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02/28/2014

International Patients' day

Let us introduce the International Patients Day which was held in Baghdad the other day. The International Patients day began in 13, May 1992 by Pope John Paul II, in order to make this day a special time to pray for patients and share their suffering. The catchword for the twenty-second International Patients day of this year is “faith and love”. Many churches in Iraq are celebrating this day every year, as the day to pray, hold several events to share patients’ pain and support them psychologically and financially.

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In Baghdad, the International Patients’ Day was celebrated at Sayedat Al- Najat Church on 8 February, in the presence of many clergies, Patriarch the first Raphael Louis Sako and the papal ambassador in Iraq. People prayed and some events were held by Bethany House.

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Bethany house was established in Baghdad's Karrada district in 2000 in order to care the ultra-disabilities patients and the elderlies. Currently, there are about 50 elderly women from different governorates, mostly Christians and some of them Muslims and some of them with special needs. Health care is available to them fully through donations.
Mrs. Alhan Smith, the director of the house, and Mrs. Anwar Nazim, assistant to the director, work here as volunteers. They say that man needs a dignified life after the long entire life and they volunteer in the way of God and to do well.

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People here live as one family without prejudice. The relationship of humanity is more important than the difference of land of origin or other things. Patriarch the first Raphael Louis Sako has been praised managing this house. He said that the management of Bethany house is an illuminated sign in our current situation and must be supported and encouraged for the reason of nondenominational humanitarian work. At the end of his speech, he appealed to everyone to be a lamp shining in the middle of a long and dark tunnel which our country is in now.



 

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February 28, 2014 in Iraq |

02/27/2014

Interview to beneficiary in East(PART5)

I was born and bred at this village called “Komparakarachchi“ in Thirukkovil. I have a wife and one daughter. We were affected during the war and displaced, lived with relatives. Indeed, we were not resettled but forcibly returned to our village in 2011 and settled down on own wish. No basic facilities were provided to us. No safe houses, no water, no income and hence we had no hope to organize our life. Every year, for 4-5 months we migrate to other places to find livelihood. This is as a result of no income source due to dry weather.

The longstanding water requirement was achieved by us because of JEN’s intervention gave us happiness. To see always good water level in the well is also make us very happiness. Before, construction of this well, whether dry or rainy season we had to walk about 2 Km to collect water for domestic purpose. Now we have JEN well in our close proximity is highly benefitting us naturally and physically.

Not only agro well but also the trainings given in life skill development(leadership, community based organization functioning and it’s benefit, new techniques in agriculture production(organic compost)and many other lessons gave us to organize a well planned structure to lead a peaceful life.

To increase agriculture production and lead a peaceful life is our dream.

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February 27, 2014 in Sri Lanka |

02/20/2014

Camels Fair in Tehsil Pahar Pur of Dera Ismail Khan

Camel’s festival is a cultural event organized in different locations of Tehsil Pahar Pur, D I Khan every year. In this festival camels are lifting weights and the winner is the camels who lift the heaviest. The general people and Owners of Camels from different places of Pakistan including KPK, Baluchistan and Punjab participate in this festival. 

It is bustled with drums, flute and cultural dances. A lot of stalls of foods and other items installed there. It is found during interview with an organizer that local people are taking interest in it and every year thousands of the people come to see this festival. It is totally organized by the local people and everyone having camel can participate in it, if the camel is able to lift the weight.

The last fair was held on 09/02/2014 in village Dhakki of Tehsil Pahar Pur. Approximately fifteen thousand peoples came to see it and 50 camels took participation in competition.

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The standard of this fair are, the winner camel should be able to lift maximum sacks of wheat. he weight of each sack is 84 KG.

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This year the winner camel lifted 14 sacks / 1176 KG weight. After winning the competition the winner camel was auctioned and purchased on the rate of 9 million PKR equal to 9 million JPY almost.

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According to the interviewee - Mr. Hameed it is one of the most important source of enjoyment for the local peoples as well as for guests of other parts of Pakistan. Such kinds of activities promote and introduce our culture to the peoples from other parts of country. A positive impact on the economy of locality is also a fruit from such recreational activities. 

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February 20, 2014 in Pakistan |

Climate of Parwan Province

Parwan is the central region province of Afghanistan which located north of Kabul with the population of 631,600. All the population is multi-ethnic and it is mostly a rural society. The primary occupations are agriculture and animal husbandry. The strategic importance of Parwan province is it that Salang highway traversed from it, which links Kabul to the Northern provinces of Afghanistan.

 

Parwan province has dry and cold climate, Parwan has clearly defined season. Summer is hot and dry while winter is extremely cold. Summer temperature is high as 40 °C has been recorded while midwinter temperature is as low as -20 °C.

