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03/28/2014

Ishinomaki’s Elementary Schools Supplied with Play Equipment.

JEN donated new playground equipment to elementary schools in the city of Ishinomaki, whose equipment had remained unplayable due to the disaster.
Presentation ceremonies were held at Kama Elementary School on March 12 and at Okaido Elementary School on March 17.
【Children played with newly installed equipment.】
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Representing all of the children in Okaido Elementary School, a second grader, Miss Yuri Sato, cheerfully expressed her appreciation saying “We love playing around in our playground; we’ve been feeling unhappy because we can’t play with equipment; thank you so much for presenting us teeters and swings; we’ll use them carefully.”
【A picture of the presentation ceremony at Okaido Elementary School.】
 
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For a video on You Tube showing the presentation ceremony and children playing with playground equipment, click here.
Provision of parks and sandlots for temporary quarter sites desperately reduced children’s play areas, and so elementary schools’ playgrounds with playing equipment are something that provide rare places for children to play. But the playground equipment damaged by the tsunami got rusty due to salt erosion, and that has restricted children in elementary schools and junior high schools in Ishinomaki from playing with their playground equipment.
In consultation with the Ishinomaki city board of education, JEN presented four schools playground equipment this time. New playground equipment will have been installed at Teizann Elementary Schhol, Kaduma Elementary Schools as well as Kama Elementary School and Okaido Elementary School by the end of April.
With an eye toward restoring communities and creating an environment where children can have an easier life, JEN is committed its continued supportive efforts in cooperation with local communities and schools. We hope you continue supporting JEN’s efforts.
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03/27/2014

Traditional initiation ceremony of Pojulu tribe in South Sudan

I am a Hygiene Promoter at JEN. I will be reporting my article on one tribes of south Sudan that is the POJULU tribe of Tijor Payam in Juba County in the North-Eastern direction from the capital city.

The Pojulu Tribe has been divided into Sub-Clans. Most of them are located in LAINYA County while few of them are located in Juba County in the north eastern part of present Juba city in Tijor Payam this tribe borders the YAMGWARA ,MUNDARIES AND THE BARI of Juba. This specific tribe have got a traditional believe in which all youths are supposed to undergo initiation for them to become adults who are entitled and free to socialize, contribute, converse, with the clan elders besides they are entitled to marry a woman after the highest bidder have been confirmed for marriage and only man together with their parent bids for the women hand in marriage.

The initiation ceremony usually involves the youth age ranging from 18th upto 45 years old who moves naked for a period of 90 days (3 months). This group of initiation partakers can do any activity in the community like grazing domestic animals, hunting among other activities like any other member in the community and the only difference is that they move naked and also they don’t sleep inside a house for that stipulated period of time. Only those people who are initiated are entitled for marriage and this has been happening since their ancestors and up-to-date it is continuing in their clans. This was proclaimed by their clan elder below.
   
[Water containers for drinking in Tijor]
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[Clan-Elder in Tijor explaining their culture of initiation]
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This tribe has got an approximate number of about 1000 to 1500 households within their geographical location. Therefore taking the ratio of population determination in south Sudan which is six members per household it would therefore be estimated to 6000-9000 population of people living in tijor Payam of Juba and those who are involved are the willing youths for instance in 2013 about 98 underwent the initiation process and 3 died 95 completed the initiation process successful and those who dies was as a result of the long period of initiation in which they couldn’t sleep in a house yet naked furthermore on a rainy season but according to their elder he said that those who died were not strong enough to become a real man ready for initiation. According to their elder above, who also proclaimed that due to the civilization that was brought after the secession of South Sudan from the united Sudan has resulted into free movement of the youth from one location to the other that has reduced the number of the youths who usually under goes initiation in their community compared to the period before the secession.

This tribe has got a minimal number of animals (cattle) and others have resorted into rearing goats and it’s through this domestic animal that they use to pay bride price, school fees, and medication especially where the case becomes serious that it has to be taken to juba which is approximately 50 miles(75km) away from their ancestral land. This tribe looks very hostile from the faces of the youth the day I was with their elder discussing about their initiation ceremony. This group of people is in most cases are mistaken to belong to the Mundari tribe because of the fact that they have identification streaks marks on their faces like the Mundari people. Their youths are warriors who are so giant and can fight an enemy mercilessly with spears or sometimes with their bare hands. Even though they looks very hostile but they were harmless to a stranger who is amidst them for the first time this is justified with the fact that their clan elder was able to narrate to me about their tradition.

Thanks for this short article I hope you have enjoyed it.    

