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12/27/2012

Promoting-joyful-business-startup festival for women

On Sunday 9th of December, "Promoting-joyful-startup festival for women", a festival to help women start up their own businesses to make life fun, was held at the food court of "Recovery Marche" in the downtown of Ishinomaki. This is part of JEN's female entrepreneur incubation efforts targeting women who want to take advantage of their skills, want to work but have difficulty of raising children at the same time, or want to start up businesses but don't have know-how needed to do so.

【"Recovery Marche" near the Ishinomoki cartoon museum is used as the venue for the festival 】
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Six women who already started their own companies set up booths featuring their businesses such as sales of goods, handmade bred and jam, finger-massage yoga, baby yoga and so on.
Participants listened with interest to those women explaining what their businesses in Ishinomaki were like or their actual experiences on how they started their businesses.

【"Grandma Corporation" founded in Kaduma, Ishinomaki】
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【Participants listen to actual experiences.】
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【AMIS workshop founded by moms in Ishinomaki  】
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JEN will continue to support female entrepreneurs. Your continued assistance is appreciated.

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December 27, 2012 in Tohoku Earthquake |

Fishermen in Saunohama hold grand opening of oyster grill

On Sunday 9the of December, fishermen in the fishery town of Sasunohama had the grand opening of an "oyster grill", a small dining hall to offer oysters. Immediately after the 11 a.m. opening, the first visitor, shivering from cold, came in. "Where are you from?" I asked him, then he answered that he was from Aizu, Fukushima; Ishinomaki was his wife's home town; he had been fishing since this morning and landed several fishes including flatfishes; but he was thinking of getting back for it was too cold to continue fishing when he found a flag of the grill flying; he immediately walked into the grill, saying to him "I'll have my favorite oysters! I'm in luck!" Then a grill staff member called out to him "You are the memorable first visitor.", that making him laugh in embarrassment.

【The first visitor of the grill.】
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Visitors kept coming in after half-past eleven, and so it took very little time to fill the seats. The grill staff members served the visitors with a soup of mussels, a nice broth made with home-grown mussels, and they enjoyed the soup. The soup seemed to get them out of the cold.

【The broth made with mussels in a large pot.】
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【The soup of mussels please visitors from Nakaniita. 】
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Although one-year-old oysters grown in Sasunohama were rather small, they are rich in umami taste. Oysters grown in Oginohama were large, for they were two years old. You can taste the difference from oysters grown in Sasunohama to ones grown in other fisheries, and so please take this opportunity to try those oysters.

【Oysters are gently char-grilled. 】
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It was just one day before the opening of the oyster grill the fishermen had been looked forward to when a huge earthquake occurred off the coast of Miyagi Prefecture which triggered a tsunami warning and an one-meter-high tsunami was observed at Ayukawahama after 6 p.m. Fortunately, the fishermen said, it wasn't such a large one that could rage through the urban area that there were no reports of great damage except the subsidence of seawalls in Sasunohama below sea level. It was a guess of the fishermen that the foundations of the seawalls had been undermined. As was the case, the fishermen couldn't stop worrying that---quote---"We may not have even a single visitor...", but now the fishermen were relieved.

The oyster grill in Sasunohama will be opened every Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. until December 23. Mr. Hosokawa, the head of the Ishinomaki Fisheries Cooperative's Executive Committee for Oyster grill, said to us "Now is the best time to enjoy oysters, please come over!" In next January, the grill will be opened every Sunday, changing hours, from noon to 2:30 p.m.

【Mr. Hosokawa, the head of Executive Committee for Oyster Grill, is pictured right.】
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In addition, they have a best recommended specialty, Sasunohama burger, which can't be tried anywhere in the country but here. It's excellent with a demi-glace with extra stock of Sasunohama grown oysters simmered down.

【Sasunohama burger, using specially made oyster-sauce-based demi-glace.】
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After many twists and turns, the fishermen were able to have their opening of the oyster grill on this occasion. We were full of emotion as we saw people in Sasunohama fulfilling their hopes and dreams like this through repeated dialogues for about a year. JEN will continue to support people's proactive actions in the region.

