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01/31/2013

Bad Weather

The weather last couple of weeks was so bad here in Amman,
And there were flood in nearly all the streets of amman.
And this situation affected the normal life.

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And following the flood there was blizzard and snow storm and announced as national holiday.

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  Baghdad and Amman today (29-30 Jan):

Amman: Rain and snow with fog , which this situation make it difficult for the staff to go back home.
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Baghdad: nowadays floods nearly in all streets of Baghdad and other provinces as well.
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January 31, 2013 in Iraq |

JEN's efforts to promote workshops

JEN has been hosting workshops for implementation of business on an as-needed basis.

【Workshop attendees meet at a local community center.】
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This time, the topic of this workshop was about "generation of ideas to meet regional challenges" and so JEN asked people from as wide a variety of fields and of as much knowledge as possible to attend the workshop such as NGO's and NPO's which are providing continued assistance activities, long-stay volunteers, college teachers in Ishinomaki and so forth.

【Views are exchanged actively among participants.】
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The ideas accumulated this time are going to be shared at a local-based workshop next month, and then translated into more specific ones. On the same day, the city government also hosted a "workshop on park renovation for the future", where staff members of JEN's Ishinomaki branch also attended.

A website promoting community restoration and development: http://www.fukko-net-ishinomaki-jv.info/gijutu.html

As described above, in the disaster-affected areas, many workshops are being held to discuss regional revitalization, how public facilities should be and so forth. JEN's staff members of Ishinomaki branch are working on each project, learning how to run workshops.

【JEN invites donations for aid for the Tohoku recovery. DONATE HERE

January 31, 2013 in Tohoku Earthquake |

IDPS and Goats handling in winter season

With the beginning of winter season in plane areas like Dera Ismail khan the cold and fog starts which adversely affects the life of the people. The time period of winter season in Dera Ismail Khan is very small but the severity of the coldness exceeds specially when there is fog. During winter goats raising become comparatively tougher than the rest of the seasons because they need proper shelter and extra care to protect their livestock from the extreme cold. During the day when the sun shines the temperature comes very favorable for animals but at nights and during fog they require extra care because in shelter or room when they urinate the earth become wet and humid and all the animals but specially goats feel quite uncomfortable. The wet and humid environment leads to the microbial multiplication and the chance for disease outbreaks increases. Like all living things the water intake of livestock decreases which leads to a decrease in feed intake and hence low production. The IDPs in Dera Ismail Khan are basically from the cold area i.e. South Waziristan Agency therefore knows very well how deal the goats in such circumstances. It was a pleasant experience for all of us which we came across during follow up that how interestingly they have protected their goats from the extreme cold with no or very low incurring cost.

The IDPs of South Waziristan Agency try their best to protect their goats from the cold weather by practicing the below guidelines:

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•IDPs prepared a separate room/shelter for their goats which is constructed in such a way that protects the animals from cold, direct wind and freezing rain. They also clean the shelter once daily.
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•Most families arrange a thick soft bed made of wheat straw or any other dry fodder in a warm room at chilly nights.

•Most IDPs covers their goats with a warm wooly shawl or old used sweaters specially the baby goats which keeps them warm.
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•IDPs Keeps their goats and baby goats indoors as much as possible in cold or when the climate is unfriendly.

•Some IDPs burn fire to protect goats from severe cold in shelter houses.

•Each and every Household tries to provide their goat with fresh water (the temperature of fresh water remain high than the stored one during winter) to drink in cold weather.

•Each family tries their maximum to get their goats outdoors at noon and graze them.
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•They also protect their goats from external parasites by proper housing and medication if needed. Because there is many chances of external parasite infestation in winter season.

•Veterinary Assistants and LEWs also performing hoof trimming procedures for avoiding hoof abnormalities.

January 31, 2013 in Pakistan |

Why we take Lunch together?? “Our best thoughts come from others.”

