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07/31/2014

The importance to give hard look at the past project: investigation by the MoFA after the project

Short time ago, on 23 and 24June, some officials from Embassy of Japan in Sri Lanka
visited 2 past projects sites for the investigation after the project, implemented by the
MoFA.

On the first day, they visited the livelihood recovery assistance project for the returnees,
where 40 agro wells were constructed in Batticaloa district of Eastern parts of Sri Lanka
from June 2009 to November 2011.On the second day, they visited the livelihood recovery
assistance project for the returnees, where 29 agro wells and 14 culverts were constructed
in the same district of Eastern parts of Sri Lanka from November 2010 to December 2011.

At that time, Agro Well Maintenance Committees (AWMCs) which consist of 8 households per well were formed. We provided with water pumps (for pumping out the well water, and spraying their farming lands), barbed wires (for the wild animals to be fallen down into the wells), vegetable seeds and perennial plants with the said AWMCs. Also, we implemented some workshops of organic farming and methods to share the common wells and water pumps.   By cooperating each other through the workshops, we targeted at promoting their bonding within the community.  After 3 years and half months passed, I also tried to give hard look at the past projects, when I visited houses of some past beneficiaries.

(photo: stone plate, filled in each well)
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(photo: officials from the Embassy of Japan, Sri Lanka, while investigating the situation of the well(2 persons in front))
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(Photo: JEN staff, explaining about the well)
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The bottom line is that we all found out that the effectiveness of livelihood recovery, which we targeted at, was still lasting.  By hearing investigation and dialogue we conducted research towards 16 households selected at random out of the past beneficiaries.  The result showed that the income of all of the said households has been increased from 3 to 6 times(LKR 3,000-6000,JPY about 2,340-4680).  By using the income, obtaining from agriculture, there are some households who extend their faming lands, who purchased domestic animals, or who increased kinds of vegetables to plant. Also, there are other households who started a variety store, or who increased their income more than 10 times. Furthermore, there are some households who shared their income (obtained from agriculture) fairly towards neighbors, whom they cooperated newly with by starting agriculture collectively.

(photo: dialogue with past beneficiaries)
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(photo: beneficiary, who started new variety shop, by using the money from agriculture input)
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  We have been taught from a beneficiary with disabilities that how he had faced with the
difficulties in his life without proper job before receiving the assistance from JEN and how
his living is stable now.  In the premises, we could see well-grown perennial plants like
papaya, mango and Jackfruit, provided in those day.

(photo: Officials from the Embassy of Japan, Sri Lanka and JEN staffs, hearing from
the disabled beneficiary)
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(Photo: well-grown perennial tree)
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Furthermore, there’s many households who have kept using some organic farming methods such as organic fertilizers and organic insect killers, learned at the workshop at that time.  I’m grad to say that as secondary effect each well have been used not only by the past beneficiaries, but also 20-30 neighboring villagers per well. I was relieved that there’s “Positive Impact” clearly we could see.  Similarly, it shows that we can expect it became positive investigation, where beneficiaries’ living will be going up increasingly in the future.

(photo: beneficiary, using the organic insect killer, learned at the workshop of organic farming)
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(Photo: other than Jack fruit, we had papaya, cassava and mango from each beneficiaries they harvested, during our visit)
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However, we need to admit that there are the cases that the effective will be changed easily by the external factors, all assistance agencies cannot control.

As was referred to earlier, I placed major emphasis on “giving hard look at” the past projects this time.  As the result, it reveals that some “unexpected negative circumstances”.  As one of external factors, there is “climate change”.  This year, it was unusually hot summer during this dry season and it looks like near-drought situation in the North and Eastern parts of Sri Lanka.  Because of that effect, there are many wells where the water depth of the well is low and there is a household who is using well water for domestic purpose only.  Because of shortage of water, there’s household who stop doing farming for a while and find other jobs.  Due to this situation, there’re a agro well maintenance committee, where well and water pump are shared by not 8 households, but  2-3 households.  We strongly hope that the said households will start doing farming again after the rain comes during rainy season soon.  Nevertheless, I debate myself how the beneficiaries’ lives will be if their wells water were dried up every year, and whether to think of the assistance project, adaptable to the change of climate in the future.