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December 27, 2012 in Tohoku Earthquake |

Monitoring of Pilot Project

In 2nd half of 2011, JEN implemented a livelihood recovery pilot project for the IDPs in D I Khan. 500 IDPs households were provided with Goats. 20 Livestock Extension Workers were provided with male goats and were trained on goat management for 10 days. The livestock extension workers were supposed to disseminate the knowledge of goat management to IDPs household. They were also supposed to monitor the assigned number of goats (for 1 livestock extension worker average 24 goats), provide first aid services when needed, do vaccination, de  worming, provide male goat to female goat for breeding and submit reports to JEN regularly.

They performed their duties well on time and the pilot project was successful in terms of achieving its objectives of livelihood recovery for the IDPs. To know further progress of the pilot project, JEN arranged a meeting with these livestock extension workers. The livestock extension workers were also supposed to monitor the beneficiaries after the project on regular basis. In the meeting they shared present condition of the goats, parturition record with JEN team and their individual contribution. From the reports submitted by LEWs it is evident that the goats are contributing towards the livelihood recovery of IDPs by producing milk and baby goats.

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The IDPs in the pilot project used milk produced from goats for their own use and for selling in the market for income to cover their other daily life needs. More than 25% goats produced baby goats for the second time.  Some beneficiaries sold the baby goats to cover their emergency needs such as emergency hospitalization etc. Mostly beneficiaries raised these baby goats for larger benefit in the future.

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December 27, 2012 in Pakistan |

Local Community’s Contribution for school

The reconstitution of 81 facilities at 23 schools in Bagram, Province of Parwan and Jabul Safaj District started from last April completed on November. One of the schools, Qalai Nasro Boys Middle School in Bagram did not have any schoolhouse or any water closet before the renovation. In lieu of the school, a nearby mosque (as chantry of Isram religious) and its rest room and well were used. However, there was no desk or chair in the mosque and the students must sit on the ground to take lessons. Moreover, there were shortage problems in the number of teachers and lecture rooms; only 10 tutors assigned for 610 of the enrolled students, and some of them had to attend lecture outside because of over limit of lecture rooms.

[At beginning of construction work]
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Confronted the above-mentioned situation, JEN constructed new facilities, such as 6 school rooms, 4 rest rooms and a hand-wash station with a water storage. In addition, each classroom has a blackboard, desks and chairs.

[New facilities accomplished]
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After the reconstitution, the school’s steering committee started to handle facilities’ operation and maintenance. they voluntarily took further actions to improve education environment and asked local residents’ cooperation to make a external wall around the school, water channel between the school and the neighboring region, and planted flowers and trees.

[External wall made by villagers]
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[Water channel, flowers and trees ]
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Such a self-action by local community encouraged people to care of schools and children. Furthermore, it is prospected that operation of facilities and further approach to improve the education environment will be conducted continuously.

December 27, 2012 in Afghanistan |

12/20/2012

We don't need no education


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Haiti.
80% of people live under the poverty line.
More than 90% of schools are private. They are mainly religious, and without control on what is teach to children.
Compare these two figures; it would explain you a lot about Haiti.
Education is obviously one of the main key to rebuild this country. It is even perhaps the only genuine path, which would take generations though.

Over the last decades very few Haitians have enjoyed a good education. This lack of education can be felt on daily basis. Through the very few people able to speak another language than Creole, and sometimes French for instance. Or through reactions or questions from people we meet.

Here are some excerpts of discussions we have had over the last few weeks. They are proper words of Haitians we work with. Of course they are only examples and all our discussions are not as amazing. But it could give you a sense of what is the reality in terms of education.

-Boss, is Denmark a cold or hot region of France?
-It is quite cold during winter, but it is not a French region, it is a country by itself.
-HO ! really? So why do people go there instead of France?
-Perhaps because they live there, no?
-Ha, ok. And Cameroon, is it a hot or cold region of France?

In Haiti, JEN works only on education through hygiene promotion or community development. Yet what gives more sense to what we do here is the time we spend with staff debating, discussing, explaining; most of the time out of working hours. This is not reported to donors, they would not fund such non-formal education, at so small scale, anyway.
But this is one of the best parts of the humanitarian job.
This is one of the specifics of a genuine humanitarian NGO.

December 20, 2012 in Haiti |

North:The Monitoring of the Project by JPF

JPF has conducted monitoring of JEN’s projects on Nov. 8th and 9th. One was from North Sri Lanka in Vavuniya District.  The other is the one which is now going on at Mullativu District.  On the first day, the observation was for the projects of 426 cleaning wells and of 230 repairing wells which both happened in Vavuniya North Division in Vavuniya District from 2010, June to December.  JEN saw that the well management committee still used the feed-water pumps and the cleaning equipments which were provided by JEN at the end of the project.  They have new cleaning equipments since it has been using more than a year.  The wells are maintained by the management committee. When small repairs are needed, the well management committee initiated by the community or the village development association does.  Members from the committee still continue to visit local people’s places to verify well conditions even after 2 years when the project was done.