JEN staffs in Islamabad spent most of our time in office and it is very important to have social gathering beside of work to get realize that we are not machine but human being. This realization contributes more creativity to work as balance is maintained. This is an excellent opportunity to know about diverse cultures as well as diverse methods of getting work done, because most of the colleagues in offices are from diverse cultures and regions.
But in the other hand, we can say that this is a good chance to share diverse cultures and thoughts. In this way the colleagues shares ideas with their team and it’s an opportunity to know the team members more closely.
Let me share some of my experiences with having lunch together with our respectable colleagues;
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The importance of having lunch time together with my co-workers is not negotiable, to me. It is probably very common for people to eat lunch with colleagues, but sometimes we forget this importance. It is especially very important when we are working in a different work culture. In our office we are 7 colleagues in total coming from different area within the country and outside of country. The know how idea is very limited during working hours we know each other only up to work related issues, which sometime cause frustration if we don’t have the opportunity to know one personally. Lunch time is an excellent opportunity for us to share our personal issues and happy movements we feel during work as well during personal lives. Similarly we take these opportunities to challenge because everybody shares their own experiences, how they tackle their own issues. Personal sharing is of utmost importance to know each other and to implement the experiences in work places as well as personal lives. We all sit together which includes superiors and subordinates, which is a good tie for the superiors to know their subordinates issues and level of completing tasks and their personal life, similarly for subordinates, they easily can understand their superiors mentality and can grab it in work. This time make us fresh in the mid of day same as like in the morning freshness,

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To find that free time is hard for anyone and it may be hard for people who have kids/family to come out for any other parties we throw to talk and spend time. People do not just function based on rules; we may need a favor outside of rule book at work or outside work. The only way a colleague will be willing to help is if he or she can trust you. TRUST only develops by constant relationship building and conversation on a personal level other than work related stuff.  Bottom line, we should use our lunch time (if you can) to build that relationship. I have so many good friends even today. In fact, I got my good image just because of the trust my colleague had in me and it was built by our lunch conversations.

It is very important we find some common ground to have a friendly conversation that is not related to work. Depending on the time of year, most of them follow some sports. It can be Cricket for us and Boxing for Japanese. We discuss about games within the country and outside of country, it is a good time to discuss about families unless we really don’t know each other we cannot enter to someone’s personal space directly. We respect each other views and hear only what colleagues wants to share, strictly avoid what colleagues don’t want to discuss about. We usually share ideas about sports, culture, shopping dresses, cooking, likes (dislikes) & languages and sometime Religious. Politics is debating subject, so often we discuss about it. Our topics are also on stock market sometimes, we just need to pick a common ground and talk that is interesting for all of us.

The summery of all this discussion is we all colleagues are just like friends during lunch time and it’s a good opportunity to know each other professionally as well. Your work place will be lighter if you work with friends rather than just colleagues. I had & I have very good time at my work because we all are good friends beside of good colleagues.
GOD blesses all of us!

“If you can look into the seeds of time, and say which grain will grow & which will not, speak then unto people.”

Regards,
Humaira Wahab

January 31, 2013 in Afghanistan |

01/24/2013

KITA NAGO, much more than a simple community symbol(part1)

“Kita Nago, ritual walk is now approaching Leogane, creates a huge traffic jam, avoid area if possible”.

When this message landed on my Blackberry through the security instant messaging network I didn’t really understand why a crowd of people were approaching the town. If it was a usual ritual walk how comes I never heard about it?

Soon after information arrived! Plenty! Too many actually! Contradicting each other and creating more confusion than anything!
At the same time the crowd arrived in the town centre, peaceful, obviously happy and exhausted!

Who wouldn’t be as all these people were taking shifts to carry altogether a big Y shape piece of wood that looked extremely heavy. A very nice piece of wood actually, some old oak tree that can still be found in the southern peninsula of Haiti.

A week or so later I know much more about Kita Nago.
Started on 1st January (anniversary of independence) in Les Irois (extreme south west of Haiti) the walk is on its way to Ouanaminthe (extreme north east of the country), covering a distance of 700 km.

Carrying altogether the wood, Haitians taking part in the event want to show their fellow citizens that it is possible to do anything if only everybody gives a hand!!!
In a country were community spirit has been destroyed by decades of chaos I did find the symbol interesting and the initiative worth to be acknowledged as a unique one.

(To be continued)

January 24, 2013 in Haiti |

Hygiene education in Illiangary Village: Towards a village without diarrhea

My name is Maliamungu Moes; I am a Hygiene Promoter at JEN. Today I will report on community-level hygiene education.

Our current project aims to let adults know the contents of hygiene education taught in schools, thus encourage children even more to change their daily practices.
Four hygiene education sessions are held in each target village.

