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04/24/2014

Urgent Assistance for Internally Displaced People in Kenyi District(Payam) of Lainya County ③

Currently, JEN South Sudan is providing emergency relief in Kenyi District of Lainya County in Central Equatoria. In this article, we would like to introduce our activities with some pictures , this time with a focus on how we distributed emergency relief supplies in Kenyi District subsequently to the article released on April 10 .

(Before distribution)
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Support goods, safety delivered to the Limbe community, were unloaded from the truck and then sorted by items, we re-checked their conditions and amount considering that they were carried through rugged roads.

(Distribution)
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Households of internally displaced people gathered to the distribution point and handed in their coupon sent by JEN in advance to the community distribution members, and were in turn able to receive supplies such as mosquito nets, plastic sheets, rope, polyethylene containers, buckets, water cleaning agents, basins, soap, nail clipper, kitchen supplies, and kitchen oil.
 

(After distribution)
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They brought those goods back to their families. Women in South Sudan can easily carry big, heavy items by putting them on their heads.

(Staff engaged in distribution and their members)
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The men wearing dark red polo-shirts with JEN’s logo are the local distribution members we introduced previously. The man on the far left is Robert, a JEN project officer. He has experience providing emergency support in a European NGO and is a specialist in public health. The woman taking this picture is Margaret, the JEN community mobilizer we introduced previously as well.

This project has been operated and supported by JEN’s supporters and Japan Platform (JPF).


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April 24, 2014 in South Sudan |

Iraqi elections

The approach of parliamentary elections in 04/30/2014 will result the new parliament and the new government, who will govern the country for four years.

In Iraq, Series of elections occurred after 2003, the first was in January 30, 2005. It was the first National Assembly election and Iraqis voted for a 275-member. The second was in October 15, 2005. It was a voting on the new Iraqi draft constitution. And the third was in December 15, 2005 which was to choose a 275-member of Iraqi parliament under the new Iraqi constitution. The latest was in March 7, 2010 for the selection of the current parliament and government. In addition, there were the provincial elections for several times.

Upcoming the election’s day, the streets of the capital Baghdad and the provinces are filled with pictures of candidates for the election. And now, Baghdad city has fully election campaigns.

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Recently, the propaganda campaign of the candidates began to win the voice of Iraqi voters. The parties develop the election campaigns with varied form according to the financial possibilities and powerful link.

The most amusing propaganda campaign for this session where the candidates put their propaganda posters on food… also some politicians has to provide free meals to the poor entitled such as "The Gift of Dr. ..." and "The Gift of Mr. ..."  etc. The party wins the votes of the hungry and the needy.

And another candidate mentioned in the poster that he candidate to gain a seat in Parliament by order of the Prophet Muhammad, making an appeal to voters.

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The propaganda campaign will continue till before the date of elections by one day.

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April 24, 2014 in Iraq |

Interview to a cooperative society member in East

It gives me more pleasure to sit here in front the compost making yard. Frankly saying, this building is an asset to our whole region. To my knowledge this is the first building for ever after we return to the village.

Since we return after war, we made several attempts to link many Organizations, Government sector to receive assistance to restart our livelihood. But, all went futile.

By being a traditional farmer, I follow Sky, Earth, Clouds and the God. My goal is harvest whatever it is. It can be from vegetable production, other sources as I do not depend on only vegetable cultivation due to less rainfall as a result of climate change which has become worsen. But I do not give up hope look for solutions and better prepared. If we are prepared we can meet any challenge. As the clouds prevent give us rainfall we cannot prepare our lands which are getting dried.

But, after JEN provide water to us we become able to do prepare our lands and do vegetable cultivation.  To respect JEN Organization, I consider this year as “JEN’s year”. I maintain a garden namely JEN’s vegetable garden.

On the other hand, the compost making yard is another Income source for us. Through this we can generate income by way of making compost and sell them. The compost making yard is also an alternative source to find income. 

Through the Cooperative society we expect to employ 2-3 persons as permanent worker’s to operate the compost making yard whereas other villagers (beneficiaries) will support us and also get compost without chemical. The people could get chemical free vegetable thereby they could have nutritious vegetable for their living through which they could lead a happy life with joy and peace which is our hope. 

Thank you JEN and the People of Japan..

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04/17/2014

Two Year of Service at JEN Haiti

Hello, everyone.  I am Jimmy Pierre. I have been working as affairs & finance assistant for JEN since April 9th, 2012. I have two years working for JEN.  

