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01/30/2014

Celebration the New Year in Iraq

The bad situation in Iraq especially the instabe security situation impact on the celebration of the new year …. In the past ... most families go to clubs… but these days ... every two families or more gather together in one house to celebrate.

Iraqis celebrate in general and Christians in particular, in putting the Christmas trees in their houses and their shops as well as decorating most of the streets.
The habits of Iraqi families are preparing a dining table contain different types of foods and desserts... and they put the Christmas cake in the middle with candles, In addition to wearing a family member as Santa and gives gifts to family members, especially children.

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Everyone remembers the happy and sad memories, and the work done by them during the last year and their wishes for the New Year.

This occasion is opportunity for tolerance and love and also an opportunity for reconciling between two disputing parties.

When approaching the time at midnight, the Family members gather to pray and supplication for the safety and healing of the sick and protect their country from the evils… then they share their congratulations.




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January 30, 2014 in Iraq |

Introduction of Japanese culture in Haiti

Hi everyone!
My name is Jimmy Pierre. I have been working for JEN as administrative assistant for almost two years. I feel comfortable with my colleagues. They are so exciting.

Every weekday I go for work. On Saturday, I teach Japanese language as a volunteer. I am a part of organization of CUSOPHAJwhich promotes Japanese culture. It was founded after the earthquake that hit Haiti on January 12th, 2010. There are about 20 students learning Japanese. Haitian people are interested in learning languages. The number of students increases with each session lasting 4 months. We are at the end of a session. Here are some photos of students taking Japanese exam.

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At the beginning, some Japanese expats who were working in Haiti were the only one teaching Japanese. Others sometimes came and visited us. We learned some Japanese music, some expressions from them. Even the ambassadors visited us. The Embassy of Japan helps us by giving some gifts for the 3 best students of each grade. There are now 6th grades. They will grow up. Each year, the Embassy of Japan organizes with us cultural celebrations.

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[Before Christmas Day]
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[Embassy Projection]
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[Japanese movie with subtitles]
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[Kendo Training]
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[Japanese Dance]
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January 30, 2014 in Haiti |

Threat of elephant in East

Beneficiaries in east are suffering from wild elephants.
They say the elephants are in jangle in the daytime, but at night they appear.
In the project site of JEN, we can see the footprints.

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This problem is very serious for our beneficiaries.
At certain village, all residents escaped because of the damage cause by the elephants.

Around their house, we can see some lookouts on the tree.

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At night, the resident watches the arrival of elephants there in rotation.
The residences receive some crackers against the elephants from local administration.
They can drive an elephant away by it, but it’s difficult for groups.
In case elephants don’t escape, the residents have to evacuate to an elementary school made by concrete.

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They can’t sleep safely.
I could know the context that the beneficiaries say they want to construct a durable house with their income generated by an agro-well.

Admin & Finance Officer Tomoo Nasuda



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January 30, 2014 in Sri Lanka |

Report on the distribution of Households items for the IDP’s on 23/01/2014

The compositions of the team for distribution of the household items are as follows;
• Louis Andruga -------------------------- Protection officer – UNHCR.
• Angelo Diuk ---------------------------- Coordinator – CARITAS.
• Robert Mori ----------------------------- Project Officer – JEN.
• Kibo Dominic ---------------------------- Adm/logistics – JEN.
• Celestino Atama ----------------------- Hygiene Promoter – CARITAS.

List of items distributed to the IDP’s:
S/No. Items JEN CARITAS UNHCR Total

1 Jerry Cans 50 0 220 270
2. Buckets 50 50 214 100
3. Washing Soaps 500 100 20 620 half bars.
4. Blanket 0 50 226 276
5. Sleeping mat 0 50 226 276
6. Mosquito nets 0 0 276 276
7. Kitchen sets 0 0 138 138
Total 600 250 1270 1956
                                                                                                                           
       
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The above pics show the plastics buckets donated by JEN and ready to be distributed, and the IDP’s committees were well organized to support the humanitarian team in the distribution of the materials.