(photo: the well, where we almost could see the bottom due to water shortage, effected by drought)
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Except for “Climate change”, there might be the exceptional cases like “moving after villager’s death”, “shortages of capacity and budget of the government”, and  “policy change of the government” in the future, caused by many “external factors”, where we cannot control.  In fact, our on-going project is also affected by the drought somehow. There might be some other external factors, which are not comprehended, lied hidden. But, we’ try our best to think of measures against such unexpected external factors.  I thought I need to buckle myself to the work, considering the importance to look for points for improvement always and give it a twist in order for positive effects of the present project for more beneficiaries to go on, after giving hard look at the past projects though this visit
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Arisa Nishida
in charge of Sri Lanka program

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July 31, 2014 in Sri Lanka |

Education in Iraq

Iraq established its education system in 1921, offering both public and private paths. In the early 1970s, education became public and free at all levels, and mandatory at the primary level. Two ministries manage the education system in Iraq: the Ministry of Education [MOE] and the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research [MOHSR]. The Ministry of Education is in charge of pre-school, primary, secondary, and vocational education, while the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific.

The golden period of education during 1970-1984, in this period we can make the illiteracy coping, the age of illiteracy from 15-45age, in this period the illiteracy in Iraq became only 10% of people. The government spending in Education reached 20% of Iraq’s total government budget. This means that the average spending per student for education was $620.

However, after the war with Iran in 1980, from 1984-1990, it turned led to a diversion of public resources towards military spending. Naturally, this resulted in a steep decline in overall social spending. With this, the education budget suffered from a deficit, which continued to grow as the years passed. There was also no strategic plan in place to address.

In the period 1991-2003, the educational institutions debilitated in further. Some of the incomes of the weakening budget , about 8% from the government budget , Government Spending per student on education dropped from $620 in the ‘Golden Years’ to $47 , Teacher salaries dropped in real terms, from $500–1000/month to $5/month in 1994-1999.

After 2003 till now the education have a relative recovery. Many schools were rehabilitated by MOE, the international organizations and other sides.  Many private universities, colleges, schools, Intermediate schools and secondary schools were established in this period.

Still there are needs to recovery for education in Iraq, JEN will continue to support in this area.

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July 31, 2014 in Iraq |

07/24/2014

5th "Handicrafts market, Hands-on exhibit in Ishinomaki" Takes Place!

On July 12, the fifth "Handicraft market, Hands-on exhibit in Ishinomaki: Making Handcrafting into Jobs", an event aimed at giving a leg up to women who do handicrafts in Ishinomaki, was held at the central office of Japan Agricultural Cooperatives in Ishinomaki, Nakazato Agricultural Cooperative Hall (the fourth on February 8, the third on December 14; for more information on the third event is available here).

The event has become so popular that it marked its fifth kickoff on the day, attracting a lot of visitors from immediately after its kickoff.

Marking its fifth kickoff on the day, the event has become completely popular. The day’s event was crowded with a lot of visitors immediately after its opening.

【The event site was filled with many visitors.♪】
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“I like the warmth of handmade goods.”
“Each time, I’m excited about this event.”
“My hobby is making goods by hand, so this event is a fine excitement.”
“I want to have my own store someday.”
“Carefully guided by event staff members, I enjoyed the experience of making goods.”
The visitors seemed to have enjoyed the event in their own way.

【Communicating with visitors is important.♪】
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【The hands-on experience of weaving was popular.♪】
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The event’s participants and JEN staff members have a monthly meeting. In the latest meeting, many ideas were given by the participants; how to reflect them to the event were discussed such as deciding on making “summer festival” the event’s central theme, on what physical arrangement of the event site to be created, on how to hold a lottery and so on.

The participants also had actively worked on making a public announcement about the event such as handing out leaflets.

【They talked seriously about the event at the meeting.】
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In doing so, JEN is aiming to build up a cooperative system among the participants and for the participants to continue the event voluntarily.