Maliamungu M Moses

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March 27, 2014 in South Sudan |

Wisdom of beneficiaries

After the completion of construction of well, JEN distributes a water pump and hoses to Well Maintenance Community formed by the beneficiaries sharing the well.

On December 2013, I went to check the usage of the wells.
But, in fact, almost of beneficiaries didn’t use the distributed pump.
The beneficiary said “We don’t need the huge quantity of water provided by the pump during the rainy season because we can’t get enough quantity of water to grow vegetables from the rain. After the rainy season, we are going to use it. ”
Instead of using the water pump, they install a pulley themselves and use it to get the insufficient quantity. Through the pulley, they save the money for fuel to operate the pump. The pulley is handmade and made it of a gear from an electric meter and a bike.

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I appreciate to see such idea implemented by them, based on the support from JEN.
Additionally, another beneficiary sharing the well also installed the pulley same as the neighbor.
I could see they imitate good ideas themselves positively.

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Like this situation, we hope they rehabilitate their confidence among neighborhood and it spread to whole village and region.

Administration & Finance Officer Tomoo Nasuda




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March 27, 2014 in Sri Lanka |

Majallate Magazine

Kids’ magazine: Majallate is one of the famous magazines in Iraq. The magazine runs articles of the kid’s culture in Iraq and has ever been issued monthly for 44 years.

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A lot of Iraqi families get the magazine as it contains various themes and meaningful stories for children.

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After JEN undertaking editing one of the sections of the magazine with cooperation of MOE, the magazines had been distributed to students in the primary schools in the previous JEN projects. They expressed their admiration for it and they understood the importance of hygiene education and preservation of the environment which are contained in the magazine.

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Bassim Yousif


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March 27, 2014 in Iraq |

03/20/2014

Life standard of IDP,s in Pakistan

The recent air strikes cause of more than 23,061 families displacements in FATA. The existing caseload in kohat is 27,700. These IDP are living in rental houses.  Most of the families have very low monthly income Approx 5,000 PKR/Month.  In current situation their Common occupation is laboring.  UN and other humanitarian actor are providing food package on the monthly basis.

During Rapid Assessment Mr Aqal Baz permanent resident of Orakzai Agency currently leaving in Jarma Kohat told JEN staff that “I receive my monthly food package from an organization’s warehouse. This package cannot return me what I lost; my little children are surfing from last five years. They are growing like refugees. Our family structure is broken. The norms and Pakhtoon (tribal) values are demolished. So who will bring me back my prosperity? How could I rectify all that? We want to go back our home but can’t. How long we will stay over here, we don’t know”

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The question raised by Aqal Baz is genuine. His words are representing all other IDPs.  All Stakeholders need to think about solution of this problem, unless those IDPs will remain dislocated for many years.


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March 20, 2014 in Pakistan |

Winter sign Kabul city capital of Afghanistan

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Winter in Kabul city is a tough season. Usually these cold days starts around 20th December, to 20th March, and sometimes the climate continues longer. Kabul city has heavy snow and raining, and those who live in Kabul city makes winter like fire wood for stove to make warm their home.

Every year in the beginning of fall season, people try to purchase fire wood before the winter season, but on that time the fire wood cost inexpensive. The cost of fire wood increasing because of in Kabul city there is no other facility such as full time city power, gas, so people should use from this kind of facility as their main utility.

In winter season, people also try to buy warm clothes and shoes. The big problem is transportation especially in the morning time, because of all streets will be covered by ice and vehicles cannot move fast or normally. People have to wait for long time in the vehicles, and difficult to move on time.

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Before this season, students have final exams in their school. All schools are closed and students are in at home for 3 months. This is a chance for them to follow courses.

During the winter time teachers are going to school but not every day, only once a week. This is a free time for teacher, and some teacher will provide work and some teacher will attend to workshop for improving their capabilities. Teachers are training these kinds of workshops, and trainings are always made by government and NGOs.

Now a days a huge snow fall in Afghanistan as claimate changes occur.

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Administration and Financial Manager
Ahmad Fahim

 

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03/13/2014

Using my experience

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My name is Kibo Dominic James, JENs New staff based in yei.

 

I worked as a driver before with JEN then promoted to the position of Logistics/Administrative assistant.

 

Am happy to work as logistics/Admin because this has been the post I was holding before joining JEN in August 2013. And am happy because I also worked for Ibis south Sudan program as Logistics Assistant and I hope I will also be able share the experience that I had before with the administration group.

 

Am so happy that JEN is working in south Sudan particularly in my home town yei.

