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2013.09.26

Shopping for a New Academic Year

With the beginning of a new academic year for each and every grade in schools, all the Iraqi families have been preparing their kids necessary items to attend school such as book bags, notebooks, stationary and uniforms. Fathers and Mothers that are living with very limited income have difficulty providing these required school items. As some families have more than 8 sons in schools, this additional cost creates a burden on their balance budget.

The price jump for most school requirements and daily variation of market price also add additional load for the families, especially those with limited incomes. Therefore, families try to buy the cheapest available stationeries and clothes. However, these cheap items tend to be poor in quality. So the big problem for the head of family is providing these required schooling items continuously during the academic year because they tend to wear out easily. Families may have to replace book bags and school uniforms several times in addition to bearing transportation cost and other necessary school related costs. Some mosques and charity organizations assist these families but they are never enough.
  Many families shop in this street because there are many wholesale stationery merchants, and the prices are more reasonable than other markets.   Most Iraqi families shop from Al-Mutanabi Street and Al-Saray Market for stationery and other school requirements. Al-Mutanabi Street was the oldest street in Baghdad and the variety of literatures one can find there is as diverse as the Iraqi population. They include literatures of both Iraq and the Middle East:  history, political theory, popular novels, scholarly works, religious tracts, technical books, poetry, and mysteries. What’s more, stationery and blank school notebooks could be purchased on this street, as well as children’s books, comics, and magazines.

[Al-Mutanabi Street]
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[Al-Saray Market]
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JEN Engineer Hamoody


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September 26, 2013 in Iraq |

Hope leads to a better future

We would like to share this story told by Wazir Jan; one of those eligible for support activities in Dera Ismail Khan. Wazir Jan is 85 years old and living with his wife and two sons.

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“My family had been living under very poor circumstances for many years. However, we did used to own our house and a small plot of land in the village we belonged to. There was enough water to cultivate our land. We lived happily at that time.

However, one day at the mosque in the neighborhood, it was announced that the Pakistan army would conduct an operation against the anti-government armed group in our village. My mind went blank because we didn’t even have money for the transportation expenses to evacuate. When we evacuated, I saw that the air raids had destroyed our house. At that moment, I lost all of my hopes and dreams.

Moreover, because I had to walk to the shelter, I could hardly take anything with me, and had no choice but to leave my entire belongings behind in our destroyed house.

Although we moved to D.I.Khan at the beginning of the evacuation, there were no shelters around that area, so we relied on a distant relative in Daraban. We lived hopelessly in poverty for half a year.
During the heat wave in August 2010, we fled our tent to the bank of an irrigation channel to escape the sudden storm and heavy rain. The flood swept all of my belongings and crushed our hut. Then we were back to the condition we were in when we evacuated.

Currently, we live in a hut made from grass and wood. It is extremely small so the whole family can barely fit inside at once. As my children are too young to work, I support my family only through my meagre wages. Without any electrical equipment like air conditioning, the scorching summers are too harsh. So my children and I spend as much time as we can under the bridge, avoiding the strong sunlight. On the other hand, we suffer from cough and flu as a result of the freezing winters. Moreover, during the rainy reason, water leaks into our hut. I never imagined my life would be as terrible as it is now

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I frequently travelled long distances in order to receive support and donation from humanitarian support organizations, but JEN was the only one that visited our house and registered us with the livelihood recovery project. JEN gave me beetle goats as a means to increase my income. From now on, I will take care of the goats with all my effort to recover my livelihood and do my best to raise our living conditions.




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September 26, 2013 in Pakistan |

Dream Bags Delivered to Children in Afghanistan Once Again

For the 8th year in a row, Dream Bags have been successfully distributed once again in 2014.
This year, it was distributed in the Surkh Parsa, Shikh Ali and Bagram districts within the province of Parwan, Afghanistan. 4,952 children in grades 1st through 3rd in 35 schools received them.

Dream Bags are handmade by Japanese children, filled with presents such as toys and stationary.

Children living in areas eligible for distribution usually have a difficult time obtaining such items due to financial circumstances.
Here are some of the children in Afghanistan receiving these thoughtful gifts from the children of Japan.