【A hygiene promoter working in Illiangary Village】
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The second session in Illiangary was held some days ago. The topic was “a village free from diarrhea.”
Illiangary, a small village with around 500 families, is located about two hours away in the east from Juba. The village does not have any toilets, and people are long accustomed to using outdoor sites. When we interviewed the village head, he only mentioned views such as that it would be helpful if the government installed toilets for them. The relation between diarrhea and toilets was not well recognized.

【The village head (in the center) explaining the lack of toilets in the village】
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After learning about the relation in the hygiene education session, participants gained awareness about the importance of making toilet facilities. But then, there came requests for tools to dig holes…. We had to explain that clean toilets could be made with tools the villagers already had.

【Villagers gathered for hygiene education】
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The situation in Illiangary Village is not special, but actually quite common in South Sudan. There are many things to be done before the conditions improve as in neighboring Kenya and Uganda.

(Maliamungu Moes, Hygiene Promoter at JEN)

January 24, 2013 in South Sudan |

East: Inspection Tour Group from Japan

In Sri Lanka, welcoming guests is one of the cultural conducts to show respects to others.

This is a scene of the Vellaveli County Mayor welcoming the inspection tour group from Japan.
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After that they participated in the feed-water pump receiving commemoration
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as a part of the water well opening ceremony.

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Organic compost made of materials they can get in their daily lives such as straw, cow dung, fallen leaves.

During the ceremony and demonstration, the inspection group asked various questions such as “ How do you share the feed-water pump?”, and ”How do you manage the cost of maintenance?”

This kind of communication was a very good opportunity for people in the village to think about the situation they may be experiencing because they continue to use the agricultural wells and distributed feed-water pump.

 
(This project is conducted with the cooperation of supporters and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs)

January 24, 2013 in Sri Lanka |

Meiji University affiliated Meiji High School memorial soccer event for boys, girls held

On January 13 and 14, "the Ishinimaki-Nichi-Nichi Shinbun's cup soccer event for boys and girls, co-hosted by Meiji University affiliated Meiji High as part of its centennial events" took place.

【Boys and girls give themselves to a soccer game even in the rough weather; Day 2】
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Fourteen teams from around the city of Ishinomaki took part in the two-day event. This was the final event for sixth-year students. JEN worked on preparing for the event and keeping it running smoothly along with Ishinomaki Nichi Nichi Shinbun, Meiji High School and the Ishinomaki Football Association that organized the event.

【After the event, Meiji High School students deepen exchanges with children playing soccer.】
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Meiji High School soccer club members volunteered to run the whole event serving as referees, time keepers, scores and so forth. And students other than the members of the soccer club volunteered to cook "imoni", a famous local specialty of Miyagi Prefecture---a hot-pot contains taro, vegetables and meat---being guided by JEN staff members. That is not only entertaining participants, but also a drill in preparing meals outdoors allowing for a possible disaster.

【Prepared since the day before, they served 700 people for two days.】
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【High school students hand bowls of imoni.】
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One of students in the second year said "I'm looking forward to the next time. I want to keep up the activity.", showing a willingness to continue the activity.

【After the event, high school students take a commemorative photo with children: Day 1】
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Meiji University affiliated Meiji High School is going to co-host the event over the next five years. JEN continues to work on a variety of exchange events, strengthening the collaboration with organizations and enterprises at home and abroad.

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January 24, 2013 in Tohoku Earthquake |

01/17/2013

This year's first volunteering

On January 12, 2013, JEN's Ishinomaki branch carried out this year's first volunteer activity. This time, we had as many as thirty-seven volunteers including students at the Harvard business school and individuals.

【Volunteers clear side ditches running by plastic greenhouses】
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Volunteers cleaned side ditches running by plastic greenhouses. There still remained sludge in the bottom of the side ditches. These plastic greenhouses were once fully-destroyed by the tsunami, but the farmer who owns them reconstructed them at the same place last autumn after working on the rented land in a different area. He says he is going to grow cucumbers in the greenhouses from this spring.

【Volunteers socialize with each other at lunch through mochi pounding】
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After working and sweating together, what was waiting for them was rice cake making party. Students got excited at their first-time mochi pounding. Fishermen from Higashihama in the Oshika peninsula, who are also victims of the disaster, joined to serve them oyster soup, and so volunteers had a party time socializing with local farmers, fishermen, and JEN staff members.

