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06/26/2014

Introduction of our new staff

I'm Makiko Hori who started to work here in Islamabad from May 28,
and am in charge of general affairs and accounting.
I was a little worried about the security in Pakistan because I heard a lot
of news about suicide bombing and air raids when I was in Japan.
Though the security is getting worse recently, I still see the children 
playing crickets in the fields and mountains are there nearby where we can
enjoy trekking.
Islamabad is a beautiful city with lots of green and with clean streets and
houses.

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Although my work and life are still to be organized more, a month has
already passed so quickly with the help of our kind and humorous staff.
Now I'm working with our staff from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province,
which means we live together eating Pakistani foods and feeling the local
breeze.
This way I feel I can be closer to the residents in the project sites
where I can't visit due to security issues regretfully.
Recently the number of refugees are increasing again in North Waziristan due to clean-up operations by Pakistan army.
In Afghanistan we have never seen any signs of improving the security.
I'm going to work for the refugees here in Islamabad for them to get back
their normal lives hoping peace may come back again to both countries.

Afghanistan/Pakistan program
General Affairs and Accounting Staff
Makiko Hori


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June 26, 2014 in Afghanistan |

Yet another Huge Displacement

North Waziristan Agency (FATA) is a mountainous region of northeast Pakistan. It borders Afghanistan and has an area of 11,585 square kilometers. Total population of North Waziristan Agency is 361,246 individuals according to 1998 censes by Government of Pakistan.

Government of Pakistan has recently started military operation against militants in North Waziristan Agency. Approximately 100,000 individuals are displaced from their hometowns to different settled areas of KP. Majority of the displaced people are migrated to district Bannu in KP.

This time there is no proper registration mechanism in place for the displaced people by UN Agencies as the government has not appealed to International donor community. Government is doing registration of the displaced people by its own on several exit points from North Waziristan Agency. Children are being vaccinated against polio at registration points.

Government has established 2 Camps in the areas of Bakka khel and Kashoo bridge in district Bannu to settle in the displaced people. But the displaced people are not willing to live in Camp due to fear of insecurity and cultural sensitivities. The expected total population to be displaced is some 10,000 families, potentially with an average family size of 13.5. Approximately 200,000 individuals are envisaged to be displaced in overall.

According to government planning, every displaced family will receive cash assistance of Rs. 7,000/- for their food needs, together with a one-time payment of Rs. 5000/- for NFIs to meet their living expenses, plus a one-time Ramadan package.  Government plans for the military to support distribution of cash assistance to the displaced population in the interim, while bank accounts, ATM cards/ SIM Cards are being processed.

Displaced populations are currently not receiving any humanitarian assistance and as such, are using their own resources and/or are staying with relatives in the areas of displacement. Access remains the greatest challenge in areas of displacement and the authorities have been informed to improve humanitarian space.


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June 26, 2014 in Pakistan |

06/19/2014

Chikungunya hit Haiti!!!

After more or less 2 months the Chikungunya turn the country on a new crisis. The population is totally in panic. The communication to the population is contradictory, the country do not have the capacity to counter this crisis. But we can’t blame them. This disease hit several countries and did several epidemics. Only few studies on the virus have been done. So far no treatment has been found to treat the virus, we just treat the symptoms fever; join pains, headache and rash are the common symptoms. The only effective measure is to take painkiller to reduce the pain. The virus doesn’t kill and give you long term immunity. However the consequences can be forever. Some people can feel the pain several years after. Again fortunately the virus doesn’t kill.

However this crisis just hides another problem that worries us. The vector of the Chikungunya is the Aedes/Aegypti mosquitos. It’s the same mosquitos that carry Dengue. Dengue has been identified in Haiti several years ago. But unfortunately by a lack of test no information has been done on these diseases. Some doctors keep saying that there isn’t Dengue in Haiti and just increase the confusion. Some NGOs fight to emphasis this disease due to its severity. But Malaria was the main issue for the country. Before the Chikungunya everyone talks about Malaria, now everyone forgot Malaria and talk about Chikungunya and Dengue hit in silence. The main symptoms are the same but the consequences are totally different. Dengue can kill if it’s not treated has it should be. But the health care center are not train to diagnosis properly the different diseases. And in a country as Haiti the population use auto-medication instead of going to a doctor due to cost. And often the treatments are not adapted.

Unfortunately in such situation only a national plan can counter the crisis but Haiti doesn’t have the capacity. In this context the breeding nest have to be treated and the population has to use personal protection. Some NGOs try to organize a rapid response to counter the situation locally. Of course this kind of response will not solve the problem but reduce the hemorrhagic locally.

