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Tale from a volunteer 5: Two and a half years had passed.

Recently, Jamie and I were fortunate enough to be able to volunteer in Ishinomaki. As we explored the city, the destruction from two years ago was still evident in some places. As we passed by open lots of land full of weeds, our friends from JEN would explain that these used to be neighborhoods until the tsunami swept them away. We could still see debris covering some of these lots with half-demolished houses bordering their outskirts. While a lot of rebuilding has taken place over the last two years and most of the clean-up work is done, it has taken and will take much longer for the psyches of those affected, to heal. One effort JEN has initiated to reclaim the land devastated by the tsunami is to plant flowers and create parks. It is their hope that as the scarred land heals and the flowers bloom, the people can see the beauty around them and begin to heal too. This has not been without difficulty though. The soil has become salty from the sea and special efforts have had to be taken to identify plants and flowers that thrive in salty conditions. However, as evident from the picture below, the flowers have bloomed and the land is beginning to recover and, with time, hopefully, the people will too.

We also traveled to Ajishima ( (6-7 July) to volunteer with JEN. There we met the fishermen and their families who lived there. Ten years ago there were a few thousand people on the island, but due to depopulation and the tsunami, only 400 people now live on the island. After the tsunami, circumstances were difficult. For three months, Ajishima was cut off from the mainland and supplies had to be airlifted in. The power and water lines that ran from the mainland to the island had been destroyed and the dock from which the islanders had fished from in their boats (fishing is the main occupation) had also disappeared under the waves. Furthermore, there was concern that the fish that comprised most of their diet and their trade were no longer edible due to radiation from the Fukishima nuclear disaster.

The villagers in Ajishima don't want to give up though and they have been working over the past two years to rebuild their homes, trade, and harbor. To assist with their efforts, JEN organized a group of volunteers to clean up several of the beaches. Ajihsima used to be known as having the best beaches in northern Japan but after the disaster, most of them have been unusable. We cleaned up the beaches, weeded the grounds, and planted new flowers to encourage more people to visit this beautiful island. The fishermen and ladies from the villages worked alongside us to restore their island and on Saturday night together we cooked a feast for everyone. The meal was almost entirely fish, the fruits of the fishermen's labor. I can honestly say I never knew there were so many sea animals you could eat! I watched the fishermen cut up live octopus, grill sea urchins while their legs were still moving, and scoop meat out of abalone shells and it was some of the most delicious food I have ever eaten! I am so grateful for the residents of Ajishima for letting us into their lives and giving us the opportunity to experience their lifestyle, even if it was only for a weekend.


July 31, 2013 in Volunteer InfomarionTohoku Earthquake |


F-1 Reconstruction Gourmet Food Contest held in Oshika Noren Restaurant District

On July 21, F-1 Reconstruction Gourmet Food Contest (delicious, inexpensive, local food competition to promote reconstruction) took place at Oshika Noren Restaurant District in Aukawa on the finger of the Oshika Peninsula, with twelve reconstruction-gourmet-food stalls from Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima standing side by side.

【The contest had a large turnout soon after the opening!】

This contest is about providing restaurant owners from reconstruction restaurant districts in disaster-stricken areas with selling the visitors of the contest reconstruction gourmet foods made of locally grown ingredients and deciding which gourmet food to win the No.1 position.

This year's contest, the third in the series, took place for the first time at Oshika Noren District that JEN has supported in setting up.

【Four food items from Ishinomkki joined the contest. Exquisite ones!】
Four food items from Ishinomaki are pictured clockwise. The first one, upper left, Oshika Moby dog named after Moby-Dick, a type of hotdog made of tatsuta-age (marinated whale meat's deep fry) served in bun.

The second one, Orihama burger from Orihama, Ishinomaki, a type of hamburger filled with delicious oysters.

The third one, Takara-Ika-Meshi, boiled squid stuffed with rice, conger and green soybeans created by JEEN, a team of women from Sasunohama and Hamyu, a restaurant in Sasunohama.

