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06/30/2012

【Breaking News】That toppled giant symbol of fish canning disappeared!

It was that giant can that could be seen in crossing Hiwa-ohashi Bridge.

While some people said "We hope to preserve it as a symbol of suffering", local authorities caught what many people said like "That reminds us of the tsunami every time I see it." and today they started to demolish it.

The demolition work started at nine and the giant can has been taken away by noon.



June 30, 2012 in Tohoku Earthquake |

06/28/2012

Providing play equipments to girls school

In Province of Parwan, many schools does not have play equipments in the playgruound. Children going to such schools could not have enough chance to play or exercise in their school.

<Totom Dara Girls High School>
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Recently we set up play equipments for three women's school in Charikar district in Province of Parwan, by courtesy of Chikuma International Exchange Association. Each of these three schools which are Lagmani women's school (900 students), Tatandra Uria Highschool (685 students), Mianshaak Women's School (511 students) used to have no equipments for playing, now have one colourful steel play equipment which is completely new.


*In Afganistan, Children go to same schools without difference of of elementary, jounior-high and highschool.

<Mian Shakh Girls Middle School>
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<Laghmani Girls High School>
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We would like to introduce Be be Zohra (8 years old), second grade in Lagmani Women's Highschool how she feels about the play equipment.
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“Thank you for providing us new play equipments. We are playing with classmates in break time and Gym class with classmates. I really enjoy playing with this so I think I will be fit and healthy.”

June 28, 2012 in Afghanistan |

Large catch of mantis shrimp, Job creation project No.1: Making fish nets for mantis shrimp

While Miyagi prefecture boasts oyster culture nationwide, its sea off Higashihama and Omotehama in the Oshika Peninsula is also a fishing ground for mantis shrimp from spring to summer every year. It is mantis shrimp that is a well-known sushi item. But almost all of the fishing nets for mantis shrimp fishery have been swept away by the tsunami. What's more, after the disaster fishing nets have been in short supply and so it's difficult for fishermen there to purchase new ones. JEN therefore has started a job creation project that JEN asks the fishermen to work on making fishing nets with materials which JEN has provided for them and supplies completed fishing nets to them for use in fishing. After JEN buys the completed fishing nets from the fishermen, then they are provided for the fishermen equally through each branch office of Fisheries Cooperative Association.


In doing so, it is possible for both those who produce fishing nets and others who live in fishing to be able to earn their livings. Furthermore, experienced fishermen can not only pass on their technology to next generation but also promote intergenerational exchange by teaching how to make fishing nets to young fishermen.
While the fishermen ship mantis shrimps fresh to markets, we also assist them in providing skytanks which are critical for the fishermen to ship. Refer here("Hey! The skytanks just came!", 17/5/2012) for the story on the skytank assistance.

If it had been a usual year, the fishermen would have started fishing in mid April, but, as this year's seawater temperature stayed low, they started it in full swing from mid May. In the morning June 21, fishermen let us know saying "A good landing of mantis shrimps." and we at once got a chance to see catch landing.

【Just landed mantis shrimps】

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【They are taking mantis shrimps off the net one by one.】


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The current market price of mantis shrimp has been two to three times higher than usual. On that day the fishermen had a good catch of mantis shrimp, I heard that each family landed fifty kilos of catch.
Although oyster culture is their main source of income, it takes years before they can ship their products to markets. They seemed to think that it is a great advantage to be able to "ship and gain income soon."

【What a pleasure it is to "have work to do"!】
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The husband and wife (see the photo above) said to us "Our more than one hundred bolts of net have been swept away completely, but thanks to the fishing net assistance we are able to go fishing." We also providing the fishing net assistance for mantis shrimp fishing for fishermen in Omotehama as well as Higashihama where we visited for coverage this time. Next time we will provide the second report from Omotehama, which will show fishermen actually fishing on their ship.

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June 28, 2012 in Tohoku Earthquake |

Life at JEN in D I Khan

Working and living at JEN Office accommodation is based on cooperation, hard work, sincerity, and happiness. Simply, we call it the JEN Family.