                                                                        
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The pics above show the soap produced locally by Tinate group in Yei County whom they were trained by JEN to carry out the soap production for promotion of hand washing.  In the soap distribution, a bar of soap is divided into two (2) half in order to cover all the IDP’s which is 620 individuals within the camp.  A member of the IDP’s thank the organizations for the provision of soap for washing clothes, dishes as well as bathing, and she appreciated the half bar per person than having nothing. You can see the IDP’s committee members are dividing a bar of soap to a half bar.
                                                                                           
                         
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The above pics show a family size of 3 to 7 have received the 20 litres jerry cans and a bucket with a lid donated by JEN,and   the cluster members  agreed that small family size ranging from 1 to 2 will received a 10 litres jerry cans and a small bucket donated by UNHCR.  A member of the family stated that the bucket with lid will be a storage for drinking water and the jerry will be for fetching water.
                                 
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The above pics was taken during the distribution and it show that there is high need of  jerry can as they  took it immediately   to fetch water that was brought by UNHCR. The IDP’S appreciated JEN, UNHCR and CARITAS for the support rendered to them as the jerry can are inadequate for them to fetch water more especially the larger family  size, but now there are happy to receive more jerry cans, so that one will be for fetching water and the other for  storage.
Conclusion;
The distribution was carried out successfully without any complained from the IDP’s. The plastic sheets will be distributed base on the demand of the IDP’s as well as a new comer to the camp.  The criteria to give are to have a structure of a tukol, Otherwise the plastics sheets will still be in the warehouse of UNHCR. Finally they appreciated JEN, UNHCR and Caritas for the support, and they will make sure the materials given to them are used effectively more especially the digging tools to ensure clean environment and to promote hygiene.




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January 30, 2014 in South Sudan |

01/27/2014

Updates on distribution of items to IDP’s:

The meeting for the distribution of the items to the IDP’s was held, and the agenda was to identify all the materials donated by different agencies while looking at the total number of the IDP’s, and secondly the method of distributions of the items. The total number of the IDP’s have increase to 620 individuals i.e. 157 house hold within the IDP’s camp.
During the meeting, all the agencies agreed that the distribution will be carried out by the IDP’s committee’s and any organization will monitor, observed and guide the committee technically during the distribution. 

【Consultative meeting with humanitarian agencies in UNHCR compound.】
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Jerry Cans;
The total number of 50 jerry cans donated by JEN is inadequate to the IDP’s, but during the meeting UNHCR have promised to top up a number of 214 jerry cans(10litres) to make a total of  264 to covered all  the number of the  IDP’s, and also six jerry cans was donated for the hand washing facility.
The team accorded that the 20litres jerry cans donated by JEN will be given to large families while the 10litres donated by UNHCR to individuals and small size families.

Buckets with lids:
Regarding buckets, JEN donated 50, Caritas donated 50 and UNHCR provided 57 which come to a total of 157, and the total number of the house hold is 157 as it was updated by UNHCR.  The distribution of the buckets will also depend on the size of the family, and will be given out tomorrow on 23/01/2014.

Soap :
JEN provided 10 cartoons, Caritas donated 2 cartoons  Which make a total of 12 cartoon by 25 bars will be 300 bars of soap, and the team accorded to distribute a half bar of soap per  individual.

Plastic sheets:
The entire cluster member accorded that the plastics sheets will be kept in UNHCR Warehouse because the IDP’s have adequate plastic sheets at the moment, or unless there are new IDP’s registered or a structure of the bathing shelter or a toilet erected then the plastic sheets will be given to them.

Materials distributed on 22/01/2014:
The cluster members together with JEN staff distributed   materials such as 10 hoes, 10 spades, 10 axes, 5 bundles of bamboo, and 10 wheel borrows, and all the tools are for communal use not for individuals and can be managed by the committee, and the tools are returnable to JEN after the IDP’S disperse.

Other materials:
The remaining materials will be distributed tomorrow after UNHCR have done the top up, and the IDP’s were inform of the distribution date 23/01/2014 at 10:00 a.m.

【The team held a brief meeting with the IDP’s  committee’s within the camp.】
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See the picture below during donating the communal items to the IDP’s.

【Peter Kual a committee member within the camp registering the items donated.】
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January 27, 2014 in South Sudan |

01/23/2014

JEN Accepts Students from Harvard Business School into its Exchange Program

This year again on January 10, 2014, Harvard Business School in the U.S. city of Boston sent fifteen students led by three escorting staffs to Tanigawahama in Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture, where the students had an opportunity to experience fishery and socialize with people in the community.
The students are from all parts of the world including Norway, Turkey, and China, whose engagement with JEN's project is as part of their school curriculum.