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July 24, 2014 in Tohoku Earthquake |

Bonjour from JEN Haiti office

JEN Haiti office is located in Leogane, a town one hour away from the capital city of Haiti, Port-au-Prince. The office is surrounded by greenery. The town is nice and quiet, and we can see sugar cane fields on the side of the road to the capital. Leogane was the epicenter of the Haitian earthquake in 2010, where people suffered from huge damage and destruction. While many other NGOs set up their offices in the capital, JEN is based in Leogane, as our motto is “working closer to people in need”.

 
[Our office]                         
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[View from the office]
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For the moment, there are around 15 staff and one watch dog (her name is Lorka) in the office; head of office, Ludovic from France (who has already written some blog articles), construction team and hygiene promoters (led by the local staff, Berlande), and admin staff (including Japanese staff from HQ).

[Staffs]
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[Lorka]
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In the morning, JEN Haiti office wakes up with roosters cry and lowing of cows living around the office. All staff comes to the office at 8 am, and the construction team goes to construction site, and hygiene promoters go to the field to do their activities respectively. Head of office also goes to the field, sometimes to the capital city for meetings, and also works from the office as well.

  
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[Hygiene promoters]
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Admin team literally does the back-office admin work, but here in Haiti, they have another important work. That is to keep the electricity running! Since the supply of electricity in the country is irregular, we have to charge our inverters while it’s on, and when the charge runs out, we have to operate a generator. If we live in Japan, it would not be easy to imagine this situation, but keeping electricity running is a very important mission for us! (It’s because, needless to say, we cannot use internet, charge cell phones, and even use fans without electricity).

Although our working environment is not so easy, our staff is tough and we continue to fight all the difficulties that we face to get the job done!


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July 24, 2014 in Haiti |

Fresh displacement from NWA to Kohat

Military operation causes displacement of 470,000 individuals from North Waziristan Agency FATA to settled areas of KP. Approximately 2,000 individuals have registered in district Kohat. Around 7,000 individuals have crossed district Kohat to Peshawar and Punjab province.

On request of UNOCHA-Kohat office, JEN participated in a rapid needs assessment of displaced people from NWA in district Kohat. Purpose of the needs assessment was to count the number of displaced people arrived in Kohat and to know their most urgent humanitarian needs.

District authorities have established two registration points to record number of displaced people from NWA. At 1st registration point individuals residing in district Kohat are recorded while on 2nd registration displaced People crossing district Kohat towards Peshawar and province Punjab are recorded. 

PDMA (provincial Disaster management authority) has also revised its guidelines for humanitarian organizations to work with the affected people. PDMA has remarkably expedited its NOC processing process. It will make the affected people to get timely humanitarian assistance.

The needs are very high of those displaced people and Humanitarian response is slow due to security situation of the region. Still many organizations and UN are on ground to support those vulnerable communities.



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July 24, 2014 in Pakistan |

Nothing could stop us

After Japan Platform approved the proposal of Emergency Assistance for flood damages in Baghlan province, JEN-Afghanistan has started to prepare new office, recruitment and initiated procurement process.  According to the plan, JEN team has started the project activities in Puli Khumri/ Baghlan.

In the response of huge flash floods which occurred in June 2014 in Guzargah-e-Noor district of Baghlan province JEN team is already in the target area. It is the month of Ramadan and we can’t eat or drink for more than 16 hours a day.  When we go to field we eat Sahari (breakfast at 3 am) and move toward Guzargah-e-Noor district to assess the situation and select targeted beneficiaries for tents and hygiene kits. That area is far so that’s why we have to leave very early to reach there on time.

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It’s mentionable that when we visit flood affected families we have to cross 3 districts to reach to Guzargah-e-Noor district from our office in Puli Khurmi, the road is not asphalted and it’s a bumpy. The condition is already bad because of flash floods.