We start our activities early at 4:30 in the morning by offering the morning prayer.

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At 8:30, breakfast is ready and at 9:00, the office opens up. We have the same duty hours as the head office in Islamabad with an hour break for lunch and prayer. All staff go work on their tasks; Team 1 goes to the warehouse to monitor the quarantine of goats, Team 2 moves to the field for follow-up, Team 3 plans for distribution and security guards, and drivers and admin staff are there to assist the teams. By COB, all teams come back to the office and submit reports to their supervisors.

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After 5:00, local staff take off while non-local staff stay at the accommodation. While living together for the past 2 years, we have become close friends. We know what the likes and dislikes of each other are, and we live with care, sense, and responsibility. We all share happy and sad moments, and eat and play together. We have strong competitors around the Ping Pong table, and the parties at night give us the opportunity for amusement. Praying together gives us relaxation and eating together teaches us respect.

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Sometimes it feels strange to imagine a different life than one we have here.         

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June 28, 2012 in Pakistan |

Faiz chronicle of Japan (Iraq Head of Office)

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I was very glad to meet my colleagues from other countries and to exchange thoughts and ideas among staff. We had a three day training program for the development of supervisors, and it was a lovely environment as all of us talked straightforwardly and professionally about our past and current experiences. The meeting place was vary comfortable and my colleagues had a good sense of humor to ease the tension in the room when the atmosphere was very serious. I found that time management is taken very seriously in the Japanese way of living, and this was especially true in the workshop.



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It was a good experience for me to talk about my culture to my Japanese colleagues, who were very interested to understand other cultures. I was really happy when they prepared Muslim food for me. The rice was delicious and I was able to improve my ability to eat with chopsticks during my stay.
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I really admired Tokyo because it was the cleanest city I have ever been to. Also, the people there are very polite. I found people smiling in every shop I visited and they were trying to help me when they discovered that I cannot speak Japanese. The metro and train systems were perfect and I was able to plan my schedule precisely to the nearest two minutes.

June 28, 2012 in Iraq |

06/21/2012

Community General Assembly

JEN is now working on two issues in Leogane. One is water management committee who is in charge of operation and maintainance of water supply facilities, and other one is a charging system that keeps operation and maintenance by committee.

Water management committies had many trainings with JEN staff since February 2012. And from this June they are going to hold a community general assembly. In this assembly, members of water management committee have to present their water management structures, operations and role, in order to obtain consent from the community members.

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This is the program of the community general assembly.

  (1) Beginning prayer
  (2) Welcome from the committee members and introduction of the general assembly
  (3) Introduction of committee members and hygiene promotion volunteer members
  (4) History of water management committee
  (5) Rules and terms of water management committee
  (6) Budget of water management committee (and usage fee to be set up)
  (7) Explanation about the membership of water supply facility management system
  (8) Q & A
  (9) Appreciation from the committee
(10) Ending prayer

(0)Gathering People
In Haiti these community gathering always starts late over one hour. People late are apparently not hurrying or do not care about it at all and comes to the meeting place in easy mood (somehow dressed up pretty good). People who came on time also seems to be not irritated about delay instead chatting with other people while they were waiting in the middle of hot day.

(1)&(10)Beginning and Ending Players.
Many are combined with Voodoos, but 80 to 90 percent of people in Haiti are recognized as Christians. That is why we mostly have prayers on the beginning and end of the assembly. All people stand up and sing the player that they all know by heart.

(2) to (7) Explanation
Many people in Haiti are very good at speaking in front of people, or we can say they don't hesitate to speak, in comparison to the Japanese. They also likes to make people laugh with their talks and try to involve people during speaking.

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(8)Q & A
Haitian people relatively do not hesitate to ask question or express their opinion.
Because management structure is one of the main agenda in General Assembly, We always hear questions “What if the committee members cheated the usage fee”. We think this as a reasonable question because still many are acting for their own interest that even teachers take money from their pupils (still most cases only when it is necessary) in this society.

Nonetheless, we saw many people applying for the membership of water management system and paying usage fee to the committee. This fact tells us that the community has strong demand of water, the community begin to understand the importance and necessity of management system, and moreover the community is gradually growing the sence of trust to the water management committee.

