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10/31/2013

Agricultural workshop in East


Today I introduce an agricultural workshop in East.
JEN isn’t only providing agricultural wells, but also agricultural workshops to empower the productivity, using the wells.
In the workshop, the beneficiaries don’t only listen to a lecture, share and discuss their issue.
So far, 1 group is made up of near beneficiaries and the workshops were held in each group.
This time, JEN makes an opportunity to gather all groups.
Expansion of their community, awareness of their good and bad points and strengthening their union by comparison with other groups are expected through this trial.

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We introduce some practices, observing a real organic pesticide and pest with a microscope, to keep concentration of beneficiaries.

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JEN staffs make the minutes to share the lesson through the discussion.

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This agricultural workshop is supported by Agricultural Department and their mark is printed on the hand-out as their authorization.

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At the beginning of the session, participants are nervous because of the first bout. But once the discussion was begun, they relaxed and the discussion was activated.
I believe this trial lead strengthening the community.

Administration & Finance Officer in Sri Lanka office: Tomoo Nasuda


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October 31, 2013 in Sri Lanka |

Following Their Footsteps - Part II ]



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As I mentioned in Part I of the same title(2010 FEB and MAR), the first ones of the family to flee their homes away were my dad and my uncle. That happened because of the miserable livelihood at home. The exile was economically much better than at home and both brothers managed to bring their families and extended relatives, whereby they settled and lived comfortably until the deportation reintegrated them back home following the independence of Eritrea and the conflict between Eritrea and Ethiopia.

The impact of the conflict and deadly battle between the two countries affected the livelihood of people to resume the exile legally or illegally. Thanks to JEN, I was the first from the Meles family to legally flee my country because of the employment with JEN South Sudan. As an Eritrean culture and more specifically lesson learned from my father, I had to take care of my brothers and sisters back at home, as well. This lasted for about two years but the burden to me was too much and I had to consider of bringing the skilled and physically abled ones here to Juba.

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Eventually, with my assistance of their transport expenses, ten members of Meles family followed me to Juba, managed to help themselves and their respective families and parents at home and hence enabled me to concentrate on my own family, only. My family consists of myself, my  wife and three children,  which are running their own businesses and this situation allowed me to be responsible for my wife and myself only. So, it is this favourable condition which contributed to my final decision to go back home and enjoy the rest of my life with my beloved wife. This age of mine, 60, is also the right time to retire and hope God blesses me that I will never regret of my decision.

But this achievement could have never been materialized without JEN and its kind and polite Japanese staff, whom I can never forget in my life. Because likewise its projects, JEN has made my family and extended relatives SELF_RELIANT. It has helped me to achieve my mission and vision and hence let me use this opportunity to award this credit to JEN and its management in deferent level, not forgetting those who have terminated JEN for different reasons. Let me use this opportunity also to apologize if I have intentionally or unintentionally offended any of them in my last 11 years of employment with JEN. 

Haileselasse Meles

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October 31, 2013 in South Sudan |

CInauguration of 2 water tanks and 4 kiosks in Lafferonnay (Leogane)

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.

On Sunday 27th of October 2013, JEN staff took part in the inauguration of the second site to be inaugurated on this project.

After Jeanty, locality of Grand Goave where JEN did build 1 water tank and 2 kiosks, it was this time the moment to inaugurate the second water network concerned by the project.

Located in Leogane the community of Lafferonnay already had a water network in the past. Funded by Haitians from abroad the network had unfortunately been severely damaged by the earthquake of January 2010.

In addition with renovating the network JEN also did improve it by building 4 kiosks where water will be sold for a symbolic 1 Haitian gourde per bucket (2 US cents for 20 litres!). JEN did also build 2 water tanks in order to store more than enough water for evenings use as the pumping system gets its energy from solar panels.

[1 of the 4 kiosks built by JEN on current project funded by MOFA of JAPAN]
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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 2 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.

[President of WMC introducing the members to the population]
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It is the first time JEN is inaugurating a network where payment of water would be by consumption instead of a monthly fee regardless of the use.

It is actually a fairly new requirement from DINEPA as the subscription system has shown its limits the last few years. In some communities the amount of registered families is so small that it is impossible to take enough money out of the budget in order to give a little salary or incentive to the kiosk worker... difficult in these conditions to find someone motivated to work on an almost full time position for free!

With the system of payment per bucket the position of kiosk worker becomes much more attractive and motivating as 25% of the income will be the salary of the employee!