 

And now that JEN is implementing WASH project both in schools and in communities I hope this will help most students to practice good hygiene and sanitation practices. And while in the communities the village transformation programme will help most of the community members to practice good hygiene and sanitation practice by using the pit latrine, the rubbish pit for dumping rubbish etc.

 

And as a support staff I will sure that I support the staffs in program to accomplish their activities successfully and to share ideas with the program team to ensure that work runs on smoothly.

 

 

 

By Kibo Dominic James

 

 

 

 

 

 


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March 13, 2014 in South Sudan |

Three years after 3/11

On March 11, 2014, a chilly day with high winds and occasional snowstorm just like three years ago, as this year marks the third year since the Tohoku disaster, memorial ceremonies were held at several locations in the city of Ishinomaki. Kadonowaki-town’s “Maneki Community”, a residents' association set up after the disaster, staged a lantern vigil.

【Lanterns and an alter were set up.】
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Made victims were 130 people who had lived in 2-4 chome, Kadonowaki town where “Maneki Commuinity” was organized.
Almost all of the houses in the town were swept away by the tsunami, and that led the local authorities to do land plotting again in order to develop a new town; currently twenty-three households remain in the town waiting for the plotting to be over.
It was some eighty people including not only those living in the town but also those taking shelter in other places who came to join the ceremony on that day. They prayed for those who died, the ceremony providing a good opportunity for them to meet and hear from their old friends and neighbors after a long time.

【Those who attended the ceremony gave prayers to over 400 fatalities including those from adjacent Minamihama town.】
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【Remembering former neighbors, they were filling in their neighbors’ names on a handmade map.】
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【Lighted lanterns popped up in the darkness.】
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The design for lanterns was created by Mr. Toyokazu Abe who lives in the town. He says that the lanterns represent the combination of a cirque, a jewelry Buddha wears, and soul in the shape of heart.

【Lantern vigil was also held in the neighboring Minamihama town, many people visiting the site.】
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JEN’s activity has now entered its fourth year. Keeping close to victims, JEN is committed to working on many assistance projects. We hope you continue supporting JEN’s efforts.

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International Women's Day

The world celebrates the International Women's Day annually on 8 March, in solidarity with women for their freedom, equality, peace and social justice.

Celebration of this day dates back over 150 years, in 1857. A group of women workers in the textile factory in the U.S. formed a demonstration to protest against their bad living conditions. Even though the demonstration to demand improvement of working conditions and increase wages was suppressed by police, it bore fruit in the form of the first Women's Guild two years later. The United Nations has adopted this day as a public holiday for women in 1977.

Iraqi women celebrated the day this year as well, even though they are in difficult situations and harsh living conditions. Many events were held such as symposia and conferences to discuss and review the status of Iraqi women under the new circumstances. As one of them, there was a demonstration in Al- Mutanabi Street, which is a famous street in Baghdad. Women stepped out into the demonstration wearing black clothes to mourn and express their rejection to the notorious new Personal Status Law: “Al- Jaafari” approved by the Cabinet recently.

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UN mission in Iraq voiced concern to the adoption of this law in Iraq, which is contraries to the freedom of women and strips the dignity of women. Even though Iraqi women are under this difficult situation and have to live their daily lives with patience and perseverance, the steadfast and creative Iraqi women live also with hope for surpassing all odds and defying all obstacles in order to build a better future for herself, her family and her country.

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Thikra J. AL-Najar



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Interview to beneficiary in North

I have a wife, a son and 2 grandchildren in my family in Gajabapura Village in Sampathnuwara Divisional Secretariat at division which is 65 KM away from the south Mullaitivu District. I lost my one side leg foot for landmines in 1992.

I’m a daily labor who mostly finds opportunities during the paddy seasons (Maha and Yala). I and my family interest in home gardening. Apart of food security sustainability JEN provided Vegetable seeds and Long term plants. I’m using the provided well for home gardening.

I’m hopeful that there are vegetables soon for the household consumption.
I’m extremely happy and thankful for the support obtained through the project. We will never forget JEN and Japan People for timely assistance provided to us. And we are very much proud to express that we are part of this project and we feel JEN is supporting us like another family members to exchange our family living standard.