It has already been 2 years since people returned home in Vavuniya North Division.  Therefore, the construction of permanent residences has been started instead of temporary housings.  All the leaders of the well management committee are evaluated from the past experiences to be the ones of the housing construction committee.  They will discuss about the cleaning and repairing of the well among the committee.  JEN saw their positive achievements that they showed the leadership in another committee as well.  The leadership was what they got from JEN’s project.

On the second day, the monitoring was occurred for the project which is going on from July in 2012 at Puthukkudiyiruppu Division in Mullativu District.  The cleaning and repairing of 442 wells and the constructions of 13 pump style wells in 13 districts are enforcing.

[Picture: The explanations of pump style well locations on a map by JEN’s staff]
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[Picture: Digging down to 100 feet (about 30 meters) under the ground due to the pump style well construction.]
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People get covered in mud inasmuch as mud is blown up quite frequently in the air.  However, that is the way water inside get clarified.

[Picture: Pump style well digging.]
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“Well cleaned and repaired water is shared with people of 10 households in our neighborhood for various uses.” said, Ms. Toffek who is the female leader of the well management committee.

[Picture: The partitions stay for the bathes of the woman.]
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“My daughter has felt worried sometimes when she washed herself in the dark at the joint well on the street away.  Even though my husband had hard time taking a bath because of his disabilities of his leg and shoulder from the conflict, we are glad now that it is not as difficult as before.  Other than the partitions, people in the neighborhood have conversations lively at the time they come to get water.  It is just like when people were in peace before the conflict was happened.  I am so happy about it and neighbors thank me.  Moreover, people have asked me for the advice as I am the leader of the committee.  For examples, about the village situations or the worries that the women face afterward they came back to their village.  I have been getting confidence little by little” she said

Not only troubles of water have been solved but also people in the village have had the opportunities to talk or discuss about common problems.  The best point is that they the relations between them from their attitude to get over those problems with a team after the cleaning and repairing of the well.  That is what Toffek said.  She also told that the fences of the entrance leave opened so that people can come to get water anytime with the feelings their life is going on in peace.

[Children drinking water of the well at Ms. Toffek’s place]
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December 20, 2012 in Sri Lanka |

We had an inspection ~At Kulipapa Elementary School~

The projects in Central Equatoria State in Sudan to construct the wells and the toilets and to have education about sanitation are now promoted by Japan Platform, thanks to all your support. On 23th November, the monitoring team from Japan came to the elementary school to have training of committee to control the water sanitary and they inspected the well completed in the elementary school.

【The scenery of the training】
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The village mayor of Kulipapa Village heard that the team of inspection from Japan was coming, so he participated from the middle of the training. He complained the condition of the village and make some questions about the contents of the training. Because it was the third day of the training, the village residents could answer the questions. We could see the good results of the training so quickly.

【The fashionable village mayor】
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【The village resident explained for the question】
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Next we went to inspect the well completed recently. Though the committee members were still on the training, the residents have been cooperating with each other and more than half part of the fence surrounding the well was completed.

【The monitoring staff and Jen staffs inspecting the well】
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We were asked some questions about a good way to choose an elementary school, the contents of the training and so on from the monitoring members.

(Head of Juba Office, Shu Nishimaru)

December 20, 2012 in South Sudan |

12/13/2012

A step forward to put the tragedy behind

Ms. Kieko Sanjo who now lives in a temporary housing with her husband at Otsupagawa district in the city of Ishinomaki used to live in the Nagatsura district in the same city before the disaster. Her husband retired several years ago from a plywood company where he had worked for over thirty years,even after retirement, and from time to time,he helped at the company and some money. Ms. Sanjo has two children, both with families, and three grandchildren.

At the time of the disaster, Ms. Sanjyo was at home and the whole house was engulfed by the tsunami,. She managed to air just beneath the ceiling and the water surface. She desperately crawled up the stairs and, and as she had been soaked to the skin by seawater with sludge, she wrapped herself in curtains and blankets keep warm. Her house was completely destroyed.