The last one, Ishinomaki-Sanriku-Age, fried octopus-on-a-skewer wrapped with salmon and conger created by Ishinomaki Reconstruction Marche.

Every food is made of Ishinomkai's specialty ingredients, which enhanced the flavor of foods!

【Oshika Noren District's stall was full of stimulating conversation with its visitors.】

【Hamayu's stall was busy and JEEN's Takara-Ika-Meshi was also well received!】

Moby dog and Takara-Ika-Meshi became so received that all of them they prepared for the contest sold out.

【Scores of guests smacked their lips with reconstruction gourmet foods.】

They said some 3,000 visitors, a figure double that of the previous contest, came to the F-1 Contest on this day.

The Grand Prix went to....

....Moby dog from Oshika Noren Restaurant District!

They say Moby dog enjoyed a runaway popularity, with the advantage for the contest to be held at home. That's really something! Mr. Ishinomori, the head of Oshika Noren Restaurant District, expressed his delight by saying "When I was up on the stage and awarded this trophy, I've come near to tears. I'm happy. My heart's too full for words!"

Not only the items of Ishinomaki's restaurants, was every item full of restaurant owners' wish that they would like the visitors to enjoy the taste of their local food. And that made every item taste even better. According to AMDA, the organizer of this contest, next F-1 contest is scheduled to take place in October of this year.

Hoping that every restaurant district uses this opportunity to lift the spirit of its community including Oshika Noren Restaurant District, JEN will continue to support the contest.

【JEN is now accepting donations for the reconstruction of Tohoku. Your help would be very much appreciated.

Have a pleasure of listening to JEN's radio program broadcasting from Tohoku via Ishinomaki Radio Station. Listening to our program, you can learn Ishinomaki's present state and about JEN. (Japanese Only)

For more about our program,
"Sukidaltsucha ❤Ishinomaki by JEN"(I Love Ishinoaki by JEN), click here).

July 25, 2013 in Tohoku Earthquake |

Inauguration of water tank and 2 kiosks in Jeanty (Grand Goave)

Funded by the ministry of foreign affairs of Japan, the current project JEN Haiti is implementing is once again in the water sector.

In close collaboration with DINEPA (national directorate for water and sanitation) JEN is establishing water management committees (WMCs) in rural areas while renovating or/and building new water facilities.

The first construction site completed is Jeanty where the official inauguration took place on June 30th with a large participation of the population.

Logistically supported by JEN and prepared by the members of the WMC and the hygiene promotion volunteer team of the locality the ceremony did last 5 hours starting with an official presentation of the members of the WMC and the concept of self-management of water distribution in within the community.

Focus has of course been put on the necessity for all the households to pay the fair monthly subscription fee (which represents less than 1 US Dollar a month) in order to ensure sustainability of constant water distribution in the community.

Actually Jeanty already had an electric water pump given by another INGO in 2010 but no clean and secure environment for distribution and no storage capacity which represented a really big problem as electricity is distributed quite randomly and irregularly in Haiti (Usually a few hours per day minimum).

With a water tank capacity of 60,000 litres for 154 household it is now a potential reserve of 390 litres per family available if for any reason electricity should be missing for several days.
In addition the construction of 2 kiosks with chlorination system guaranty drinkable water and much less waiting time than previously.

[Water tank on the right and nearby kiosk officially inaugurated]

“DLO SE LAVI!” (Water is life!) is probably the most repeated message in Haiti.
True enough but… CLEAN water only is life!
And clean water from the kiosks can be contaminated later on if users don’t respect proper hygienic behaviour.
Therefore a very long part of the ceremony is articulated around hygiene knowledge through quiz, games and small theatre plays.

Managed by the volunteers previously trained by JEN staff and organized in music all these ludic activities allow the active participants to win a small hygiene kit composed of soap, toilet paper, tooth brush and paste, etc. As usual children were the most enthusiastic, which correspond perfectly to JEN targeted population as children do represent future and are quite often the ones contaminating the water of the family by dipping unwashed hands in the family bucket.