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The other day it took 5.5 hours travel when we reach to a hilltop named Pulfi where the road was blocked, one of our colleague said that it’s really hard to pass this hilltop let’s turn back to base (the height of this peak is approximately 2871m). What should we do? After discussion we decided that nothing can stop us and we have to move forward. We waited for caterpillar to open the road and after clearing we crossed it.

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After travelling a few kilometers there was another road blockage, but due to our team spirit, confidence, leadership and inspiration which team leader gave to other colleagues, finally we could reach to the targeted area.

Some of the villages are completely demolished due to floods and the people are in the urgent need of shelters, FI & NFI, Cash payment and livestock to restore their normal life level because they have nothing of human being basic needs. JEN is trying it is best to support some of the most vulnerable people with its project.

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Senior Field Officer
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July 24, 2014 in Afghanistan |

07/17/2014

Nature Jonglei state

As South Sudan has celebrated her third anniversary I am writing a brief article about nature of Jonglei state as it is the largest among the ten states of the Republic of South Sudan, moreover the civil war began in its town Bor in 1983 as a district under administration of Upper Nile when Sudan and South Sudan was one country.

The state covers an area of 1.3 square km consisting of eleven counties.
Jonglei is bordering Ethiopia in the east Kenya in the south

Jonglei state is inhabited by six Nilotic ethnic groups, namely Nuer, Dinka,. The population of Jonglei is 1.2 million (according to the disputed 2008 census results).

The socio-economics of Jonglei state relies mainly on agro-pastoralist and fishing communities. The state has two major seasons known as the dry and wet seasons.
The average annual rainfall during the wet season, usually 7-8 months per year, is 400-1100mm. The communities have strong cultural roots and most of their activities are dominated by traditional practices such as initiations, scars and cattle keeping

For instance, in Nuer community the initiation is done through tattooing and removing of lower teeth for any boy or a girl to be qualified to adulthood, whilst in the Dinka culture, in addition to these practices, the male must kill a bull in order to be promoted from childhood to adulthood.

Emmanuel Kenneth Duku (Administrative officer)



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July 17, 2014 in South Sudan |

Thank you poster

I am pleased to hear that JEN celebrated its twentieth anniversary in 2014 for its twenty years operations for providing assistance to help peoples’ life.
On this twentieth anniversary occasion, As JEN staff of Sri Lanka I express my heartiest thanks to JEN to support and provide assistance to the most vulnerable people in Sri Lanka to live independently.

I am very  proud to be for a JEN’s staff to work with the community to enhance their life. Therefore, I offer my heartfelt thanks to JEN for giving me this great opportunity. As a Sri Lankan and a staff of JEN I offer my continuous support to continue the projects which are carried out by JEN in our country to enhance our peoples live.

I am very  happy to hear the voice from the community where the JEN done its assistance are still remains and remembering in their hearts. They are much thankful to JEN always.
Sri Lanka is offering its gratitude to JEN for still getting JEN’s assistance to improve peoples’ lives from different project for many years and it will help people to sustain their life in future.  Really JEN triggered vulnerable peoples’ eyes to open wide and exposed them the green lights in their live.

Finance Officer   M.Priyatharjini

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July 17, 2014 in Sri Lanka |

School Building shortage

There is a big shortage in the buildings numbers against the schools numbers in Iraq’s governorates.

If we take one of the governorate such as Babil province,  the schools Number is 1280 schools but the buildings number is 830 , which means that most of the buildings have more than one schools. In the other governorate like Kirkuk many of buildings have three schools and some building have five schools like Al Mujahidin school. Some areas in Kirkuk have only one building for the primary and no buildings for the intermediate and secondary school for girls. Therefore, they use caravans which have very short age comparing with the buildings. These schools use caravans which have a small classroom and are able to contain 50-60 students. There are 469 schools in Iraq like this style.

The capital governorate Baghdad announced that 4000 buildings are needed in Iraq, and the directorate of Baghdad governorate said that 500 caravans will be provided as a temporary solution.

[Intermediate school for girls  (using caravan as the classroom)]
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July 17, 2014 in Iraq |

07/10/2014

Volunteer Work Turns into a New Style: “Let’s go to the sea!”

