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2014.08.28

Thank you poster

My name is Emmanuel Kenneth and I am one of the national staff employed by JEN since July 2013 as an Administration Officer based in Juba with frequent travel to the field side.

With time I came to learn about programs activities in Otogo payam in Yei River Nile in Central Equatoria State, looking at the impact of the activities and JEN’s presence in South Sudan I am very proud to be one of the cooperative team, our hygiene promoters are specialized in training selected trainers by the community leaders who afterwards train the community in hygiene awareness as well as in the schools_ and the impact reflected itself alone when the recent cholera outbreak across South Sudan, even in Yei River County, no one from Otogo payam was affected nor Rubeke sub boma.

I am also very glad to see JEN working in the Economic Empowerment Program that supported women empowerment group and soap making group in Ombasi to produce soaps to enhance hygiene promotion and income generation, those bars of soap have also been distributed to the IDP`s in Keny payam when the fight broke out in South Sudan in December 15th, 2013.

JEN`s water point preventive operational and maintenance (POM) program has benefited the community by educating community leaders in sustainability of boreholes while POM mechanics are trained to mechanically maintain and repair borehole installed in the community areas those boreholes provide adequate water to the community.

Through all challenges of insecurity, road accessibility, transport and lack of qualified mechanics JEN`s is still behind the people of South Sudan and working hand in hand with its community members.

Personally I have been trained by the international staff in reporting system and its timeline, security and its importance, finance, and remote management, which has a very big impact on my capacity development and I am very thankful to work with professionals.

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August 28, 2014 in South Sudan |

Celebration of JEN founding anniversary

*Note: This article and pictures were written and taken in the first half period of 2014.

A celebration of Baghdad JEN office on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the founding of JEN had been held in the organization's office.

The celebration was attended by a number of officials of the Ministry of Education and directors of the companies accredited by Organization:

The staff of the JEN in Iraq prepared some posters representing the organization's logo.
In addition to “Thank you.” As the poster of 20th Anniversary of JEN , the slogan of JEN  and MOFA as“From the people of Japan also were displayed.

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In addition to a large cake decorated with JEN logo…the representatives of the Ministry of Education Join us cutting it, , in particular, and they wish to JEN all the progress, prosperity and more Liberality to the peoples of the world in general and the Iraqi people in particular.

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And we explained a summary about the founding of the organization and the countries in which it operates as well as the organization's activities in Iraq since 2003 until now.
All of them have praised the work of the organization and its quality and the positive results achieved by it. Especially in creating a healthy, safe and secure environment in the schools, and pay attention to hygiene and raise health awareness among teachers and students and through them to their families, and also praised at the sincerity and dedication of JEN staff in their follow-up their job as well as to the cooperation and coordination between the organization and representatives of the Ministry of Education.

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Finally they asked us to deliver their congratulations to the leadership of the organization in the HQ and their wishes for more success, work and Liberality in Iraq and other countries in the world which suffered and that are still exposed to disasters.

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August 28, 2014 in Iraq |

Goodbye, Watanohausu (Watanoha lodging)

It has been decided that Watanohausu (a pun linking Watanoha and hausu which is Japanese pronunciation of house: Watanoha lodging) will close at the end of August after providing volunteers with a floor to sleep for more than three years. This, JEN making practical use of an old folk house in Watanoha district situated on the halfway point between central Ishinomaki and the Oshika peninsula, has been accommodations secured for people coming to Ishinomaki to take part in assistance activities.

【A recent picture of Watanohausu】
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JEN has accepted a total of 13,200 volunteers and worked together with them on from removing rubbles and sludge to assisting fishing industry so that affected people might live independently. Many of the volunteers quartered in Watanohausu because it was difficult to find anywhere to stay right after the disaster.
Among them were a repeat guest who lodged over twenty times and also a long-stay guest who stayed for over thirty days. During the busy day, more than thirty volunteers brought their own sleeping bags and slept in Watanohausu.