My work is so interesting. I get up early every morning. I go to work. I follow the cashbook; I assist the affairs & finance in many tasks. Sometimes I organize my work. I support the team. I make new friends in my work. JEN staff is a family. I have opportunity to meet new people outside the office. Sometimes I go to the fields where I see the result of what JEN is doing in Haiti. JEN helps Haitian people drink treated water, how to treat it and wash hands.

I learn more stuff. I become better than before with my work and my life does too. I can dream a better life and help my family. What I learn at work helps me in some situation. JEN brings me a new breathe after the earthquake.

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April 17, 2014 in Haiti |

Jen staff capacity building

Capacity is defined as, ―the ability of individuals and organizations or organizational units to perform functions effectively, efficiently and sustainably.‖ i Capacity building is an evidence-driven process of strengthening the abilities of individuals, organizations, and systems to perform core functions sustainably, and to continue to improve and develop over time. www.pepfar.org 

JEN HRs comprises qualified and experienced staff with good but divergent academics and skills. Learning is continuous process. It is more rapid and effective if the working environment is personnel friendly. 

During discussion and interviews with staff it was found that JEN’s working environment is very pleasant, cooperative and good for employees, it is like a family environment. This value is the core motivational for JEN that its human resource is working with zeal and enthusiasm.

JEN also organized several trainings for HR capacity building e.g advanced Security, advanced First Aid , Report writing and communication skills, proposals writing. Many of staff members were engaged all along while developing project proposals. The joint efforts is turning to the better team work and learning simultaneously. 

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Regular improvements in project planning its implementation, Monitoring and periodic evaluation provided opportunities for more enhancement in all project aspects and collective achievements.

Establishment of M&E and Aim departments can be quoted as clearly visible development during over 2013. Both the departments effectively promoted a number of initiatives aimed at program effectiveness, enhanced capacity of HR, good external relations and last but not the least a better organizational image of JEN in Pakistan.

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April 17, 2014 in Pakistan |

Proverbs (MATALONA / Zarbul Masal)

Matalona in Pashto and Zarbul Masalh in Dari mean “Proverbs”, Afghan proverb deeply reflect Afghan culture and although they are very simple and every one can use it in their communication.

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Afghan proverbs can have same impact as the great words of famous philosophers and writers around the world history in the wealth and meaning.  A lot of Afghan proverbs are very short but in fact there is a story in the background.  If someone considers its full meaning and knew the fact in the background it’s become of his/her surprise, laugh and delight. Afghans universally prize wit and cleverness in speech and an appropriate Afghan proverb inserted at the right time can carry the weight of an entire explanation or discussion.

A good Afghan proverb properly used can match the enlightenment of Fukuzawa Yukichi, the wisdom of Confucius and the profundity of Zen Koan. Besides, it can be similar to the whimsy of Lewis Carroll, the homespun words of Mark Twain, the lyricism of Shakespeare and Alama Iqbal Lahori who expresses all meaning in one short phrase.

The proper use of Afghan proverbs demonstrates respect and understanding of Afghan culture at a very high level. Their use can lead to deeper personal connections that help to build a bridge among very different religions, ethnicities, customs and traditions. Moreover, it can also be used as a positive relationship-building tool.

Examples of Proverb:

1.Wakht laka Sra Zarr de (Pashto), Waqt Tela Ast (Dari)
means Time is gold.

2.Da Topak Zakham Joregy kho da Jabi na (Pashto) means Har Zakham jor mesha magar Zakhmi Zuban ne (Dari) means The wound of the sword/gun will heal, but not that of the tongue.

3.Da 1 lass tole goti yw barabar na di (Pashto),
  Angoshtan 1 dast hech ga ba hm barabar nest (Dari)
  means Not even the five fingers of our hands are alike (English).

Hameedullah”Hamid”
Seniro Field Officer
JEN-Afghanistan



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April 17, 2014 in Afghanistan |

“Flower Garden” Moved to Kadonowaki Elementary School’s Front

On March 29-30, JEN worked on moving a flower garden as part of “Flower Garden Movement“ project started with the wish of Kadonowaki Junior High School students the year before.

【Many students volunteered to help, despite their spring vacation.】
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In good weather, the moving work was lucky enough to mobilize large group of people including 50 students, 43 volunteers and parents and their children who are members of a local sports club.

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Some 800 viola seedlings were drug out and put into a plastic bag one by one, and then carried to Kadonowaki Elementary School in many batches, their new habitat.

