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11/28/2013

Support for Ajishima Island's Fishery: Help Islanders in Efforts to Recover from Disaster

JEN assisted fishermen at the Amijima branch of the Miyagi Prefecture Fishery Cooperative in accommodating fishing gears to restart their fishing operations on November 18.

【Amijishima Island is about one hour by ferryboat from Ishinomaki jetty with some 400 people on the isolated island.】

A map of the island: https://mapsengine.google.com/map/embed?mid=zIt-ICU1-ifU.kOQhIWQJmkLs

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【Roofs of the settlement in Amijishima Island: beyond the roofs the Oshika peninsula lies over the sea.】
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Amijishima was closest to the earthquake epicenter and so it was hit by the tsunami earlier than any other area.

Fortunately, there were no casualties thanks to the islanders' appropriately decision to evacuate quickly, but houses, fishing-related facilities and fishing ports were heavily damaged.
In this assistance of JEN's, fishing materials such as a forklift truck that would be shared with fishermen, octopus trap baskets, fishing nets were provided for the branch of the Miyagi Prefecture Fishery Cooperative.

【The ship carrying the forklift truck pulled in at the quay under restoration work!】
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Ajishima Island has two fishing ports, Aji and Futawatashi, but their needed assistance is different because of differences in the damage by the disaster.
Aji port has its dock-mounted crane along with its quay swept away. In addition, the completion of the port restoration work is expected to be year after next at the earliest, and so islanders have been put in the situation where they are not able to ship and unship heavy burdens. Therefore they hoped to have a forklift truck accommodated so that they may substitute it for crane.

On the other hand, Futawatashi port is in need of "supplies of fishing materials washed away by the tsunami", and so JEN assisted in equipping octopus trap baskets and komame fishing nets (fine-mesh fishing nets). The fishermen there can capture flatfish, rockfish, and rock trout with the komame fishing nets all year-round.

The restoration rate of Amijishma Island's fishery is only about 20 percent (as of August 2013) with little room to feel optimistic about the situation, yet you can't see any signs of resignation on the fishermen's faces. One of the fishermen said firmly to JEN "Aging fishermen have given up fishing and the number of cooperative members has fallen; But, we take advantage of this assistance to work hard together with our members."

【Together with cooperative members】
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◆A regular liner service to Amijishima Island is operated three or four services per a day.
Pensions and minshuku (private home that provides room and board) are also in operation. Please come to Amijishima Island at least once where warm persons live in abundant nature. For directions, refer here (external website: Amijishima Island liner

◆JEN continues recruiting volunteers to assist earthquake disaster reconstruction. The planned volunteer activities for September-December period have been renewed. For details, click here.
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November 28, 2013 in Tohoku Earthquake |

Interview to beneficiary in East (Part2)

I reside in a village called as Kompaikarachchi, and am doing agriculture since my young age. This village is situated 12 Kilo meters away from the main road. We have no transportation facility either from the State or Individuals. My family is constituted with three members and my family members extend their support for my involvement in agriculture. As my son too involve and show keen interest in doing agriculture along with us, and as nature of my residential place is conducive and lot of opportunities available to involve in agriculture rather than taking up other jobs, we earn our income from agriculture.  As because I do not have any least intension of sending my son for other or foreign employment, my son assist me to recover from the affect erupted due to war, and to experience the peace of mind.

I am compelled to face several problems in my employment. For example, Elephants, Pigs not only damage the crops but also damage the dwelling places as well.
As far as my village concerned, water scarcity is also a problem to do cultivation. Hence there is opportunity to do crop cultivation from January to April, as water flows in a small canal in the close proximity of my house, and I avail this opportunity to do the crops cultivation, as it is the source of our livelihood. As no adequate water available after April, I am compelled to not only leave out this job, but also unable to do alternative job due to my bad condition of my health, and during the dry season I manage to use the amount saved .and using the portion of food retained from the crops and the dried fish kept for use in dry season.  Though we eat with care with preplanning, it is very difficult to release from the damage caused by the Elephants and the high cost of living.

I will plan to utilize the whole piece of land for vegetable cultivation after water facility is provided by JEN agro well and to do cultivation in the whole year. We live in a small temporary hut and hence my son is very keen to build a brick house in future.   