June 21, 2012 in Haiti |

Sustainability of water through maintenance of hand pumps

JEN has been working in South Sudan since 2007 with the mission of ensuring safe drinking water for the community. Right now, more than 65 boreholes have been drilled. Although the target beneficiaries are school children, communities living in the neighborhood also gained the benefits of clean water.

However, the rate at which the boreholes break down is a problem.  Boreholes in the rural areas have fallen into disrepair, depriving poor communities of clean water. The boreholes have been installed by either government or nongovernmental organizations but have not been maintained by them. Maintenance has been left to communities who have neither the capacity to repair and maintain hand pumps nor have access to spare parts. Water management committees existed and functioned for all the boreholes in Lainya but, in 90% of the cases, the community made contributions for operation and maintenance only when the boreholes broke down.

In Lainya, JEN found that 35% of water points, or 208 boreholes, needed repair, Out of the 208 boreholes, 15 hand dug wells are abandoned, 63 are non functional and only 145 are in good working condition but likely to break down more than 3 days (or 3 times) in a year.

It seems simple and obvious, but there is little point in drilling boreholes if the is no system to maintain them.  Every day that a borehole does not provide safe water, people are obliged to drink from unclean pools and rivers, exposing them to water-borne diseases.

That is why JEN commenced an initiative termed PPOM – Public Private Operation and Maintenance to improve rural water service delivery by moving from project based, one-off construction of water systems to delivering indefinitely sustainable rural water services.

JEN brought together interested pump mechanics in Lainya who have been trained earlier by JEN and other NGOs and taught them about operation and maintenance. Furthermore, the pump mechanics have been taken through the business development of the water sector.  As a result, the pump mechanics realized the need to engage the communities in ensuring preventive operation and maintenance from a private perspective. Communities, on the other hand, are required to contribute a maintenance fee on a monthly basis. Currently, the pump mechanics are working under the supervision of the Rural Water Department.


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The project is still under progress but the results seem positive for numerous pump mechanics have shown interest. JEN will continue to give support to these pump mechanics in order to improve their skills to attain sustainable water supply for rural communities.

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June 21, 2012 in South Sudan |

Making yukata for hopes: quality time at the Ohara meeting place in the Oshika Peninsula

The summer community festival of Ohara-hama in the Oshika Peninsula is expected to take place in July. In order to respond to the local people's wish to participate in the summer festival in "yukata"(summer cotton kimono), JEN purchased twenty-five rolls of cloth from a quake-stricken kimono shop in
Sendai and provided them for those people living in temporary homes and tsunami-hit houses. Sewing the yukata at the Ohara meeting place began on Wednesday, the 13th of June.

【They are sewing yukata.】
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The local people enjoyed sewing, saying, "Without kuge-desk (a small desk), sewing is really demanding!", "I've never done sewing before, so I don't even know what to do!" As handy tools to make yukata were not available, they had to work together to complete the task.

【How do  you suggest I stitch up here?】
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With one month left before the summer festival, they are going into the last stage of the procedure to make yukata for themselves and their grandsons. "I'll do it!" roared some of them, but I was afraid that they might over-do it. The ward head started a fire outside the meeting place to bake oysters and presented it to the people. JEN staffs were also treated to some of these baked scallops. I think scallops prepared in this fashion tastes the best.

【Baked oysters】
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JEN will continue to involve in area rehabilitation activities through community assistance.

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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).

June 21, 2012 in Tohoku Earthquake |

How to serve the aid with high-quality

Most of the people who refuge from the conflict inside country have lost their own house and any other possessions. JEN has been sustaining such people, and our jobs are required to have high-quality all of times.

Before starting repair of the well, we have the meeting with the Community Workers (CW) from local companies (please see the report dated 9/9/2010 and 9/29/2011) and the members of Well Management Committee (WMC) who maintain the well after completion of the repair. And at the meeting, we share the reason why our job is required high-quality and how to evaluate it.
Our technical staffs make learning tools and lecture CW and WMC who are not expert of architecture.