<Distributed on August 17th, Makola Girls’ Primary School (Surkh Parsa)>

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<Distributed on August 18th, Dahno Girls’ Primary School (Surkh Parsa)>
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<Distributed on August 24th,Saroky Girls’ Middle School (Surkh Parsa)>
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<Distributed on August 26th, Nahid Shaheed Girls’ School (Surkh Parsa)>
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<Mr. Naimatullah (39 years old), teacher of Dahan Rabat Girls’ School in Shikh Ali, one of the schools where Dream Bags were distributed>
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“Thanks to the distribution of Dream Bags, students came to like coming to school and studying every day, and we feel it has also led to a rise in enrollment rate. We would like to express our thanks to everyone in Japan.”


<Ms. Yasamin who received the dream bag. (Surkh Parsa, Hazrat Zainab Lolanj Girls’ School, 2nd grade, 8 years old)>
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“I’m so glad to be able to get such a wonderful Dream Bag. In my bag, there is a soft toy that I really love. I will treasure all the things I received. Thank you so much.”



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September 26, 2013 in Afghanistan |

"Hamakon 2013": Matchmaking Event was Held

For one night and two days from September 21, JEN hosted "Hamakon 2013", a matchmaking event, in cooperation with Zwei Co., Ltd. and Yahoo Japan Corporation.

Rural areas on the Oshika Penisula, Isinomaki where the event took place now have difficulties in securing successors to fishery and improving the plight of depopulation because of the rapid aging of the population amid extremely low birth rates. In the hope of overcoming these problems by bringing brides to bride-poor rural areas, people in the rural areas asked JEN to launch an event to address this problem.
The event was designed to make one step forward in preventing successors from deserting rural areas and rural population from aging by providing encounters between man in the rural areas and women inside and outside Miyagi prefecture, taking advantage of a konkatsu boom among young people--- konlatsu: a buzz word of the moment, a play on the Japanese words for marriage and action.

【A ceremony to introduce participants, a tense moment!】
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Eighteen mail participants from nine rural areas and ten female participants from in and around the Miyagi prefecture joined in the event. Day one, after introducing themselves to each other, the participants had free conversation while enjoying fireworks and barbecuing the blessings of the sea such as oysters and blue mussels the male participants had caught. The barbecue was extremely well-received and the female participants seemed to get to know that the Oshika Peninsula is a place where they can enjoy the fruits of the sea almost every day.

【Under a sky full of countless stars, a figure of a couple was silhouetted by fireworks.】
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Day two, those male participants from Oohara district gave a performance of Shishifuri, a traditional lion dance. In order to get the female participants to know what a job at sea is like, other male participants in usual work clothes also explained their job, trying to appeal more to female participants. So the male participants were able to show the female participants that they are cool guys.

【Now the last hours for hot date】
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The two-day event provided an opportunity for all participants to get to know each other and for the female participants to learn about the Oshika Peninsula and to enjoy a relaxed time in a rural area.

Now it was time for the male participants to tell the female participants how they felt.

Would couples be made...

【The two was celebrated by the others.】
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Surprisingly (!), eight couples were made at last!!!

【The oldest 59-year-old male participant also found a partner.】
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Their many, many happy smiles were there and moved us, staff members!

【A couple exchanged addresses and phone numbers.】
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With a couple exchanging goodbye saying "I'll come back again!", "Talk with you soon!", the male participants, waving their hands in lingering farewell, saw the bus carrying the female participants off.

"Hamakon 2013" successfully ended.

Even those participants who unfortunately couldn't find their partners spent enjoyable two days having delicious foods in the beautiful nature of the Oshika Peninsula.

Congratulations, sixteen participants who have happily made couples! JEN will continue to stand with them in their efforts to nurture their love and become lifelong, happy couples. JEN is committed to continued activities in filling rural areas on the sea with smiling faces.

◆JEN continues recruiting volunteers to assist earthquake disaster reconstruction. The planned volunteer activities for September-December period have been renewed. For details, click here.
If you consider joining volunteer work in a group, please contact us.

◆Radio Talk Show "Sukidatsucha ❤ Ishonomaki" airs every Friday noon at 12:30, repeats every Sunday morning at 10:30.
People of Ishinomaki who are moving ahead toward reconstruction will make a guest appearance on the show.
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September 26, 2013 in Tohoku earthquake |

2013.09.19

"The 2nd Making Handcrafting into Jobs Event" Very Well Attended

On September 14, "the Second Making Handcrafting into Jobs Event: Handicrafts Market, Hands-on Exhibit in Ishinomaki" took place at Nakazato Agricultural Hall of Japan Agricultural Cooperative Ishinomaki Head Office, which event aims at helping female victims who make handicrafts like needlecraft in Ishinomaki in gaining access to markets or finding something to live for that leads to heal their mental scars. Seventeen groups ran their booths at this event, nine of which took part for the first time. Exceeding the first event in number, the event was bustling with more than 260 visitors.