Following the 3/11 disaster, many people from across the country, including personnel and volunteers, have visited seaside communities in the Oshika peninsula to help with disaster-relief work. Locals in the communities have had aspiration: “We’d like to say a big thankyou to those people who helped us and stay connected with as many people as possible.” That led JEN to launch a new program in the end of 2012 named “Let’s go to the sea!”, a series of tour events. The program is aimed at encouraging the locals to “rebuild their communities for the future” by providing them an exchange environment with people from outside. The committee composed of the locals are hosting the program, JEN helping them organize it.
The program provides you an opportunity where you can not only enjoy the Oshika peninsula’s attraction to fullest, including fishing, the cycle of the seasons, but have a nice long talk about community recovery.

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This time we will introduce to you the people who joined in the eights “Let’s go to the sea!” held in July. They came from Tokyo, Chiba, as well as from as far afield as Kobe and Hokkaido. During the wo-day trip they had an opportunity to interact with locals in the Oshika peninsula, the interaction developing into spontaneous exchanges among themselves. Listening to the locals talk about their actual experiences during the disaster, seeing the locals coping positively with recovery, they were able to learn realities on the ground that media outlets don’t report. Finally, the participants and the locals were seen to pledge a reunion at the next “Let’s go to the sea!”

The Participants were heard to say:

・“I’ve been wondering whether to volunteer in the quake-hit areas in Tohoku; I decided to participate in the program, ‘Let’s go to the sea!’, because it’s an experienced-based program and so I thought I might be able to enjoy myself by joining it.”
・”I was able to hear the situation in Tohoku on the ground after the disaster; I’ve read it in the media but found that the actual experience was totally different.”
・”This event’s biggest appeal is that you can interact with the locals; they are genuinely kindhearted, warm and so I came to like Oshika very much.”
・”Unique to this program is that you can volunteer to participate in festivals; and also impressive thing about this program is that they work together to organize the festival, displaying smile.”
All told, it seems that they became aware of and learned many things during the program.

【They had an experience of carrying mikoshi.】
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【A commemorative photo after exchange party.】
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Next program is held at a remote island, Ajishima, on July 12-13. Come to enjoy the beautiful natural scenery of the island and gorgeous blue sea.
Participate in “Let’s go to the sea!”, a new style of recovery assistance that replaces volunteer work, and experience what the Oshika peninsula of today is like three years after the disaster.

【They experienced hauling fixed nets.】
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Future Plans:

The eleventh event;
- Saturday August 9 and following Sunday
- Beach and site cleanup, fishing experience and sea bathing

○The twelfth event;
- Tuesday September 9
- Experience in carrying mikoshi and joining naorai (feast) in traditional festival at Oginohama

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July 10, 2014 in Tohoku Earthquake |

World Cup

Soccer is the national sport in Haiti. The first official international match of Haitian team dated March 22, 1925. It was in 1974 when Haitian national team participated in the FIFA World Cup. That year was a pivotal one in the history of soccer and audiovisual in Haiti. Since then, Haitian people could watch football matches on TV.

There are 12 clubs in the national championship. The most popular clubs are Racing Club Haïtien, Violette, Aigle Noir AC. People in Haiti like to watch soccer on TV, while they do not often go to the stadium. On weekends, they enjoy other international championships such as Spain, England, Italy, and France, as well as other Champions League also.

The FIFA World Cup 2014 affects life in Haiti. This is the priority of many Haitians despite the Haitian team named Les Grenadiers could not reach the FIFA World Cup. Two soccer teams, Brazil and Argentina, are more popular.  The fans of the teams decorate their cars and their houses with flags, even the streets where they live. They wear bracelets and keychain of their favorite team.

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People watch TV wherever they are. There are moto-pubs with TV on them. People stand around to watch match. The government distributes flat screen TV in the city and the countryside. There are some watching soccer match in front of the lottery house, in their office and in the yard. People stops working. If they cannot use TV, they listen to the radio. The traffic is reduced.