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During the repair work, JEN’s technical staffs, the field officers and CW have checked general work progress and details of each work, for example, the content rate of sand, cement and metal of the cement blocks.

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After completion of the work, the well is delivered to local people.
However, JEN’s job has not been finished yet. We do final confirmation of the quality after 6 months. If we find any defect in caused by mal-construction progress, we repair again the defect.

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The above-mentioned work which we are pursuing the high-quality aid.

June 21, 2012 in Sri Lanka |

06/20/2012

【breaking local news】Damage by typhoon No.4

We'd like to offer our deepest condolences to those who were impacted by typhoon No.4. The following is a report of how typhoon No.4 hit Ishinomaki. On the 19th, ten thousand people of 4300 households in the coastal areas of Ishinomaki were told to evacuate their homes.
Local government took precautions to prevent people from suffering inundation in low land areas where the earthquake had caused subsidence because a typhoon-generated rainstorm at the time of high tide on the 20th was to be expected. (The Kahoku-shinpou, June 20)

JEN has been supporting a wide range of fishery activities in the coastal areas of Ishinomaki since last year. We got in touch with each coastal area and checked the damage caused by the typhoon in the morning of the 20th. We found that the electricity went out last night in some households of Higashihama but it has been restored. We were relieved to find out that the aquaculture facilities did not sustain any serious losses. One of our staff living in the Oshika peninsula also reported that the typhoon didn't inflict too much damage other than the water-covered roads. Some roads are still flooded.

【Morning July 20; Route 398 near Watanoha-sawada; Water-covered road】
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【Morning July 20; A mountain road leading to the Oshika peninsula; Rainwater made a stream.】
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Although typhoon No.4 didn't cause any serious damages, some slopes, as shown in this picture, contain water and pose the threat of a possible landslide. Some trees are also found toppled in mountain forests. In order to avoid serious damage by typhoon No.5, everybody needs to be prepared.

【The typhoon drenched a parking lot at a convenience store.】
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June 20, 2012 in Tohoku Earthquake |

06/14/2012

Restore dreams and hopes to Ishinomaki: UNIQLO volunteers to help reconstruction.

UNIQLO CO., LTD, which was among the first to work on providing garments for people who had sought shelters without any belongings, has started a new project to boost recovery of the areas hit by the disaster and build a town full of vitality in the severely damaged city of Ishinomaki under the slogan: "Let's make Ishinomaki a town of dreams and hopes." On Tuesday, June 5th, the first group of forty UNIQLO employees gathered together at Ishinomaki from every region of the country as volunteers.

Upon arriving at Ishinomaki, the party of employees attended an orientation at a hotel in Shiogama, where they stayed. At first, a UNIQLO official made an opening address to them saying, "Now that we are going to spend three years finding out and working on what we can do for people in the affected area, please come up with a lot of ideas." Then a store manager of UNIQLO Hebita store told them what the current situation is like in Ishinomaki. After that the employees were divided into ten groups, of which seven were scheduled to find the difficulties teachers face and the problems students have in primary schools, junior high schools and high schools. The rest of them were to survey present conditions in local shopping areas, temporary shopping malls and rural areas like Hata, Tonami, among others.

【The orientation is now taking place.】
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【Teams have organized.】
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After groups had been organized, group members visited Nobiru district in the city of Higashimatsushima, the industrial port, Minamihama town, Sakana town, and the surrounding city of Ishinomaki. At the end of their first day, they mounted to Hiwayama park, where the base of operations for the affected area is located, to have a full view of the disaster.

【Hiwayama park has the command center of the entire affected area.】
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On Wednesday, May 6th, all groups examined their assigned areas and reported their findings at a review meeting. They identified their findings into four categories: "Awareness", "Needs", "Readily actionable" and "Demanding" and put each of them on a small piece of paper then taped them to a large-sized paper.

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【The paper full of Post-it notes on findings.】
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Sharp observations by UNIQLO employees and large amounts of Post-it notes filled the paper with useful information. Through the information, the employees were able to find the problems and solve them carefully one by one.
JEN will stand shoulder to shoulder with the people in the areas by cooperating to develop a town with dreams and hopes through volunteer activities.

