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09/25/2014

Sri Lanka Festival 2014

This is information in Japan as an opportunity that you can feel Sri Lanka directly.

On 27th and 28th September, Sri Lanka Festival 2014 will be held at Stone & Light Square near Tokyo Big Site in Odaiba.
The venue was changed from Yoyogi Park!

This festival is organized by Embassy of Sri Lanka in Japan and 11th anniversary.

Embassy of Sri Lanka → click here

State of 2012 → click here

You can enjoy Sri Lankan food, tea and traditional dance there.

Don’t miss it!




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September 25, 2014 in Sri Lanka |

Baghdad status now

Most of Baghdad people are living now in an erratic tension because of the suddenly bomb in any location at any time or chimerical checkpoint. The chimerical check points consist of aggressive sectarian that target other religion group (Sunni). Most of Iraqi people in Baghdad have a critical life and have a dangerous life, 25% from Baghdad population or more leave the city after January to Kurdistan (Arbel or Sulaimaniya) or Turkey where it is safer. Many Iraqis are going to the united nation bureaus to get the resettlement in America or other countries.

From other side in July we note several thousand refugees coming from Tallaafar to Baghdad because of Al Mousil occupation by the armed group.  Mousil is the second largest city in Iraq and located up-north of Iraq. Large No. of young men are working as soldiers in the governmental army in the war at the west of Baghdad or to the north of Baghdad, and afraid of being killed.
The life in small cities around Baghdad, like Abu Gharib at the west of Baghdad or Yousifiya to the south of Baghdad and Tarmiya or Taji to the north of Baghdad, is very bad life; continuous arresting men at a random form.

After December 2013 where the war in Al Falluja & Al Rumadi starting most of the private jobs activity decreasing to 50% and after June when (Al Mousil occupation) the activity decreasing to 15%, most kinds of private jobs were stopped . As a result; the phenomena of kidnapping rich people for ransom has increased since two months.

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September 25, 2014 in Iraq |

My Past Experience in JEN

My name is James Malish a Hygiene promoter working for JEN since July 2009 up to date implementing WASH activities especially Hygiene Education in South Sudan Particularly in Central Equatoria State Counties. Since I was employed by JEN in 2009 as a Hygiene promoter, I have so far carried out Hygiene Promotion in 40 primary schools in Morobo County, 10 in Juba County and 15 in Otogo payam and currently in 5 schools in Mugwo Payam, Yei River County using PHAST (Participatory Hygiene And Sanitation Transformation) approach methodology, training of Water Management Committees and training of primary school teachers on PHAST approach.

The time I spent with JEN South Sudan was a memorable one for me as it was rich in experience-sharing and helped me discover my potentials. I have had so many rich experiences and opportunities that I personally believe will forever shape and influence my professional life while fostering personal growth and development

Working for JEN has propelled me to be able to overcome challenges and develop my career. I learnt extensively about hygiene and sanitation the relevance of WASH sector to state building in terms of development on hygiene promotion of Village transformation behavior, community participation, and sustainable developmental projects in South Sudan. The programme has enhanced my critical thinking and analytical skills as well as improved my professional and ability to work in a multicultural environment.

Working for JEN as Hygiene Promoter was not only an honor and privilege but a lifelong experience that will forever shape my professional life. Therefore, as you read this article, I believe that it will enhance your life and be blessed. I remain James Malish Hygiene Promoter JEN South Sudan.

[Figure above showing pupils of Undukori P/School attending Pre-KAP Survey.]
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September 25, 2014 in South Sudan |

Let’s Create Dream Playground!

JEN held a workshop on “Let’s Create Dream Playground!” in cooperation with UNIQLO Dream Wall project on August 24 and September 7.

JEN organized the workshop to seek ideas from children and locals so that it might incorporate the ideas into a plan to realize a playground where children can’t wait to go playing and get excited just by going, “Dream Playground”, on the ground of the Kamikama Fureai Square in the west of Ishinomaki city.

A total of about 100 people including the area’s children attended the workshop, creating a lively atmosphere.

【Participants of the first workshop】
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【Participants checked on what the situation of the square is like.】
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On August 24, some 50 children got together at the workshop place in the gymnasium of Kama Municipal Elementary School in Ishinomaki city.

First, all of the participants walked to the square, and observed how large it is, where it is, and what its surroundings are. Mr. Ryo Yamazaki, a community designer, served as the overall facilitator for the workshop. Serving as team facilitators, local high school students took active roles as the children’s helpful big brothers and sisters.

After returning from the square, they acted out on what they think want to do to play.