【Every booth attracted many visitors!】
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【A Booth named "Natural Cotton" with many kawaii goods made its debut at the event.】
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On opening the door at ten, goods sold well one after another. Among visitors was a person with shopping bags filled with goods they bought in both hands browsing around the site. Although many of the visitors were from Ishinomaki, they looked surprised at getting to know that there are so many women who make handicrafts in Ishinomaki. The event also gave local people an opportunity to realize Ishinomaki produces many marketable goods.

【There were many people waiting in line for weaving experience.】
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Four groups had contributed to making arrangements for a handcrafting experience session that consists of six different programs including weaving, decoration and so on.
The session has been set up in the hope that hands-on experience inspires visitors to start making handicrafts. A total of forty-five visitors participated in the session and each visitor made their only one good in the world.

【After the event, all of those who ran booths took a meet.】
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After the event, asked what their problems before or future activities are, those who ran booths expressed a variety of opinions saying "I need more places where I can sell my goods.", "I need a support system for sharing information." and so on. While there are many women who are busy with housework and child-raising or who have difficulty to get out of the house because of their bad physical shape or mental trauma after the disaster, quite a few women are thinking of making enjoyable handcrafting at home into jobs. As a matter of fact, some visitors were heard to say "' I wanna make handicrafts.', 'I wanna learn know-how for getting on in handicraft business.'", that means visitors have been encouraged to start making handicrafts by their experience in the event.

JEN believes responding to those voices leads enlivening women in Ishinomaki thus the city of Ishinomaki. JEN remains committed to continue to hold the event and also work on assisting women in Ishinomaki.

◆JEN continues recruiting volunteers to assist earthquake disaster reconstruction. The planned volunteer activities for September-December period have been renewed. For details, click here).
If you consider joining volunteer work in a group, please contact us.

 

◆Radio Talk Show "Sukidatsucha ❤ Ishonomaki" airs every Friday noon at 12:30, repeats every Sunday morning at 10:30.
People of Ishinomaki who are moving ahead toward reconstruction will make a guest appearance on the show.
You can listen to the talk show on Radio Ishinomaki or on the internet via Simul Radio(
http://www.fm764.jp/) anywhere in the world! Don't miss it! Let us know how you liked it.

 

 

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September 19, 2013 in Tohoku earthquake |

Monitoring report in North projet

I introduce a current project at Mullaitive, northern Sri Lanka, funded by the Ministry of foreign affair of Japan.

The project in north has 2 same components; constructions of agro-well as water supply for agriculture and workshops for formation of the well management community and empowerment of the community as east. But there are different difficulties.

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On construction of well, geology is different from east.
While a drill is used in east because the ground has hard bedrocks, it’s no need in north.
But the soft soil often causes collapse of the excavated hall.

[Collapsed well]
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The local community has difficulty to introduce common use of the well.
The community has resistance to share the well because they feel fear that 1 beneficiary constructed the well in his land will occupy the well, saying “Today, there are no enough quantity of water.”
Therefore, JEN make an environment to use their well without restraint through the construction of the well on their boundary of their land.

The communication among the beneficiaries is mainly promoted by community workers belonging the village.
The coordination by them also is one of the programs to enforce the community.

[Community wokers]
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Administration & Finance Officer in Sri Lanka office:
Tomoo Nasuda




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September 19, 2013 in Sri Lanka |

Introduction of my job as person in charge of South Sudan

Nice to meet you. I am Yoko Shimbo and I am in charge of South Sudan in Tokyo headquarters. I started working at JEN this May and four months have passed.

South Sudan, the region I am in charge of, JEN started water sanitary business seven years ago. My main job is to write up the reports about the previous projects of the last year, deal with the external matters and do the paperwork. I would like to know the situation as much as possible, even if I am far away by communicating with local people and by reading the reports they send me periodically.

One of the projects we are doing is making soaps and help the local people understand the importance of washing hands. I received the photos of soaps they made as trial models the other day. They are very pretty and well-made.

I placed more expectations on their future activity.

[Soap-making]
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[Finished soap]
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I had joined some of JEN events since I worked JEN such as Supporters Club, Chabo Run, Symposium I am willing to join the events actively.

[I participated in the Chabo Run]
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There are many things I don’t understand. However, I will try my best to provide the local people in South Sudan withe the tools they need to be independent.