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

 
Please write “Tohoku Earthquake” on the liaison column.

○Credit card:
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Please select “Tohoku Earthquake” from the pull-down.

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June 14, 2012 in Tohoku Earthquake |

New recruits of RICOH trained onsite as members of society: in an effort to help recover fishery in Minamisanriku-Cho

The training for new recruits of Ricoh Company, Ltd. took place recently. The first group of recruits trained from May 23(Tuesday) to 25(Friday) and the second group trained from May 30(Tuesday) to June 1(Friday). With two 92-member crews, a total of 184 new recruits participated in the training. Before their training, on the 22th(Monday) and 29th(Monday), they visited Ishinomaki and set out on a tour by bus to see a pile of rubble at the Ishinomaki industrial port, the situation of land subsidence near Ishinomaki fish market, and to listen to a narrator express what the scene of the disaster was like after getting off the bus in front of Kadowaki primary school. One of the employees who first visited the affected area said, "Although overwhelming images have been shown on TV many times, I was really shocked to see this burned primary school with my own eyes.

After the tour they moved to the Higashi-Matsushima community center (Yugakukan for the second crew) and attended an orientation where they were told about the objectives and details of the activities by JEN staff and were divided into groups to discuss each goal and write them on paper, and the day ended.

【The orientation taking place.】
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The ninety-two new recruits of the first crew were divided into three groups and worked on making sandbags, scraping holdfasts off kelps, and sorting kelps and wakame (soft seaweed) at Motohama, Aratogihama and Shimizu, the coastal areas of Minamisannriku-town. The second crew also was divided into three groups and worked on the same operations at Sodehama, Sasameura, Hyashi, Motohama and Hiraiso.

Each group worked hard communicating with local fishermen. Making sandbags was an especially demanding task, and one of the new recruits who was hard at work said with large beads of sweat on his forehead, "Although it's a tough job, I feel deeply fulfilled!"

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The sandbags, which weigh about fifty kilograms each, are used in almost all aquaculture facilities like oyster cultures and wakame cultures. In order for the fishermen to put oyster culture facilities back the way they used to be, they need tens of thousands of sandbags. This time the goal was set to produce about 8,000 sandbags collectively, but the new recruits strove to exceed it substantially by 1,622 sandbags.

Local fishermen were so pleased that they presented scallops to the new recruits and a barbeque party was held right off on the beach. They enjoyed it very much.

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On the final day, a review meeting was held. Each group exchanged opinions on the progress of their goals, the significance of social action programs and awareness raised during these activities. "Instead of merely providing for aid supply, we have to get involved with people there and thus it's necessary to tell others what we saw." one said. "I realized how important it is to look and listen on the scene. My view on providing assistance has changed at the sight of the scene of the disaster. I will visit the scene of the disaster for years to come."another stated. If we can share the situation of the disaster area with as many people as possible through these activities, it can also be helpful for the disaster area.

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The sports meeting at Higashihama primary school united the heart of people

On Saturday, May 26th, a bright and clear day, a joint sports meeting of primary school and kindergarten children was held at Higashihama primary school in the Oshika Peninsula. Local people also joined the sports meeting and people from UBS Securities Japan Co., Ltd. rushed there to help organize the event with members of JEN. Higashihama primary school has twenty-two schoolchildren with a kindergarten within its premise and the schoolchildren are all good friends. While many Tairyo-bata (fishing boat flags) are flying in the schoolyard, the schoolchildren were playing games with stars in their eyes with strong vocal support from local people.

【"Go for it!" Vocal support is ringing out from the crowd.】
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After many games, "Shishi-Furi"(a traditional dance with a lion's mask) was performed by the schoolchildren. The traditional dance to pray for bumper catches and crops was transmitted from the schoolchildren and the Shishi(lion) began to dance as if it was alive.