The tsunami took the lives of her daughter-in-law (her first son's wife)and her two grandchildren; a high school junior and third-grade elementary school boy. When the earthquake came, her late daughter happened to be in the municipal government office. She went to pick up her eldest son at his high school and then her younger son at his elementary school. At about 3 p.m, her husband recieved a message from her, that said "I've picked up the eldest son and waiting for the younger one at the elementary school right now." Moments later, the tsunami engulfed them her and children.

【A footage of Nagatsura district shot in December 2011, still remains submerged.】
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--quote--"I've been regretting myself for having survived. Why did the old, like us, survive, when the young, like my daughter and grandchildren, had entire lives ahead of them? I couldn't regret enough."
"While I was at home, I could only remember about my grandchildren. It was so hard. Just seeing children of their age made me tear. Even now, I cannot help but cry when I think of them. So, in order not to put my mind on something else, from about the end of last year, whenever there was some event held at the local meeting place, I tried to take part as much as possible."

【Ms. Sanjo, shown at right in the photo, looking at people planting tulips in autumn 2011.】
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"My eldest son who lives in another temporary housing bought a piece of land in inland area. I'm planning to open a sewing class in his new house. I want to teach not as a volunteer but as a professional. I'm also going to invite volunteers who have supported me for tea, and I’m really look forward to the completion of his house."

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"Every time I went to the meeting place, there were different groups of people, but there were a few that were there each time and I got acquainted with them. Today, seeing them and their shinning smiles give me energy and emotional support. I can't tell you how much that helped me heal my pain. Words alone could never express my gratitude to them. I think, thanks to those, I could feel calm, and came to live much more positively than last year."

"Since last spring I began to think that I could not keep on receiving relief supplies and encouragement, but I should do something in return. So I've decided to communicate my recovery and my gratitude through a sewing that I've been enjoying doing for years. These days, I volunteer teaching sewing at three locations including the temporary housing where I live."

【Ms. Sanjo, in blue shirt, concentrating on her sewing work.】

【Ms. Sanjo, fully recovered, talks cheerfully with a JEN stuff member.】
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Many victims in disaster-stricken areas still live painful lives, suffering considerable psychological damage. JEN will continue to support, standing close to every individual.


【Near the mouth of Kitakami River in Nagatsura District】
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December 13, 2012 in Tohoku Earthquake |

After the distribution of goats in 2011

JEN conducted a survey of domestic refugees’ community which JEN gave goats in 2011 to see the effect of their support. This is a story of one family we heard during the survey.

When JEN visited Ms. Dwaidan’s house before our support in 2011,she took care of her two daughters by herself. When she was in South Waziristan, which was her hometown, she lived with her husband and two daughters. After refuge, she lost the means of livelihood and her husband went away to work in Karachi(The southern city of Pakistan).However, soon after they received goats from JEN, her husband came back from Karachi and her family could live together.

In the survey conducted in 2012, Ms. Dwaidan said, “My husband daily wages was very low and it was difficult to manage the minimum food cost before the support. Goats milk we received was plentiful even four of our family used daily, so we sold the excess milk(about 1.5 litter) in the neighborhood and we earned 122 rupee(About 103 yen)

After that, Ms. Dwaidan carefully saved the money which she earned by selling milk, and purchased a sawing machine. She used to live by needlework and weaving in her hometown. She made clothing by the sawing machine and sold them to her neighborhood. Ms. Dwaidan said “ One clothes is sold at 200 rupee(About 170 yen)
Now 10 clothes are sold a month and our family finances became more stable.

[Ms. Dwaidan’s two daughters and the sawing machine]
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December 13, 2012 in Pakistan |

Cricket in Afghanistan

In the 1990s cricket became popular amongst Afghan refugees in Peshawar/Pakistan where they playing cricket in their settlements and the Afghanistan Cricket Federation was formed there in 1995.

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They continued to play cricket on their return to their home country in late 2001 and this was the year when the Afghanistan national cricket team formed and Afghanistan women national team in 2010.

[Women national team]
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The Afghan team rapidly rose through the World Cricket League since early 2008 awesomely, this young team participated in the  ICC World Cup Qualifier 2009, 2010 ICC World Cricket League Division One and 2010 ICC World Twenty20 where they played India and South Africa.
Afghanistan national cricket team has the world record that hasn’t lost a 4 days match yet.
The team won the ACC (Asian Cricket Council) Twenty20 Cup in 2007, 2009, and 2011, It played against top ranking teams in the ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup 2012 and the ICC World Twenty20 2012 where they played India and England and wondered the world/ it was the unbelievable dream of Afghan nation to see their national heroes play against international top ranking cricket teams which became the reality.