Now that the construction has been completed and inaugurated the most challenging starts for the water management committee members. Will they be able to collect the subscription fee regularly and so be able to repair the network when needed?

Will Haiti be hit by a hurricane so soon that money collected won’t be enough?
Today nobody can answer these questions unfortunately.

What’s sure is that JEN staff will keep supporting and helping the WMC members until the end of the project in October and hopefully much longer.

[Hygiene promotor volunteers in short play about cholera]


July 25, 2013 in Haiti |

Introducing new staff

My name is Margaret Lindrio James, a new staff for JEN based in Yei.}


I am going to work as a community mobilizer. Am a teacher by profession and I hope my experience will help the organisation a lot in implementing the WASH project in schools and also empowering women in Yei county.  Most schools in southern Sudan still have inadequate good hygiene practices, therefore I would do my best to mobilise the teachers and make sure they are trained on how the school pupils can have good hygiene practices.

I will also do my best to participate in the training of teachers since it has been in the line of my profession.

I will ensure that women in Yei County are empowered so that they can earn their living by doing some income generating activities using as much as possible the available local material that can bring them income.

I will also help in the building the capacity of the existing hygiene promoters so that they can teach the people in the villages on good hygiene practices and bring chance in South Sudan. 

Targeting the teachers will do a lot more because they will target a big population.


July 25, 2013 in South Sudan |


Now Radio Talk Show "Sukidatsucha ❤ Ishonomaki by JEN" Starts to Air

A radio program for Ishinomaki reconstruction, "Skidatsucha ❤Ishinomkai by JEN (I love Ishinomkai; Sponsored by JEN.)" via Ishinomaki Radio Station, began to be broadcast on July 5.

【The program is hosted by public relations staff at JEN Ishinomaki office.】

This program will cover what's nice about Ishinomaki, what goes into what a gallery of fascinating people in Ishinomaki works on and what's going on in Ishinomaki now being on the road to reconstruction. The title for this program, "Skidatsucha Ishinomkai by JEN ", reflects JEN's wish to 'get many more people loving Ishinomaki and make life in Ishinomki more exciting'.

【The first guest, Ms. Emi Suda.】

Ms. Suda is a certified fishery worker and quite active in many areas. She talked about Sasunohama's efforts toward reconstruction and her running restaurant "Hamayu."

【The second guest, Mr. Masanari Ishinomori.】

On July 12, Mr. Ishinomori appeared on the program who owns a restaurant at Oshika Noren restaurant district and also runs a mobile fish-and-home-cooked-meal shop. Wanting to be help to people living in temporary housing who have difficulty in shopping, he started a mobile shop business after the disaster. He also serves as the director of Oshika Noren Restaurant District. He talked about the third F-1 Gourmet Food contest for Reconstruction that takes place on the 21th of this month.

Other guests have also been asked to appear, the next air on July 19, Ms. Junko Hiratsuka, after the next on 26th Mr. Eiichi Honma. Please tune your radio to 76.4 MHz FM, you may as well listen on the internet via Simul Radio anywhere in the world. Click here to listen to Ishinomaki Radio Station.

JEN is committed to continuing efforts to produce such a program that listeners begin to love Ishinmaki and can share a positive frame of mind. The program goes out live every Friday from 0:30 p.m. for thirty minutes. Do listen to it!  (Japanese Only)

【JEN is now accepting donations for the reconstruction of Tohoku. Your help would be very much appreciated. DONATE HERE

July 18, 2013 in Tohoku Earthquake |

Health and hygiene walk

JEN has ongoing project in Kurram agency, FATA. In this project, JEN is going to rehabilitate the existing water supply schemes in that area which was destroyed during conflict. Another component of the project is hygiene promotion. Staff visited Village Nijab Kalay, where we conducted a hygiene session to elders and arranged a wash campaign of children for hygiene importance in their daily lives.


