooden handicrafts of Sargodha and Dera Ismail Khan are famous all over the world.
Wooden handicraft is one of the oldest businesses in D. I. Khan and many households run it as their first livelihood source from decades. It represents the glorious and historical culture of Pakistan in all over the world.
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Nazir Hussain and his family are attached with this business for more than 100 years. His shop is one of the oldest handicraft centers situated in main Topanwala Bazaar, D. I. Khan. Each and every piece of his shop is a cultural heritage. The hand work done on wood pieces is called Jindry which is the specialty of Nazir Hussain. Jindry is a very time consuming work and requires high level expertise.

Nazir Hussain makes different samples of wooden handicrafts which range from the small show pieces to daily life stuff like Wooden Toys, Wooden Tables, Ashtrays, Tea Sets, Table Lamps, Wall Clocks, Wooden Urns, Wooden Flowers, Jewelry Boxes, Dressing Tables and Assmay-e-Hussna (99 Names of ALLAH and Muhammad (PBUH) to Loh-e-Qurani. He also makes different types of Wooden Logos, Shields on order.

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Like other businesses of D. I. Khan, handicraft business is also suffered by the July 2010 flood and mainly due to armed conflict in South Waziristan Agency. Nazir Hussain says that the charms of Topanwala Bazaar have become dim and his business activities are also affected but he is hopeful and trying to bring more innovation in his work.

March 15, 2012 in Pakistan |

Interview with Jamila Teacher of Ishq Abad Girls High School

Name: Jamila S/O Mohammad Hanif 
Age:  36 Years Old.
School Name:  Ishq Abad Girls High School.
Started as a Teacher From: 10 years
District: Jabul Siraj.

Jamila Teacher at Ishq Abad Girls High School (at the time of our interview).

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Comments:
I am so thankful for the JEN Hygiene Education Training Program to teachers and through teachers to students. It is so impressive for all but especially for women as many women are also mothers. If a mother's behavior changes, their whole family's behavior will be change. In my mind the positive effects of this program will be particularly enhanced through women. In the past, my hygiene education knowledge was poor but now our knowledge hygiene is much improved. On behalf of our school teachers especially female teachers I am so happy and appreciative to the JEN staff for their attitude, smiling faces, manner, activities and hard work relating to the hygiene education training program via teachers to students.

Jamila Teacher at Ishq Abad Girls High School -group working.

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Jamila Teacher of Ishq Abad Girls High School -teaching the lesson.

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March 15, 2012 in Afghanistan |

2012.03.12

【One Year After the Disaster; A n Event to Pray for Recovery at HANA house】

n March 10 JEN held an event "Let's make HANA ('flower' in Japanese) of hope bloom" at HANA house in Kaduma district to pose to pray for recovery before reaching the first anniversary of the disaster. HANA house is a community cafe aiming to support recovering a regional community and opened last November with the help of JEN's supporters.

On that day with the news that popular personality Bobby Ologun coming to help people take heart, about 300 people from children to the elderly in the region gathered at the HANA house. When Mr. Bobby came on stage giving them cheerfully "Hello, everyone!", people there shouted with pleasure and the place was packed in the atmosphere of happiness.

【Mr. Bobby's light talk of humor suffuse people's face with a broad smile】

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After his talk, people were served with pan-fried noodles of Ishinomaki thanks to the cooperation of "the academy of brown pan-fried noodles of Ishinomaki ." Sweet smelling pan-fried noodles lured such many people into standing in line at its tented booth that a total of 500 helpings of pan-fried noodles were served, substantially exceeding the original quantity of helping by 200.

【Keep looking at pan-fried noodles being cooked】

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【 Very cheerful looking Grammas' "Jyoshikai"(Jyoahikai is hot among girls in Japan now, a girls night out to enjoy chatting over dinner or drinks,)】

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Employees from NIHON L’OREAL ltd. provided a makeup course and a hand massage service. They were so high in demand that people waited in line, men enjoyed the hand massage service as well. Each of them spent time in relaxing in ways they want.