【They acted out their ideas.】
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【They made idea cards using polaroid.】
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Each team integrated cards to put them on a vellum paper, that being the end of the first workshop.

In the second workshop, the participants, on the basis of the ideas created during the first workshop, did a brainstorming about how to play, where to set up playground equipment and what color best suit the equipment, with the help of a replica of the playground.

【The children got excited about workshop using a replica!】
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Under the theme of “What do you do, if you play in this playground all day?”, each team determined the layout of the playground, color of the equipment, and how to play with the equipment, putting them together into a plan. Then each team presented its plan in front of other teams. Architect Mr. Masayoshi Takeuchi will integrate those plans to wrap up an architectural plan, which will take a concrete shape next spring.

【Each team gave a presentation on its plan!】
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JEN is committed to continuing its activities to create an environment where children really want to play along with locals so that they may be able to realize a town where they can live an easier life and hope to live for a long time for themselves.

The workshop on August 24 appeared in the Kahoku Shinpou online news, the other on September 7 appeared in the ASAHI Shinbun digital. Please check them.

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September 25, 2014 in Tohoku Earthquake |

09/18/2014

Registration of Displaced Families in Bannu, Pakistan

JEN has initiated emergency livestock support project for NWA displaced families in district Bannu.  Livestock is considered one of the major assets of the affected population. JEN has started registration in the targeted areas. During registration JEN will find out the accurate data of livestock which IDPs have brought with them.

The registration form is designed in such way that it will give information about the family, possession of livestock and types of livestock. Prevailing livestock’s diseases information and data of vaccinations received will be gathered. Availability of livestock shelter is also part of the registration form.

After getting all these information the registration form will be scrutinized and the package will be distributed among the IDPs families. The package contains two types of vaccination i.e. FMD (Food and Mouth Disease) for large animals and Enterotoxaemia for small animals. The animals will be dewormed against internal parasites. Shelter will be provided to the families to protect their livestock from extreme weather.  Food package comprise of Vanda and wheat straw will be given to the IDPs to retain health of the livestock and satisfy their hunger respectively.

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September 18, 2014 in Pakistan |

Floods in Baghlan Province

Almost 80% of Afghanistan is mountainous area, and this is one of the main reasons for flood in Afghanistan.  Flood in those mountainous areas causes casualties and damage to buildings, facilities, gardens, farms and natural resources every year.
One of the reasons for recent floods in northern part of Afghanistan is not seasonal rains but dry land and deforestation from mountain slopes by villagers for their daily needs for cooking foods.

Human lives and properties affected by flood in Afghanistan is people who built houses on the flood path. Weak economy  forced people to build houses on the slopes of hills and mountains. People are not aware of the risk of flood and they are facing the damage of flood.

The highest loss of life and property to the people in some areas of Baghlan was brought by Baghlan floods in 2014. The district of Guzarga-e- Noor is the largest damaged area. The village in this area is totally destroyed by flood. As a result, hundreds of houses are destroyed and hundreds of people were killed. Farang district is the second damaged area. A number of people and houses have been flood victims. The third damaged city is Pul-e-khumri in Quli Naw abad which has been washed a number of houses and full up the city water canal.

Mr. Qasaim, an elder of Gazargah-e-Noor district, said that more than hundreds of houses had been destroyed and several people including women and children had lost their lives in the last natural disaster. He also said that the affected people need humanitarian assistance as those who survived the devastating flood are living in open air.

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TThe humanitarian aid organization has been assisted those who survived the devastating flood and living in open air. One of the humanitarian aids among those was JEN, which organization distributed tent for the affected people who were living in open air and constructed protection wall to avoid next floods.
Mr. Gull Agha, who is living in the district of Qull Naw Abad, is free employ selling vegetables. A part of his poor house was shattered by recent floods. Mr. Gull Agha has thanked to humanitarian aid organization for their kind assistant, especially JEN who are working hard and constructed protection wall to obstacle next disaster.

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September 18, 2014 in Afghanistan |

Posters for prevention of Chikungunya and Dengue

In our project sites, there are still a lot of people affected by Chikungunya. We have written about the epidemic of Chikungunya in Haiti in our previous blog articles, and some of you might have already known about the disease. In general, Chikungunya has symptoms such as high fever and joint pain, which make people suffer greatly.

As Chikungunya, as well as Dengue, are transmitted by mosquitoes, it is important to prevent the increase of mosquitoes so as not to be affected by the diseases. For the purpose of disseminating accurate knowledge to local people, JEN has made posters and cards for our activities, thanks to supports from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan and our supporters.