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November 28, 2013 in Sri Lanka |

Improving wash sustainability of the existing facilities in Yei River County

Basic sanitation, good hygiene practices and a reliable supply of drinking water are fundamental for a healthy, productive and dignified life. The promotion of sanitation and hygiene is essential in bringing about sustained improved behavioral change particularly in the villages where indiscriminate defecation is prevalent. The lack of a water supply especially safe water means that women have to spend hours fetching water rather than using their time more effectively, while poor sanitation facilities in other words mean that girls must miss days from school when struggling to cope with menstruation with cleanliness and dignity.

WASH facilities should encourage hygienic behavior in both the communities, schools and social places such as markets, etc. Hygienic behavior, such as using a toilet and washing hands comprises several small steps and necessary preparations are paramount to achieve good hygienic behaviors. Therefore, facilities must be available in schools, communities and social places in sufficient capacity center sized appropriately and simple to use, and have water and soap available at all times for hand washing as well as anal cleansing.

In Yei River County, majority of the villages does not have a standalone momentum for the facilities that were provided to them by NGOs, Government and private companies. Communities beliefs on the continual servicing of the facilities by the NGOs, Government and the private companies who have provided them. This has drastically affected the functionality of these facilities. For facilities wholly provided by the communities, they have upper interest to ensure that it’s functional.

The community of Rubeke has not taken the ownership of this borehole since they are not able to sustain the water point. Community members drink water from unprotected wells with the believe that “clear water≡safe water.
Most communities in Yei River County could not have access to WASH facilities and could not sustain the facilities provided to them because of: donor dependency/demand-driven, no plans for communities contributing funds, no interest from community members doing voluntary work.

WASH facilities should prevent harm and promote care of the environment. In order to sustain the existing facilities in Yei River County, communities should be willing to work voluntarily, remove the tendency of donor dependency/demand-driven, community contributions especially funds should be well managed, community by-laws need to be established to govern the maintenance and use of the existing facilities such as water points, public latrines, hand washing facilities etc and above all community leaders need to sensitize its members on community ownership.

[Unfunctional hand washing facility in Keijoin Ombasi Boma Otogo Payam]
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[Showing a broken down borehole in Wotogo Boma Otogo Payam]
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By Bejur Noel Modi



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November 28, 2013 in South Sudan |

11/21/2013

DIRECT SESSIONS

JEN is working for IDPs of SWA in D.I.Khan since 2011. JEN implemented 2 livelihood improvement projects so far in D I Khan and the 3rd one is in progress. To improve the knowledge and skill of beneficiaries, JEN included a most important activity of
Livestock sessions with beneficiaries in current project.
The total number of beneficiaries which will be covered in this project is 960 who will be provided Livestock sessions. The livestock sessions are delivered by the expert from District livestock department. As per standard each direct session covered approximately 25 beneficiaries, so the total number of the direct sessions to be held is 40. The venue for direct sessions is provided voluntarily by beneficiaries locally.

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It is observed by JEN staffs and trainer that the IDPs are keenly interested to attend the livestock sessions. The presence of the beneficiaries is ensured through strong social mobilization and engagement of LRC members. 

Direct session is the result oriental extension activity. This activity has created awareness in the beneficiaries how to keep goats, their housing, management and tackle some emergency ailments. It can decrees frequency of morbidity and mortality.

Comparable to the last years, the knowledge and awareness has been adorned to the low level rather than to rely only on LEWs. Technical experts and veterinarian have tried their best to make these beneficiaries capable of keeping these animals.

Now double fruitful results comparable to last project are expected.   



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November 21, 2013 in Pakistan |

Recruits Receive Training in Disaster Areas

JEN coordinated an arrangement for thirty-three new employees from Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited to make a social contribution as part of employee training at Minamisanrikucho for three days from October 22.

【The construction of a sea bank is going on matter-of-routinely at Shidugawa, Minamisanriku. The rattling of heavy machines was echoing.】
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On day 1 of the training, after an inspection tour to Onagawa, Ishinomaki, the trainees headed for Minamisanrikucho where they were going to undergo training. JEN arranged for them to listen to local residents tell of their disaster-time experiences and to receive explanations about JEN's reconstruction support programs.

On day2-3, they helped fishermen at Minamisanriku Fishery Production Cooperative in their fishing activities.

For long time fishery had normally been done on an individual basis, but the disaster annihilated the fishery system and so twelve fishermen came together to form the cooperative and restarted their fishing operation under cooperative management system after the disaster.

The system has enabled them to make large scale equipment investments and improve work efficiency, raising hopes from various sectors to create a new type of fishery business.
Hoping to revitalize their home town by providing not only stable life for fishermen but jobs for young people who have left their home town, they have been making day-to-day efforts to reconstruct fishery.
The trainee split up into groups to work on making weights for aqua farming, planting oyster seeds, removing acorn barnacles of oyster shells and so on.