At another place carpentering birdhouses and benches took place. Members of the architecture club at the Ishinomaki industrial high school along with their teachers were working on making birdhouses reflecting the image of birds that fly high in the future and benches with children for their use.

【Learn to go through with even difficult tasks】

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Looking at finished birdhouses and benches before them, children looked happy filled with a sense of achievement. They painted favorite pictures and signed messages on those birdhouses; among them a birdhouse with "Kaduma, Hang in there." was seen.

【A birdhouse filled with their aspiration 】

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JEN will continue its efforts to support communities, listening and responding to children's yearning for recovery.

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For donation…↓↓↓↓↓↓

○Postal transfer account No.: 00170-2-538657
 Account holder: JEN

 
 Please write “Tohoku Earthquake” on the liaison column.

○Credit card: http://bit.ly/c7R8iA 
 Please select “Tohoku Earthquake” from the pull-down.

 For any inquiries regarding bank transfers,
 please contact JEN Tokyo Office (phone:          03-5...       , contact: Tomita or Asakawa).

March 12, 2012 in Tohoku earthquake |

2012.03.10

One Year After the Disaster; A n Event to Pray for Recovery at HANA house

On March 10 JEN held an event "Let's make HANA ('flower' in Japanese) of hope bloom" at HANA house in Kaduma district to pose to pray for recovery before reaching the first anniversary of the disaster. HANA house is a community cafe aiming to support recovering a regional community and opened last November with the help of JEN's supporters. On that day with the news that popular personality Bobby Ologun coming to help people take heart, about 300 people from children to the elderly in the region gathered at the HANA house. When Mr. Bobby came on stage giving them cheerfully "Hello, everyone!", people there shouted with pleasure and the place was packed in the atmosphere of happiness.

【Mr. Bobby's light talk of humor suffuse people's face with a broad smile】
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After his talk, people were served with pan-fried noodles of Ishinomaki thanks to the cooperation of "the academy of brown pan-fried noodles of Ishinomaki ." Sweet smelling pan-fried noodles lured such many people into standing in line at its tented booth that a total of 500 helpings of pan-fried noodles were served, substantially exceeding the original quantity of helping by 200.

【Keep looking at pan-fried noodles being cooked】
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【 Very cheerful looking Grammas' "Jyoshikai"(Jyoahikai is hot among girls in Japan now, a girls night out to enjoy chatting over dinner or drinks,)】 
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Employees from NIHON L’OREAL ltd. provided a makeup course and a hand massage service. They were so high in demand that people waited in line, men enjoyed the hand massage service as well. Each of them spent time in relaxing in ways they want.

At another place carpentering birdhouses and benches took place. Members of the architecture club at the Ishinomaki industrial high school along with their teachers were working on making birdhouses reflecting the image of birds that fly high in the future and benches with children for their use.

【Learn to go through with even difficult tasks】
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Looking at finished birdhouses and benches before them, children looked happy filled with a sense of achievement. They painted favorite pictures and signed messages on those birdhouses; among them a birdhouse with "Kaduma, Hang in there." was seen.

【A birdhouse filled with their aspiration 】
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JEN will continue its efforts to support communities, listening and responding to children's yearning for recovery.

March 10, 2012 in Tohoku earthquake |

2012.03.09

【Recovery support through music No.2, Instruments donation to Ishinomaki firefighter musical band】

On March 9 JEN at work of recovery support activity in Ishinomaki, along with mudef a foundation, which is operating “HOPE FOR JAPAN”, donated music instruments to the firefighter musical band of local government association for broad-based administrative affairs in Ishinomaki(hereinafter referred to as musical band).

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【Donation of musical instruments 】

This donation done by mudef and JEN was followed by the one to all told 16 of primary, junior high and high school in Ishinomaki city. 

The musical band has given fire prevention concerts, parade and regular concerts at Ishinomaki city, Higashimatsuhima city and Onagawa-machi with the slogan of “Appeal for ‘Be aware of fire’ through music.” and been loved by local people. Two members of the musical band were killed in the line of duty by the March 11 disaster and in addition, ten of their fifty five instruments and all of their uniforms have been affected. Since then they have been unable to practice music and join events held in the region.