To counter the panic the NGOs try a massive communication on the disease and emphasis the importance to be diagnosed by a doctor mainly due to the Dengue. At the same time we communicate on the way to reduce the breeding nest around their house and take personal protection. The second step is to counter the mosquito. Two options possible smoke for the mosquito and treat the breeding nest. Those two options are really efficient but are expensive require a strong logistic, human resource and time. In Haiti many wells were realized in order to enhance the access of water. Unfortunately those wells are the best spot for the mosquitos. It’s what we are going to target first.

In this situation we have unfortunately to expect several crises in the coming years until the entire population is immunized.

Regarding our organization I think the entire (with maybe few exceptions) had been affected. In the organization it looks like all the expatriated had the virus.



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June 19, 2014 in Haiti |

JEN Coordinates Induction Course at Minamisanriku

RICHO’s new employees were trained at the town of Minamisannrikucho. This year makes the third year since the training program began, which has become familiar among people in the town.

A total of 223 trainees participated in the program this year, of which 113 participated in the first leg of the program held in April and 110 in May respectively. The trainees were divided into groups according to an area assignment to nine hama [fishing community] and each group engaged in fishing support activities for four consecutive days at the same hama such as shipping mekabu [holdfasts of seaweed], making anchors of farming rafts and so on.

【RICHO’s new employees engaged in plucking mekabu from seaweed.】
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【After returning to their hotel, they review the day’s activities and redefine their goals.】
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The trainees’ earnest attitude toward whatever they do have moved the people in the communities to wait for them to come every year. The program provides not only the communities with contributions in human resources but both the communities and the trainees with a priceless opportunity to learn from one another.

On the final day of the activities in May, the Shizugawa branch of Miyagi Prefecture Fishery Cooperative awarded RICHO a letter of appreciation for its three-year-long fishery support activities. Mr. Sasaki, the chair of the Shizugawa branch, said “Thanks to your assistance, Minamisanrikucho’s fishery is moving gradually toward recovery: We’ll keep on working until our recovery is accomplished.”

【The trainees participated in April said goodbye reluctantly to fishermen:Moto-hama, Omori-hama】
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【The trainees were hard at work, producing as many as 2,300 sandbags in four days: Mitobe-hama】
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【The trainees took a picture with Arashima Island in Minamisannrikucho in the background.】
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It’s getting harder for the trainees who visit “quake-and-tsunami-hit areas” for the first time to understand the areas’ true faces because debris has been completely removed and they can see nothing to prove that they are in the areas but huge earthworks. Working on site together with locals, listening to storytellers, getting a smell of the salt, and hearing the sound of the wind, they were able to gain a great opportunity to see today’s Tohoku by themselves. That must have provided the trainees a learning environment and make a formative effect on their life in the future as members of society.

Even after the training, JEN wishes them to continue thinking of the future of the quake-and-tsunami-hit areas and feeling sympathy for people confronted with difficult situations in the world.

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June 19, 2014 in Tohoku Earthquake |

Oddusuddan Divisional Secretary in Mullaitivu District

I explain one of our project sites this year, Oddusuddan Divisional Secretary (DS) in Mullaitivu District.

[Oddusuddan from Northern map]
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[Oddusuddan from Mullaitivu map]
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Oddusuddan is an area that people started to return on 2010 after the war on 2009. Because Oddusuddan is most affected area by the war in Mullaitivu District, the support is still insufficient. Actually, almost of residence has lived in their shelter.

[Returness shelter in Oddusuddan]
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80 % of people at the area earn their living by agriculture. But since the water is relied on the rain, during dry season they have to do daily labor work to earn the money. So their income average is LKR 1,500 under poverty line LKR 3,774 defined by Srilankan government at the point of August 2013. It’s called 25 % of household in the area is woman headed family.

Only 10 % of household have a well. To get drinking water, people use common wells and they can’t use the large quantity of the water for their agriculture. Additionally, some wells are broken or dried up. The water shortage is serious problem in the area.

[Dried well in Oddusuddan]
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We believe the construction of agro wells contribute not only the increase of their income, but also reduction of the scramble to get drinking water from the common well.

Administration & Finance Officer 
Tomoo Nasuda

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June 19, 2014 in Sri Lanka |

The situation in Iraq is becoming tense

The security situation in Iraq is rapidly deteriorated since the battle with insurgents and security forces have occurred in the city of Mosul in northern Iraq.