In a place like Lafferonnay the “salary” won’t reach the minimum 5 US Dollars/day imposed by Haitian labour law but in the other hand the position is quite comfortable as opening hours are generally not more than 6 hours a day and the work quite easy.

In term of sustainability as well this new policy should have significant effects as it guaranty benefits for the Water Management Committee, allowing it to repair or replace in the future whatever has to be fixed or changed.

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October 31, 2013 in Haiti |

Thank You for Listening to Radio Talk Show "Sukidatsucha ❤ Ishonomaki"! Thus Far; Now Past 17 Aired Episodes Available Online

A radio talk show "Sukidatsucha ❤ Ishonomaki" has been introduced for broadcasting as an assistance for reconstruction since July 5, but it has been decided to put an end to it as of October 25.
Only four-month-long project though it was, all went well to end what had been a very enjoyable show for many listeners. Thank you for listening!

【A shot with people at Radio Ishinomaki who have supported JEN in offering JEN's radio talk show.】
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A total of twenty-one people made a guest appearance onto "Reconstruction News" corner in the last seventeen shows.

JEN invited those guests living in Ishinomaki because JEN, while working on projects in Ishinomaki, felt pretty much like asking them to "encourage much more listeners to make positive progress by talking their stories about reconstruction".

In the final episode, Mr. Hiroyuki Kogure and Hiroteru Yamanaka who have continued with their efforts as JEN staff members since April 2011, soon after the disaster, appeared on the show and spoke on their own thoughts on the reconstruction of their hometown with reflections on their experiences and what has been aired.

Listeners sent their messages to the show---quote---"'Even living in the same city Ishinomaki, I don't know much about districts elsewhere in the city, so it's very helpful, I'm looking forward to it every week.', 'While living outside the disaster areas, I was able to listen to what Ishinomaki's people think and, if only a little, find out how things really are in Tohoku.'" Therefore JEN made the recordings of "Reconstruction News", talks with guests, available on Youtube. You really must listen. Click on links below.

 Episode 1 (July 5)Ms. Emi Suda (Owner of Hamayu, a restaurant in Sasunohama)
http://youtu.be/BkxtmMTsQlA

 Episode 2 (July 12Mr. Masanari Ishinomori (Oshika Noren Temporary Shopping Street)
http://youtu.be/5yqEyt7vOIw

 Episode 3 (July 19Ms. Jyunko Hiratsuka (Female Fisherperson from Kadatsuhama)

http://youtu.be/BbNrw-2p7dE

 Episode 4 (July 26Mr. Eiichi Honma (Director of Kadonowaki Maneki Community) http://youtu.be/Fc1kqyHGmqo

 Episode 5 (August 2)Mr. Yoshimasa Imaizumi (Chairman of the Kin-Ball Federation of Miyagi)
http://youtu.be/1HA4Q8lYpa8

 Episode 6 (August 9)Ms. Kasumi Endo, Mr. Yusei Adachi (Second Graders at Kadonowaki Junior High)
http://youtu.be/GuixfDqZvlQ

 Episode 7 (August 16)Sadao and Kazuko Abe (Residents of Nakayashiki, Kamikama District)
http://youtu.be/_5-xWk6Cl6E

 Episode 8 (August 23)Ms. Hiroko Saito (Director of Battsupa Coperation from Kaduma, Ishinomaki)
http://youtu.be/2u--cEOkjH0

 Episode 9 (August 30)Ms. Yoshiko Abe Ms. Mai Abe (Housemakers from Higashihama District)
http://youtu.be/-IlgYgqhrBM

 Episode 10 (September 6)Mr. Eiji Aizawa (Ward Mayor of Tsukinoura) http://youtu.be/pYK2sfs-Gxo

 Episode 11 (September 13)Ms. Tomoko Akasaka (the Representative for AMIS Workshop in the Seventh Minamisakai Temporary Housing)
http://youtu.be/5wefaqH5kSs

 Episode 12 (September 20)Mr. Takayuki Atsumi (Ascidian Fisherman in Tanigawahama)
http://youtu.be/Dyb0SoSFnUY

 Episode 13 (September 27)Mr. Hiroharu Ishinomori (Oyster Fisherman in Kadatsuhama)
http://youtu.be/pV7zK3KB6QM