We observed that all the children who were suffering because of conflict felt very happy and excited during the campaign and they were carrying the brochures of hygiene in their hands all the time.  They walked in all streets of the village and other children looking at them also joined them. Those children are the one who will convey the message of hygiene in the future. 


Walk of children about hygiene importance in street of village Nijab Kalay attracted the Elders and other children also. The Elders and other stakeholders appreciated the efforts of JEN in health side to improve health condition of the locals. Political Administration of Central Kurram appreciated JEN innovative and scientific approach about hygiene awareness specially arranging a walk (engaging children). This exercise attracted motivated all the people of the area and ongoing school children. 



July 18, 2013 in Pakistan |

Safe and comfortable latrines in schools!

Thank you for your cooperation in JEN’s assistant program for school renovation and hygiene promotion activities in Iraq. JEN has assisted a significant number of school children in more than 200 schools in several governorates to ensure safety and healthy learning environment.

B intermediate school for girls, where we introduced on 6 June here, is the one of schools which improved its condition dramatically through JEN’s project.
During the assessment of the school, I saw the girls were going to their houses to use the latrine and other girls, which their houses were far, going near the school fence with a water bottle .It was really a difficult view when we see the girl seeking for place to use it as latrine. The headmaster explained that the school has been suffering from this situation for a long time and she’d asked the DoE to take action but the waiting list was long and the resources were limited.

[Before rehabilitation]

[After rehabilitation]

Therefore, the headmaster didn’t believe at the beginning that we will rehabilitate the school. She was very grateful when she saw that we fixed the electrical network system and fixing of the latrine, in addition making necessary maintenance to the door and roof.

Yasin (chief engineer)


July 18, 2013 in Iraq |


Ajishirahama bathing beach to open!: volunteers clean up bathing beach

It is on July 19 that Ajishirahama bathing beach will open. That means that three bathing beaches in all will open this summer including Tsukihama in Higashimatsuhima city and Oshima in Kesennuma city that reopened last summer. Both on July 6th and the 7th, JEN Tohoku reconstruction assistance volunteers worked on cleaning up Ajishirahama bathing beach and weeding mountain trails together with local residents.

【Ajishirahama is an island with a circumference of 18 km and a population of 300. The land shown at right in the picture is the Oshika Peninsula.】

【Volunteers were divided into removing sea wracks group and weeding group.】

On the first day, volunteers work on weeding mountain trails and removing sea wracks on the beach. Local residents say the beach used to be an excellent place for children to do fishing before the disaster but the land subsidence due to the disaster has completely changed the island's coastal environment.

【Gatsukou of Ajishima Island, accommodations, is a reuse facility of closed junior high school.】

Having done the day's work, the volunteers had a get-to-know-you party with islanders at Gatsukou of Ajishima Island. Island life, marine products and this island's future the volunteers heard from and talked with the islanders about.

【Day two, some seventy including islanders assembled in the beach cleanup.】

On the second day, about seventy people including islanders worked on cleaning up Ajishirahama beach, that making the beach full of life.

【A photo showing people cleaning up the beach】

Volunteer activities in Ajishima Island are just beginning. JEN believes that it's necessary to look for a better future of the island, through deepening dialogues with islanders, continued activities there. The activity in Ajishima Island becomes two-days-and-one-night program because of ferry limitations. The next activity is scheduled for August 11th and the 12th.
We are really looking forward to your participation.

【Do come back again!】


【JEN is now accepting donations for the reconstruction of Tohoku. Your help would be very much appreciated. DONATE HERE

Have a pleasure of listening to JEN's radio program broadcasting from Tohoku via Ishinomaki Radio Station. Listening to our program, you can learn Ishinomaki's present state and about JEN. For more about our program, "Sukidaltsucha ❤Ishinomaki by JEN"(I Love Ishinoaki by JEN), click here

July 11, 2013 in Tohoku Earthquake |

JEN's support towards Returnees in North – In a view of local staff

Sri Lanka has been called ‘pearl’ of South Asia. Because, location of srilanka in the world economically and strategically very important. Three decades civil war devastated its economics and cohesion of ethnics. Nowadays, little by little Sri Lanka tries to recover its economic stability.