High number of internal displacement people from Mosel to Kurdistan. The reports indicate that up to 500,000 people have been displaced by fighting in Mosel. And, the military process now is in Diala and Anbar whereas JEN work in there for the current project. There are emigrants from Diala, Anbar and Salah Al-Deen. Our current project is still working on especially in Kirkuk operating from JEN Baghdad office.

JEN has been gathering and analyzing information about the situation in Iraq.
But, the situation in Baghdad is becoming tense.
We confirmed that all JEN staff in Iraq stayed in safely.
In a priority the safety of staff, JEN will consider our activities in Iraq.

[ IRAQ New IDPs Map by Province as of 15 June 2014 ]
「iraq_idps_map_15_june.pdf」をダウンロード

Published on 15 June 2014, from UN Assistance Mission for Iraq
http://reliefweb.int/map/iraq/iraq-new-idps-map-province-15-june-2014


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June 19, 2014 in Iraq |

06/12/2014

JEN-Afghanistan Team: Hand in hand to Support Landslide Affected Families of Aab Barek Village in Badakhshan

After a catastrophe in Argo district of Badakhshan province,  a massive landslide flowed downward into the valley and buried houses of Aab Barek villagers.

JEN-Afghanistan team distributed hygiene kits, soap, fuel and milk powder with a baby bottle to the sufferers who experienced the land slide.

During the emergency kits distribution, there were children who sat near the NFI materials which were being distributed by other organizations. When I asked them what they were doing, they told me that they were waiting for their parents to receive those materials, pointing out to emergency kits by JEN team. Two of these children, a girl named Mariam and a boy named Tahir, were absorbed in writing something on a piece of paper.
I interviewed Mariam about the landslide of her village and the distribution by JEN. She told us she was attending the wedding party with her family when the landslide occurred.   Suddenly she heard a loud noise and voices of villagers so she and others went outside. When she looked in the direction of her house, she was at a loss for words because of the shocking and horrible sight—her house was destroyed and completely covered by the soil.

She said that she really needed her house and school rebuilt because she loves to go school, and that she appreciated JEN and Japanese people who supported her and her village in this needy time.

Next, I asked Tahir what he was doing. He smiled and told us that he was writing numbers on the paper.
It was really incredible to see those children who were busy writing in the crowd of people receiving relief supplies. It seemed that children of Aab Barek village love to go to school and study hard to have a bright future.

Hameedullah “Hamid”
Senior Field Officer
JEN-Afghanistan

[View of land slide area and tents of affected families in Aab Barek village.]
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[A beneficiary of RKK emergency kits after distribution]
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[Mariam while interviewing with JEN’s Senior Field Officer.]
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写真④.[Tahir while interviewing with JEN’s Senior Field Officer.]
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June 12, 2014 in Afghanistan |

Orientation Sessions for JEN Staff Field Office Kohat

Two days orientation session was organized by JEN management from 04/06/2014 to 06/06/2014. In which the JPF and ERF project staff took active participation. The total number of participants were 20 staffs.

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The main objectives of the orientation session were as under….

•Introduction between Project Staff and Senior Management.
•Awareness and introduction to staff regarding JEN’s SOPs of different departments/ sections.
•To identify the problems faced by the staff in kohat office.
•To make them responsible for following the JEN SOPs / Procedures for effective achievements of organizational objectives.
•To involve all staff in formation of project implementation strategies. 

The JEN senior team/ trainers tried their best to cover each and every aspect of the related work.
The main chapters covered in orientation training are as under.

-JEN’s introduction  and humanitarian principles by  Mr. Tufail (Project coordinator)

-Project planning and implantation process with specifically ERF project, strategies, documentations and procedures etc by Siddiq Mehsood ( Project Officer )

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-Working with communities ( with role play) , introduction of Humanitarian organizations and UN by Siddiq Mehsood ( Project Officer )

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-Documentation , filing / record keeping of program/ project activities, with introduction of the approved templates and it’s filling methods by Siddiq Mehsood ( Project Officer )

-Admin and logistics procedures by Nadeem and Ali Baba

-Security SOPs / SRAs by Mr. Iqbal shah (AIM officer)

-M&E  and M&E work plan by Mr. Naveed Shehzad (M&E officer).

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The staff get informed/ aware about different procedures for smooth running/ functioning of project activities. 

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June 12, 2014 in Pakistan |

06/05/2014

Monitoring report on the aid distributed to IDPs in Kenyi Payam

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In Limbe Boma at the house of Poni an IDP displaced during the 15th December Conflict in Juba, have received the aid items from JEN, and she appreciated JEN for donating the necessary items as in the house the important things is to have a water storage as the bucket and the cooking utensil help her a lot as they ran from Juba out carrying a single. She stated that after the distribution, JEN also gave them hygiene education that is why all the utensils are kept clean and on the dish rack. The basin is bearing JEN logo because she managed her thing very careful.