【"Shishi-Furi" traditional dance with a lion's mask: festival music began to ring】
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【"Shishi-Furi" traditional dance with a lion's mask: Sleeping Shishi comes to life.】
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Both members of JEN and UBS also had the pleasure of joining the game of Tama-ire(ball-toss game), tug of war, and a relay race. At the relay race every team was determined to win and looked very serious. With strong vocal support from the audience like "Go for it!" and "Keep in there!", JEN staff passed the baton from person to person in the relay race. The audience gave warm cheers and applauses to us saying, "Good run, you must be tired!" and so we felt united with the local people.

We saw many people in T-shirts with words written on them in dialect meaning, "You bastard Tsunami. Don't mess with me." These words show us the sturdy courage and strong spirit of the people in the coastal areas. Just like how a relay baton was passed from person to person, the baton of recovery will be passed on to children in the same way. JEN is looking forward to the day when many Tairyo-batas fly in every area of Higashihama and will continue to stand by the local people until they reach the finish line.

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June 14, 2012 in Tohoku Earthquake |

In the last stage of school rehabilitation program

In the current project, which started in November 2011, JEN implements school rehabilitation programs for primary and secondary schools in Central and Northern Iraq through repair of latrines and wash spaces as well as classroom windows and electrical equipment in order to improve the study environment of students.

Through this rehabilitation program, students can stay in the safe classrooms without risk of injury and there woruld be no need to go back home during school hours to go to the toilet. This allows students to concentrate on their study in a more healthy and comfortable environment.

Right now, this project has been completed in 11 out of 19 schools.

A Primary School:- Water fountains: Before:

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B Primary School:- Water fountains: At the finishing stages:
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C Secondary School:- Water fountains: Before:-
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C Secondary School: At the finishing stages:

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June 14, 2012 in Iraq |

Goat Management at JEN Warehouse in D I Khan(PART2)

Feeding: Goats are fed green fodder and wheat straw two times a day i.e. morning and evening. First, green fodder is given to goats and then wheat straw is given two hours later. Goats are also grazed in the afternoon for additional feeding and some exercise.

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Billy goats are grazed separately. Every Billy goat is given 0.5 kg Wanda (A Balance Diet) every day in the afternoon. After eating the Wanda, the Billy goats are not allowed to drink water for about two hours in order to avoid digestive problems (bloat/timpani).

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Milking: The lactating goats are milked 2 times a day i.e. morning and afternoon. Goats are milked after half an hour of feeding.

Cleaning Environment: The shed and open yard are cleaned daily to keep the goats in a hygienic and healthy environment. Water traffs are cleaned early in the morning and refilled with fresh water.

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June 14, 2012 in Pakistan |

Business Trip for Islamabad

I, Reiko Ando am charged with the Afghanistan and Pakistan project at Tokyo Office.
I have gone to Islamabad for a business trip from 1st to 7th, June. I’d like to share my work there.

In JEN’s projects in Afghanistan, our Japanese international staffs have not been allowed to reside inside of Afghanistan country due to deterioration of the security situation, and they are commanding the projects remotely.
JEN has two offices in Afghanistan, at the capital Kabul and Charikar in Province of Parwan. Our local staffs are conducting project activities there.

On this occasion, we brought over 3 of local staffs to Islamabad for the meeting.
In the meeting, we have discussed future strategies of Afghanistan projects and our security measures.
While Province of Parwan where JEN are conducting the projects, have been thought to be safe relatively, we could not see any sign of restoration of the security situation.
We must make progress our project carefully.
Spreading a big map, we have seriously discussed what district and what rotation we should get access to, what transportation device is safe, and where we should have a stronghold office next year, 2013.

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While our Japanese international staffs have not been allowed to visit the field site, our local staffs who have been giving us various information there, are honestly dependable.
We had lunch with them and our local staffs of Pakistan projects who have also turned out Islamabad, and ate my fill of Pakistan food at a nearby restaurant from our office. 


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It is necessity a close coordination among the local staffs, Japanese international staffs and head office staffs for a success of our Afghanistan projects.
Although we could not meet each other at short intervals, we will devote our maximum effort to making better help from each place and position.