Tanigawahama's young fisherman Mr. Masao Atsumi, as a storyteller, welcomed the students and gave a talk about; what the situation of Tanigawahama was like in the post-quake period; the farming of ascidians and scallops having been prosperous since long ago and so on. As for ascidians Tanigawahama holds a 90% share of the national market for seed production as well as cultivation and it exports most of its sea products to Korea, as he told them. And he said through an interpreter Korea has imposed a controversial ban on the import of Tanigawahama's sea products as a consequence of Fukushima nuclear plant incident and so there remains a major problem for fishermen in the region.

【The fisherman gave the students a description of what happened when the earthquake occurred.】
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After receiving Mr. Atsumi's explanation, the students worked on making mother shells for farming ascidians and the preparation of scallop farming as a hands-on activity. Braving the exposure to low wind-chill, they actively worked with fishermen.

【Hands-on experience, making mother shells for farming ascidians.】
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For lunch, they savored a potluck barbecue with freshly-hauled scallops and oysters brought by fishermen and beef brought by the students.
It was impressing to see a woman who can't speak English responded with smile when one of the students who tried tonjiru, miso soup with pork and vegetables, for the first time said to the woman "Miso soup, oishi!,"

【The students and the people in the community all opened up to each other.】
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JEN is committed to providing people working hard to overcome the disaster toward self-sustained development with continued assistance through its exchange program which offers participants opportunities to experience fisheries, to make inspection tours, and to socialize with people in the stricken areas.




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January 23, 2014 in Tohoku Earthquake |

Updates on the materials for emergency response to the IDP’s.

The distribution of the materials is expected to be carries out today in the IDP’s compound but unfortunately there is a team within the IDP’s camp distributing food and the hygiene education team were on ground with their activities. It had hindered the sensitization of the committee among the Internal Displace People.
In consultation with ACROSS, UNHCR and RRC together with JEN, we agreed that on 22/01/2014 there will be a meeting in UNHCR compound at 10:00 a.m to look at the materials (quantity) donated by CARITAS and JEN and distribution will immediately take place after the meeting.
During consultation with ACROSS, There are organized committees of different sectors within the Inter Displace People. e.g A committee for NFI’s, a committee for Security etc. JEN will be working closely with the committee’s to ensure the distributions of the materials are carried out effectively.
The materials donated by JEN were taken to UNCHR warehouse and will be distributed tomorrow. The materials are verified by Yei Relief Rehabilitation Commission, County Water Department and UNHCR.
Below is the picture of the materials loaded in the truck and taken to UNHCR warehouse;

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The actual distribution will be carried out tomorrow together with the materials Caritas have donated to the IDP’s and it is kept in the UNHCR warehouse.


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January 23, 2014 in South Sudan |

Interview to beneficiary in East(PART3)

I live at Kanchikuduchchiaru village is our native place located in the Thirukkovil DS division, Ampara district in the Eastern province. I’m widow and have a daughter 20 years old. We displaced due to war in 2006 and returned in 2010. My husband died due to wild Elephant attack in 2012 while he was doing night watching. Watching in night to safe guard us and our livelihood from animals is my late husband’s main job. Many people benefitted. But, unfortunately he died. Big loss for us.

Other than this there is no hope of any other relief. Therefore have to reorganize our normal life. I myself and the daughter planned to continue doing our livelihood as we do not have other options to earn. We can do cultivation in the rainy season only (4 months from October to January). Ground nut and maize is main products. The difficulty for us is to protect cultivation from wild animals like Elephants, Pigs. Our harvest is less than what we expect due to animal attack, sometimes animals destroy all the cultivated items. After rainy season we have no source of livelihood because we do not have irrigation facilities.

On the other hand basic facilities like house, sanitation are not provided to us and hence we have no protection at all.  We live in small huts, no sleep in the night, so we lead a restless days. We are compelled to live here to protect our lands which are the only hope for us. If we leave the village, the lands will be encroached. Natural resources like mangoes, jack, and coconut are destroyed by the war or damaged by wild animals. Due to this reason we do not have any resources in the village. 
My daughter collects raw materials from outside the village and make brooms and sell to villages thereby we get a small income. 