 

Temperature often changes greatly within a single day. Variation in temperature during the day may range from freezing condition at dawn to the upper 12 °C at noon in winter season.

 

In the winter months (November through March) Northerly winds flows south from Russia, bringing blizzards, freezing rain, lashing winds and blankets of snow. This condition always closes supply-route of Salang highway.

 

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People who can afford fuel and firewood buy and store it in their houses before the winter approaches but poor people are always suffering in the winter seasons as they can’t afford fuel and other things which are keeping them warm in winters. They can’t do labour work in winters as the construction is impossible due to heavy snow and rains. Roads and streets are usually closed due to heavy snow in winter so the community is removing the snow with the help of traditional spade to make it walk able.

 

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There were several disasters in winter due to heavy snow and many people killed in it.  One of the most tragic incidents was back in February 2010 when 165 passengers killed and 135 more injured near Salang tunnel in a road accident. 

 

Reporter :
Dr.Mirwais”Omerzoi”
JEN Senior Officer

 

 

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February 20, 2014 in Afghanistan |

Help Wanted: Volunteers to Help Children Move away from Temporary School Building

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Tsunami-hit elementary and junior high schools in the coastal areas of Ishinomaki city are now under restoration work and so children have had a school life in temporary school buildings or classrooms offered by other schools. With the completion of the restoration work, four of nine those schools are scheduled to start giving classes in new school buildings from April 2014.

The relocation of the schools is going to be carried out by teachers and locals, but it would be a heavy workload--- so much so that it's likely to be beyond their power. JEN has been working on improving school environment since 2012, and so JEN recruits volunteers to help the teachers and locals with the relocation.

Recruitment Information:
1. Volunteer Job;
- Helping transport school equipments including student desks
- Cleaning up temporary school buildings

2. Time and Location;
*Saturday 15th March between 9:30-13:30 at Minato Junior High School - Ten volunteers are wanted.
*Saturday 22nd March between 8:40-15:30 at Minato Elementary School - Ten volunteers are wanted.
*Tuesday 25th March - Enrollment is already full.
*Wednesday 26th March - Enrollment is already full.

3. Where and how to meet;
- If you come by public transportation, please meet up in front of JEN Ishinomaki office† forty minutes before the day's work begins as JEN staff members take you to the scene.

- If you come by your car, you can go straight to the scene but please be sure 140220_8 (remember) to make an application through email or fax before.

†One minute walk from Ishinomaki station; SASADEN Building 201, Zeniaraiba 3-13, Ishinomaki-city

4. What to bring;
-Clothes that you won't bother getting dirty
-Non-slip cotton work gloves
-Indoor shoes
-Lunch
-Drinks

5. Conditions for participation;
- Participants are to come to Ishinomaki station or the scene by yourself.
- Participants are to prepare work clothing, necessary tools, lunch.
- Participants are to be covered by volunteer insurance(Please buy an insurance plan against natural disaster at your nearest Japan National Council of Social Welfare in advance; it is valid for one year from April 1 to March 31).
- Participants are to agree to sign a letter of awareness (memorandum of understanding on the participation.)
- Participants are to be over the age of 15. For the participation of minors (over 6 and under 15), their parents need to accompany them and sign a letter of awareness.

6. Application;
- Download and fill in application form→「20140129.doc」をダウンロード ,
e-mail to
volunteer@jen-npo.org or fax it. to 0225-25-5612
- Registration deadline is Thursday March 6, 2012 at 18:00.
- Application may be closed once its number reaches the limit, so please complete application as quickly as possible.

7. Number of participants;
- 10 participants every day but there is no limit to participants coming by their own cars.
- If you consider joining volunteer work in a group with over ten people, please contact us.

8. Inquiries;
- A department in charge is JEN Tohoku Division Reconstruction.
- Please contact Kondo at phone number 02225-25-5611 between 9:00-18:00 weekdays.
- On the day of volunteer work, contact Kondo at 080-3578-4234 or Ito at 080-1805-2968.

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February 20, 2014 in Tohoku Earthquake |

02/17/2014

A brief monitoring report: How the tools provided by JEN are being used by the IDPs at the camp.

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On 29/01/2014 a woman at the IDP camp using a pick axe donated by JEN to dig a hole to erect poles  a shelter as a rainy season is approaching. In the above picture the handle of the pick axes was removed to ease the process, and later will be fixed. 
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On 30/01/2014 the above picture shows the jerry can and the wheel barrow donated by JEN to the IDP. The jerry can have been use to fetch drinking water (from a borehole dug at the camp and a water tanker which comes to the camp) and the wheel barrow has been used to carry the jerry cans, more especially pregnant women transport water from the water source using the wheel barrow.
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On 03/02/20114 Dak a IDP resident using the hoe donated by JEN to clean the surrounding of the tree and to create a conducive environment for them to stay.
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On 04/02/2014 IDP resident is washing their clothes using the soap produced by the TINATE soap-making group and donated by JEN to the IDP at a time of distribution.
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On 31/02/2014 The above picture shows the yellow jerry can donated by JEN with a capacity of 20 litre been used for storing safe drinking water, and a cup is available.