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June 14, 2012 in Afghanistan |

06/07/2012

New recruits of GSK trained onsite in Ishinnomaki as members of society, as MR's

Earlier this month, GlaxoSmithKline, or GSK, conducted its introduction training for new recruits at Samurai-hama and Kitsunesaki-hama in the city of Ishinomaki and Hiraiso-hama in the town of Minami-sanriku. These are places where JEN continue supportive activities. During the five-day training, the recruits worked on making mother shells for oyster cultures, scraping holdfasts of kelps and coring kelps. To make a mother shell, you have to first pierce a hole in each scallop shell with a hammer and then run a wire through the hole to make a string of scallop shells. Young oysters settle in the scallop shells and grow for 2-3 years until harvest time.

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【They have scraped about 5,000 kilos of holdfasts of kelps.】
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Since people from GSK actually saw holdfasts of kelps and mother shells for the first time during their volunteer work, they seemed to have a profound interest of learning about the time and effort the fishermen dedicate to their products until they appear on store shelves. They received on-the-job training from friendly fishermen and they learned to carry out their assignment neatly as the days went by. On the fourth day of training, they visited the Ishinomaki Red Cross hospital and listened to the assistant manager talk about the disaster relief and the chief nurse talk about "the record of their initial response to the disaster".

Since the Ishinomaki Red Cross Hospital had provided training exercises for disasters on a routine basis, they could quickly and calmly set up disaster headquarters and a triage system (the sorting of patients according to the urgency of their need for care and emergency transport) and begin relief operations. The video footage of the tsunami made the trainees gasp in surprise and the chief nurse said to them, "What we have learned from the disaster should not fade with time! The concept of teamwork is very important, we can't save lives without making a team." These remarks seized the hearts and minds of the people from GSK, who are going to be involved in medical care as medical representatives, or MR. The staff of JEN also had a sense of self-renewal.

【People from GSK are listening to the manager at Ishinomaki Red Cross Hospital.】
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On the last day of the training, an evaluation meeting was held and people from GSK exchanged their opinions and impressions. One person stated, "After being on the scene here at Ishinomaki, I feel that the recovery is still lagging." Another person said, "I was relieved to see the fishermen responding positively to their situation."

【They are reviewing this training!】
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The five-day training changed the people of GSK, who now have a new attitude towards the situation in Ishinomaki after experiencing the problem first-hand.
They also helped the staff of JEN acknowledge the importance of their activities, and so the training was a real success.

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June 7, 2012 in Tohoku Earthquake |

Security training at 12 in the pink house!

Since March 2012, JEN has been working with Yachiyo Engineering/JICA in the implementation of “the Project for Rehabilitation of Urban Roads in Leogane- Labour Intensive Work”. This is the second project being implemented by JEN at the moment in Leogane. Since May 12th, all employees working on JICA’s project of road rehabilitation in Leogane centre heard their employers yell out, "Security training at 12 in the pink house!" multiple times. JEN has been organizing a security training every day around noon in its office, a pretty pink house easily located in the heart of the town and construction site.

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The Pink house

Currently, two local construction companies are working simultaneously on 13 different sites. Workers are dispatched to different specialized teams of masons, fitter and carpenters. Security trainings have been organized into small groups of 15 people, trying every day to collect people from different teams in order to not slow down any activity on site as much as possible.

The training itself is based on 10 short mute animated movies showing scenes of main security rules of the construction site which is then guessed by the viewers. Distributed by the Haitian ministry of construction and transport, the video material is ideal because participants have to discuss what they thought about the short animation and the message behind it.

In addition, pictures taken on site are shown after the educational, but still theoretical, videos. Seeing themselves enlarged on the wall of the office is always a funny experience for the participants as they can clearly see and/or discover if they are working in a dangerous environment or not. If the debates are quite loud during the projection of the movies it is even louder during the display of the pictures, making the training successful.

Workers from EATT and hard labour workers from Leogane attending security training at JEN office.
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Before leaving, each employee gets a sticker on his helmets proving he did follow the training. The employees also sign an attendance list on which it says he/she accepts not being allowed on site without any safety equipment. In case of noncompliance, the employee loses their salary for the day.

