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12/19/2013

Launching a new project!

Today marks the first day of our new project in Iraq and we are grateful of all the wishes and hopes that we receive from our supporters and also the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan who encouraged us to make this happen. Thank you so very much!

Our new project is called, “Improvement of Hygienic Environment in the Primary and Secondary Schools in Central and Northern Iraq.” As you notice from the name, we will continue and expand what we’ve been doing for the past 10 years in Iraq. For year 2014, we will have students understand the importance of hygiene and have them acquire and practice hygienic behaviors such as washing your hands, gargling and brushing your teeth. We hope that many more students will learn how to protect them from catching diseases and how to improve their health conditions in order to continue studying and learning at schools.

As mentioned before, we have been implementing projects which contribute to the education sector in Iraq from 2003. From 2010, we were able to expand our project sites outside Baghdad and to 4 other governorates. We have rehabilitated school facilities and implemented hygiene education activities in over 200 public schools in these 5 governorates and we are more than happy that we were able to complete these activities. However, the education sector in Iraq needs much more support. And therefore, we decided that we will continue our contribution to see many more children studying in a safer school environment and learning how to be healthy and happy.

[Students receiving Portal Trash Boxes, which JEN developed in cooperation with the Ministry of Education, Iraq]
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[Students practicing how to brush their teeth]
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In this new project, we will encourage approximately 650 teachers and 8,000 students of 18 schools in Anbar, Diyala and Kirkuk Governorate to join hygiene education classes and activities. In addition, we will rehabilitate water and sanitation facilities in 3 schools because their facilities have been dysfunctional for a long time, and have contributed to an extremely unsafe environment for children. We also have a new activity. We will encourage the Departments of Education in the respective governorate to understand the importance of monitoring and maintenance of school buildings and facilities. We hope that this new activity will initiate an attempt to have all rehabilitated and newly constructed school buildings in Iraq to go through monitoring and maintenance so that they will continue being a safe environment for children as long as possible.   

[A dysfunctional toilet facility in A Primary School]
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[A broken window at B Secondary School]
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Last but not least, we want you to know that all of our past projects and contributions to the education sector in Iraq could not have been done without your support and encouragement. We are more than motivated to provide more children in Iraq with a clean and safe school environment, and also hygiene education. Please stay tuned for updates and positive outcomes!



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December 19, 2013 in Iraq |