 Episode 14 (October 4)Mr. Yasuhiro Hosokawa (Oyster Fisherman in Sasunohama)

http://youtu.be/e3xHBM4zcQc

 Episode 15 (October 11)Mr. Kazuhiko Endo (the Representative of Minamisannriku Fishermen's' Association)
http://youtu.be/Q2DB01rZ9qg

 Episode 16 (October 18)Ms. Miyuki Esashi (the Vice President of the Association of Miyagi Fisheries Cooperative's Women's Group and Ward Mayor of Oginohama) http://youtu.be/JZuKn6UhBCw

 Episode 17 (October 25)Mr. Hiroyuki Kogure, Mr. Hiroteru Yamanaka (Members of JEN Ishinomaki Office)
http://youtu.be/KWn1fBCgmjc

 

While the show came to an end for now, JEN Tohoku division will continue its activities. Many thanks for people in Ishinomaki and around the country listening to the show! And with that we would like to also thank you for your continuing support!

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October 31, 2013 in Tohoku Earthquake |

10/24/2013

Bring together the livestock department and IDPs

Before the start of the current livelihood recovery project it was realized that there is a gap between IDPs living in DI Khan and the district livestock department. Especially when it comes to raising the awareness of the people on livestock management, there were no proper linkages. A strategy was developed to include the district livestock department officials in the awareness sessions and trainings. Also to include the livestock doctors at the concerned Union Counsels as members in the LRC (livelihood recovery committee).
After the commencement of the project a meeting was set with district livestock department. The concerned issue of the involvement of livestock department with the IDPs community was discussed in detail. The district livestock officials agreed to provide support in the project activities.
Livestock doctors from the department were involved from the initial awareness sessions before distributions. Contact details of the doctors were shared with the targeted community so that they can take guidance and support from them in the future.

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After the sessions the district livestock officer joined the LEW (Livestock Extension Workers) training as a facilitator.


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When the first LRC was formed two of the livestock department officials were included as members in the committee. The same procedure will be followed in forming the 2nd LRC.

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By all these measures it was made possible that line department and IDPs living in the target areas come close to one another and to be in proper coordination. The target beneficiaries are now engaged with the district livestock department. This will be a sustainability factor after the phase out of JEN from the targeted areas and till the time the IDPs living in these areas.



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October 24, 2013 in Pakistan |

Al-Haj and Eid Al-Adha Al-Mubarak

All Muslims all over the world tries to do Al-Haj which is an Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca (Saudi Arabia) and the largest gathering of Muslims people in the world every year. On this time October 14, 2013 the Muslims were in Mecca doing the final stage of Al-Haj. Al-Haj occurs from the 8 to 12 Thu Al-Haja, the last month of the Islamic calendar of twelve months which is a lunar calendar, eleven days shorter than the Gregorian calendar used in the Western world. Al-Haj is one of the five pillars of Islam, and a religious duty which must be carried out by each Muslim who have the ability and can afford to do so at least once in the lifetime (women or man).

The selection of pilgrims in Iraq were done by nomination (choose by lot) of about 30,000 limited pilgrims every year. This year, Saudi Arabia officially requested all Muslim countries to decrease the number of pilgrims by about 20% due to construction and development in Mecca. So about 6000 Iraqi pilgrims could not do Al-Haj this year.

Al- Haj is a demonstration of the solidarity of the Muslim people, and their submission to God. During the Haj, the man needs to dress ihram which is a garment consist of two white sheets with sandals, the women required to cover here head hair with Hijab and white dress.

The Haj is associated with the life of the Prophet Mohammed from 7th century, but the ritual of pilgrimage to Mecca is considered by Muslims to stretch back thousands of years to the time of Ibrahim.


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About 3 million pilgrims join several processing steps, which simultaneously converge on Mecca for the week of the Haj, and perform a series of rituals simplified as shown hereunder:

1- Each person walks counter-clockwise seven times around the Kaaba, Al-Kaaba building acts as the Muslim direction prayer.
2- Then runs back and forth between the two hills (Al-Safa and Al-Marwah), and drinks from the Zamzam well.
3- After that the pilgrims goes to the Arafat Mountain to stand in vigil, and throws stones in a ritual throwing of stones on the Devil.
4- Final stage is shaving the head of pilgrims, perform a ritual of animal sacrifice, and celebrate the four days of Eid Al-Adha which is a big celebration for Muslims and went back to their home.