【Moms from a tsunami-stricken fishing village serve their special oyster soup, oysters have grew with the arrival of January. 】
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JEN's Ishinomaki branch will continue to stay in exchange projects that provide both disaster victims and volunteers opportunities to interact each other, accepting volunteers in 2013. For further details on application procedures for reconstruction assistance volunteers, visit the following link.

【Students are unwinding after work. 】
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January 17, 2013 in Tohoku Earthquake |

Mehsood IDPs- Recently Displaced from WANA South Waziristan Agency (FATA)

In October 2009, Military Operation was launched by security forces against militants in South Waziristan Agency mainly in Mahsood tribe’s area. All the Mahsood tribes left their homes and they took shelter in the adjacent settled/ FR areas of D.I.Khan, Tank, FR Tank, Wana and other areas.

During operation many Mahsood families migrated to Wazir tribe’s area named Wana in SWA. The Wazir Tribe warmly welcomed the Mahsood IDPs, helped and provided them financial and shelter support. The IDPs families started working in fruit orchards, markets and with contractors on daily wages for their livelihood. Many of them hired houses while some placed tents for sheltering in Wana Town. Those families who migrated to DI Khan and Tank were got registered by Govt. of Pakistan although more than 50% left unregistered but those (100%) who got refuge in Wana area remained un-registered as registration process wasn’t launched for them. Since October 2009 up till now, no efforts and relief activities from any government or non government organization taken place for the Mahsood IDPs at Wana in SWA.

The Mahsood IDPs in Wana faced many problems, however they were trying their level best to earn for their basic needs but in July 2011 the situation got tensed due to some unpleasant incidents. These incidents made the Security Personnel and Local Peace Committee of Wazir Tribe to take strict action against such type of activities. The Political Administration of SWA along with Pak Army with close coordination with Wazir Tribe Elders and Local Peace Committee conducted many Jirgas to cope the situation and activities caused the security situation worse and later in November 2012 the situation for Mehsood tribe became more terrible when the leader of the Local Peace Committee of Wazir Tribe was targeted by unknown people. This incident resulted fear among the communities of Wazir and Mahsood IDPs. The Local Peace Committee conducted a Jirga with Wazir Tribe Elders and decided to give ultimatum and warned Mehsood IDPs to leave the Wana and its surroundings areas till 5th of December 2012. This announcement once again put Mahsood IDPs in a very bad condition. The Mahsood IDPs in Wana once again displaced and they started searching for shelter and new safe places. Most of them reached District Tank and Dera Ismail Khan but these two cities were already abundant of Mahsood IDPs. So the recently arrived Mahsood IDPs have been facing many problems although the UNHCR in coordination with Govt. have started registration of the recently displaced Mahsood IDPs from Wana both in District Tank and Dera Ismail Khan.

【The newly arrived IDPs from Wana are being registered at registration point】
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From the past many years this Mahsood IDPs are in very shocking conditions. These IDPs got displaced twice from their homeland and then from Wana resulted completely wiped-out their financial, cultural and traditional activities. To make them stand on their own feet, all

January 17, 2013 in Pakistan |

A new Iraq project supported by MOFA has been started.

A new project (Improvement of Educational Environment and Hygiene Awareness in Primary/Secondary Schools in the Middle and Northern Parts of Iraq (Third Phase)) funded by Japan Ministry of Foreign affairs has started in Dec 2012. This project is as same as the last one, for school rehabilitation and hygiene promotion at 10 schools that spread in 5 governorates; Baghdad, Anbar, Babil, Kirkuk, and Diyala which is estimated to benefit 4500 students and 350 staff, with goals in health promotion via repair of hygiene facilities in the schools and hygiene training for the students, so that they can have a healthy and comfortable environment to continue their education and learn proper hygiene habits to live healthier life. We believe that students will be able to use latrines and wash hands in schools instead of going back to home during school hours, and avoid taking injure from broken windows or damaged electric equipment in the classrooms.

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C school: classroom window
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D school: washroom
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E school: damaged electric equipment
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January 17, 2013 in Iraq |

Coordination

JEN is running its program remotely from Islamabad since 2007 after the security situation became bad in Afghanistan and it was difficult for International staffs to stay there due to security reasons.
All the international staffs moved to Pakistan and started to remotely manage the projects with the help of hard working Afghan colleagues in Afghanistan who are doing their best to help International colleagues to support the people in need.