【Recruits' help to aqua farming: October is a high season for preparing for harvesting marine products.】
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In this season, the fishery settlement is very busy with fishery work such as planting seeds of brown seaweed, kelp and sea squirt, making ropes of young scallops and so on. Mr. Sasaki with the cooperative said to JEN "Of course, volunteers are of great help to us , but more than that, we are very happy that what they see in front of their eyes at the production site of marine products reminds them about us when they go shopping sea foods at supermarkets."

When Mr. Endo, the president of the cooperative, said "'There is nothing more important than my coworkers.', 'I can keep going because of them.', 'It makes no difference whether they are coworkers or visitors like volunteers, people-to-people tie is what matters most.'", the new employees nodded their vigorous agreement.

Sanriku shoreline's fisheries continue facing many difficulties such as damaged port facilities, the loss of people who should have bore fisheries, harmful rumors and so on.
JEN thinks that it's of great value to get as many people as possible to visit affected areas to see what's going on there and connect people there.

【After three days of training】
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The new employees were heard to give their impressions of the three-day training---quote---"'I could get a feeling that volunteers can be of help for sure.', 'I've got their strong feelings that they welcome many more people to see affected areas and let others know about them. I think it's important to let others know what I've observed or heard about here.', 'I was able to learn important things that have a lot in common with any job such as how to work as a team, how to respond to changes or how to keep your spirit. I sincerely came to think that we also must work hard.'"

It seems the training has provided the new employees with valuable opportunities for learning and raising awareness.

【They became very friendly indeed during the two-day work.♪】
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Placing great value on connecting victims directly with those people who want to support Tohoku and on helping build face-to-face relationships, JEN continues assisting trainings like this.

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

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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

November 21, 2013 in Tohoku Earthquake |

Questionnaire Surveys

In every work it is necessary to make an assessment to know the results of the work … and this is the case in all the organization projects that have been implemented in Iraq.

JEN’s current project in Iraq worked on rehabilitating facilities and promoting hygiene education at 10 schools in 5 governorates. As we have completed the rehabilitations and hygiene campaigns (hygiene education workshops for teachers, hygiene kit distributions, etc.) for all schools, we proceeded with identifying the change brought by our project by having students and headmasters take questionnaire surveys. This questionnaire, prepared by JEN staff, was completed by headmasters at each school and 10 students from each grade at every school. These same questionnaires surveys were done before the initiation of the project so that we can identify the changes in answers. In this way, we will be able to assess the impact of our project.

[The headmaster responding to the questionnaire survey]
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We found out that most of the objectives of this project had been achieved, like our previous projects had. We also were able to receive appreciations from school administrations after each school recognized positive changes in the school environments. These changes included more students having hygienic behaviors and following hygienic practices, and becoming more interested in maintaining their personal hygiene and clean school environments. It is a great pleasure to us to see students write down positive answers on the surveys and to see joy and happiness on their faces while they sing a song to appreciate our works.

[Students answering the questionnaire]
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And all teachers and students ask us to pass on their gratitude and appreciation to JEN in particular and the Japanese people in general.

JEN Baghdad
Administration Manager
Thikra J. Al- Najar



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November 21, 2013 in Iraq |

Reaction to Mobile Cinema

In our last column, we introduced how the Mobile Cinema Program, a part of our hygiene education initiative, changed the attitude and behavior of students.  We would like to share how the students and community responded to this program.   
In order to promote sanitation and hygiene education and awareness among elementary school children, JEN, funded by Japan Platform, began the Mobile Cinema Program.  In June, August and September, films promoting good hygiene practices were shown in schools and surrounding communities. The response was very positive and not only school children, but also many community members of all ages, gathered to watch the films.

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When JEN’s local staff visited the school again for the preparation of next showing, this is what they saw. 
A seven-year-old was about to eat an apple without washing their hands, but an eight-year-old walks up to them and says, “You shouldn’t eat that apple before washing it.  Mina (the heroine of the film) says you will get sick if you eat fruit without washing it.”  It is obvious that these children were influenced by Mobile Cinema.

On a different day, a 64 year old man, who had come to see the film three times already, said, “When I eat, I always remember Mina. She speaks to me and reminds me to wash my hands”.  The message of hygiene education in the films are, without a doubt, reaching the school children as well as community members, and are helping them make better life choices.