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October 24, 2013 in Iraq |

Various Livestock in Pakistan

From 16th to 19th October, a big religious festival called Eid ul-Adha was held and celebrated by Muslims all over the world, and of course here in Pakistan too. Most people purchase a livestock for this celebration and sacrifice to Allah, distribute it equally in 3 parts, poor people, relatives and neighbors, and for yours.

Not only this holiday “Eid ul-Adha”, but preparing a livestock and eat meat for their celebration is very common here. Pakistan has a lot of famous and delicious meat menu and rich culture for livestock, but on the other hand there are few regulations for the food that we do not know. Islam is known well that they are not allowed to eat pork. But in Holy Quoran, it also mentioned that blood and dead animals are also not allowed, and all meats should be halal. For example, soft-shell turtles “suppon” and sausage we regularly eat is applicable on this regulation.

Below are the animals we can see easily in Pakistan. Some are edible and some are not.

1. Goat
Common meat, and use for milk product too.
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2. Donkey
Not allowed to eat by Islam.
Common use is carrying people and burden.
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3. Cow
Common meat, and use for milk product too.
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4. Camel
Edible and use for carrying people and burden.
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5. Horse
Do not eat in normal situation, but edible.
Common use is for carrying people and burden.
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6. Sheep
Edible, produce wool and milk
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JEN Islamabad office
Afghanistan Project
General affairs & Accounting
Tasuku Futamura

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October 24, 2013 in Afghanistan |

College for Children to Learn about Hometown Offers Fishing Experience in Yagawahama

On October 20, JEN held "Furusato Kodomo College in Yagawahama", an event to offer children in Ishinomaki an opportunity of experiencing fishery. Members of UNIQLO Employee Reconstruction Support Project volunteered to help JEN ensure the safety of children and hold the event.

On that day children experienced fishing, making mother shells to raise oysters and clearing scallop shells of substances sticking to the front of the shells along with fishermen who are members of Yagawahama Fisheries Cooperative's Oyster Group.

【Children listen to fishermen showing how to make mother shells to raise oysters.】
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【Scallop shells are stuck with barnacles and blue mussels! They need to be scraped off with kitchen knives.】
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And the children's favorite was fishing!

【Being taught by fishermen, even a child who fishes for the first time gave it a try!】
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【"I used to go fishing before the disaster but It's been a while since I last fished.", as one of the children said.】
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Since the disaster, children have had fewer chances to go to the sea due to their psychological response to the disaster and evacuation life that forces them to live away from the sea. This event, therefore, is about getting the children who are bearers of Ishinomaki's future to love Ishinomaki much more by having them experience and become aware of the good things about their hometown.

The fishermen in Yagawahama who accepted the children looked very happy because the children's cheers echoed through their village where the number of children has decreased.

【On this day loads of mackerels were caught♪】
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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.

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Account holder: JEN
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October 24, 2013 in Tohoku Earthquake |

10/17/2013

Children Have Dance Recital: Fruits of One-year Practice at Dance Class

On October 13, Children attending JEN's dance class have made public the fruits of their twelve-month-old practiced dance at Watanoha performing arts festival held at Watanoha community hall.

【Many local audiences turned up at Watanoha community hall, the venue for the event.】
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With the help of Ms. Ryoko Nomura and Ms. Minami Zushi who belong to R2Creative dance studio in Tokyo, JEN has had a dance class every month since October 2012 to provide children from all over the city of Ishinomaki with opportunities of dissolving the lack of exercise, relieving stress and having time for mixing with others and learning. (For more on the dance class, click here.)

Today, the results of the children's one-year efforts are debuted!

【Children dance in total synchronization. (It's too bad not to be able to present you their performance with video clips!).】
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The children's endearing dance performance led the audience to give them warm hands and junior high students' outstanding mature acting caused the audience to exclaim in admiration.

Even JEN staff members got misty eyed to see how the children have developed artistically.

【Local people were happy to watch the children as they dance.】
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Looking back over the past twelve months, the children and their parents were heard to say, quote, "One of the things that were good for us is we were able to make lots of friends and classmates through dancing."

Dancing has provided them with a place where they were able to get precious friends, learn and expand the wave of exchanges.

Emotional closure of sorts as was this recital, the dance class will be continued.

As always, JEN appreciates your continuing support for its activities.

◆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 anywhere in the world! Don't miss it! Let us know how you liked it.