So far JEN never faced any big problem by running the project from far without any presence there. We have our eyes there in shape of Afghan colleagues and thanks to the latest communication system like Internet, skype and phone by which it is easy for colleagues to work living across the borders.

International staffs in Islamabad office are in close coordination with Afghan colleagues on daily basis and receiving the updates and reports. The professionalism from both sides is working well and the way of coordination is improving day by day although we have regular personnel changes in our team.

【Afghan staffs in Isrambad】
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Of course that way of communication is working but at the same time it is also important to meet with the staffs in person. Unfortunately JEN international staffs can’t visit Afghanistan but we invite our Afghan colleagues regularly to Islamabad office and discuss about the program and development. We discuss different issues on going and strategy for the future. At the same time our Afghan colleagues prepare presentations to help us more to understand the situation. It is good as the staffs from Pakistan program also present and they meet with Afghan colleagues. They learn from each other’s and know about the JEN programs of both the countries.

【Afghan staffs visit】
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We hope that in the future the situation in Afghanistan would become better and international staffs will have access in Afghanistan to work there. We are working in remote which is sometimes hard for us but at least we are happy that we are contributing something to the people of Afghanistan from far.

January 17, 2013 in Afghanistan |

01/10/2013

Sri Lanka official trip report –easternarea / part2

Ten hours by car from Colombo, I arrived at the eastern prefecture of Batticaloa.  My impression was that the farms were more vast and verdant than in the north.  The owned farm area per family in the eastern part is also larger than in the northern areas.  In the east, the owned farm area per family is about 2 acres (1 acre= about 0.4 hectare), whilst in the north, about 1 acre.  I could see not only farms, but also paddy fields, as rice cultivation is also widespread.

The local government of Batticaola prefecture has been digging wells for agricultural usage and improving returnees’ lives.  When I visited Kiran DS, wells were being constructed.  That work was taking place on a much larger scale than I had expected.

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I could observe the collaboration between the constructors and the local community on that site.  The site is in a rural area, so once the workers start their work, they cannot return to their houses in the city for at least one week or so.  So the leader of the well administration committee shared his living space with the workers and provided meals to them.  In actuality, the leader’s house is just a small hut, but I could witness a good example of team collaboration.

[Well administration committee leader’s house]
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I had expected life in this area to be stable, as many families had returned here many years ago.  The reality of the situation was that their living environment had not been improved.  The major reasons seem to be unstable income from agriculture and frequent raides on the houses from elephants.  It had been reported that there had been frequent attacks by elephants during the harvest time.  In that trip, I saw an actual house that had been damaged by an elephant.

[The house which was destroyed by the elephant]
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I had a new finding.  As a solution for the elephant raides, I had heard that the Kiran DS local government distributed “elephant prevention crackers” to residents, yet I could not imagine what kind of crackers they were.  Finally, I could find out what sort of crackers were being distributed!  These crackers were different from the crackers used in Japan.  These crackers were thrown to the elephants after they were lighted.  There are two sorts, large and small ones.  The large one generates sound, light, and smoke, and the small  generates sound and smoke.  In Sri Lanka, elephants are considered to be sacred animals, so people do not throw the crackers to the elephants directly, but I heard that the crackers are temporarily effective.

[The big cracker]
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[The small cracker]
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By visiting a project site in operation for the first time, and communicating with the local residents, local government officials, and project members, I have developed a clear image of the situation, with which I expect to manage the project more smoothly. 

January 10, 2013 in Sri Lanka |

Mutual aid means a lot to prolonged life as evacuees

The disaster-stricken areas are now in the midst of the second winter since the disaster. Victims' temporary housing was winterized during the last winter, and it's anticipated that their life as evacuees will prolong. JEN is working on fostering and strengthening the relationships based on "the spirit of mutual aid" among people living in the same housing complex, through joint drills in evacuation and preparing meals outdoors with temporary housing residents' association.

【Lifesaving drill at the Asahikasei housing complex on December 14】
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Residents received trainings for initial response in case of emergency such as how to use AED, do artificial respiration and so forth. They understand the importance of preparations on a routine basis and so they focused on what they were doing.