The region that JEN is implementing the project in has very limited access to entertainment and most of residents have never seen a movie.  Under such circumstances, Mobile Cinema has become an effective tool, offering both entertainment and hygiene education at the same time. 

Though the Mobile Cinema Project is finished for the year, JEN is planning to implement the project again next year in different schools and communities.  Through this initiative, JEN will continue to send messages of hygiene education and advocate for the improved health of the children and community residents of the target regions.



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November 21, 2013 in Afghanistan |

11/14/2013

Leaving Haiti again!

Once again I’m about to leave JEN Haiti “for good”!

Following a first stay between March 2010 and July 2011, I am now ending my second stay with JEN Haiti (March 2012- 16 November 2013).

Writing these dates make me realize I already spent 3 years in total in the country!

3 years during which I saw so many changing and improvements!

From the aftermath of the January 2010 earthquake to the current situation almost 4 years later so many things happened!

Hurricanes Tomas in 2010, Isaac and Sandy in 2012, the unfortunate cholera outbreak of October 2011, the controversial election of President Martelly   or the different political crisis, civil unrest or complicated relationship with neighboring Dominican Republic have been interesting but intense experiences!

Intense as all these situation were adding on the situation of a country already having problems to recover from the devastating earthquake!

Despite all these problems Haiti has been moving forward steadily and it is difficult today to imagine it took us up to 5 hours to reach Grand Goave from Port au Prince when it only takes 2 hours today!

Difficult to imagine as well all these spontaneous camp along the national road and on dark public squares while the rest of the affected cities looked like bombed with debris all over.

Today most people have been re-localized, squares and road have been renovated/rebuilt and even have light at night through batteries charged by solar panel.

Lots of changing work wise for me and JEN Haiti during the period as well!

I started as Program Officer on a distribution project funded by Japan Platform, was Head of Sub Office on WASH projects funded by JPF and JICA, came back as Head of Project on JICA/YEC project of renovation of the streets of Leogane centre before becoming Head of Office of the mission.

All in all I lived and worked in 4 different offices in Port au Prince, 1 in Grand Goave and 2 in Leogane where the entire team is now regrouped!

A team that is finishing the first project funded by the ministry of foreign affairs of Japan after 7 projects funded by Japan Platform and 3 by JICA!
I wish JEN Haiti will implement many more project and wish good luck to my colleagues for the future!
A French quote says “never 2 without 3”!
I can’t say I’ll come back to Haiti in the future but I’m sure I won’t forget this difficult but fascinating country!

Romain


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November 14, 2013 in Haiti |

Flower Garden Movement Enters its Second Year

As was the beginning of a movement to "spread flower gardens through human connections", Kadonowaki junior high school students hoped to "brighten their grizzled Kadonowaki district in Ishinomaki city with flowers" during their integrated study named "Our initiative to reconstruct Ishinomaki" last October.
JEN decided to back the students' hope and since then, has continued assisting them along with local people who want to achieve reconstruction for themselves and many volunteers who want to be of help to reconstruction. 
This movement is aimed at letting those involved in planting flowers feel very close and link each other. For more on this, click here.

On November 6th, flowers were planted by first-year pupils who took over a flower garden from their seniors by one year.

【First off, they dig the garden!】
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Preparing for the coming winter, they started with a preliminary work to plant new flowers that bloom in spring. With girls screaming at worms appearing in the earth and boys competing on the speed of shoveling, they spiritedly, cheerfully got on with the work.

【The outline of the flower garden.】
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As shown above, year-one members of the school art club outlined the flower garden. It contains a message that being one in heart---connected four hearts---makes people happy---It's said that each leaf of four-heart-shaped-leaf clover represents fame, wealth, love and health.

【They worked in front of Kadonowaki primary school.】
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They also worked on the flower garden in front of Kadonowaki primary school. Salvias planted in this spring were still blooming vibrantly.

【The work is over!】
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They spent the whole day in planting about 700 roots of viola and 1,500 bulbs of tulips. They also planted tulip bulbs in planters so that they might be able to present them later to Kadonowaki primary school which is now giving classes at classrooms their school offered. Some of the bulbs were donated by people in the area who came to know about the movement. The movement is now creating new community-school relationships.

Kadonowaki district where the movement is now being staged has been designated as one the "Areas for Promoting Reconstruction of Affected Urban Zone", so redeveloping the area and building an elevated causeway that doubles as a breakwater will start in full swing next year. A park as a symbol of earthquake disaster reconstruction is scheduled to be built within the redeveloped area. JEN will continue to help local residents actively engage in developing their community.