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October 17, 2013 in Tohoku Earthquake |

Correspondence between Keiko Kiyama and JEN staff

Dear Mugunthan,

Thank you very much for making various arrangements during my trip.
This time I was able to realize once again that our work had led to peace-building.

When the people came back to their familiar homeland after the end of the civil war in 2009, they found that it had been completely destroyed.
When they feel anxiety and frustration in the severe life they have to start from scratch, their anger is naturally directed at the civil war that lasted for many years.
Sometimes the anger may be directed at the people they fought against as an enemy.
So, I felt real peace in the hope-filled smiles of the women who told me that their income had quadrupled and now able to do so many things with their own money.

On the other hand, in some cases people tend to deny other people whose opinions and ideas are different from their own.

I think they will be able to live together if they can accept the differences as differences without denying them.
The key to harmony is tolerance.

In Sri Lanka, all the education is now being carried out in two languages, isn't it?

If the peoples with different languages and customs were to mutually accept without denying each other and share their lives, they would surely be able to live together.

"Peace is in the heart of each and every person"
Through my visit I was able to ascertain that our activities that strive to improve their lives had helped to build peace so that every person would be able to continue to have a supple mind.

Sincerely,

Keiko Kiyama

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Dear Keiko-san,

To tell you the truth, we were nervous until we saw you because none of our staff in Vavuniya office had ever met Keiko-san. However, we felt relieved very soon, for you started talking to us in a friendly manner right after you arrived.

It was impressive that you talked friendlily but with respect to local people and the community workers, who are also returnees, as well as to the workers at the related organizations during your stay.  This may be one of the reasons why the returnees were willing to tell you about their ongoing lives.

I remember very well that you gave us some advice on being thoughtful and what the support should be during the latter half of your stay. I remember you particularly emphasizing the importance of future peace-building and working in harmony with the society.

The northern part of Sri Lanka was well known as a vegetable-producing center thirty years ago. But the bitter civil war deprived many people of not only their homes and fields but also their strength of mind to engage in farming. It is through the ongoing project of sharing wells and farming equipment and working together as a group for their spiritual recovery that people have come to cooperate with each other as community members.

Peace-building is closely connected with everyday life. I would like to continue performing activities to let everyone become positive.

Mugunthan(Sri Lanka Office)
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[ Mugunthan:left side]



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October 17, 2013 in Sri Lanka |

Haitian army about to reborn

In 1804 the Haitian army did celebrate proudly its creation with the independance of the country, first colony ever to liberate itself from its coloniser. (France on the occasion)

Acting as a regular army for more than 190 years with some up and down such as the american invasion in 1915, the FADH (armed forces of Haiti) were dismantled in 1995 under president Aristidewho feared another “Coup d’etat” coming from the soldiers.

Actually the haitian army was involved in most of the “coups” between the fall of dictator Jean Claude “BB Doc” Duvalier in 1986 and 1995. (13 differents governements in just 9 years!)

During its campaign in 2010, current president Martelly promised re-establishment of a national force, pleasing so the numerous haitians unhappy with the presence since 2004 of the United Nations peacekeeping force called MINUSTAH.

If creation of a new force hasn’t been mention much during the first 2 years of president Martelly’s mandate, it has been a huge surprise for everybody to learn about the return in the country of 41 young haitians trained discretely by the army of Ecuador during 10 months.

Back in Haiti beginning of September 2013, these young soldiers have all been assigned in Artibonite for a practise.

Trained as technician and ingeniors these men are the first member of the new haitian army. An army that would secure borders and coastal lines in the future, an army that would help the national police in its fights against drug and other traffics, an army that would help its fellow citizens in case of natural disaster.

For now the 41 newly trained soldiers don’t carry any weapon and won’t before 2015 earliest.

The fact they don’t carry weapons is welcomed by the population but still there are many questions with no answers yet!
How many people will compose the force eventually? When are they gonna carry weapons? How the force will share tasks with the PNH (Haitian National Police)?
What will happen with the previous members of the haitian army?
Despite being 18 years older (!) most of them want to join the new force, which the governement strongly refuse!

As a result the former members of the army are now joining the political opposition asking for dismissal of president Martelly by the end of the year!
Lots of questions and potential issues to be raised soon for sure!



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October 17, 2013 in Haiti |

Greetings from the newly appointed staff

Hello, my name is Tetsuro Kimura and I have been newly appointed to the post in the South Sudan office. JEN has two offices in South Sudan – one in the capital city of Juba, and the other at the project site, Yei. I am working at the office in Juba, and I am in charge of general affairs and accounting.