This is the first time I came to know that Organizations are supporting people like us. We never dreamed to receive an Agro well in our village and we never seen such a big well. By this we hope we will manage water requirement and do cultivation in the whole year. I plan to plant about 25 coconut plants. Also from saving I plan to put a small house for my daughter because I like my daughter live permanently here.   

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January 23, 2014 in Sri Lanka |

4 years have passed since the earthquake disaster

12 January 2014, was the 4th anniversary of an event that we don’t celebrate but it’s in all Haitian minds. 4 year after the earthquakes where are we standing up. Recently an interesting national survey was published concerning the humanitarian response. The main objective was to confirm if the beneficiaries were well targeted and if the NGOs did match the needs of the population. This study covers a long period after the event was realized across the country through more than 1 million individual, for a population estimated around 10 million people (2013).

What was highlighted is that the majority was satisfied by the humanitarian response at 70%. On the top of the list the “free medical services” was the most appreciated. In a country where the care assistance is poor as well as the quality of services (well before the earthquake and still now) this is totally comprehensive. Still today this services provided by national and international organization is really appreciated by the population. However we should not forget that belief is strongly present in Haiti and that traditional medicine is largely used by the population.

At the second place, that we call NFI (Non Food Item) distribution. That can be included in this section it’s the provision of wood, plastic sheeting, sheet metal…more or less what was provided right away to build the first shelters. Even if today few shelter camps are still present, the majority of people could find a permanent house.

In my mind I can remember that media and politics just after the event, where already talking about rebuilding Haiti. 4 years later it’s hard to say that Haiti is built and the politics speeches just confirm.

Nevertheless the contrast is clear and there is no doubt. A recent article in news was doing the apology of a health care center. So far nothing really impressive except that this health care center claim to be the biggest hospital totally powered by solar panel, fully equipped with new materials. Moreover the exceeding electricity is sent to the network.

Such unrealistic project is almost impossible even in my “developed country”. It’s a shame that “developing countries” are the show case of new technologies or drugs. Here is a good example. But trust me the opposite is much more often and the victim are still the same.

Ludovic Blanco
Head of Office in Haiti

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January 23, 2014 in Haiti |

Humanitarian Coordination in Pakistan

Humanitarian Coordination is regarded a cornerstone for International non-profits to successfully operate programs in any disaster affected country. From humanitarian access to latest security updates and from avoiding duplication in the affected area to reach the most vulnerable people are the attributes of strong humanitarian coordination. 

Being an International non-profit, JEN coordinates mainly on 3 grounds i.e. Government, Humanitarian Organizations and Security Department.

At federal level, JEN interacts with Economic Affairs Division to get approval for working across the country. At provincial level JEN is bound to get No Objection Certificate from Provincial/FATA Disaster Management Authorities for working in KP province and FATA region respectively. At district/agency level JEN coordinates its work plans and activities progress with Assistant Commissioner and Assistant Political Agent.

In humanitarian sector, JEN coordinates issues/results related to access with UNOCHA. JEN shares its plans and progress with Food Security Cluster chaired jointly by FAO/WFP and WASH Cluster chaired by UNICEF through attending monthly meetings and sharing 4Ws reports. JEN staff attends training organized by UN agencies e.g. Humanitarian Access, Food Security, Multi-Sectoral Initial Rapid Assessment etc.

To ensure safety and security of program staff, JEN attends meetings called by Pakistan Humanitarian Forum. JEN is chair of Provincial INGOs security forum based at Peshawar. For transparent operations, JEN coordinates with representatives of government security agencies of the country. 

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January 23, 2014 in Pakistan |

Sustainability in humanitarian projects/JEN Projects

Sustainability could be defined as an ability of something to be maintained or to sustain itself and continued forever. JEN pay special attention to the sustainability of its activities. While chalking out the policies, every activity is analyzed against two main attributes of sustainability. First, the activity should be continued even after the withdrawal of JEN. It means that community should take responsibility to keep that activity ongoing. The second part of JEN sustainable activities ensure that no such activity should be undertaken which deteriorates the natural resources.