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【Instruments Survived the March disaster】


Although resuming its activity has been desired, there have been no aids for instruments. Knowing this hardship, JEN and mudef donated music instruments with the collaboration of GLAY, a rock band which sympathizes with the policy of ‘HOPE FOR JAPAN’.

Those are ten instruments, which were damaged by the tsunami, including an alto saxophone, a tenor saxophone, a soprano saxophone, a piccolo, a flute, a horn, a euphonium, a harmony director and two clarinets. At the presentation ceremony, their thanks from representatives were strongly expressed such as “Even now fifty members are engaging in searching for missing persons every day.”, ”We will try hard to resume our activity.” Those members with new instruments in hand looked smiling to hear the new sound.

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【Unscheduled performing of instruments 】

JEN stuff also look forward to hearing their playing local-minded music.

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【Make a fresh resolve】

====For urgent donation…↓↓↓↓↓↓
○Postal transfer account No.: 00170-2-538657
 Account holder: JEN

 
 Please write “Tohoku Earthquake” on the liaison column.


○Credit card:
http://bit.ly/c7R8iA 
 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).

March 9, 2012 in Tohoku earthquake |

2012.03.08

Introducing a new staff in Haiti

Hello everyone, I am Hashimoto. I have been transferred to the office in Haiti will be in charge of accounting and general affairs.

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I used to be in charge of projects in Sri Lanka and Iraq at the head office in Tokyo.
This is my first time to visit Haiti. My first impression of Haitian people is they are pure and  very warmhearted.

Although I have been battling against mosquitoes since the day one, it won't hold me back doing my best for this project.

I will be committed to reconstruction of this country that suffering from the  earthquake just like Japan.

March 8, 2012 in Haiti |

Electric Generator Recovered – Thank Japan Self-Defense Force –

In Juba, the capital city of South Sudan, Electric Public Corporation provides electricity to people. However, black out has frequently happened and the electricity is provided only 2-3hours in a week in recent one year. Thus JEN produces necessary electricity for the office by our own electric generator. Neverthless the electric generator worn out and did not work properly those days.

One day, some members of Japan Self-Defense Force (JSDF) visited JEN office. We just mentioned the unwell generator and a mechanic in JSDF offered check up the generator at that time.

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They skillfully took off very small parts. They disassembled parts which had not been broken up when local mechanic had checked up for the failure those days.

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The cause of the failure was dirty detailed parts which had not been checked up by local mechanics. JSDF mechanic polished very well the detailed parts exposed to fugitive dust every day.

After the maintenance, the power generator started working very well again.



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(From left: Mr. Miyake, Mr. Ohno, Mr. Kimura, Mr. Shigekago and Mr. Urakami)

We highly appreciated JSDF for working under the scorching burning sun. JEN would use this power generator carefully from now on.

March 8, 2012 in South Sudan |

Eastern Province: Signing ceremony at the start of a new project

On February 23, a signing ceremony was held to celebrate the start of the project for the construction of agricultural wells and development of community organization . We would like to thank the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) and JEN’s supporters for all the assistance they had given us.
 
The signing ceremony took place solemnly at the Ambassador’s residence, in the presence of Sri Lankan journalists. The Ambassador of Japan, Chief of Economic Cooperation Division, Second Secretary, and other interested parties attended the ceremony.

The representatives from each organization  were honored to take the seats next to the Ambassador for the signing and received the Grant contract. The ceremony then proceeded with speeches from the representatives, the Ambassador’s speech, press conference, and a photograph session.

Since end of February, JEN’s project officers have been meeting with the Head of Kiran County, Head of Chenkalady County, and the District Governor, to report last year’s project achievements. The project officers received verbal compliments from each of them for constructing the wells for the communities in this rocky inland area. They greatly appreciated the large wells with substantial water yield even in the dry season.  The details of the new project for the construction of agricultural wells and development of community organization (to be implemented in 31 sites) were also explained to the Heads of Kiran County, Paddipali County, and Vellavely County. 