It is October, and the rainy season seems to be coming to an end. There are short downpours twice a day or so, but the heat and clear skies that follow these downpours reminds me that I am actually in Africa.

Looking at the city, there are many constructions of houses, hotels, and offices. However, some of the roads are not paved with concrete, electricity depends on power generators, and as for running water, each building draws its own ground water. In South Sudan, which has recently gained its independence, even the capital doesn’t have essential utilities.

I have been in charge of the support project in the Tohoku Ishinomaki office for the past 2 years. While taking part in the Tohoku project I felt strongly how so many people are assisting us.

I only came to South Sudan recently, but I hope to do my best with the activities here.

[Myself on the left and two other staff members, outside the office/lodging area]
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October 17, 2013 in South Sudan |

10/10/2013

Fighiting With Disabilities

Mr. Haji saideen, 75 years old, belongs to village Makeen of South Waziristan agency. He is currently residing in village marra shumali of UC Marra, Tehsil paroa, District Dera Ismail Khan. He has 3 daughters and 4 sons but the total number of dependents is 19 persons including nephews, nieces, grandsons and granddaughters. He is working as labor in agriculture farm and his two sons are working as labors for construction. His elder brother died so he is sole supporter of his nephews and nieces and his sister in law. His one nephew and two nieces are mentally disabled by birth.

[Mr. Saideen is giving interview by JEN staff]
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Saideen is living with a host family in UC Marra. His host family is very supportive as it has given him shelter and it has supported him in his daily basic needs like food and health etc. His host family facilitated him and gets him registered with UNHCR and WFP so he receives monthly ration. The head of the host family runs a commercial oven. So soon after his displacement he worked at oven and has found a rented house later for his living.

[Children of Mr. Saideen family]
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Besides earning daily expenses for a large family of 19 persons, another big problem is medical checkup/expenses of the 3 mentally disabled patients. According to Mr. Saideen “I spent a lot of money on these patients but no improvement in their health conditions. We all family members are very concerned about them because all the three patients are young and mentally disable”.

JEN is working in the target area where Mr. Saideen is living. JEN team has visited his house and has registered him and his nephew as beneficiaries. Both the beneficiaries have attended livestock sessions as well.

Mr. Saideen told “we are very hopeful to get goats and manage them properly to use it for milk and rearing purpose. I will expand it to business level because my family and I are well acquainted with livestock management”.   

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October 10, 2013 in Pakistan |

Quake Restoration Memorial Park Development Project, Citizens' Movement

The city of Ishinomaki where JEN carries on its activities has decided to build Quake Restoration Memorial Park jointly with Miyagi Prefecture by 2020 (Source: the website of Miyagi Prefecture).

As for the central hub in the park (the square of remembrance etc), Ishinomaki city and Miyagi Prefecture are supposed to continue their efforts to call on the central government to set it up. In the mean time, citizen-led efforts to foster momentum to the park development have started; workshops and study sessions have been organized by citizen volunteers in response to a call from local government.

【Minamihama district, the planned site for Quake Restoration Memorial Park(Picture taken from Hiyoriyama hill)】
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On October 6, a total of 100 laurels and 625 box trees were planted to make a "forest of prayer" within the premises of Saikouji temple situated in the north of Minamihama district.

【Many citizens, volunteers joined in planting trees.】
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This effort to make a "forest of prayer" has been principally organized by Ishinomaki Environment Network, an Ishinomaki-based NPO, with support from local government and experts. It is hoped to grow as a citizens' movement from now on.

According to current plans, Quake Restoration Memorial Park will be completed by 2020. It is in the year 2020 that Japan, hosting the Tokyo Olympics, attracts a great deal of attention from around the world. Most citizens who joined in the planting have a strong aspiration to show their reconstructed community to every people all over the world who helped them after the disaster.

Hoping reconstruction rolls forward just as flowers bloom or trees grow, JEN will continue its activities.

【"forest of prayer" just coming off planting】

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◆JEN continues seeking 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
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

October 10, 2013 in Tohoku Earthquake |

Seasonal Fruits in Afghanistan

Afghanistan is an agricultural country and rich for many fruits. These fruits are seasonal product, and the greatest plantations are pomegranate, grapes, and apple.