140217_3 31/01/2014 a lady from the IDP camp using a spade donated by JEN to mix up a soil with water in order to smear the shelter or the hut. After using the tool, the lady will give it back to the Camp leader to store  it.

February 17, 2014 in South Sudan |

02/13/2014

The Oshika Peninsula Vitalization Project: "Come to Join Fishing Event" to Start

Since the Thohoku Great Earthquake broke out, JEN has worked on a variety of projects set in the Oshika peninsula ranging from sending volunteers to helping individuals make a living, local communities restore vitality and temporary housing society keep alive.
With these project as a base, locals has taken the initiative in starting "Come to Join Fishing Event" project that aims at addressing the problems bothering their fishery villages in the Oshika peninsula and revitalizing those slumping villages.

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There are nearly thirty fishery villages on the Oshika peninsula, each of which is called whatever -"hama". Each hama has its distinctive culture, way of life and charm. Locals and outside support organizations are promoting many projects aimed at addressing challenges facing each hama to revitalize its community, and so you can see changes taking place in each hama. JEN considers it critical helping create a sustainable environment where each community can work in union towards resolving their problems there.

It's been two years since "Come to Join Fishing Event" was launched.
The locals together have worked on improving the event which creates the flow of people from outside by promoting the Oshika peninsula's attractions.

Receiving a request saying that "Our hama would like to hold such event too!", JEN has decided to expand its activities in many other hama. We are waiting for your coming the Oshika peninsula where you can experience its lots of attractions and savor tradition, culture and marine products. Everyone in each hama is anxiously waiting for your coming.

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In March, following two programs are scheduled to take place. So, why not take this opportunity to reach the magic in the Oshika peninsula and have a chance to talk with the locals about the future of the region.

1. March 8-9, the Fifth Fishing Experience "Come to Join Fishing Event!": You can please your taste buds as many as five times!; You can enjoy in-season ingredients of spring with your five senses!
It is a two-day program that provides you with an opportunity to enjoy spring foods of hama---scallops, ascidia, wakame, holdfasts and oysters---at Higashi-hama and Yagawa-hama. You also can have an opportunity to exchange with the locals at a guest house "Stago-so" at Obuchi-hama.

2. March 12, "Participants to Experience Historic Shrine Festival at Kitsunezaki-hama"
You can have an opportunity to participate in carrying mikoshi, portable shrine, during Kitsunezaki-hama Fox Deity Shrine Festival which has a history of more than 400 years and takes place annually on the day of hatsuum, traditional day for worship at fox deity shrines. After making preparations in the morning, people parade along street holding mikoshi on their shoulders. At the end of the festival, naorai(feast) will develop more friendly ties between the participants and the locals.

Applications are being accepted through each website sign-up page. ♪

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Please write “Tohoku Earthquake” on the liaison column.

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February 13, 2014 in Tohoku Earthquake |

Interview to beneficiary in East(PART4)

I am permanent resident in the village. There are no roads to this village. From the main road we reach our village by walking about 3 Km. This is the situation for many decades. We have lands which is the only asset for us. There are no brick made houses, common buildings, school, Devotional places, Wells. All the people live in temporary shelters.

My husband is the breadwinner. He is working as labor by visiting place to place and earning a livelihood. Many times we faced war and repeated losses incurred. No protection from wild animals. Our moving outside is limited due to fear from wild Elephants. Though the dangerous war is over we are not living peacefully due to lack of facilities. My husband very hardly earn during the day time has to protect us from wild animals, so he cannot sleep in the night instead watching. He is getting sick because of this.

JEN agro well is an only structure we have seen after many years. Now, we are provided with water facility so we can engage in agriculture work and start a livelihood on our own. My husband need not go for labor work. We are happy to see a big well which we have never seen before. I am planning to organize a Farm and grow many variety of vegetable and increase vegetable production. If my plan become successful and could save some money I will buy a vehicle for the purpose of movable vegetable selling.

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February 13, 2014 in Sri Lanka |

02/06/2014

Local Radio Station in DERA ISMAIL KHAN

Radio is a cheap, common and easy source/mean of communication. Which is commonly used by all categories’ of peoples like elders, youth, children, women, religious peoples, literate and illiterate peoples. It’s 98% listeners are rural areas community. There are three Radio channels functioning in Dera ismail Khan, Radio Pakistan – FM-93, campus Radio 104.6 (managed By Gomal University D.I.Khan), and Global FM-91 D.I.Khan.