【Volunteers taking a group photo by Watanohausu】
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The lodging was in a terrible state before---the lodging didn’t have a bathing facilities until a shower facility was installed in January 2013, if you had vacuum cleaner and other appliances on at the same time you would threw the breaker instantly---. but it has been a place for volunteers to meet other volunteers, warm their cold bodies together over a nabe (Japanese style hot pot) after finishing their volunteer work for the day, hit it off and start up friendship and so on.
The lodging has a common book on which guests have left many messages. Among those messages are one that expresses not only sympathies for disaster-stricken Ishinomaki but concern for JEN staff members, which messages made my eyes watery before I realize it

【A memorial photo of volunteers from many countries and regions at living room】
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【500-to-600-year-old zelkova tree by Watanohausu】
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Although Watanohausu is torn down, it will remain in the volunteers’ minds as their volunteer activities and interaction with locals do.

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2014.08.21

Water tank is under construction!

JEN Haiti has been working on a project in the sector of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), funded by the government of Japan and supported by people of Japan. The project aims to improve access to safe water in Palmes region, West Department, in Haiti. For this project, we construct water facilities in the form of kiosks and a big water tank, as well as conducting hygiene promotion activities.

[Map of Haiti, Palmes Region in West Department]
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At kiosks, local people pay for water per bucket. Why JEN does not offer water for free? In order for kiosks to be sustainably operated, they require maintenance and repairs and this cost can be covered by the money collected from the usage of water. This payment system enables local people to manage the kiosks sustainably even after JEN finishes our project.
 

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Our current project started in December 2014. As of July 2014, we are on the final stage of implementation. For the moment, we are constructing a water tank (see the photos below). As you can see in the photos, wall of the tank is currently under construction.
  

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[JEN construction team]
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[Truck which pours concrete to a mold of the water tank]
140821_16The construction is planned to complete in a couple of weeks. We will shortly report its completion!


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August 21, 2014 in Haiti |

Monitoring visit for Livelihood recovery assistant project

Livelihood recovery project in DI Khan successfully completed in February 2014. After 6 months, JPF, the partner organization of JEN for this project, planned a monitoring visit to the project areas by external consultant team. This was a good opportunity for JEN also to assess the level of success of the project.
The program was set to have interviews/group discussion with beneficiaries, meeting with livestock department and district authorities. As per plan the JEN and JPF teams visited field area in Tehsil Paroa. Detailed discussion regarding project contents took place with beneficiaries. It was indeed wonderful that community didn’t forget the technical knowledge of livestock management which was delivered to them during project cycle.

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Later on the beneficiaries brought the goats. They informed that goats are given 1.5 to 2.5 liters of milk on daily basis. The baby goats are becoming the size of their mothers now.

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The beneficiaries informed that they are saving money by not buying milk and by milk products from outside. Also they have 2 to 3 baby goats so they do posses cash in their hands which can be utilized in case there is emergency e.g. health expenses.

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After the community meeting, meeting with livestock department official in charge took place in his office. The official informed that it was one of the best projects he has seen so far in DI Khan.
Meeting with Assistant Commissioner DI Khan also took place.  He appreciated JEN on its coordination with the district authorities and being transparent all the time.
After the completion of the project there were discussion on the point that the beneficiaries will use the awareness and technical knowledge provided to them or not. This was indeed a good monitoring visit which clarified this point. This is more important than providing assets to beneficiaries.

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August 21, 2014 in Pakistan |

Provision of safe drinking water

Almost every one of us knows the importance of water in our daily life. Simply life is not possible without water. But it is very unfortunate that safe water is not available everywhere in the world. Especially the third world countries face severe problems to get safe water for drinking purposes. Same is the case with Afghanistan where safe drinking water is not available in every part of the country. Most people use open and unhygienic water on daily basis for their drinking purposes. Even contaminated water of river is used by people in the remote parts of the country.

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For the purpose of providing safe water to the students, JEN is constructing WASH facilities i.e. wells and water reservoirs in targeted schools. To make it sure that all WASH facilities should be safe and according to the international standards, JEN decides to test the water in all targeted schools. In the first step JEN established a water lab to test the water of the targeted schools. Biological tests of water are carried out in this lab. JEN also coordinates with MoPH to test the water chemically. From this year JEN allocated fund for the installation of water filtration system in the target schools.

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If the water is found to be contaminated, we consult with SMCs about the possibility of water chlorination or installation of water filtration system.
SMC will be responsible for the maintenance of the filtration system.