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Grapes can be eaten as raw or they can be use of making wine (Not allowed in Afghanistan), juice, and jam as normally we know. But in Afghanistan, we also use for vinegar and Grape seed oil. This is a big product in Afghanistan and exports to foreign countries as India, Pakistan, and European countries. They have farmer fields of Grapes in a variety black grapes, green grapes, reddish grapes, small in size large in size.



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Apple is also big product in Afghanistan. Originally, apples have been grown by thousands of years in these Asian area and Europe and brought to America in 17th century. And also one of the main export industry for Afghanistan.



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Pomegranate is a fruit with the coming spring season all the trees are green.  It is one of the luscious fruit is found in some places such as Kandahar province, Kapisa province, Faryab province and Kandahar Kabul. Its botanical name is “Punica Ganatum”. The pomegranate is widely considered to have originated in the vicinity of Iran and have been cultivated since ancient times. Today it is cultivated throughout the region, in the Northern Areas the fruit is typically in season from September to February. And in Southern Areas the season is from March to May.
After picking up after pomegranate-shaped wooden box and professionals within and outside the market to sell, there is a lot of resistance to picking fruit from a tree after we closed for the day it can be kept in a cool place.
It is also very preferred in Pakistan for the prevention of Dengue fever, drinking pomegranate juice strongly boost the immune system.

Our office in Kabul has one pomegranate in the backside of building. Each year, seven months after the start of spring, the season comes in our office and staffs are harvesting the fruit.

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October 10, 2013 in Afghanistan |

First day of the new academic year

The new academic year has started on September 24, 2013 for all school stages (Kindergarten, Primary, Intermediate and Secondary schools). Classes at universities, colleges and institutes commenced a couple of weeks later.

Before the start of a new academic year, families prepare their kids with necessary book bags, textbooks, stationary and school uniforms. Families also provide their children with transportations like taxi or bus school. The pupils began attending to their school after a summer holiday of 3 months.

On the first day, the pupils receive books from each school for free of charge, which was distributed on behalf of the Ministry of Education (MoE). MoE also provides and distributes note books to the pupils in primary schools. Other than
that, some charity organizations provide and distribute stationery to some schools too.

The pupils taking lessons from the first day of study hours and homework were issued by the teachers. The pupils met each other and they talked about their summer holidays and where they spend during the summer.

All families were afraid about terrorist attacks during when they aren’t around their children. These attacks are increasing and claim hundreds of people’s lives each week. The security situation affects pupils’ presenting daily to their schools and spread fear among them on their faces.

In recent years, some primary schools (for the first stage) have invited parents to meet the teachers in school on events called (acquaintance between teachers and parents). Usually this event is held in the school for parental convenience and presents each other; the parent's tries to assist and encourage the kids for education. This year, as written above, many parents discussed with the teachers on how to deal with the risky security situation.

[Pupils in the classroom]
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[Pupils excited about the start of their new year]
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October 10, 2013 in Iraq |

10/03/2013

Real in North projet

There are still un-resettled areas in North, while 4 years passed since the end of the civil war.

A house has a bullet wound has still left in that area.

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Also we can see tens of vehicles have been burned and left there.

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There are mines near that area and removing them is on-going. A red sign in the picture means “mines are still there.”

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A tentative school is next to the minefield.
The inhabitants of the area feel fear that children may play in the minefield and been involved in an accident.

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After the removal of mines, resettlement will be started there. As it took more 4 years since the inhabitant left, necessary items for their life will not be there. So the assistant for returnees will be needed after this.

Administration & Finance Officer in Sri Lanka office: Tomoo Nasuda




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October 3, 2013 in Sri Lanka |

Victims Put Hope for Reconstruction into Paintings

Here in Ishinomaki, September 29 was a clear Sunday of autumn with blue sky. On this day local junior high students draw pictures at "Manekino House", a meeting place in Ishonomaki.
(For more on "Manekino House", click here.)

【Together volunteered to work local residents and students from Kadonowaki junior high school art club and.】
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The students decided what to paint after interviewing residents so that they might be able to draw paintings that are very Kadonowaki-like and everybody likes. In the hope that Ishinomaki makes its recovery as soon as possible, they painted Ishinomaki's abundant nature, trees, flowers, animal,...and pre-disaster lively streetscapes as well as post-reconstruction streetscapes.

【Students and residents painted on their own themes.】
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The painting will have been completed by mid October. It was impressing to see local passers-by with smiles stop to see students painting. They looked having a renewed feeling of hope to see the students drawing happily.