【On December 2, a drill in preparing meals outdoors】
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There are quite a few large-scale housing complexes inhabited by over 100 families in the city of Ishinomaki, but Arata housing complex is rather a small-scale one way outside the city with fifteen families moved in from different regions. One of mothers of young children who were worried about disaster preparedness said "We may be forced to be isolated, if a disaster occurs again." Within the city of Isinomaki, still 6,946 families of 16,305 victims are forced to live in temporary housing (as of December 2012). There has been little change in that number since victims started living. JEN is now in the process of providing the same trainings for other temporary housing complex through coordinating with its association.

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January 10, 2013 in Tohoku Earthquake |

Education in Haiti

I am Berlande Virgille, the Field Officer in JEN Haiti. I have been working with JEN since 21 January 2010, about one week after the earthquake that devastated my country. Today I would like to describe one of my biggest concerns: the challenges of the educational system in Haiti.

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The educational system in Haiti is characterized by significant exclusion and structural deficiency. Education cost remains high in proportion to Haitian family revenues. About 40 percent of low income families have difficulty to have access to school, especially in rural areas. Public schools only cover 10 percent of the total demand for basic education. In addition, parents must pay school fees to enroll their children in the public school system.

In general, the academic year begins in October and ends in July. With two vacations at Christmas and Easter holidays, the number of hours in the school year is considerably reduced. Certain parents can afford to pay for private lessons for their children to cover for the reduced hours, but they are the minority. .

French remains the language of instruction in the private schools, but Creole and French are used in the public schools.

The textbooks also have always been a concern. Mostly imported, they are often
in short supply and their price, like all imported products, can be impossible for families who
must strive to put food on the table. Many children go to school without books. In addition, the books are not adapted to the Haitian environment. The Haitian system of education is heavily influenced by the French counterpart.

The efforts of Haitian governments to educate their people may seem sincere but, so
far, they have not yielded remarkable results. A serious reform in order to treat education as a true instrument of progress and development. Education does not appear to be
focused on the specific needs of the country. From the outset, the orientation taken by the
Administration of public education had nothing to do with the reality of Haiti except for the
fact that it served the particular interest of an elite who send their children to study in France
and considered themselves French.

Finally, what I see is the Education in Haiti is a business. For some of the schools, the
objective is clearly more directed towards making money than towards educating children, and
often the classes are overfilled and the teachers are unqualified. Among the schools in the private sector we found the very best and the very worst of what the Haitian education sector
has to offer. We find a category of well reputed elite schools, what Haitians call”Lekol Tet
Neg”. Most of them are religiously founded and almost all of them are urban-based. They are well equipped, have the best teachers, and are the obvious choice for the privileged families who would never consider sending their children to a public school. In Port-au-Prince, private primary schools are found on almost every street corner. Because of its density, people call them “Lekol Borlette” meaning “Lottery schools”, named after the small lottery stands that are also found on every corner. I think that instead of making “Lekol Borlette” or “Lottery schools” we should be making more public schools where we can have qualified teachers, learning materials and suitable school buildings so more children in the street will have possibility to get an education.

Berlande Virgille
Field Officer
JEN Haiti

January 10, 2013 in Haiti |

Christmas in Juba

Happy New Year!

All of the staff here in Juba wish that 2013 will be an even wonderful year for you, who have been warmly supporting us, and the people of South Sudan.
 
For the first news blog of this year, we want to introduce Christmas in Juba summer. In contrast to Christmas in Japan with its flickering snow, it is seasonally early summer in Juba during the festivities. Even though the rainy season lasted longer this year, daytime temperatures around this time were well over 30 degrees.

There are more and more shops selling various kinds of goods here in Juba city. Many things that could not be obtained before are now on the storefront. Christmas goods are one of them. As the season approaches, storefronts are decorated, and lots of glittery Christmas goods are lined up.

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 Shops that usually sell juices or snacks sell Christmas goods.
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"Christmas is an important event for us. I want to sell pretty decorations so that everyone can pass an enjoyable time," the shopkeeper explains happily as he busily places the items on the store.
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Shop keepers in big supermarkets wear Santa Claus hats to welcome customers. The storefront and the interior of the store are beautifully decorated.

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Among those who live in Juba, there are many people who returned to their home villages and

January 10, 2013 in South Sudan |

01/07/2013

Call for volunteers in Tohoku until the end of April, 2013.