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[home garden]
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03/11/2014

The motorcycle traffic in Haiti

In 90-91 years, motorcycle traffic were some things that was at the bottom of the scale or may frequent able seen that there was not much on the Haitian walking. In 1996-97 specifically Jacmel, a trader named Edo Zenny currently Senator of the Republic, gave himself a goal to help youth by providing a motorcycle to work and they will have to refund the money over a period defined with an interest. But without knowing what it was going to spread throughout the country. In 2000, began to install some outlets motorcycle in Port-au-Prince and in some provincial towns, without even having time to lift a finger. This traffic became uncontrollable for law enforcement in terms of security and further exacerbates our agricultural production.
On the security front:  according to some police reports with this uncontrollable has increased the rate of insecurity especially in the capital, because it is much easier now for bandits to move and ask banditry on the population. Bikers work in an organized thief group or even as an individual. Despite all effort and investment on traffic regulation the motorbikes by their facility to progress traffic confuse the order, and for the police is still one of the fighting wins. In terms of loss of life the rate is higher than by weapons, first cause the bikers are not qualified enough.
Haiti faces a similar experience since couple a years with less damage on the society. This phenomenon is called “chofè has dwat” in creole. Is basically a young boy in the family leave the province to Port-Au-Prince o become a van driver that travel in the country, and give up school at the same time.
This two society phenomenon, motorbike taxi and van driver, lead to a lack of man power on a field, farmer that feed the country. According to some reports in some parts of the country the live food production decreased by 50%, with a high rate of unemployment work the land as an farmer do not generate enough money to leave and feed their family, thus they really hope that this little amount of money quickly earn can support the family at least until the next day.

March 11, 2014 in Haiti |

03/06/2014

Milk and Buck Fair

JEN carried out an important activity of its livelihood Recovery Project for displaced persons in Dera Ismail Khan. Title of the activity was “Milk and Buck Fair”. The purpose was to hold a competition among beneficiaries who had received male and female goats. This competition was aimed at appreciating best beneficiaries and promoting better techniques of goat management.

120 beneficiaries participated in this event. 55 beneficiaries brought their female goats to compete in milking. 1st, 2nd and 3rd female goat winners in milking categories produced 2300 ml, 2200 ml and 2140 ml respectively.

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17 beneficiaries brought their male goats to compete in weighing.  1st, 2nd and 3rd male goat winners weighing category showed off 72 kg, 71 kg and 69 kg respectively. Winners received trophies and feed prizes.

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A separate stall was organized to present 4 goats who respectively delivered 4 baby goats, 3 baby goats and 2 baby goats. Another stall was formed where representative of district livestock department answered to questions of beneficiaries regarding goat management and provided relevant printing material.    

Representatives of district livestock department, private veterinary practitioners, Village Elders and focal person of UNOCHA-Dera Ismail Khan participated in the event. All stakeholders generously appreciated JEN’s efforts and contribution towards livelihood recovery of displaced persons and their possible return back to homes.


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March 6, 2014 in Pakistan |

Alumni and Locals Gather to Reminisce about Their Closing Elementary School

Almost 4,000 lives including missing persons were lost in the city of Ishinomaki where the Tohoku Earthquake inflicted maximal damage.
The Ishinomaki City Second Minato Elementary School is scheduled to be closed down at the end of this month, and with this, a "reunion to share its memories" was held at Kaihoku Elementary School on March 2 where it has been temporary giving classes.
Some 400 alumni gathered and looked backed on the days they spent in the school, regretting the ending of the school's history,

Ripped through by the tsunami, the school established in 1954 has been getting by for three years on giving classes in temporary school quarters or other school's classrooms.
It has been finally decided that the school ends its 60-year-long history this spring, integrated with Minato Elementary School.

【Fife-and-drum band members performed their school song before those gathered.】
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【Alumni and locals gathered in the gymnasium of Kaihoku Elementary School.】
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During the gathering, the school's old days were displayed using a slideshow, and then ninety-three current students introduced its history and what it was like when the disaster struck it. At the end of the gathering, the students recited their pledge saying "We will hand down the lessons of the disaster to the next generation, and we will grow up to be adults who can support many people."

【Here is a picture of the students' presentation.】
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Alumni, successive PTA associates and school principals sent a shout-out to the current students, and then everyone attending the gathering sang the school song.
The first verse of the school song goes:
"Here you can see the ocean spreading out, sparkling wave breaking;
You can hear salty blasts rustling pine groves;
Make your own ways in life hand-in-hand with your friends,
with your shoulders throwing back, with carefree footsteps;
Your are green shoots of our homeland Minato besides the green ocean;
You can hear the ocean, the Pacific is calling you."

The word "Blue Ocean" came up when the current students gave presentation on "what we are proud of our homeland Minato." The ocean has engulfed so many things, yet this doesn't mean children came to hate the ocean.

【All participants sang their school song.】
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JEN is committed to helping Minato's young shoots grow up healthy in spite of the odds and be able to lead the rehabilitation of their home land Minato which has suffered heavy losses and is still under difficult conditions.

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March 6, 2014 in Tohoku Earthquake |