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Hanief Khan
Senior Programme Assistant
JEN Islamabad Office

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August 21, 2014 in Afghanistan |

Volunteer Work Turns into a New Style: 10th “Let’s go to the sea!”

On July 19-20, “Let’s go to the sea!” took place in Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture. The tenth of the event featured hands-on experiences in fishing at Yagawahama on the Oshika peninsula and joining in a festival at Oharahama. Participants came from Tokyo, Kanagawa, Chiba and as far as Italy.

This time, the local staff of the event have their comments.

●Yagawahama’s event staff who hosted hands-on fishing experiences
“During the exchange party over dinner I was able to hold a deep and serious discussion with the participants on how to let people across the country know that Yagawahama is farming ascidian, having a rewarding time; please do come again.”

【Exchange Party over dinner】
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●Oharahama’s event staff who hosted hands-on festival experiences
“Many people have left Oharaham after the disaster and that made us hard to hold our festival by ourselves; but thanks to people across the country including the participants of “Let’s go to the sea!” we were able to hold it; we’ll do our best so that people who once join our festival may find reasons to come to join the next year’s festival; here we have something missing in urban areas; Please come to visit the Oshika peninsula.”

【Mikoshi parade in Oharahama festival】
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●A minshuku(guest house) staff
“I understand the program, ‘Let’s go to the sea!’, aims at letting its participants feel our attachment to our home town by mixing with locals in the Oshika peninsula; what is good about the program is both participants and locals become connected to each other; we are elaborating many services like never before, so please participate in our events and enjoy mixing with fishermen.”

【A commemorative photo before minshuku (guest house) Meguro】
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After reading the comments of local event staff members, how do you feel?
I believe you have found that they are filled with deep love for their home town and the Oshika peninsula.
While the Oshika peninsula is still on the road to recovery from the disaster, locals are doing their best toward recovery. Why don’t you come to visit the Oshika peninsula to help boost its recovery?

【They joined a family of “Let’s go to the sea!”】
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“Let’s go to the sea!”, a series of tour events, was launched in the end of 2012 to respond to locals’ aspirations: “We’d like to say a big thankyou to those people who helped us and stay connected with as many people as possible.”

Future Plans:
○The thirteenth event;
- Saturday December 6 and following Sunday
- Experience in shelling oysters at Higashihama (Details are decided later)

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2014.08.14

River Festival in Ishinomaki Takes Place

The 91th Ishinomaki River Festival took place, 172,000 people (according to its organizer) being attracted.

On Saturday the 31st of July, a memorial service was held to repay Mr. Magobei Kawamura for forming the basis of Ishinomaki’s prosperity, leading off the two-day festival.
Done in the daytime of the festival were Magobei-boat rowing match, the festival’s dedicatory tug-of-war competition, mikoshi (portable shrine) parade and so on. After the sun had gone down, some 5,000 lanterns were floated down the Kitakami River while there was the sound of monks reciting sutras; with the surface of the river reflecting the fantastic lights of the lanterns, many were watching them floating one by one while thinking about those victimized by the disaster.

【Lanterns on the surface of the Old Kitakammi River.】
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The climax came on Friday the first of August. On water was held Magobei-boat rowing match which has made a comeback from the disaster with a support for rebuilding disaster-stricken boats. Heated races were unfolded. On land was held a parade by a firefighter marching band, a band affiliated with the Association for Ishinomaki District Administrative Affairs, which was resumed for the first time after the disaster. Many citizens cheered as it passed. JEN donated musical instruments to the firefighter marching band in March, 2012, in collaboration with Hope for Japan, a project developed by Mudef aiming at helping Tohoku areas in their recovery effort. Using the instruments, the band, attended by new members, performed two pieces of music Marines and Backdraft that it had been practicing for three months to heighten momentum toward Tohoku regions’ recovery.

【The parade of a firefighter marching band.】
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A much-awaited fireworks display was held in the evening; as many as 5,000 colorful fireworks lighted up Tohoku’s short summer night and were mirrored on the surface of the river like blooming flowers.