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

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November 14, 2013 in Tohoku Earthquake |

Interview to beneficiary in East

We displaced due to war in 2006 and returned in 2010, now live in the village called Thangavelyuthapuram which is in the Thirukkovil DS division, Ampara district in the Eastern province, an isolated village. There are 6 members in our family, three daughters and a son. My husband as suffered from Diabetes, he is unable to do any hard work. 

[Beneficiary in Thangavelayuthapuram]
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As my husband is unable to do hard work, I do the labor work like removal of gram in paddy field, selling vegetable leaves grown in the forest during the dry season and receive small income. This income is enough hand to mouth only. This is the only source of income for us. Other than this our income produce depends on rain water. If rain comes, we do chena cultivation (high land crop cultivation like ground nut, maize). In case no sufficient rainfall, we have to migrate other villages for odd jobs.  We are practicing this way for a long time because we have no support to do a sustainable income produce in our village. I am trying to give education to my children to maximum level Due to lack of facilities many parents stop educating their children.

But I do not want to do that.I want to give the best to educate my children. I need to find a permanent and sustainable income producing mechanism to do that. If JEN provides water supply I can make a small home garden and start to grow vegetables and produce income. This is my first wish, then to utilize income to feed my children. My second wish is that by doing home gardening, I will make my children realize how am to suffer to educate them which will encourage them in their studies and think what they want do in future.

But, we are now in utter distress. As we reside in a hut, rain water ooze from the roof. The books of students get wet due to rain water. The attacks by wild Elephants to our village are frequent and due to this we can’t sleep well at night. Due to this villagers get together and sleep in one place. Our very important and basic need is house and water.


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November 14, 2013 in Sri Lanka |

Improve WASH in Otogo Payam Yei County

I am Kwame Emmanuel, JEN WASH Program Project officer; I joined JEN in July 2013 to manage the WASH program of Yei.

[Kwame]
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I have more than 15 years’ experience in the WASH sector, I am water resources specialties, I worked for the Government of South Sudan in Urban water cooperation since 1985, then join the INGOs in Sudan, I departed to Sudan from Juba since 1992 because of insecurity while their I join the INGOs starting from MFS Holland, Goal Ireland, IRC, CARE International in Sudan, ACF France providing WASH support to the international Displaced Southern in the camps around Khartoum, later I Joined joined UNICEF in South Sudan Wau, then CHF International in Juba until July 2013 I employed by JEN.

In all these years I was involved in management of WASH different sectors of activities for the IDPs.

Working for JEN in the WASH sector will help me improve my experience, develop and put into action and practice that knowledge I gain from other NGOs.

I will help the community of Otogo Payam Yei County in gain access to good hygiene, safe drinking water, sanitation and improve school environment in terms of hygiene practices and develop a strong hygiene clubs to manage the hygiene of the schools even at community level, I will also strengthen community management of water sources in terms of sustainability and cost sharing.

One of the important aspects also supporting the Government sector in terms of capacity building for rural water staff in Yei County by helping the sector to develop activity mapping for WASH actors in Yei County to avoid duplication, water quality monitoring and in conducting WASH assessment as well data entry and analysis.

In the other view of the program, the community hygiene situation in Otogo Payam villages needs support in terms of improvement in hygiene practices, environmental sanitation by developing hygiene monitoring tools to monitor the situation improvement as well awareness with the involvement of the community especially community participation in management of WASH facilities as well define better hygiene practices with the community in each location. 

To improve WASH in the community needs better understanding of the community behaviours and practices of handling WASH facilities, which will been address and seen in the coming months.
Thanks



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November 14, 2013 in South Sudan |

11/07/2013

Now Right Season for Enjoying "Imoni Party"

Many parts of the Tohoku region including Miyagi prefecture have a custom of enjoying "imoni party" at outdoors such as river banks from October to November. Different as seasonings and gradients are from area to area, having fun over a hot pot featuring taro in the open air is called "imoni party".

The party usually takes place as an event for participants to socialize with their friends or people at work, making Tohoku's people feel that autumn would not be autumn without it as well as hanami party in spring.

【On this day evacuees living in Nukazuka temporary housing complex held an imoni party.】
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On October 27, the community association of the evacuees living in Nukazuka temporary housing complex hosted an imoni party. Not only joined the evacuees but people outside including neighbors around the temporary housing and other evacuees living in another temporary housing complex, deepening ties among them.