【Tulip bulbs and a big signboard were also carried.】
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Kadonowaki town starts a land preparation for new town and its redemarcation project from fiscal year 2014. The project is supposed to begin in earnest after consecutive holidays in May and the site of the flower garden is also subject to it; therefore the moving has taken place. On the second day, participants totaled 40, students and volunteers, despite the rain, completing the moving. Thanks to the efforts of many people, the moving has been done successfully.

【The transplanted flowers looked as if they have been there for years.】
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【Seedlings are firmly rooted, thanks to the rain.】
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Ms. Seika Sakurai, a first-year student in Kadonowaki Junior High School, told us her feelings of her volunteer work saying “It was a lot of fun!; the project started when my sister was my age, so I hope we can continue it as a good tradition.”

Long winter has gone and you can feel the coming of spring in Ishinomaki. The flowers will be at their best soon. We will let you know on Facebook or Twitter as soon as they come out and so we invite you to join us.

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【Let’s Go to Sea! Participants Now Recruited!】

“The 7th let’s go to sea!” takes place on May 4-5.
Viewing, getting taste of and experiencing the Oshika peninsula, let’s make its seaside communities exciting together.

Two-day experience tour in the Oshika peninsula, Miyagi Pref., where you can enjoy fresh marine foods, experience fishing and joining in local festivals while having good time with locals.
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April 17, 2014 in Tohoku Earthquake |

04/10/2014

Urgent Assistance for Internally Displaced People in Kenyi District (Payam) of Lainya County ②

Currently, JEN South Sudan is offering emergency relief in Kenyi District of Lainya County in Central Equatoria.  In this article, we would like to introduce our activities in Kenyi District with some pictures, continuing where we left off from the article released on April 3.
Kenyi District is divided in three areas and there are 440 households of internally displaced people in all areas. We distribute water sanitation supplies such as polyethylene containers to draw water, water cleaning agents, and soap. Plastic sheets for shelter and daily necessaries are also provided.
In our previous article, we introduced a process of procuring relief supplies, putting logos on each item and the delivery. In this article, we would like to introduce our sorting process of relief supplies.
 

[Sorting process in front of the warehouse]
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Relief supplies carried by the truck passed the pivotal check points by the army, and few hours later we finally arrived at Kenyi District.
The first day of our arrival, we stored the supplies in warehouses in two areas, and headed to the third area without warehouses supervised by the administration. We could not store the supplies in third area, so we started distribution on the day of our arrival.
We carefully checked the amount and conditions of supplies which were stored in the warehouse before distribution.

(The pictures below show the sorting of buckets sand basins to be distributed to internally displaced people)

[Staff engaged in sorting and their members]
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In the picture above, the woman on the far left wearing a red hat is a JEN community mobilizer who promotes activities and encourages people in the area.
  The men wearing dark red polo-shirts are local distribution members chosen by the village leader and elders, and they cooperated closely with us in sorting and distributing the goods.

[Finished sorting process]
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All of the polyethylene containers, water cleaning agents, soap, basins, plastic sheets and rope were sorted for each household and finally the preparation was completed.
This project has been operated and supported by JEN’s supporters and Japan Platform (JPF).



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April 10, 2014 in South Sudan |

Agricultural cooperative society

JEN supports to establish agricultural cooperative societies, not only to construct agro-wells and hold workshops..
This cooperative society is composed of leaders of Well Maintenance Community for the agro-well.
This was established as an idea to solve problems and challenges are difficult for a household, shoulder to shoulder with the members in the society.
As the concrete theme for it, we supported to set up a compost making yard and empower the society through the management. To manage the compost making yard, we provided a tractor to collect materials and a chopper to crush the material efficiently, and constructed a hut to keep the machinery and the materials.

[Tractor]
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[Chopper]
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[Hut]
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The beneficiaries know how to make the compost well since we provided the workshop and they have practiced it. So we think they can concentrate to learn the management of the society as the core of community empowerment. As the result of the idea, the discussion among beneficiaries became active and they said “Let’s register our product as our brand and sell it after we have a capacity of mass production!”, “Let’s try to use the hut as a market to sell vegetables we made!”

[Compost yard]
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The opening ceremony was prepared by all beneficiaries. The ceremony starts with a walk by a children’s band. At the ceremony, crushing materials was demonstrated. A staffs of local government said “Collection of material can be regarded as the measurement of dengue because it can be reduce egg-laying sites of mosquito”. We could get a new idea for our project.