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September 19, 2013 in South Sudan |

2013.09.12

Impact of personal hygiene

BEFORE THE HYGIENE SESSION:
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Three year old girl Shagufta recently arrived to her hometown Dangar Godo (Central Kurram) with her parents after long displacement.

She was displaced when she was a breast feeding baby. During her stay in IDPs camp she did not have chance to go to school or madrassa, that’s why her personal and hygienic attitude was not good. Like other children she was also unaware from hygiene practices and her parents were also uneducated from the upcoming result. If she was kept unaware of the hygiene, her habit might badly affect her health and school attendance as well.

In addition, diarrheal diseases are common in that area and Shagufta is one of those children who are facing it.

Personal Hygiene is one of the main components of JEN current project. JEN is organizing Hygiene awareness sessions activity in 7 villages of Central Kurram. As a result of this activity we are observing that most of community especially children are adopting the good hygiene practices (reported by parents and observed by us). We met Shagufta and she quoted in her own words “I was feeling weakness and dizziness all the time, and feel very week all the time. I usually feel tired when I do anything”


AFTER HYGIENE SESSION ON PERSONAL HYGIENE
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After getting the information about personal hygiene and its importance in healthy life she practically exercised that good hygiene practices in daily life and when we ask question from her father about her positive attitude he answered
“My daughter learnt lesson from JEN team that those who are not wearing shoes, worm from the dirt may insert in the body and reproduce the eggs in human body. Therefore that person will be hurting by Doctor Uncle” He further said “We are very thankful and praying for JEN which really takes care of us and our children’s health and education as well”.

Reported By : Shah Hussain Senior Field Officer JEN, Kurram Agency FATA



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September 12, 2013 in Pakistan |

Engaging Parents in our Project

The current project is in the final phase. I would like to share with joy that we are working on the last school, E Girl’s School. Today, I would like to share some comments that we received during our meeting with the Headmaster and some parents.

 [Parents in the meeting]
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The Headmaster mentioned that he was satisfied with the quality of restoration. Is seems that the cleaning workers are saying that in the past, the latrines were in very poor conditions, but after going through repair, they all look clean and easy to use. They are satisfied that the toilet facilities are more beautiful. Moreover, the Headmaster said, “Educational assistance from JEN allows students to improve their health conditions, and in result, the educational level will improve.”

 I fully agree. The health aspect is one of the most important benefits enjoyed by students, and is also the first step towards achieving success. Students are able to concentrate on their studies on the basis of good health.

 The parents were also very happy with the improvement in their children’s health and hygiene awareness. One parent said, “The latrines were totally dysfunctional before, and now they are so clean that my child says that she likes the toilet facility at the school better than the one in our home.” Many parents mentioned that they appreciated how JEN provided cleaning materials as well as hygiene kits to the school. It seems that the distributed materials have an important role in raising student’s awareness in cleanness at both the school and home.

 I need to say that knowing that the students are practicing hygienic behaviors not only at the school but also in their homes is wonderful.

 [In front of clean toilet facilities]
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JEN Engineer  Bassam

 

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September 12, 2013 in Iraq |

A story of happiness from a teacher

Pyroki village is located in Surkhe Parsa district and in 2012 JEN planned to start need assessment and technical survey for the next year WASH program plan.

As a member of survey team I also visited that school, during survey I realized and noted a lot of problems of this school and met with a teacher by the name of Muhammad Ewaz who was teaching in that school.

He explained the problem of students, teachers and school in detail and told me the problems which he was facing during his duties as teachers until today.
I asked him if an organization come and solve your school problems, what will be your and your community cooperation and contribution in this regard. After listening, I saw a big smile on his face due to pleasure which is difficult to describe in words. He said that I myself and my entire villager will co-operate the best with such as organization to give us such support to built our school and solve our many school problems.

After our project was approved and I went again to the same school for construction layout, again I faced Mr. Muhammad Ewaz.  He was in hurry to reach me and when he came close to me he strongly hugged me which was showing his happiness for the school construction and children’s future comfort and easy access to the basic needs for education.

He said, “it was my wish that I met you once again and he said it is like he dreamed and his dream came true with JEN support. Today I myself and our entire community are very happy for it”.

[With teacher during layout planning ]
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[under construction school]
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Last week after completion of about 88% work once again I met Mr. Muhammad Ewaz and his happiness was increased this time. He again thanks to JEN staffs and JEN NGO who supported his community. He suddenly disappeared and before going he told us to wait for a while. A little later he came back and brought a delicious meal (milk, yogurt, butter, salad and bread) which was made by his wife for us and culturally people do it to show their happiness and welcome to the people.