JEN started its activities in southern part of Srilanka during 2005 after affected by Tsunami. During JEN Moved eastern part of Srilanka in 2007, finally JEN expanded its activities 2009 to Northern part of Srilanka it was time the end of three decades civil war n srilanka. JEN provided its emergency assistance in IDPs camps and highly contributed the recovery of returnees during the period of 2010-2012.During the 2013 JEN started its agro based livelihood assistance in the northern returned areas in order to ensure returnees self reliance.

JEN’s current project location is Mullaitive district, Puthukkudiyiruppu Divisional secretariat division Visuvamadu South and East GN divisions.Before thirty years, it was the very famous area for vegetables in Northern srilanka. War destructed not only people’s visible assets but also mental strength of doing agriculture.

JEN has formed small groups in order to work together and it will support them to strengthen their mental power. Further, JEN has been constructing Agro wells in order to ensure uninterrupted water supply in whole year. In addition JEN provides agro tools and equipments to the beneficiaries.   It’s supported them to restart their agri based initiative with confident.

Provision of training on agriculture related new techniques along with practical session supports returnees to increase and reorganize their knowledge and skills related to agriculture. JEN organize workshop on how to increase market links and keep the financial related records properly.

[Preparation for agro well]

[Beneficiaries at Visuvamadu West]

Very obviously, sharing the Agro wells, tools and equipments in the north were not welcomed by Government sector and local CBOs at the starting part of the project. Because, post war situation has created suspicions and disputes among the returnees due to security, economic and cultural reasons which is not uncountable and hard to realize. But, Our North team took it as a challenge to face above mentioned issues and succeeded to mobilize the beneficiaries to share the assistance among the returnees.

JEN’s assistance in North Sri Lanka has been appreciated and indicated as model several times to other Aid agencies. Returnees of North always regard and respect JEN’s assistance.

[Discussuing with benificiaries]

Program officer: Raja Mugunthan

July 11, 2013 in Sri Lanka |

Introducing new AFO in Haiti

Hi Everyone!
My name is Shiho Wada, newly joined administrative and financial officer at JEN Haiti.
I have been living in Port-au-Prince for past couple months and I am very happy to be working with JEN to support their activities in Haiti.
I have lived abroad since the age of 16 and I hope to have more adventures along the way. I am still new to NGO work, but I hope to learn great deal from my colleagues who are very experienced in the field.

Our office in Leogane is quite big and surrounded by greenery, couple cows and goats hanging outside and very peaceful. There was quite a bit of rain during the month of May and June, but now the rain has stopped and the temperature is over 30 Celsius everyday. However, hurricanes always find a way to come to Haiti, so we will need to be careful with that near future. At last, I wanted to share a photo of the t-shirt we wear at work. It is blue for WATER(?) and explains how to wash your hands properly 


July 11, 2013 in Haiti |

Employment in the Republic of South Sudan

In the Juba office, we have begun the hiring process for our upcoming projects.

In the Republic of South Sudan, NGOs requires the approval of the local department of labor whenever it runs recruitment ads. If the labor authority deems the terms of employment to be too strict, NGOs are sometimes required to revise the content of their advertisements.

Once approved, the advertisements for recruitment are placed on a bulletin board of the United Nations and the NGOs wait for applicant CVs. In the meanwhile, they work with the department of labor and the reconstruction agency, and also with the leaders in Yei Country, where JEN is centered in the region, to determine how to proceed with the interviews. After interviews are scheduled, the NGOs then invite the selected applicants and staff of the reconstruction agency and the department of labor and move on to tests and interviews.