[Ceremony]
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[Ceremony by children]
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[Demonstration]
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While I was surprised at the motivation of the beneficiaries, I could feel an expectation of their development at same time.

Administration & Finance Officer Tomoo Nasuda

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The student's impression

One of the students in twelfth grade expressed his happiness and the comfort for what we are doing in school. He mentioned that some of the students used the soil area as a latrine because of the bad condition of latrine. He also expressed his will to work with JEN to keep the school clean. The headmaster attended the conversation and encouraged the student to work with his classmate to keep the school clean. I replied to the student that he can work with JEN when he gets some degree to be qualified employee. The headmaster again complemented us and indicated that JEN’s rehabilitation work was remarkable in Diyala with DoE.

Summer season is around the corner in Iraq and classrooms will become very hot. To prepare for battle with the heat, JEN provided fans to the schools. The student also thanked us for the fans in classrooms.

Students’ joyous smile encourages us to keep working for them. JEN will keep working to rehabilitate school equipment including WASH facilities in order for students to spend time safely and comfortably.

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April 10, 2014 in Iraq |

04/03/2014

Now That Community House Restored, Community Now Stands by itself

On March 23, a concert was held to celebrate the completion of restoration work on Koganehama Community House. Singer Yuki Katsuragi sang live, 130 locals turning up. Singer Okunn, a member of gospel group RAG FAIR, also made a surprise appearance, together with locals congratulating the community on having started its first step toward recovery.
【Celebrating the completion of restoration work on Community House, many people assembled.】
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Situated at Watanoha district, the northern part of Ishinomaki city, Koganehama Community House which used to be a regional necessity of providing a place for meeting, voting and summer festival was heavily damaged by the Tohoku earthquake. JEN, as part of its community support program, had been assisting the locals in restoring their community house along with many volunteers and support groups since July 2011.
JEN helped the locals set up a workshop for establishing an operation system on how to keep a new community house, while helping restore its interior and restroom in March, 2012. For JEN’s community support in 2012, click here.
Five officials chosen from five administrative regions are now in charge of the community house’s management. They successfully worked on the local authorities to fund additional repairs this go-round on a car park, wall coating and gutters. They also played a central role in planning and organizing the concert to celebrate the completion of restoration work, JEN’s staff members accepting their invitation to be their guests for the concert.
One of the officials, Mr. Takahiro Nagai, talked about his thoughts on need for independence saying “We couldn’t have come this far without support from many people; we will work toward developing our independence in the days ahead.”
Completing the repair work to Watanoha Elementary School within Koganehama’s school district, Koganehama area will have children commute to it from April. The area now can see a sign of bustle of the movement for its inhabitants to rebuild homes. Still the area’s population remain only about half of pre-quake level and many of its former inhabitants are ambivalent about whether to return to Watanoha. So JEN is committed to continuing necessary support while maintaining a dialogue with communities.
【Clean-repaired Koganehama Community House by locals】
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Urgent Assistance for Internally Displaced People in Kenyi District (Payam) of Lainy County ①

The 440 households of internally displaced people currently live with their host families in Lainya County, a four hours drive from Juba.

JEN has started a project that provides urgently-needed relief supplies and conducts hygiene instruction for those 440 households who were forced to live as refugees.

In particular, we distribute water sanitation supplies such as polyethylene containers to draw water, water cleaning agents, and soap. Plastic sheets for shelter and daily necessaries are also provided.

Before transporting and distributing the supplies, JEN staff first procure urgently-needed goods and check the amount and quality. After this first step, the next step is putting JEN and Japan Platform (JPF), a support member of this project, logo stickers on those goods to be distributed.

The pictures below show what JEN is doing to assist the refugees.   

[Putting JEN and JPF logo stickers on urgently-needed goods before delivering]
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[Urgently-needed goods covered by the plastic sheets with sticker]
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[Waiting to be delivered]
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[Inside the truck]
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The goods in the pictures will be distributed to the 440 households of internally-displaced people in Kenyi District (Payam) of Lainya County.



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April 3, 2014 in South Sudan |

World Water day

Do you know what special day March 22nd is?
It is World Water day, and this was declared by United Nation since 1993. As our program in Haiti is focused on “Water”, we wanted to do something special for this day to remind everyone the importance of water. So we have decided to have hygiene promotion event at 4 of the communities we have been working. (We currently work with 18 communities) Our team has put a lot of effort in planning this event, involving CAEPA (water management committee) and hygiene promotion volunteers. Main focuses on this event was to teach people about Water protection, treatment and conservation. To show the importance of treated water, we created the slogan for this event “Dlo+Tretman=Sante” meaning treated water is for the health. Our team has put a lot effort in preparing the program including music, play, games and so on. Many volunteers have come out to help in the preparation.