Sticker on the helmet proving the employee did follow security training.
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While the result of the training on site is visible and significant when it comes to wearing helmets and vests or securing the different excavation points, the working environment still remains extremely difficult. The shallow water in Leogane is extremely abundant and very close to ground level, therefore absolutely all excavation points end up becoming real swimming pools within hours, forcing the companies to pump all the water out before being able to continue. Once emptied, the huge holes have to be checked carefully because the risk of collapse is high in the wet environment. Some of the Haitian engineers are even calling it “liquid soil”!

Fortunately, most of the big underground sanitation canals would soon be finished and the next excavation points on small canals wouldn't present any risk of collapse next steps because the ground isn't too sensitive.

Nevertheless, risks of accident will never disappear on any construction site. JEN will keep organizing periodic security training in order to secure the protection of the workers and the residents of the area as much as possible.

June 7, 2012 in Haiti |

Putting clean water on top of the list.

In a country that is struggling with humanitarian needs ranging from poor infrastructure to poor health, access to water still remains a challenge in southern Sudan.

In all sectors, water seems to be the most vital missing link. JEN has been working since 2007 to alleviate this problem and ensure that returnee communities are able to settle in well and set their minds for development.

JEN focuses on provision of WASH services and facilities in schools. It has been said that every 20 seconds, a child under five dies in the developing world from a preventable illness. JEN believes that clean water is the solution that makes the biggest difference to the lives of the locals..

JEN drilled a total of 11 boreholes in Morobo County of Central equatorial.  While on a monitoring visit to some of the facilities, it was apparent that at least three communities received a community borehole for the first time. These are Okollowa, Dongoda and Asumuko primary schools in Morobo County.

"We always used to drink from streams and all our children had diarrhea. This meant high medical bills because we didn’t understand the causes; the new borehole is a huge gift as our children are now feeling better" said Headman Justino Bubuge Yoani in Okollowa village. 

Elsewhere in Dongoda, Rose Kaunda, a 53 year old mother of 11 children, said, "It is the first time we have seen a borehole in this community. People used to fetch water in springs that are far away, sometimes taking up to 4 hours. Now, as a mother, I am left with more time to farm and tend to my children because the water is nearby."



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In the same community, a man had come to the borehole with a small 10 litre jerrican, which is unusual. When asked, he said he was fetching drinking water. Luate Muzame is 27 years old and married with one child. He said that since he grew up he never saw an organization visiting his area for humanitarian support. "I always thought we are the forgotten people" he said. JEN is the first organization to work in the area and now they have a new borehole!

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In some ways, all the statements above may sound obvious. We all reach for the bottled water when in unfamiliar territory to reduce the risk of picking up diseases.  However, in communities where access to clean water is a big issue, this makes a huge difference in the people's lives.

June 7, 2012 in South Sudan |

【Eastern Zone】Prices and Water Supply

In 2009, the war was over and the country is returning to peace, but due the rise of crude oil prices that began on February this year, the price of every other product is rising and making the citizens suffer.

On the other hand, there is still the problem of securing the water supply of Eastern Batticaloa District, but thanks to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and our supporters in Japan, the project has reached its third year.

The excavation works began on May 15th starting from Vellaveli DS in Batticaloa. Usually near the coast of Batticaloa, water begins to spring out after you drill 3 meters deep into the ground, but in this zone you need to drill about 9 meters. This is a picture of JEN’s monitoring staff in the Kudumbimalai GN in Kiran DS (also called the region of Thoppigala, the last region under dispute and base of the LTTE) on May 17th.
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This is a picture of the state of the excavation works in Vellaveli DS. They are using a rock drill.
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The water content inspections began on May 21st. This is a picture of one of the inspections in Kiran DS.
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Due to the fluctuations of stone material prices, we had to restart negotiations with the supplier, and although it was difficult, on May 30th the stone cutting works started.
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Presently, JEN’s office in Batticaloa is giving its best to finish the stone cutting works of all 31 bases before the rain season starts in October. We hope to keep receiving your kind support from now on.

June 7, 2012 in Sri Lanka |