(The wells of the new project will be similar to the type shown in the photograph, which is an agricultural well constructed last year.)
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While we reported the progress, high officials of Kiran County also gave us a feedback of the comments made by the Deputy Minister of Resettlement during his visit in mid-year 2011, when he inspected the well that had been constructed in FY 2010 with the support of MOFA. We are told that the Deputy Minister had expressed his deepest gratitude upon observing how “the well water is being used not only for agricultural purposes but also for domestic use. The well is being shared by the families of 8 committee members as well as the residents in the neighborhood and has allowed them to actively engage themselves in agriculture for sustainable livelihood improvement.”

 We are now in the third year of implementation of MOFA-funded livelihood support projects. All of the staff members of JEN Sri Lanka will continue to unite our efforts and think and work together with the Sri Lankan people to contribute to the reconstruction and development of Batticaloa District. 
 
 We thank all of you for your continuous support.

March 8, 2012 in Sri Lanka |

Looking at stranded boat

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This is a picture of a mid-size trawler taken on December 10, After 9 months since the earthquake, yet not to be able to remove until only this one has been left in harbor.

The owner of this boat is a man now JEN are supporting. We would like to tell a story about this boat and the owner himself.

The owner, who is running a scrapping company bought this boat before the earthquake and was preparing for discharge and dismantlement. He was caught by enormous shake while he finished setting things up to discharge the boat 5minutes later. He realized that tsunami comes shortly so he has to evacuate to higher ground. He was hit by the first wave after he stayed 30 minutes in harbor to moor his boat again on dock, because of his concern to the boat, and swept away. He clung onto tombstones in cemetery to save himself. After then he went up on the hill, helped many other people evacuating from the swell. However, he remembers with only fragments about the second wave that have swallowed all the houses.

He moved to Pachinko shop near the hill. He spent 2 nights there. On the third day he walked 7 hours and went back his home. He found his house and his family safe, but has lost one of his employee, 2 trucks, and 1 heavy machine.

Days he spent in the disaster were realities those were too unreal to him, not knowing what to do hereafter. When he was struggling to get over himself he found JEN. He got offer from JEN about lending a truck to self-employed business.

He have never heard of its name, have not met them before, that was enough for him to think such kind of business must not be true, but in fact he could not find any trucks by himself at that time. He could not find even one by purchase or by lease.

He contacted us with only half belief, but the issue has moved forward. Finally we have agreed with him that JEN will provide 2 trucks for him by lend-lease. With these he could restart business by himself. He could also employ additional 4 staff. Now he is also positive in using his trucks for social support activities.

(Project for restoring people’s life continued until the end of February with the support from Japan Platform)

He said. “I have watched people supporting disaster recovery on TV. Now I am the one who needs support and I appreciate so much that I cannot explain with word. It was a really good experience for me.”

[JEN staff listening to the owner’s story]

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Now then, let us tell about his boat. On this year January 10 we have succeeded to land his boat on the ground. In fact we have tried two times previously and failed both. This was a third try for us. That day both owner and JEN staff were fulfilled with happiness.

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And on February 27 we started dismantlement of the boat. Trucks supported by JEN are also here.

[Dismantled ship parts carried away by truck]

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The last one boat stranded in the harbor, this image will remain in people’s memory for a long time. The scenery of the disaster area will change constantly, but we strongly think we should not forget about the lesson of the disaster and concept of helping each other.

March 8, 2012 in Tohoku earthquake |

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Gomal University

Pakistan is abundant in agriculture as 27% of the land is cultivated. It is ranked as the fourth largest milk producing country in the world due to the abundance of livestock such as buffalo, sheep, goat, and camel.

For this reason, agriculture and animal husbandry are important parts of the Pakistani economy and in order to continuously grow these fields, it is essential to develop specialists.

As a way to develop these specialists, there is a famous agricultural university called Gomal University in Dera Ismail Khan, where the JEN office is located.

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Gomal University is ranked 12th among the universities in Pakistan with a high reputation and provides a wide range of lectures from undergraduate to graduate studies.

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For the undergraduate program, there are 4 departments  (literature, agriculture, pharmacy, and science), which are split into a total of 29 courses.