JEN will continue engaging in efforts to support local residents in revitalizing their own town and children in involving in those activities.

【In hopes that "ex-residents living in temporary housing come back",...】
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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.jen-npo.org/en/6498/) anuwhere 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

October 3, 2013 in Tohoku Earthquake |

Hurricane season 2013, entering the final part…

Since it officially started June 1st, the hurricane season has been very nice with Haiti for now.

Announced as a hurricane season to be feared with 18 tropical waves predicted and from which 8 should be given a name… meaning being at least a tropical storm, a terrible destructive hurricane for the worst!
So far Haiti can consider itself as still very lucky.

After tropical storms Chantal and Dorian that collapsed just before reaching Haiti’s shore at the beginning of July (already mentioned on a previous blog), numerous tropical waves and storm have been identified and followed carefully by all the specialists and all the Islands of the Caribbean.
Last in date, tropical storm Gabrielle that changed its route surprisingly IN FAVOR of Haiti!

While storm and hurricanes almost always tend to change their routes to hit Haiti, once again mother nature decided to spare the poorest country of the western hemisphere!

Still we’re only halfway through….

The hurricane season ends officially at the end of November and every Haitian can remember Thomas in November 10 or Sandy last late October!
In addition to these surprisingly pleasant turns in storms trajectory the 2013 hurricane season is amazingly dry.

If it helped preventing another cholera severe outbreak, the drought is becoming a serious problem when it comes to agricultural matter!

The spring harvest results have been just published and the result isn’t good… the first harvest of this year represents only 60% of the 2009 one (last solid reference before January 10 earthquake). It is a bit better than last year but with the constant and regular inflation times are getting really difficult for many Haitians.

Even if inflation did tend to reduce lately it is today estimated that 1.5 million people are living under food security stress.

Another consequence of the drought is of course access to water. Even in Leogane where the water table is known to be rich most of the wells are basically empty!

In JEN office for example it now takes more than an hour to refill the water tank while it only took 20 minutes to our small electric pump to do the job back in May!
Limited access to water also creates fertile environment for cholera somehow… not in urban environment where heavy rain would for sure spread the disease by mixing clean and dirty waters! But in the remote areas of the countryside limited access to water means many more people and animals sharing the last accesses!

At date 35,000 people have been infected already this year in Haiti!
If the total amount decreases in comparison with 2011 and 2012, the last few months saw a rise in fatalities as 1.4% of the people affected die countrywide, some remote areas reaching 4% when an acceptable rate of fatality should be under 1%...

So… should we hope for rain, save agriculture but get cholera rising in large cities or should we hope for drought, which will spare the cities of severe cholera outbreak but will see terrible rate of fatality in remote areas and severe food insecurity for many?
Fortunately it’s for nobody to decide!
What’s sure is that we entering the second part of the hurricane season!
And the bigger threat is still… HURRICANE!



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October 3, 2013 in Haiti |

The Soap Making Group Held an Event to Promote Sanitation

The “Tinate” group (Tinate: “Thank you” in a local South Sudanese language) consisting of 20 female and 5 male stags made soaps in the Ombasi village in Yei distrct, Otogo Payam.

The purpose of making soaps is to improve the health conditions by improving public sanitation levels though the practices such as washing hands with soap, keeping the body clean, and washing clothing using soap.

During the training, a trial piece of soap was made out of local resources. The soap was then cut into small pieces and distributed to the villagers so they could use them and give feedback.

[The prototype soap made during the training]
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Because the prototype was a success, the group held an event to teach the importance of sanitation, using the soap as a giveaway gift for those who attended. To make sure the event would leave a strong impact, the event was for around 2 hours so the villagers wouldn’t get too bored, and it took place during the Saturday market held every week at  Ombasi village.

[Locals gathered at the market to watch the event]
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The “Tinate” group marched around the market singing the sanitation song they composed, and the event started with the chief’s speech.

[The “Tinate” group members marching]
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There were songs, dances, and a play using the soap. The event ended with a sanitation quiz that the audience could participate in.

[The sanitation quiz taking place]
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Previously, JEN had conducted sanitation training for elementary school teachers in the 15 public schools in the district. A teacher who had participated in the training was at the market during the event, and she joined in and sang the sanitation song together with the group. (The woman with the green earrings)
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October 3, 2013 in South Sudan |