They cheer when their team scores goal. They honk their honks when their team wins. The band plays music on the streets, mainly when Brazil wins. They are sad when they lose. After the game, they talk about it. This is the way Haitian people enjoy the World Cup 2014.



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July 10, 2014 in Haiti |

We are All Together

The 20th anniversary of JEN has gathered the messages from 8 countries on one page. We all read it, felt happy about it and felt togetherness with our fellow colleagues from other countries. After looking at the page, we feel JEN is not working in 8 countries but it is working in 1 world. We don’t feel difference between Nationalities but we feel we are all humans.

As we were reading in Tamil, Arabic, Pashto, Dari, Urdu, Haitian, Tewo Araou, Bari, Sinhara and Juba Arabic, the pleasure and happiness can’t be explained in words. It gives happiness to everyone, laughter to everyone as the pronunciation was becoming difficult. Making fun of each other on wrong pronunciation and yet feeling the togetherness of fellow colleagues from other countries.

The 20th anniversary of JEN provided a platform for all of us to come together, to believe in each other and to respect each other. This process initiation is indeed appreciable, we feel that it shall be carried on in the future as well so that we can come more close to each other, learn more from each other and promotes an atmosphere of friendship and peace. Our ultimate goal is to support people in need in a good way at different places in the world so we should work together united as a fist to achieve that goal and to support the victims and survivors.

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July 10, 2014 in Pakistan |

Hope leads to a better future

We would like to share this story told by Wazir Jan; one of those eligible for support activities in Dera Ismail Khan. Wazir Jan is 85 years old and living with his wife and two sons.

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“My family had been living under very poor circumstances for many years. However, we did used to own our house and a small plot of land in the village we belonged to. There was enough water to cultivate our land. We lived happily at that time.
However, one day at the mosque in the neighborhood, it was announced that the Pakistan army would conduct an operation against the anti-government armed group in our village. My mind went blank because we didn’t even have money for the transportation expenses to evacuate. When we evacuated, I saw that the air raids had destroyed our house. At that moment, I lost all of my hopes and dreams.
Moreover, because I had to walk to the shelter, I could hardly take anything with me, and had no choice but to leave my entire belongings behind in our destroyed house.
Although we moved to D.I.Khan at the beginning of the evacuation, there were no shelters around that area, so we relied on a distant relative in Daraban. We lived hopelessly in poverty for half a year.
During the heat wave in August 2010, we fled our tent to the bank of an irrigation channel to escape the sudden storm and heavy rain. The flood swept all of my belongings and crushed our hut. Then we were back to the condition we were in when we evacuated.
Currently, we live in a hut made from grass and wood. It is extremely small so the whole family can barely fit inside at once. As my children are too young to work, I support my family only through my meagre wages. Without any electrical equipment like air conditioning, the scorching summers are too harsh. So my children and I spend as much time as we can under the bridge, avoiding the strong sunlight. On the other hand, we suffer from cough and flu as a result of the freezing winters. Moreover, during the rainy reason, water leaks into our hut. I never imagined my life would be as terrible as it is now

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I frequently travelled long distances in order to receive support and donation from humanitarian support organizations, but JEN was the only one that visited our house and registered us with the livelihood recovery project. JEN gave me beetle goats as a means to increase my income. From now on, I will take care of the goats with all my effort to recover my livelihood and do my best to raise our living conditions.

July 10, 2014 in Pakistan |

Self-Introduction part2

I am Samar Shakil Butt
I joined JEN as Finance and Accounts Assistant

I am an Accountant by profession and an ACCA by qualification which was the prime reason for my selection. After completion of my study I was inducted at the Islamabad office of one of the largest accounting network International firms as an Audit associate. However due to my commitment or work, I achieved two promotions in a single calendar year. I was promoted to Audit Semi-Senior role and started leading audit teams on various external audits engagements. During my stay at that audit and accounting firm, I was assigned to a diversified range of industries and assignments; ranging from economically significant entities and SMEs to a broad range of not for profit organizations. I came across many NGO’s working in Pakistan including UN. While auditing these organizations, I was increasingly becoming aware of the miserable conditions in which the destitute and impoverished people lived in Pakistan. I have always had a heart for these underprivileged sectors of society especially the orphaned and abandoned children. I witnessed the humanitarian assistance provided by JEN to the victims of the 2005 earthquake. I also observed the aid provided by JEN at various other occasions in the form of makeshift homes, water supply, emergency support and education.