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Cricket brought Peace, Unity, Respect, Reliance, Pleasure, Humility and Love to Afghanistan and Afghanistan national cricket team to whom the world calls Gold in Ashes!

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The following are the major cricket stadiums in Afghanistan:
Ghazi Amanullah Khan International Cricket Stadium in Nangarhar Province
Qandahar International Cricket Stadium in Qandahar (under construction)
Ghazi international Stadium in Kabul
Kabul National Cricket Stadium in Kabul (under construction)

Work on the Sherzai Cricket Stadium in Jalalabad/Nangarhar a city known in Afghanistan for being the “CAPITAL of CRICKET” is continuing.
The government of Afghanistan and Cricket Board was planning to construct standard cricket grounds in all 34 provinces in next five years.
It’s mentionable that the Sharjah Cricket Association Stadium in the UAE named the 'home' ground of Afghanistan by this news the entire world shocked.

By: Hameedullah”Hamid”
Field Officer

December 13, 2012 in Afghanistan |

12/06/2012

The Haitian Pride

If you travel in the plains between Leogane and Grand Goave, so in our areas of intervention, you will see plenty of fields with a kind of high green plant. These are sugarcanes, that are obviously used to make sugar, but that are also eaten by people. For one Haitian dollar (5 HTG, so 1/8 of US Dollar approximately) you can have your piece of hunger-killer.

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Nevertheless sugarcanes, including Leogane’s ones, are above all the main component of something much more important for Haitian: Rum. Rum is the true Haitian pride. Especially the most famous one: Barbancourt . Certainly one of the only things Haiti exports all around the world. If Japan is reputed for its whiskies, Haiti can be considered as one of the best rum producer worldwide. If you have the chance, once, to test Barbancourt rum, you could never think it is coming from one of the less developed place in the world, the America’s poorest country. Others rums exist, as in the whole Caribbean islands, such as the Bakara one, but they do not reach the level of quality of Barbancourt.  The basic Barbancourt is 4 years old (called 3 stars). There is also the 5 starts bottle (8 years) and the 8 stars (15 years, almost impossible to find in the country). All aged in oak barrels.

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Quite surprisingly, Barbancourt rum is one of the only things that has resisted to years of deliquescence of the Haitian economy. There are certainly many reasons. But consumption is not one of them. Indeed, very few Haitians drink Barbancourt, which is too much expensive. Most of them drink clerin, which is the first result of sugarcane’s pressure and can be drunk almost immediately. The 3 stars’ Barbancourt bottle of 75 cl of is not sold less than 300 HTG (more often around 375 HTG) while a gallon of clerin (around 4 liters) cost 325 HTG.

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Rum or clerin are of course firstly used to be drunk, as any alcohol in the world. They are sufficiently strong to be quite successful on this issue, whether you add something (such as prune or ginger). It’s not rare to meet people fully drunk, sun and heat supporting the rum to reach the goal of the drinker. A Haitian legend exists about one Japanese who would have been the victim of Haitian rum, but who knows if a legend is true or not?
Another rumour says that drunken people eat cats to recover. Yet experience in the country has shown that cats are not only eaten by alcoholic people, but this is another story.

Rum is also used in some religious celebrations or to fight diseases through mystic celebrations.
To have a sense of cultural adaptation, expatriates of course drink rum. Very often they arrange rum with several flavors. It is then called arranged rum. In Grand Goave, since 2010, regularly rum awards are organized. The last one occurred very recently and JEN team tried to worthily represent the organization with a very specific rum. Unfortunately we could not find anyone to present it as the name of the rum suggests. This is certainly the main reason why JEN did not win this recent competition. It could definitely not be for any other reason.

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We have to be better prepared for the next rum awards. JEN team cannot remain on a failure.

Are you ready to come to help us? Good rum is such a pride for Haitian people that we need to respect them.