The ideal example of JEN sustainable activity is formation of SMC in the schools. JEN staff initially trained the local community about how to carry out the developmental activity for the betterment of their own schools. JEN staff trained the local community in such a way that they should take the ownership of the process .The community should take the lead and carry out the activity in the long run.

It is very encouraging that all SMCs have now proper filing system after JEN intervention. Besides, they conduct meetings on regular basis. According to field staffs monitoring visits, SMCs in previous year’s schools still play an important role in the betterment of the schools and students. Apart from that all SMCs pledged that they will carry out the future developmental works in their respective schools.

For example in the Qalai Nasro High school (District Bagram) where JEN constructed class rooms, latrines and water reservoir in 2012, SMC built a boundary wall by their own efforts after JEN project. They also made a concrete water channel for a stream which flows through the school to irrigate the village’s lands. They planted flowers and trees in the school to increase the beauty of the school.  SMC mobilized the entire community to collect money for the cause. The poor people of the community contributed in the form of labor. SMC and community were so proud and said that they will continue their efforts to sustain the developmental works initiated by JEN.
Department of education is also very enthusiastic about the activity. Because if the SMCs sustained for a longer period of time it will not only help department of education economically but also improve the quality of education throughout the province.

[Boundry wall built by SMC in Qalai Nasro High School in District Bagram]
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[Concrete passage for stream water]
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Hanief Khan
Senior Programme Assistant
Islamabad JEN Office




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January 23, 2014 in Afghanistan |

01/17/2014

[Breaking News] Emergency assistance for IDPs in South Sudan

JEN dispatch its expert team to the UN compound in South Sudan where IDPs are evacuating.

Detail will be posted soon.

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January 17, 2014 in South Sudan |

01/16/2014

Worsening Condition of Anbar Province

As we introduced in our last breaking supporter’s news, JEN started a new project from the end of last year.  However, at the beginning of the new year, the security situation of Anbar province, one of our three project sites, had drastically deteriorated.

As the media reported, the Iraq’s security authority attempted to supress the large scale antigovernment demonstrations on December 30.  Following that, a group linked with the international terrorist network al-Qaeda linked took control of a portion of Ramadi, the capital of Anbar province, and Fallujah, a neighboring city, generating disruption.  Under such rapidly worsening situation, we decided to temporarily stop our projects in Anbar Province and restricted the scope of operation of our local staffs for their safety

Anbar province, located in the west of Baghdad, is the biggest province in Iraq and most of the population are Sunni Muslims.  The province includes national borders with Syria and Saudi Arabia that it is common that the same tribes or relatives of the province are living across the border.  Many of the residents are the supporters of Hussein administration and the province was attacked numerous times by the US military in 2003.  They have less access to public services and have a higher unemployment rate compared to other provinces.  Many citizens are frustrated by the political system, and antigovernment demonstrations have been a regular occurrence.  The death toll and number of evacuees from the current conflict is increasing.

This situation is similar to that of central and south Iraq between 2006 and 2008.  JEN had its office in Baghdad back then, and explosions from bombs could be heard nearby on the way to the project sites, and cars carrying JEN staff were often stopped by Iraq’s security authority at the check point along highways.

Not all of our project sites are safe, and these are the environments that have the most children in need.  Therefore, our local staff are thorough about gathering security information, use mobile phones when security is concerned, and share information with other staffs via text messages or phone.  Also, we try to avoid the crowd, such as demonstration gathering or markets, with close communication among other staff.  We try to continue our projects with safety as our first priority.
JEN’s Iraq office staff wish for stability and peace in Anbar province and hope to restart the educational assistance to their students soon.

Faiz
Head of Baghdad Office

January 16, 2014 in Iraq |

Sustainability of school hygiene education in Otogo Payam primary schools

The sustainability of school hygiene education in this current project,  supported by JPF that is implemented in Otogo Payam of Yei River County, lies in the hands of the school administration and the trained Hygiene Teachers through involvement of the school hygiene club members.

I Mr. Bejur Paul Anthony interviewed the Hygiene teacher of Yembe Primary school, Mr. Joseph Juma Ginya as to how they will keep on implementing and sustaining the hygiene education program in their school.

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He stated that, for school hygiene education to last longer in their school, they have decided to introduce some income generating activities like agricultural activities such as growing of DURA (sorghum), which in turn will generate some little income that will help them to be able to buy some required hygiene materials such as brushes, basins, soap to mention but a few.