FM global 91 Dera ismail khans is private Radio Channel, established in December 2006. A local political/social activist is founder of this radio station. The office is located near to JEN office in D I Khan. The height of the first tower was 160 feet which was destroyed in heavy storm of 2008; its radius was around 50 KM. The current tower’s height is 60 Ft it’s total radius is 15 Km.

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The funding sources are local markets and owner’s contribution. The average income from local markets is PKR 70,000 per month which is 40% of the total requirements.
Different programs like music, entertainment, news and current affairs are broadcasting from this station every day.

It’s 90% listeners are youth because it is mainly focusing on youth problems. The other problems of the citizens are highlighted in its programs in which the concern government authorities are also invited so through this way 40 to 50% of the citizen’s problems solved.

This station is very active in the field of advocacy and awareness programs for the IDPs of SWA and local communities which affected during flood and conflict of S.W.A. the programs are broadcasted in Pashto, Saraiki and Urdu language. It was also used as alarming/early warning system during flood. JEN local team is regularly listening to this radio station via their mobile phones and collects the information which is relevant to our field.

[JEN staffs interviewing Radio station staffs]
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February 6, 2014 in Pakistan |

Mysteries of Success in 2013 Projects

As you know that JEN-Afghanistan team successfully implemented 2013 project, it was not just implementation but it was a lessons learning and experience period for all JEN’s staff.

After coordination with DoEs and Government officials JEN need to have a need assessment survey to know about community needs (WASH & Non WASH of schools), after projects approval and informing DoEs, we (Engineering + Field Officers) are going to have a site visit in targeted areas and having a long discussion with SMC Head of school, teachers and    Community leaders. In this session we give them information regarding JEN vision, mission and goals/ objectives of the program (WASH+ Non WASH of Schools), and we are giving them orientation of the program, high community contribution, introducing of construction companies, responsibilities and information sharing.

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In the end of this session we, Community, School administration and DoE responsible becoming a committee (Establishment of SMC) and signing tripartite agreement.
During implementation we have a daily monitoring, weekly meetings with contractors, (discussion of progress of work, quality and quantity of construction according specification of MoE), Risk management, and Weekly reports, Progress of work, supervision and evaluation.

As our operation areas were critical and complicated, we had strong coordination with community, stake holders and directorate of education (DoEs) that’s why JEN able to implement these projects.

Under a strong management Inner in our team we had best cooperation with each other, every individual do their own responsibilities, work hard and implement the project according to plan.

As JEN have transparency in program and community direct and indirect beneficiaries appreciated JEN’s high quality of construction work.
The success of our construction projects was achievement of all JEN-Afghanistan team (Engineering unit, HE team, AIMO, Admin/Finance unit, HQ in Tokyo/ISB team) who struggle and work hard, cooperated well with each others, high inspiration and motivation to achieve goals and help all vulnerable Afghan people in the target to have a bright future for them

Above all were the mysteries that why we able to have successfully implement construction projects in targeted complicated and crucial areas of Ghorband Valley.

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Prepared by Eng.Shir Ali
JEN Afghanistan Chief Engineer of WASH Programe.


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February 6, 2014 in Afghanistan |

02/04/2014

Exchange Event "Reborn Garden" Held

JEN has been working on assisting children in disaster stricken areas in coalition with a charity project called "Reborn Garden". The cooperation between JEN's project and Reborn Garden project began when Ms. Miki Ando along with world's leading skaters organized Reborn Garden charity show, in March 2012.

On January 25, Ms. Miki Ando who first called for the need to launch the project came to Ishinomaki to hold an exchange party with children, they thronging around her while having lunch.

The city of Ishinomaki hardest hit by the Thohoku Earthquake still has scores of children who lead a difficult school life in which they study in temporary prehab school building or in classrooms offered by inland schools that survived the tsunami.

It was those children trying hard to keep up their spirits under such circumstances that came together to participate in the party on that day.
The party was held at an historic restaurant founded 121 years ago, which was managed to reopen in January 2013 after its disaster-struck building had been rebuilt.

【Many children in Ishinomaki came to participate in the party.】
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【There was a surprise guest appearance by Miki Ando. Reporting to the reception desk, the children blinked at her.】
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A total of twenty five children and their parents joined the party. Perhaps because some reunited days after long separation and others saw each other for the first time, the party began in a bit tense atmosphere. However smiling faces began to be seen a little by little everywhere while the participants were having lunch together.

【Having lunch together, the children got relaxed.】
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【The children played games together.】
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At the end of the two-hour party, each participant was to announce "my goal for the year." Everybody was serious about coming up with their goal.

【They are thinking of their goals to write down.】
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February 4, 2014 in Tohoku Earthquake |