December 6, 2012 in Haiti |

Last grads of damaged Kadonowaki Elem. School making a bond-themed flowerbed

First-year Kadonowaki Junior High school students (107) worked on creating a flowerbed with a bond theme nearby Kadowaki Elmentary School where they come from. What has prompted them to do so was that they studied about activities that could lead to the restoration of Ishinomaki during the period of integrated learning. Among many ideas listed, there was "creating a flowerbed."
While its original plan was to plant flowers on the schoolyard of their former school damaged by the disaster, they had to abandon the idea because the school is scheduled to be dismantled. Their teachers made great efforts to realize students' aspirations and finally adopted to obtain permission to use a vacant rot that used to be a parking lot from a person who used to run a restaurant near the primary school. But its earth was mixed with such glass chips and metal strips that it was dangerous to plant flowers.

【JEN staff members have taught how to plant tulip bulbs a week before.】
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After JEN staff members talked with the teachers about that, they came to a conclusion that it's necessary to replace the soil with new one. Then they took counsel with Misatomachi Social Welfare Council, who introduced a farmer in Higashimatsushima to them.That farmer consented willingly to provide soil so that students might realize their aspirations. Now for a vehicle to transport the soil, JEN staff members thought it would be worth talking it over with truckers who helped JEN remove rubbles last year. He also accepted JEN's request.

【Truckers carry soil from Ooshio district in Higashimatsushima.】
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We were also given support from Miyagi Commission for Restoration of Life with Flower and Greenery 3.11 project such as wood crossties for verges of the flowerbed, flower seedlings, tulip bulbs and compost. Moreover, a local and a major flower shop offered us flower bulbs. In this way many people helped us and so the student's aspirations were taking shape little by little.

【This photo depicts how to enclose the flower bed with wood crossties.】
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On the day of making the flowerbed, Wednesday the 28th of November, it's was a windy and chilly day, but the students leveled the soil, laid pots of purple, yellow and white violas side by side as designed and planted bulbs of narcissus and tulip.

【Students level the soil.】
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【Lay flower seedlings and bulbs in the shape of a heart】
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【Students plant flowers.】
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One of the class representatives who designed the flowerbed said "Thanks to everybody, we were able to finish off the flowerbed more beautifully than we expected. We want to be of help in restoring our town as much as possible through filling up our town with flowers." Violas will continue to bloom till next spring; narcissus will be at the best time in late April, tulips in early May. We are looking forward to see those flowers bloom in coming spring.
JEN will continue to support children's proactive activities.

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December 6, 2012 in Tohoku Earthquake |

Community Diversity and the implications of Hygiene Education

One of the most interesting activities that is fruitful and sustainable is establishing community structures that can address hygiene issues in the areas where JEN is implementing a water supply, sanitation and hygiene education.

[School Hygiene Education with various picture cards]
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In the current JEN project 2012, targeting of communities is particularly important and critical as the huge investments made in installing WASH facilities finally pays off by having healthy communities.

Juba County has displayed a very interesting settlement pattern that we would like to share.  For an outsider, it is common knowledge that Juba County is inhabited by the Bari people.

While visiting these communities it was apparent that there is a huge diversity embedded in different cultures among the targeted communities.   Some of the tribes found in Juba County are Bari, Lolubu, Mundari, Lokoya and Nyangbara.   The distribution pattern presents agricultural and pure pastoralists.

[Illiangary Village, one of the project site]
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Targeting the pastoralists in Juba County for hygiene education can be extremely challenging as during this season when the rains have subsided, they move with their cattle in search of pastures for the livestock.  JEN’s hygiene team recently found a group of men performing a ritual ceremony in Tijor payam. The ceremony was termed as initiation for men in a common age group seeking to get approval from the community to get married.   The age set ranges from 18 – 25 years old.  These men in groups of 20 or more gather together for 3 months, and are subjected to living outdoors, to show how they can protect the community from enemies or attackers.  During this time, they do not wear clothes and neither do they take a bath.   

In South Sudan, men play a very big role in the decision making process, hence the need to include them in hygiene education.  However, when they are met under such circumstances, it is imperative to still create awareness among them on importance of hygiene in their families.

JEN is seeking to continue including such communities that are basically marginalized and at times forgotten in order to improve hygiene practices.  To understand their cultures as opposed to ignoring them or terming it as backward is the key factor for JEN to eventually get such communities to adopt new hygiene practices.