We were glad that local people think positive about JEN and they are thankful to all JEN staffs and those who are helping from Japan.




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September 12, 2013 in Afghanistan |

Volunteers Support in Carrying Mikoshi Around Oginohama Cove

On September 9, an autumn festival was held in Oginohama, Ishinomaki.

【Mikoshi paraded through Oginohama where reconstruction work continues.】
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【They prepared for the festival in the rain the day before, but nothing was to be seen but beautiful blue sky on the festival day.】
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Oginihama, located at the base of the Oshika Peninsula, used to be a home to some fifty households. With almost all of the houses in Oginohama swept away by the tsunami, thirteen families are now living in temporary housing and others are forced to evacuate to Ishinomaki city or Sendai city.

【Mikoshi parading from beach to temporary housing(in the picture on the front right).】
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Oginohama's festival is known for its mikoshi (portable shrine) being paraded through Oginohama Cove on boat. Although it suffers from a serious shortage of hands due to massive exodus after the disaster, it has been taken place every year even in the year of the disaster thanks to the support of many volunteers who continue interacting communities in the disaster stricken areas including JEN.

【Mikoshi was headed for the cove.】
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【Many volunteers support the festival.】
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Ms. Miyuki Esashi who was elected to Oginohama ward mayoress in this August says "Because young people have left Oginihama, frankly we can't even carry mikoshi down the stone steps of our shrine without volunteers' help. It'll not until the whole town finishes moving to high ground that residents can return to Oginohama and it'll take many more years. I'm afraid the exodus continues in the meantime and we come to be unable to sustain our community. So I want to work on securing housing and land for not only the victims but people outside Oginihama who say to me 'I'd like to live in Oginohama' in order to welcome those people and sustain our community."


【Ms. Esashiin is pictured in the middle of the front row in pink T-shirt. Her naturally positive attitude lead Oginohama.】

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◆JEN continues recruiting volunteers to assist earthquake disaster reconstruction. The planned volunteer activities for September-December period have been renewed. For details, click here).
If you consider joining volunteer work in a group, please contact us.

◆Radio Talk Show "Sukidatsucha ❤ Ishonomaki" airs every Friday noon at 12:30, repeats every Sunday morning at 10:30.
People of Ishinomaki who are moving ahead toward reconstruction will make a guest appearance on the show.
You can listen to the talk show on Radio Ishinomaki or on the internet via Simul Radio(http://www.fm764.jp/) anywhere in the world! Don't miss it! Let us know how you liked it.

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Account holder: JEN
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September 12, 2013 in Tohoku earthquake |

2013.09.05

The Young Join Summer Volunteer

Perhaps because schools have gone on summer vacation, many students are visiting Ishinomaki for volunteer work. On August 29, twenty-five students at Kansai Gakuin Senior High School volunteered to help us weed a flower garden.

【Students are pulling out overgrown weeds.】
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Sunflowers as well as many other flowers in the garden have bloomed beautifully, which were planted in June.
JEN is assisting "Spread Flower Garden through Human Connection", a movement based on an idea of students at Kadonowaki Junior High School. For More information, click here (250 rally for flower movement before Kadonowaki elementary school)

Many pupils and junior high school students taken by their parents also participated in recent volunteer work at Amijima Island.

【Children worked hard among adults!】
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When they were asked what brought them to participate in the volunteer work, many of them answered that they wanted to come here in the post-disaster period, but it was impossible; they want to help with whatever they still can do. JEN believes it's JEN's task to serve as a bridge between volunteers who have compassion like them and victims in disaster stricken-areas.

【On July 24, students at Kadonowaki Junior High volunteered to plant flowerers.】
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【On August 29, post-weeding】
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The movement has produced masses of flowerers with support from children across the country in the past month. No doubt many flowerers have also bloomed in those children's heart.

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JEN continues recruiting volunteers to assist earthquake disaster reconstruction.
For details, click here (To be posted).
If you consider joining volunteer work in a group, please contact us.

☆Radio Talk Show "Sukidatsucha ❤ Ishonomaki" airs every Friday noon at 12:30, repeats every Sunday morning at 10:30.
People of Ishinomaki who are moving ahead toward reconstruction will make a guest appearance on the show.
You can listen to the talk show on Radio Ishinomaki or on the internet via Simul Radio anywhere in the world! Don't miss it! Let us know how you liked it.