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Laku from Kenyi Boma have received the aid items from JEN. He stated that after the items were  given  immediately, he used them all as JEN can witness the mosquito is erected up to prevent him from mosquito bite as well as malaria, and the jerry can for stoarge of safe  drinking water  is also next to the bed. The cooking utensil are been used by his sister  to cook for him as he is single.

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On 2/05/2014 in Limbe Boma, Jackline an IDP whose hushand is a soldier and deployed in the conflict zone of Bor  have received the aid items. During the monitoring, we witness that the cooking utensil been in used and kept clean on a dish rach. As in the picture above, you can see the cup, soupens, and plates donated  are used, and as a result of the hygiene education most of households are maintained the hygiene of the items.

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In the house of Keji an IDP in Loka boma received the aid items, and she  shown us the items in side her room where she kept the bucket with a drinking water and the jerry can for fetching water is next to it together with the cooking untensils as it is the way how they arrange or keep the items in the house.As a result of the hygiene promotion received from JEN, it helps her to keep the utensil clean and store in a good place.

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In Loka Boma in the house of Angelina, the team experienced the usage of the bucket been kept for stoarge of maize four  in side the house. She stated that the white bucket is for drinking water and the red bucket for the maize flour base on her arrangements. In the above picture, the bamboo with a mosquito net been erected on the bed. She thanks JEN  for the support they rendered to them.

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A displaced student from Juba by name Kaku received the aid items from JEN. The team experienced her  using the donated basin for washing  clothes, and the jerry can on her left hand for  fetching water. She said the items help her a lot.

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June 5, 2014 in South Sudan |

Booklet of hygiene for primary school students (story)

Things that development any work to reach the goals set for it is innovation in the working style…we have become accustomed always after the end of each project to efficiently evaluate our work and we are planning to the best in the future.

Today we are working in cooperation with the ministerial committee in the Iraqi Ministry of Education for preparing a short story in the form of cartoon about the importance of hygiene for primary school students. The story contains sequence of events through a set of instructions and tips on hygiene in general and raises health and environmental awareness among students and through them to their families.

We adopted a simple style in the conversation as well as the simple drawings and colorful which attracts the attention of the student. And, we have added to it some exercises to help the student to learn the correct instructions and confirmation on it. The booklet is encouraged students to listen to their teacher when they explain about the importance of hygiene.

We have had several meetings to review all aspects of the story to be an interesting guidance material for students. We depended on professional’s painter and designer in their job.

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JEN Bagdad office
Program Officer
Bassim Yousif

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June 5, 2014 in Iraq |

NGO VISA

Our international staff in Sri Lanka gets NGO Visa to stay there.
At first, we get Entry Visa for 1 week, and then get Residence Visa for 1 year.
The procedure is different from Visit Visa, but it’s difficult to get NGO Visa.

First of all, so many documents for the application are required.

1.Work permit application
2.Entry Visa application
3.Passport copy
4.CV
5.Agreement on employment
6.Educational certification
7.Terms of Reference
8.Recommendation letter from the organization
9.Police report

Police report is issued at a police station in Japan. After 2 weeks, we can receive the report. In case we request it at diplomatic establishments abroad, it may take more.
If you took your degree abroad, you need to order it and it will take more.
To prepare the all documents, roughly it takes for 3 to 4 weeks.
Then the documents are posted to Sri Lanka. It takes 1 week.

In Sri Lanka, we need to get recommendation of the application from a district where we are operating our project.
It takes more than 1 week to get it.
Next, we bring the applications to NGO Secretariat and get the permission.
NGO Secretariat is belonged to Ministry of Defense and we get security clearance at the same time.
But this part is a hurdle. To get the clearance, the applicants must be out of Sri Lanka for minimum 6 weeks. Sometimes it takes more than 2 months.
So to get the permission of the application, it takes more than 2 months.

After getting the permission and the clearance from NGO Secretariat, we can apply the Visa to Immigration office.
After 1 week, the application transfers to Embassy of Sri Lanka in Japan and the applicant is interviewed there.
After 1 more week, we can receive Entry Visa at last.

The total period is 4 months; 1 month is for the document preparation, 2 months are for the permission and 2 weeks are for the application.
After the arrival, the applicant has to prepare Entry Visa application. So the application can’t feel relaxed.

This is an invisible difficult story for NGO.

Administration & Finance Officer
Tomoo Nasuda



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June 5, 2014 in Sri Lanka |