【Fireworks set off from Nakanose Park】
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Disaster victims in Ishinomaki will begin to settle in public disaster restoration housing from this fall in earnest. There are people who can’t live with a positive attitude yet. JEN will continue helping those people live an independent life.

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August 14, 2014 in Tohoku earthquake |

Childhood in Iraq

Half of the Children in Iraq haven’t had correct childhood in the period from 1980 and above.  In the period of 1980 and below, the children were really felling the affection from fathers and mothers, the children were going to the schools to get the learning from the primary school rising up to complete the university.

From 1980 up to 1991 high ratio from the babies and children losing the affection from them fathers because of the war between Iraq & Iran from 1980 to 1988.  The war took place and more than 2 million men killed in this war and about quarter of this number of captives had need to live in Iran for 7 years or more. Accordingly along the childhood period there is no directing from the fathers and there were no fathers affecting, and in this case, mothers must working to get living and the children couldn’t see their mother from the morning to afternoon.  High ratio from them didn’t get the required learning from the house and schools, at the result they were as lost generation.

At the period from 1991 to 2003 the Iraqi children have another sad  period because of the economic blockade on Iraq. Income only from the house father had been decreased rapidly and couldn’t run the family. Then more than 40% from the children started quitting the schools in early stage schools.

From 2003 till now, there are more than 4 million orphans with no fathers and some of them without mothers. These orphans with no fathers’ affection and most of them work with no learning, and large number of them were as a beggars in the main streets. The Iraqi childhood from affliction to other, they don’t see the childhood like other countries.

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August 14, 2014 in Iraq |

My Cultural Origin

I, Muni Cicilia, write my article about my culture (Kakwa).  The Kakwa are the people who are speak Bari.

By that time they are a group of people who speak one language; they do the same work of mixed farming where they cultivate different type of food crop e.g. sorghums, millet, simsim, cowpeas, groundnuts  and goats rearing. They had their beliefs that they only grow the sorghums, millet for food. And as generally the Bari speakers like paste much so they grow the groundnuts and simsim for paste as their traditional sauce.

By that time they came to realize that they know too many with a lot of deaths in their community, they start to move towards river Nile in central equatorial in Juba. From there they remain as Bari speakers of one community settled near mountain Ladu, and again from that settlement death continued. Because the Bari speakers thought that the continuing deaths were due to that people were staying together in close and are generally fear of death so much, they came to divide themselves from being a Bari speaker to several tribes in central equatorial. For example, others moves to Kajokeji are called kuku and those who move to Yei are the Kakwa where I Muni Cicilia belongs as a residence of Yei River County in a Payam called Mugwo and those remains in Juba are the Bari.

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August 14, 2014 in South Sudan |

2014.08.07

Goodbye Haiti

Last year around this time, I was assigned as Administrative and Finance Officer in JEN Haiti. First time I came to the office, there were over 20 staffs working here and I hoped that I can remember everyone’s name really fast. As most of the local staff only spoke Creole or French, and since I did not speak any French or Creole, I felt unease in communicating with everyone.

After a year has passed, now I am more or less comfortable in communicating with local staff with my broken Creole and I learned a great deal of how Haitian way works. My morning starts with greeting with everyone by shaking their hands. For me, you shake hands when you meet someone for the first time, and it took me a while to get used to the way our staff does greeting. My work involved bookkeeping and administrative tasks to make sure that the fund is used correctly and operation runs smoothly. Coordinating with donor for project proposal and changes are also important part of my work.
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As I had a place in Port-au-Prince, I commuted every day from Port-au-Prince to Leogane and this was a real time killer and exhausted me at the beginning. However, I was able to take this opportunity to learn some Creole with the driver every day and it encouraged me to speak more Creole. As this was the first time living in least developing country and working in a WASH sector, everything was so new to me. I learned the problem Haitian people face with water and what Haitian government is trying to do to overcome the situation. We see that the construction of the kiosks and reservoir, along with hygiene promotion can improve Haitian people’s lives.

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Nevertheless, it is time for me to say goodbye to Haiti. From October, I will be moving to another country for new start, but I will not forget the smile and laughter of Haitian people. Despite their tough life, people are very kind and sociable. I hope Haiti will develop further for future generation to come. Thank you for those who have supported me during my stay in Haiti. Orevwa Ayiti!