Integration of hygiene education to other activities carried out in the school like agricultural activities helps the students to start developing a spirit being able to do things for themselves not always seeking for external support from NGOs.

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With the help of the school hygiene club, it’s worth easy for us to supervise the hygiene education and some of the mentioned agricultural activities since they are the current and immediate supervisors of the entire school.

With the above mentioned,  I  Bejur Paul Anthony JEN Hygiene Promoter, will continue to encourage the school administration of Yembe Primary school to go ahead with the initiative of cultivation and grow both cereals and vegetables, which when they sell, they will be able to support themselves in one way or the other.


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Written by Bejur Paul Anthony
Hygiene Promoter
Yei Project


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January 16, 2014 in South Sudan |

Soccer Match Helps Promote Exchanges: High School Students Volunteer to Act as Go-between!

It was "the Ishinimaki-Nichi-Nichi Shinbun's cup soccer event for boys and girls co-hosted by Meiji University affiliated Meiji High as part of its centennial events" that took place for the second since last year on January 12-13. For more about last year's event, click here.
This year's event was held at the soccer field of the Ishinomaki Football Association unlike last year, because last year's venue, Comprehensive Sports Park in Onagawa, is now under post-disaster construction and damage repair work,

【The 6th graders enjoyed their last event. Heated battles were unfolded.】
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【Meiji High students in purple uniform acted as referees. 】
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JEN supported the overall administration of the event along with organizers; the Ishinomaki Football Association, the Ishinomaki Nichi Nichi Shinbun Newspaper hosting, and Meiji High School.
A total of twelve teams came from Ishinomaki, Higashimatsushima and Onagawacho to participate in the two-day event, enjoying competitive matches.

Meiji High School sent thirty seven students including soccer club members to Ishinomaki for the event. The soccer club members served as umpires and scorers, the rest of the students were also active in volunteering right beside the soccer games for cooking shiruko, sweet red-bean soup, together with residents of the temporary housing complex built in the Tohoku Electronics Industry, Ltd owned land; providing children with the experience of spinning be-goma, spinning top and true-or-false quiz contest.

【Students cooked shiruko with the residents of temporary housing next to the soccer field.】
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【After cooking shiruko they "talked over tea."】
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【Experiencing be-goma】
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Touring tsunami-devastated coastal areas and hearing about the disaster from people in the town or at temporary shopping stores, the students at Meiji High School not only experienced running the event but appeared to be able to heighten the awareness and understanding of what's going on in the disaster stricken area.

As said senior Mr. Tsuchiya who led the student group, "I felt the town has regained its energy and life since my last visit. But I also could see the coastal areas remain almost same as before, so I felt the restoration had only begun. I was glad not only to be able to contribute to managing the event but to see children smile during the attractions this year. I felt what we can contribute is creating an atmosphere in which everybody gets a smile."

【A keepsake picture with students volunteers at Meiji High School. Well done!】
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Though the final league planned on the second day was delayed by bad weather, Mr. Testutaro Tanaka, the vice-principal of the school, looked back on this volunteer activity saying "This time, the students were able to not only contribute to managing the soccer event but socialize with residents and children living in temporary housing. Today's youth tend to confine themselves in their own world, but this activity could provide them an opportunity to think others."

During their 3-day tour, they did receive various messages. We want them make good use of this valuable experience and grow to be talent who can support the society in the future.

The postponed final league is going to be held at Kamikama Fureai Square on Sunday 26b January.

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January 16, 2014 in Tohoku Earthquake |

01/09/2014

Livelihood Recovery Committee

LRC (Livelihood Recovery Committee) is one of the important training components of the Livelihood Recovery Project for displaced persons in Dera Ismail Khan, KP, Pakistan. 
The main purpose of LRC formation is to have a platform at community level which could be utilized to sensitize and mobilize the beneficiaries about project objectives and to play an active role towards achieving the project objectives by involving important actors in project activities. One of the important roles of LRC is to contribute efforts for sustainability of the project objectives.
The main stakeholders of the LRC are Village Elders, Livestock Department and Livestock Extension Workers.