By cooperating with governmental agencies, the NGOs are able to proceed with the recruitment in a fair and effective manner. This partnership allows the NGOs to check if the applicants are legal citizens of the Republic of South Sudan by conducting a background check, including personal identification and family background, in order to prevent individuals from neighboring countries from entering and working illegally in Sudan. Sometimes people from other countries come in with forged Republic of South Sudanese IDs, but it is very difficult for non-Sudanese NGO staffs to tell them apart. For this reason, having the governmental agencies’ cooperation is very helpful for us here at JEN.

To proceed with recruitment in the Republic of South Sudan, it is important not only to find competent workers but also to maintain a good balance of tribes and hometowns and also prevent gender discrimination.

The Republic of South Sudan celebrated its second independence day on July 9th, 2013. The  ambitious new JEN staff members are moving forward to help the Republic of South Sudan, the newest country in the world, be a better country.

【JEN is now accepting donations. Your help would be very much appreciated.


July 11, 2013 in South Sudan |


250 rally for flower movement before Kadonowaki elementary school

Following last week's report let me introduce another example of the "Spreading Flower Garden through Human Connection Movement" which continues spreading very wide.
That movement, starting with JEN's sympathy for students' wish to color streets in Kadonowaki district that have gone gray since the disaster with flowers, is to create flower gardens with the help of many volunteers and citizens. On June 26, 148 second-year junior high school students at Sakushin Gakuin school arrived at Kadonowaki district on a tour of on-site study. It was 107 second-year junior high school students at Kadonowaki junior high school who welcomed them. The students of Sakushin Gakuin school, wanting to be a help to reconstruction if only a little!, came to volunteer for creating flower gardens.

【Students of both schools planted flowers together.】

The students pulled out the weeds. Male students played an active role in carrying soil. About 15,000 of sunflowers, marigold and others have been planted by them. While working together, students from both schools gradually became open up to each other and everybody seemed to be having a good time to chat.

【They work in sight of Kadonowaki elementary school destroyed by fire.】

This flower garden movement originally came from an idea of students at Kadonowaki junior high school that they thought planting flowers around their destroyed school could be a reconstruction support during the integrated study period named "Our program to reconstruct Ishinomaki."
So far their idea had never got off the drawing board because the redevelopment plan of schools in Ishinomaki city had yet to be decided, but recently they were allowed to plant flowers at Kadonowaki elementary school and able to put their idea into practice on that day.
Many flowers of various colors added color to the neighborhood of destroyed Kadonowaki elementary school, forming a flower garden.

【Wonderful singing voice】

After the students got the day's work done, half the tulip bulbs dug up by them were handed from Kadonowaki junior high school to Sakushin Gakuin and they pledged to spread the movement in their own areas. Students from Sakushin Gakuin in return sang "Hana wa saku", a song of reconstruction support, in chorus. Moreover, they came with a banner reads "Generate the buzz of Kadonowaki!" The students' clear singing voice was ringing out, leaving a lasting impression.

【Meet again!】

【Good work today!】

On this day alone, fifteen flower gardens appeared in Kadonowaki district. Given an appreciation from a resident saying "How kind of you to make beautiful flower gardens!", that made me feel that the movement is beginning to make difference to connection among people. JEN will continue working on making flower gardens to connect people along with students and local people.

【JEN is now accepting donations for the reconstruction of Tohoku. Your help would be very much appreciated.

July 4, 2013 in Tohoku Earthquake |


JEN is one of the most active organizations working in Iraq. The people of Iraq have full confidence in Japan for their reputation of diligence, Japanese car with high reputations, high industrial development…, JEN has been highly appreciated at all governorates where we carried out projects.

JEN rehabilitated a large numbers of schools in all six Directorates in Baghdad as well as at several governorates all over Iraq, and received good feedbacks since we have been implementing school rehabilitation projects for its efficient work compared with other organizations, by the reason of appropriate and continuous supervision on every step of work, and for its high-quality work.


The effect of the project has been seen in students’ behaviors when starting the new academic year.  They love their school more, are motivated to keep the facilities clean and are more attentive in their studies according to headmasters of schools.