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JEN Haiti Office staff
Shiho Wada

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August 7, 2014 in Haiti |

Conflict affected Livestock from North Waziristan Agency

Around 1,000,000 people have migrated from North Waziristan Agency to KP since the launch of military operation in June. These people left everything behind and escaped the area in the effort to save their lives. The displacement was sudden and huge in number therefore the people faced various difficulties like panic among the community and lack of transportation etc. Those who managed to escape took some of their valuables including their livestock and reached the settled areas of KPK.

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Before this operation there were about 940,729 numbers of livestock including both small and large animals, half of which was expected to reach displaced area but according to government updates about 350,000 small and large animals and 150,000 poultry have reached there. In emergency situation like this, people brought their livestock with them which shows how much importance livestock have in their lives.

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The government has urged humanitarian actors to provide assistance to the IDPs and their livestock to protect their basic source of livelihood. Already above 6,000 mortalities of livestock have been reported due to severe transportation and little feed intake. So there are more chances of disease outbreaks and mortalities due to low immunity.

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The IDPs have already lost more than half of their livestock during displacement either selling at very low rate or leaving behind at homes. In a survey of displaced people it is found that people sold their livestock on 70% less prices.

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August 7, 2014 in Pakistan |

Summer in Pakistan

In Pakistan usually summer starts in May and finishes in the beginning of September, but from last few years this cycle is disturbed due to global climate change.  This year the summer started in April and it was on its peak in June & July when temperature touched 50 degree Celsius.

The weather becomes almost unbearable in June-July and people are more vulnerable to sunstroke, diarrhea and other problem specially the people who works under the direct sunlight.

People who can afford to buy air conditioners and other equipments; they use it to reduce the intensity of hot weather. But People in the rural areas where poverty is higher than the urban areas can’t afford it, thus they go to rivers and canals for swimming in the hot weather. Women at home are more vulnerable who can’t visit those places because of culture.

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August 7, 2014 in Afghanistan |

Parent-and-child Hometown-rediscovery Class Starts

It is “Parent-and-child Hometown-rediscovery Class” that aims at providing parents and their children with an opportunity to feel refreshed in body and spirit beyond their daily routine through learning their hometown, Ishinomaki, in either indoor or outdoor classroom. Following last year’s classes, this year’s classes are for fourth through sixth graders at elementary schools in Ishinomaki and their parents. A series of six classes are scheduled to be given in the June-December period, and are going to be improved so that they may become rich and rewarding opportunities to learn and experience various futures of hometown Ishinomaki.

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On June 28, based on the theme of “Mt. Makiyama hiking trip and photo class”, the first class was held for twelve families of twenty nine parents and their children. First offered was a photography class in a parking lot at the foot of Mt. Makiyama. Every children being handed out an instant camera, they learned the basics of photography from how to advance and rewind films to how to take photos. Although instant cameras are familiar to parent’s generation, most of the children have never seen them before and so they showed a strained look on their faces at first. When they were encouraged to take the pictures of their parents first, however, the children seemed to relax a little after they began shooting, the class being full of smiling faces and lively conversations at last.

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On the natural trail up to Hitsujisaki shrine sitting on the top of Mt. Makiyama, Mr. Seiji Henmi, a native historian who accompanied them, told them “From what time human began living in Ishinomaki”, “a legend about Maki clan that gave Makiyama its name”, and so on. They were amazed by his explanation that humans in early times were living in mountain areas because sea level was 5-6 meters higher than it is now when humans began living in Ishinomaki. Finding insects and plants that they usually don’t see, they enjoyed talking with each other and they had a look of real pleasure without even noticing.

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The natural trail leading to an athletic facility, the children dashed to it with not much time being wasted on lunch. The parents seemed to get refreshed, above all else, by seeing their children joyfully playing.

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JEN will hold classes on fishing, camping on a remote island, cooking, and so on down the road. JEN is committed to working on providing those parents and their children in disaster-stricken areas who are facing many challenges with rewarding time in which they can deepen their bonds while rediscovering their hometown Ishinomaki.

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August 7, 2014 in Tohoku earthquake |