【Water Container in Illiangary Village】
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One of the beneficiaries from Illiangary village, Kiden Rose said ‘we are very happy that now we have a clean water source in our area.  It is the first time we are receiving hygiene education, and we are happy since JEN has provided water for our children’

(Project Officer/Elizabeth Mose)

December 6, 2012 in South Sudan |

East:Audit from the MOFA monitoring team

From November 6th to 7th, with the support from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the supporters, an audit was conducted by the Japanese Embassy of Srilanka to review the support activities of livelihood of returnees from October 2008 to September 2009 at Kiran DS of Batticaloa District.
Staff from JEN also attended communicating and interviewing the residents where the activities conducted have been finished.
On the first day, the agricultural readjustment assistant was monitored at Kiran DS of Batticaloa District. Their activities ended more than three years ago, confirming that the distributed tools were still in use and then audited the seedbed of hot pepper that residents learned as house garden skills during those days.

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Grown seeds will be shared by the group. The big leaf in front of the man is a growing coconut leaf. In behind, a casaba bush and a big leaf of banana can be observed.
The residents were applying “mixed planting” which were skills they learned, when JEN was providing aiding activities. After the monitor, we visited the big local market and encountered the member of the fishing organization, aided by the fishing aid program, selling tilapia.

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On the second day, we monitored the fishing organization at Vahaneri lake where boats and fishing tools were distributed by the fishing readjustment assistant. After visiting the fish market early in the morning we interviewed the leader of the organization.
After counting the number of the boat JEN distributed, we dined the fresh fish fry at the leader’s house.

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【This is the boat JEN distributed, the emblem is still there】
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【Fishermen on duty】
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Additionally, we were able to interview the leaders from the selected members of the beneficiary committee of the second district of Kiran who participated the agricultural readjustment assistant

Mrs.Indrani , the leader of the beneficiary committee (joined by 111 household) of Kudamunaikkal village consisted by 15 home garden groups said “It has been 3 years since the aid has finished, we are now able to save our membership fee. We discussed with our members and to clean the Hindu temples”.  She mentioned with confidence that “I am very happy now that I can harvest vegetables from my garden. Before then, we only had our personal profit in mind, but now after participating JEN’s activities I began to think of supporting the other residents as the leader of the community. This was a big change for me.”
During the activities, the village was a period after returning from an unstable condition but people are now talking about their perspective.

We were able to confirm a strong relation being established within the village and the process being developed which was a very impressive monitoring.

December 6, 2012 in Sri Lanka |

Audit from the MOFA monitoring team

From November 6th to 7th, with the support from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the supporters, an audit was conducted by the Japanese Embassy of Srilanka to review the support activities of livelihood of returnees from October 2008 to September 2009 at Kiran DS of Batticaloa District.
Staff from JEN also attended communicating and interviewing the residents where the activities conducted have been finished.
On the first day, the agricultural readjustment assistant was monitored at Kiran DS of Batticaloa District. Their activities ended more than three years ago, confirming that the distributed tools were still in use and then audited the seedbed of hot pepper that residents learned as house garden skills during those days.

121206_at_pettaikulamvegegarden__2


Grown seeds will be shared by the group. The big leaf in front of the man is a growing coconut leaf. In behind, a casaba bush and a big leaf of banana can be observed.
The residents were applying “mixed planting” which were skills they learned, when JEN was providing aiding activities. After the monitor, we visited the big local market and encountered the member of the fishing organization, aided by the fishing aid program, selling tilapia.

121206_no_2_at_oddamavadivahaneri_2


On the second day, we monitored the fishing organization at Vahaneri lake where boats and fishing tools were distributed by the fishing readjustment assistant. After visiting the fish market early in the morning we interviewed the leader of the organization.

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After counting the number of the boat JEN distributed, we dined the fresh fish fry at the leader’s house.
【This is the boat JEN distributed, the emblem is still there】
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【Fishermen on duty】
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Additionally, we were able to interview the leaders from the selected members of the beneficiary committee of the second district of Kiran who participated the agricultural readjustment assistant.

Mrs.Indrani , the leader of the beneficiary committee (joined by 111 household) of Kudamunaikkal village consisted by 15 home garden groups said “It has been 3 years since the aid has finished, we are now able to save our membership fee. We discussed with our members and to clean the Hindu temples”.  She mentioned with confidence that “I am very happy now that I can harvest vegetables from my garden. Before then, we only had our personal profit in mind, but now after participating JEN’s activities I began to think of supporting the other residents as the leader of the community. This was a big change for me.”
During the activities, the village was a period after returning from an unstable condition but people are now talking about their perspective.

We were able to confirm a strong relation being established within the village and the process being developed which was a very impressive monitoring.

December 6, 2012 in South Sudan |