** Schedule for May onwards will be set early April. STAY TUNE! **

The voluntary work for reconstruction support from January 2013 takes place on;

* Application Period and the dates *

January 12 (Saturday)-14 (Monday) Finished
         17 (Thursday)-18 (Friday) Finished
         19 (Saturday)-20 (Sunday) Finished
         26 (Saturday)-27 (Sunday) Finished
         31 (Thursday)- February 1 (Friday) Finished

February 2 (Saturday)-3(Sunday) Finished
         9(Saturday)-11(Monday) Finished
         14(Thursday)-15(Friday) Finished
         16(Saturday)-17(Sunday) Finished
         23(Saturday)-24(Sunday)
         28(Thursday)-March 1(Friday)

March 2(Saturday)- 3(Sunday)
      9 (Saturday)-10(Sunday)
      14(Thursday)-15(Friday)
      16 (Saturday)-17(Sunday) Support the traditional celebration (event).
      23 (Saturday)-24(Sunday)
      28(Thursday)-29(Friday)
      30 (Saturday)-31(Sunday)

April 4(Thursday)-5(Friday)
      6 (Saturday)-7(Sunday)
      13 (Saturday)-14(Sunday)
      18(Thursday)-19(Friday)
      20 (Saturday)-21(Sunday) FULL HOUSE
      27 (Saturday)-29 (Monday) FULL HOUSE
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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 December 2012 a total of more than 8,300 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.

As time goes by, 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 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 office or accommodation must be organized by volunteers.
2. When volunteers use the accomodation, they stay with some other volunteers.
3. Volunteers need to bring work clothes and equipments(rubber boots, rubber gloves, long sleeve T-shirt and trousers).
4. Volunteers need to be covered by volunteering insurance.

Meeting Time:8:00 a.m.
Meeting Place:JEN Ishinomaki Office; SASADENBILL 201 3-13 Isenba Ishinomaki City; 5 minutes’ walk from JR Ishinomaki Station, and dismiss at the same place.
The details are as follows.
※Be sure for the first-time volunteers to attend volunteer orientation that takes place on following time(*).
※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 on following time at JEN Ishinomaki Office; SASADENBILL 201 3-13 Isenba Ishinomaki City; 5 minutes walk from JR Ishinomaki Station.
Time:
①First, third and fifth Wednesday 17:00
②Every Friday 17:00
★In both①②patterns, volunteers have the orientation after gathering. After that, as for volunteers who use the accomodation, they will be guided there (departure: around 18:00).
③First, third and fifth Thursday 8:00
④Every Saturday 8:00
☆In both③④patterns, volunteers have the orientation after gathering. After that, volunteers will be guided to working areas. In case the working area is far from meeting place, the orientation will be held at the working area.

<Accommodations>
JEN Watanoha accommodation, which is located in 48-2 Watanoha aza Yamazaki Ishinomaki City, is available for volunteers.
(It costs 500 yen each par a night so that we can maintain the accommodation.)

<Work Details>
◆Helping recover fishery industry
◆Helping recover agricultural industry
◆Helping various events held by the local comunity
◆Cleaning up damaged mountain streams, shrines and parks where children play
※We would like volunteers to help what is desperately-needed. We adjust volunteer work to match the changing needs of assistance. Thank you for your understanding.

<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 (20people /each time). When we didn’t reach the quota, there is a possibility that you can join as a volunteer even after the deadline; please contact us individually.
◆There is a possibility that work will be cancelled in case of unfavorable weather.
◆As the office is small, there aren't enough space for volunteers to wait. Please assemble approx 5 minutes before the meeting time.

<Volunteer Insurance>
It is mandatory to join the Volunteering Insurance before applying volunteer of JEN.
Please join it at your nearest Japan National Council of Social Welfare. Once applied, it is valid for one year from April 1 to March 31 but it doesn’t get renewed automatically.

<Application>
The leaflet tells you how to apply; fill in the application form; send it by E-mail or Fax with the document to prove that you have joined the Volunteer Insurance.
Attention: If you haven’t joined the Volunteer Insurance, the application does not be completed.
E-mail volunteer@jen-npo.org / Fax 0225-25-5612

Application form to download:「application_eng201204.doc」
For details to download:「manual_eng_jan2013.pdf」をダウンロード

<Contact Us>
Email: volunteer@jen-npo.org for inquiries.
Tel: 0225-25-5611

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

January 7, 2013 in Event InfomationVolunteer InfomarionTohoku Earthquake |