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In conjunction with Gomal University, Gomal College of Veterinary Sciences in Dera Ismail Khan has started a 5-year veterinary science doctorate program. Hundreds of students have graduated so far and are working in the animal husbandry field.

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The animal specialist from the current JEN office in charge of animal husbandry instructor training is one of the graduates.

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Gomal University not only accepts students from Pakistan, but also various countries like Afghanistan and Gulf countries. There are 30 to 40 students from Afghanistan every year that take doctorate program mentioned above.

March 1, 2012 in Pakistan |

Renovation of School Latrines and Water Supply Equipment in Progress

JEN is now working on renovation of latrirines and water supply equipments so that children in Iraq can have their school life in better hygienic condition. This is part of our school renovation and hygiene promotion project that had started in last November.

JEN completed renovation of five schools until today.

①A School

A washroom,before renovation

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After renovation
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②B school

A washroom, before renovation

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After renovation

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In Iraq,there still are many terrorist attacks and every day news is reported that innocent citizens were killed. JEN will continue the projects with utmost attention to the local security situation.

March 1, 2012 in Iraq |

Commencement of health education for teachers

It has been started that a course of health education which instructed by exparts JEN trains them. The course is intended for all of teachers from 81 schools which located in two districts of Province of Parwan, Bagram and Jabulsaraj.
The teachers attend lectures of health education for 3 days.
For classrooms, we’ve been chartering a school which is closing during winter recess
Before beginning of the class, we assessed KAP (Knowledge, Attitude and Practice) to check participants’ knowledge and habit relative to health.
Comparing to the acquirement level of knowledge and practice about health, we can find the achievement and future tasks, and we can take advantage of future activities.

KAP assessment (District of Bagram BagramBagram Bagram Air Base Boys High School

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At the first day of the class, we give out health kits to the participants.
Secondly, they learn the way of hand-wash and the way of making Oral Rehydration Salt (ORS) used for symptom of dehydration caused by diarrheal disease and other training program with practicing and having group discussion,

Lecture by Health education expert (District of Jabulsaraj Zarbia High School

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Practice of hand-wash (District of Bagram Darul Alum Mohammadi Boys High school

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Group work (District of Bagram Khwaja khesraw wali high school

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On the last day of the course, we assess KAP after the course, and we award the certificate of health education course to all of participants who have attended the course throughout 3 days.

Award Certificate to Participants (District of Bagram Abdul Star Shaheed High School


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The health education course has been completed at 48 schools at district of Bagram and 15 schools at district of Jabulsaraj.

March 1, 2012 in Afghanistan |

For my grandchild – Hina Doll making at makeshift housing complex

“I’m making Hina Dolls for my grandchild, because they were flushed away by Tsunami.  JEN has been undertaking Hina Doll making in makeshift housing complex throughout the Ishinomaki district, Miyagi Prefecture.  The Doll’s festival is coming soon here in Japan in March. Since residents in makeshift houses were hardly feeling seasonal events, JEN is now engaged in letting people feel seasons.

The picture below is showing how residents spend some time in the gathering meeting room in the makeshift housing complex.

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In cooperation with volunteers, JEN provided patterns, colored paper, and materials for parts of Hina Dolls. Instructors of Hina Doll making are local people in this Ishinimaki.

More residents are now enjoying making crafts in makeshift houses with local instructors.

Learning fine skills from those instructors, residents look happy making up crafts things over cups of tea. 

Residents living in makeshift houses suffer from various troubles.

People who don’t know each other have to should introduce themselves first.

Gathering Meeting rooms can help residents know each other. Tea parties and making-things sponsored by JEN can help residents make up their community.

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Some people  happen to  start talking about themselves in time.
Others make Hina Dolls for their grandchildren whose Hina Dolls flushed away in Tsunami. Still others make Hina Dolls for their dead grandchildren.

Eloquent Hina Dolls made by those residents are now welcoming the 1st Doll’s Festival after the Great Earthquake in the makeshift housing complex.
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March 1, 2012 in Tohoku earthquake |