As the poorest country in the west hemisphere, Haiti has been relying on assistance of NGOs and international organizations. We noticed in our activity that this causes Haitian people to be more reluctant in taking responsibility of their communal facilities and they rather rely on NGOs or other organizations to take action for them. One of JEN’s objectives of this program is to assist in creating an environment where community takes control of their own facility and to be self-sustainable in a long run. For the reason above, we tried to create the program for this event, which requires everyone to participate by taking small training using paper play and answer some questions in the form of quiz. We also wanted to take this opportunity to distribute some hygiene kits which were previously donated by UNICEF and MSF. We made sure that people who participated in the training or certain activities in the event to receive this kit. We hope the adults and kids in the community enjoyed the event and also learned important lessons from us!

[Banner for the event]
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[Training on water treatment by JEN staff]
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[Putting a bracelet with the slogan, Dlo+Tretman=Sante]
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[Distributing Hygiene kit]
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[People gathering to see the play and games]
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[Kids getting training on washing hands properly]
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Conflict Mitigation in FATA

JEN is implementing its projects for returnees in FATA since 2012 December.  Those returnees were earlier displaced from their homes due to conflict between government forces and anti-state elements. Generally, the tribal area is known as conflict zone in the rest of the country due to the prolonged insecure situation.

Traditionally every person in FATA keeps his own weapon. People of FATA are famous for different types of behaviors like hospitality and friendships.  On the other hand, they are famous for low percentage of literacy and being engaged in prolonged conflicts.

During implementation period of projects, JEN staff faced some challenges to handle conflicts arising between the community members on water supply schemes. It was most important to resolve the conflicts on time for achieving the desired results. Keeping in view such challenging environment at community level, JEN staff was oriented about the social structure of FATA and they were trained to better deal the beneficiaries.

JEN staff was committed and hardworking. They showed diplomacy in such situation and were successful to resolve all such issues arose time to time during the implementation.  As a result, JEN implemented its projects successfully and the exit was smooth and peaceful from the target area.

[Community Meeting]
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April 3, 2014 in Pakistan |

Importance of girls’ education

Education is very important for every child whether boy or girl. The challenge of promoting girls education is very tough. The first challenge for girls' education in Afghanistan is cultural barriers.

Cultural barriers include restriction from parents to attend classes with male students, family pressure for early marriage and violence/harassment against girls etc. Other main problems which hinder the girls’ education include Poverty, Lack of school buildings, Lack of basic facilities in the existing schools, increasing attacks on schools and Lack of female teachers. Special measures such as incentives packages are essential to bring more girls to school. With a secure and protective environment at the schools, the enrollment of rural afghan girls can be increased many fold.

There are lots of advantages with girls’ education.The most important are future educated generation, Decrease infant mortality, Decrease maternal mortality, Decrease child marriage, Improve socio economic growth and so on. Keeping in mind the importance of girls’education, JEN also pay special focus on the girls’ education. Till now JEN constructed and rehabilitated many schools in Parwan, Afghanistan.

During the previous year JEN constructed 14 schools, funded by JPF, in District Surkhe Parsa and Ghorband. These 14 schools include 5 girls’ schools. For instance, JEN constructed boundary wall in Hazrat Zainab lolanj girls’ school, to provide more protection and privacy to the girls’ students. So they may be able to continue their education with ease and comfort.

[Boundary wall was constructed in Hazrat Zainab Girls school in Surkh Parsa]
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This year JEN has construction activities in 5 schools in District Surkhe Parsa and Sheikh Ali which include 3 girls’ schools. To contribute to improve the education ratio in Afghanistan, JEN is not only constructing and rehabilitating girl schools, but it also carries out other programmes to improve the education in Parwan province. JEN distributes hygiene kits to the children and taught them basic hygiene education at schools. Although these JEN’s programmes are not girls specific but it covers a lot of girls schools and thus contributing in promoting girls education.

[A new 6 classrooms building were constructed in AliKhani Girls Middle School in Surhi Parsa]
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[Girls students  shows how to wash hands in HE monitoring in Hazrat Zainab Lolanj Girls High School in Surkhe Parsa]
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Hanief Khan
Senior Programme Assistant
JEN Islamabad Office


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April 3, 2014 in Afghanistan |