Many of the evacuees used to lead a life in a residential area on the coast of the Ishinomaki city, but they have moved to the temporary housing complex located about 10 km inland away from their houses leveled by the tsunami. At first the evacuees had little contact with neighbors around the temporary housing complex, and so that could have made them become isolated from outside. Given this situation, the community association has taken the initiative in creating opportunities for exchange between the evacuees and their neighbors. It is said that recently, the association between them has began to be seen little by little, developing a new relationship of mutual support.

【A neighbor, using a forklift truck, presented the evacuees some persimmons from his garden.】
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You can bet that continued efforts to develop people-to-people links such as hosting imoni parties could establish mutual supportive relationships.

JEN is committed to helping develop mutual supportive relationships and create self-sustaining communities by assisting activities that play a critical role in creating communities.


◆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.


====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

November 7, 2013 in Tohoku Earthquake |

People still remember JEN

We still remember 2 earthquakes in Pakistan which killed thousands of people and destroyed infrastructure badly. JEN responded to both the earthquakes and supported the community. First earthquake 2005 was in Kashmir and KPK and JEN worked there for 3 years. Second earthquake 2008 was in Ziarat, Baluchistan. There are some similarities in both the earthquakes. They happened in the same month of October which is the beginning of extreme cold weather and both the earthquakes hit the mountainous areas where the access was extremely difficult and there is always snowfall in winters.
JEN has supported thousands of affected people in both earthquakes and there are a lot of stories but the following is one of the stories which made us proud as worker of JEN!

Mr.  Jalat is a poor farmer of Union Council Kach in Ziarat. His house was fully destroyed in 2008 earthquake. He has a 90 years old mother, wife and 4 children. He was using/sharing the room of his brother until JEN provided him winterized tent, Hygiene kit, Kitchen set and Debris removal kit. JEN also supported him to install the tent properly for long term use. He immediately shifted to the tent with his family after its installation. JEN didn’t continue working in Baluchistan and closed the office soon after the project finished.

Recently JEN staffs visited the same area again for survey of the area and met Mr. Jalat accidently on the road while meeting with other farmers. He insisted JEN staffs to visit his home to have a cup of tea with them and to see how he is using his tent. We went inside and we were surprised to see that the tent which we provided 5 years ago is still standing there and Mr. Jalat and his family is still using it. He said he is not only one who is still using tent but there are many other families also. He has built his room but he still sleeps in the tent with his children. We asked the reason but he didn’t have proper reason. Maybe he is still in trauma of earthquake and feeling insecure under the big roof. 

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Why we are proud?
1.We see the success of our project.
2.We see the happiness of beneficiaries.
3.We see the result what we were expecting (proper use of our tent).
4.We see that people in those areas still remember JEN in good way.





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November 7, 2013 in Pakistan |

Attitude and behaviour change

Bringing changes in attitudes and behaviors of the community is the main goal of most humanitarian projects. For this purpose JEN’s managers chalk out a programme to focus on the behavior of the community and bring long term changes in their attitude and behavior.

Generally people don’t pay much attention to the daily hygiene practices and that leads to different types of diseases.

The main strategy of the JEN’s hygiene education programme funded by JPF is to train the teachers and mullahs about the daily hygiene practices. This training will not only bring changes in their attitude and behavior but they will also transmit these practices to the community.

[Teachers Training_Hand washing with soap by a teacher _Nawi Shikh Ali Boys High  In Shikh Ali]
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To further strengthen the strategy JEN introduced the concept of mobile cinema, which is very unique initiative. Our field officers conducted mobile cinema shows in the schools .In these shows, different cartoons and movies were shown to the students regarding hygiene practices. Students take keen interest in these shows and then they practically apply those practices in their lives.

[Students & teachers watching Mobile Cinema Show in Bibi Ayesha Siddiqa Middle School_Surkhe Parsa]
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We conducted different surveys to measure the positive changes in the behavior of students. We conducted monitoring surveys three times i.e. June, august and September. The result shows enormous changes in the behavior of the students.
According to the results of the surveys, in June 35.25% students have very good hygiene practices. The ratio increases to 58.91% in September. The ratio of students with poor hygiene practices decreases from 12.66% to 7.79%.

Mobile cinema particularly focus on low grade students and the ratio of students with good hygiene practices increases from 7.01% to 29.24%.The low performance of low graders decreases from 23.25% to 15.25%.This year results shows that mobile cinema have a very good impact on the performance of students especially low grade students.

We are hoping that by continuing this programme we will be able to bring a persistent positive change in the live of students.



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November 7, 2013 in Afghanistan |