JEN also conducts hygiene training at school which provides positive impact to increase the students’ hygiene awareness. They learn the first Aid as well as the methods of protecting themselves from infectious disease. Schools also appreciate the cleaning kits and hygiene kits provided by JEN which support students’ hygiene practices and its continuity at school.



After the completion of project, JEN also has an important role in following up the continuation of the improvement of school environments.

JEN implemented rehabilitation work as well as hygiene training and hygiene kits distribution at the Al-Badia school in Baghdad, which we introduced here on the blog on 28 February and 11 April.  JEN will continue to provide follow up assistance for the school for sustainable improvement of the school environment in cooperation with the school.

This project is being executed thanks to the support of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, all our members and contributors.

JEN Engineer Hamoody


July 4, 2013 in Iraq |

Interview with Sabza Gul Chikuma Project Beneficiary

A grandmother of this newborn and came from Nijrab district of Kapisa Province ,


She told her story like this two years before my daughter-in-law got some gynecology problem and she was 8 months pregnant and we came to  Charikar provincial hospital ,my daughter-in-law gave delivery in this hospital but our newborn weight was low and there was no facility for low birth weight newborn care ,for this case doctors transferred us to Kabul for newborn care but unfortunately we lost our newborn on the way to Kabul.

Now my daughter-in-law again admitted in Charikar 100beds hospital gynecology ward but in this time she was 40 weeks pregnant. At first I asked from responsible doctor about newborn care therefore I am fearing about my daughter-in-law newborn but the doctors assured me about newborn care services and they told one month before JEN provided to our hospital some medical tools (Warmer machine, Pulse oxy meter and Ultra Violet machine) by Warmer machine we activated a separate room for neonatal care services in gynecology ward by installation of these tools we will never transfer our patients to Kabul hospitals, by hearing of  this sound I  became much happy and appreciated from Japan people specially from JEN .

One week before my grandchild born by caesarean section in this hospital and my grandchild got good neonatal care services and now my grandchild and daughter-in-law are in good health condition.


July 4, 2013 in Afghanistan |

The Internally Displaced Persons and JEN Staffs Fighting the Heat

Dera Ismail Khan city is situated on the west bank of the Indus River, on the very southern tip of the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province. It shares a border with the Punjav and Balochistan province, and is a geographically important location in the surrounding area.

Dera Ismail Khan has a desert climate, and although its summers are hot, the winter cold is moderate. Rain falls from late winter to early spring (February~April) and also during the monsoon season (June~July). This summer was extremely hot, and the highest temperature thus far as been reported to be 49 degrees Celsius.

[A JEN staff member talking to an internally displaced person]

JEN has been working with the people have been forced to seek refuge in Dera Ismail Khan from the South Waziristan military district between 2008 and 2009. The displaced persons of the village under our assistance this year have been enduring the heat in terrible living conditions

In the Palore district, the refugees, and even the local people of the community that have accepted them, have no access to clean water. Some of the internally displaced persons drink water from irrigation streams or lakes.

Also, the shortage of electricity has been a national problem for Pakistan, but the tents that the refugees live in do not have running electricity. This makes the heat even harder to endure. The small children spend their day playing in a neighboring river, canal, or irrigation ditch. People from the relatively cool Warizistan district is having difficulty adapting to the heat of Dera Ismail Khan, and already, two people have died from abnormally high fevers.

[Children playing in water]

[The children are all wet after playing in the river.]

But in this heat, there are many projects and activities planned including the establishment of a sustenance recovery committee, distribution of goats and training of staff. JEN’s local staff members work in the early morning to avoid the heat, and wrap wet cloth around their heads to minimize damage from direct sunlight. Also, to compensate for the energy and minerals lost through sweat, they drink water with sugar and salt mixed in them.

[JEN staffs having a meeting with the internally displaced persons. They are wrapping wet scarves on their necks and heads (second, third, and fourth from the left)]

We are making efforts to work through our activities in the heat and to try to deliver support as soon as possible.

【JEN is now accepting donations. Your help would be very much appreciated. DONATE here

July 4, 2013 in Pakistan |