====For urgent donation…↓↓↓↓↓↓

○Postal transfer account No.: 00170-2-538657
Account holder: JEN
Please write “Tohoku Earthquake” on the liaison column.

○Credit card: http://www.jen-npo.org/en/contribute/credit.php?country=s-thk&select1=0#now

Please select “Tohoku Earthquake” from the pull-down.

For any inquiries regarding bank transfers, please contact Tomita or Asakawa in JEN Tokyo Office at 03-5225-9352


September 5, 2013 in Tohoku earthquake |

Present Weather Condition and Challenge the JEN Agro Well Construction – in North Srilanka

JEN is in process agro Well Construction and distribute agricultural instruments to improve the livelihood of the very poor people in the Mullaitive district, Puthukkudiyiruppu Divisional secretariat division Visuvamadu South and East GN divisions.  

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A list of the very poor people is prepared and selected and each of them is given ½ acre of land which could be cultivated round the year. To cultivate the land they need water supply round the year. To facilitate the supply of water wells are being dug. They are about 25 feet depth and 12 feet diameter.

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Wing to the present weather condition there was heavy rain fall the first quarter of the year as a result of which the ground water level was high when the wells were dug. The rise in the ground water level was challenge to JEN who were Constructing the agro wells. In case the dewatering Time was increasing.  Need more fuel and had to be used High Horse power pump to manage the Manage the de watering. 

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The contractors who took up the work on contract with JEN to construct the wells have agreed to bear up the extra expense as an opportunity to help the poor people. 
People are grateful to JEN and its contractors for the timely support to finish the agro well construction even though face challenges and hardship during the construction of Agro wells..

Thanga Kesavan – Technical Officer.




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September 5, 2013 in Sri Lanka |

Practical sessions to repair a borehole

JEN is carrying out a strengthening of capacity program in Yei County.  Although Yei is perceived to be one of the counties with huge coverage and minimal needs, an assessment conducted in April/May June 2013 revealed huge gaps in the WASH sector. 
JEN through funding from Japan Platform and the generosity of the people of Japan embarked on a two year project 2013/14  and hopefully 2014/15 in order to strengthen communities capacities in addressing WASH issues.  JEN is working closely with the Department of Rural Water and Sanitation of Yei County.

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Recently  formerly trained pump mechanics ( by other organisations) attended a 10 day training on preventive operation and maintenance for boreholes.
During one of their practical sessions to repair a borehole that broke down in one of the schools, I got a chance to chat with the Deputy Head Teacher of Kajiko Primary School in Ombasi Boma, Yei County.

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Anthony Lubari, the Deputy Head teacher for this school is 43 years old, and he is married with 5 children.  He has been working in Kajiko Primary School since the year 2009.  He gave us a little bit of history on the borehole that was repaired. The borehole was drilled in 2009 by DANIDA to serve the primary school and the surrounding community members.  It was the only borehole at the time serving over 1000 people.
However, there was no committee that was formed to take the management of the water scheme.  Later on the community mobilized themselves and nominated 11 members as a water user committee.  These 11 members did not receive any training and did not understand their roles and responsibilities very well. There were no trained pump mechanics either and soon things started going the wrong direction.  No one seemed to execute any responsibility and two years down the line, the borehole broke down.

The borehole has remained non-functional since 2011 when it broke down.  Attempts for community members to report to payam administrators fell on deaf ears.  Persons who attempted to rectify it worsened the situation as they were neither skilled nor knowledgeable.

Pupils from the school who are more than 400 at the time resulted to fetching water for a nearby stream.  The water is used for drinking, cooking and all other water uses.  Though the stream is an all season and never dries up, the water is not safe for consumption since children did not wait for it to be boiled.  ‘  A lot of children suffer from diarrhea and end up skipping classes ‘ said Anthony.

During the repair – practical sessions by POM trainees, there was an awful smell that came out of the borehole with some worms.  The facilitator Ms Cecilia Mimi, ( a water technician with Department of Rural Water and Sanitation) emphasized on the need to chlorinate the borehole prior to opening it up for public use.

Anthony was very grateful, he said:  ‘ I am indeed happy that JEN has organized to have this borehole repaired. I am going to work with the community and the school committee to ensure that from now hence forth the borehole is well taken care of’. 

JEN’s overall objective in working with communities of YEI is to achieve community resilience and self-reliance.



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September 5, 2013 in South Sudan |