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In current project JEN has formed and trained 2 LRCs consisting of 56 members. This combination of important stakeholders at community level is producing results to complement the project objectives. LRC is helpful to deal with issues JEN staff faces in the community.
It is also helpful to facilitate project activities at different locations in terms of community mobilization, venue arrangement for distribution and disseminating project information to the widespread beneficiaries. Livestock Representatives are available to treat the goats of beneficiaries on the distance of a phone call. Village Elders influence the LEWs to follow up goats of the beneficiaries regularly.

It is the platform which will remain in the community even after JEN evacuation from the project area to benefit the beneficiaries in terms of awareness, breeding services and treatment. 

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January 9, 2014 in Pakistan |

The warmest soul drink

 

Happy New Year
Thank you very much for your kindest support to JEN, I would like to appreciate on behalf of JEN Afghanistan.

 

The new year holiday is one of the important event in Japan to go hometown and spend time with family. But here in Islamabad, there is a similar practice after the Ramadan which we call Eid holiday, and new year is not such special days as Japan. Markets are running as usual and cold winter days are continuing as usual too. And in this cold season, Chai is the thing that helps people to warm.

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In Japan, Chai is normally thought as a tea from India, but it is also common here in Pakistan since the era of British England. The price is around 10 to 20 cents per cup, and everyone used to take few cups every day.

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It seems like a tea we can easily make with teabag and sugar in our kitchen, but I can be sure the taste is totally different. Some put ginger, cardamom and many other types of spice. There is hundreds of variation, and to have one cup after shopping in a cold night is one of my fun in this season.

 

 

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January 9, 2014 in Afghanistan |

Best Now to Joy Your Taste Buds: "Sasunohama's Oyster Cafe; Hama-yu" Opens

"Sasunohama's Oyster Cafe Hama-yu" in Sasunohama, Ishinomaki, opened for its business of this year on Sunday the 15th of December. During the best season for oysters from December to around the end of February, fishermen directly serve customers grilled oysters as they do every year.
The forecast had called for the first snowfall of this year on the opening day which would hurt customer traffic, and so it was only after much worry that six groups of thirteen gusts visited and enjoyed fresh oysters.

Oysters are usually marketed after two years of cultivation, but Sasunohama's oysters are characterized by hitting markets in just one year. That gives oyster meat concentration of flavor and so it is very rich and tastes good.
Mr. Hosokawa, the head of the Ishinomaki Fisheries Cooperative's Executive Committee for Oyster Cafe, recommended oysters saying "I'd like you to enjoy the natural flavor of oysters."

【Visitors had comfortable chats until oysters were baked.】
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The first guest was a married couple who visited Ishinomaki on a sightseeing trip. Mr. Hosokawa shelled baked oysters with rapidity for them.
The couple was just like a kid in a candy store to see oysters with springy palatability in front of them. He ate the oysters in no time saying "I don't like oyster itself so much, but the oysters here are sweet and really tasty."

【The oysters were so delicious that the guests just ate them up right up.】
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I found two couples who came from Shizuoka and Tochigi seated round a table. They say, during their visit to Ishinomaki on business, they found the signboard of the oyster cafe and walked into it. They enjoyed oysters in different ways; savoring sake filled in shells of finished oysters, oysters with a twist of lemon placed on the table. They were heard to say "They are small compared with oysters we usually eat, but essential flavor is packed into them and so makes them very delicious; I'd like to come again."

【Oysters can be appreciated in many ways.】
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After continued dialogues among fishermen and residents in Sasunohama, they finally managed to open this oyster cafe as a first step toward the restoration of their community.
Contained in the cafe is their wish that it serves as a trigger for as many people as possible to visit, enjoy fascinating Sasunohama as well as oysters.
Why don't you take a trip to the oyster cafe to harvest sea products only in winter, they are well worth a visit.

"Sasunohama's Oyster Cafe Hama-yu" is now open!
Location: 300 meters away from Sant Juan Park, in front of the JF Ishinomaki branch office
Address: Sasu, Watanoha, Ishinomaki-shi, Miyagi-ken
Store hours: Every Sunday 11:30a.m.-2:30p.m. From January 12 to February

Please contact Mr. Hosokawa (the head of Executive Committee for Oyster Grill)
at 090-8256-1376.


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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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January 9, 2014 in Tohoku Earthquake |