I particularly enjoyed the idea of contributing back to our society, by helping those who in some shape or form can benefit as a result. I believe a man will not take anything from this world just as he did not bring anything in to it but we have to do something for our fellow human beings. These observations and experiences and after being forced by my conscience, I decided to play an active role by becoming a part of this humanitarian work support. I therefore joined JEN as Finance and Accounts Assistant. It makes me feel proud to be associated with JEN. I want to work altruistically to help others in a less privileged state than me and to find ways for myself to grow as a competent professional.

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July 10, 2014 in Afghanistan |

07/03/2014

Hello from a smile-loving country

Konnichiha, everyone! My name is Arisa Nishida, and I started working as the Program Officer of the Sri Lanka Program this June. Before, I worked at the Tokyo HQ supporting the country offices in Jordan and Iraq which assisted the water, sanitation and hygiene, as well as the education sector. As you may have recognized, I have entered a new field: the Agricultural Assistance; that means new experience, new knowledge, new everything. Believe it or not, I encountered something new on the first day in Vavuniya: palm trees located in the middle of paddy fields. This is something you don’t easily come across in Japan. I am very motivated to learn different values, lifestyles, beliefs so that the new knowledge and experiences that I will acquire will contribute to offering better and effective assistance for the recovery and development of Sri Lanka.

Over the past two weeks, I had opportunities to visit current and previous project sties, meet local government officials, and walk around in Vavuniya Town where our country office is located. Through this course of observing and talking, I recognized that, “Sri Lankans smile a lot.” And I also noticed that these smiles served as my mental relief especially when I get them after walking under the blazing sun.

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I do need to say here that there are so many war-affected people who still have not yet been able to re-build their livelihoods; many live in semi-permanent shelters, lack income to treat their families to adequate nutrition, and have to withdraw their children from school because they cannot afford educational materials. Also, many lost their family members during the conflict, and have not yet recovered from the depression and mental instability.

I sincerely hope that there will be much more people restoring their beautiful smiles through JEN’s assistance, and the last couple of weeks spending here has given me not only high hopes, but also confidence, for that to happen.

Arisa Nishida, Program Officer


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July 3, 2014 in Sri Lanka |

Refugees in Iraq

We can describe the Iraqi refugees from ( Al Anbar , Nainawa , Diyala , Salah Al Din ) as an afflictive state . from Al Anbar about 300 thousand refugees  (number at recently) they  left them cities to Kurdistan or other cities like Samarraa  from January when the war start till now .   

In the other three Governorates the war start in June 2014  and when it start about 325 thousand refugees moves from Al Mousil and Tallaafar , from Al Mousil they was going to Kurdistan special Duhok and Arbil  and from Tallaafar they was going to Kurdistan & Sinjar which is a poor city and do not care additional people (limited food & electricity) .

The refugees from Salah Al Din about 70% from the people was going to the north of the governorate special Kurdistan, and about 50% from the people of Al Seniya (near Begi) , Also 50% from people of Begi was going to the suburb of the city and other to Kurdistan , About 50% from the cities of Diyala was moving to other cities which have more safety and no war .

The government of Baghdad and the Kurdistan government are trying to support for the refugees, but their funding amount is limited. The refugees are still suffering to secure the foods and the marquees.  After 10days-2weeks since the refugees started to move from Nainawa (Al Mousil & Tallaafar), the UNHCR started to prepare to them the marquees and the water tanks in Duhok and Arbil. The UNHCR or other human organization can giving the accessories to the refugees only in the safety places like Kurdistan but they do not come to the Refugees in Diyala or the suburb of Salah Al Din , in this unsafely places the Refugees only wait the accessories from the migratories ministry which not enough for the refugees.

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July 3, 2014 in Iraq |