[Posters for prevention of Chikungunya and Dengue]
140918_8The posters and cards describe symptoms of Chikungunya and Dengue, as well as how to prevent from the diseases. As you see in the pictures below, the visual images of the posters and cards help people easily understand the cause of the diseases and the way to prevent them. Using these posters and cards, JEN staff conducts our activities in our project sites, Grand Goave, Gressier and Leogane. Having correct knowledge about the diseases encourages people to change their behaviors by themselves, which have a great effect to the prevention of the diseases.

 
[Posters and cards for prevention of Chikungunya and Dengue]
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September 18, 2014 in Haiti |

09/11/2014

Parent-and-child Hometown-rediscovery Class’s 3rd Outdoor Experiences: Swimming, Camping

On August 20-21, the 3rd “Parent-and-child Hometown-rediscovery Class” was held, which took one night and two days.

JEN is hosting “Parent-and-child Hometown-rediscovery Class”, an out-of-door school for parents and their children in Ishinomaki, with the support of Ishinomaki city, the Ishinomaki City Board of Education and the Ishinomaki Nichinichi shinbun newspaper so that it may provide them an opportunity both to learn the history and appeal of their home town and to deepen the bond between them.

The latest class featured swimming and camping at Ajishima Island, a remote island off the coast of Ishonomaki. Shirahama bathing beach located to the west of the island has a shoal that blazes like emeradls and boasts one of the clearest water in Tohoku region. It was hard hit by the tsunami generated by the great earthquake, but was managed to reopen last summer thanks to islanders and volunteers from across the country.

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The weather hadn’t look promising at first, but the sky cleared up when they landed Ajishima Island, the day becoming the perfect day for swimming. Some of the children had hated going to the sea after the disaster, but the sight of the sea before them caused them to jump into the sea with not much time being wasted on warm-ups.

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Children called for extending hours allotted them for swimming.

It’s “Shima-no-gatsuko (our Island’s Kursaal)”, an accommodation facility opened in 2020, that the parents and children used this time. It was remodeled from Amicho junior high school closed in 2000 with the aim of promoting children’s sound growth by providing them with a joint retreat in Ajishima blessed with a good natural environment.

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The elementary rule of this facility is “Take Care of Yourself by Yourself in Group Living”, and so according to this rule the children determined the roles to be shared by them, prepared dinner and cleaned up after dinner by themselves. Then they enjoyed a firework display that they had been looking forward to, with it finishing the day. They seemed to have fallen asleep quickly perhaps because of tiredness from swimming.

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When JEN asked the parents about their motives for joining the class, the following answers came back: “to make up for the decrease in opportunities to play after the disaster”; “my child said he wanted to.”
When asked about “what changes in their children’s behavior they can see”, they made many positive remarks such as, “my child started to show aggressiveness”, “mental damage suffered from the disaster got to be eased” and so on.

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The next morning also the children prepared breakfast and cleared up. Compared with the first day, an improvement in children’s independence was evident and so the parents as well as JEN staff members could see the significance in having this event. At the end of the class, everyone joining in the class cleaned up Shirahama bathing beach.

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JEN is committed to continuing “Parent-and-child Hometown-rediscovery Class” as part of its efforts to provide an environment where children who will drive Ishinomaki’s rebuilding can grow vigorously.

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September 11, 2014 in Tohoku Earthquake |

My Experience with JEN

My name is Margaret Lindrio James; I am one of the national female staff employed by JEN South Sudan for Yei program since July 2013. I am a Community Mobilizer who mobilizes the community for JEN’s activities.   I love my Job as a community Mobilizer.  I have gained experience in community mobilization and working with communities.

[I am happy to work with JEN]
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I mobilized the women group called “TINATE” in Ombasi boma and TINATE means” THANK YOU” in Bari Language.  This group was empowered by JEN to produce soap to be used for hygiene promotion.  As the group was learning how to make soap, I also got the chance to learn through the group and now I have the knowledge and skill for making soap – I can now make soap for myself at home.

I was also involved in implementing the Emergency Response program to the IDPs in Kenyi Payam- Lainya County. I learnt a lot about how to deal with needy people, I also leant how to communicate with needy people and how to be patient. They are always appreciative and this always encourages me to love to work with communities.
A mother was very excited during the distribution of aid items in Loka West boma-Kenyi Payam. She said “Today my children will have a sound sleep!” after when she had received the mosquito net donated by JEN. She was very happy. She said she had had sleepless nights due to mosquito bites.

       
[Today my children will have a sound sleep!”]
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Though there were lots of check-points on the road we managed to transport aid items to the distribution sites, this happened simply because we had good communication skills and we were also respecting the authorities.
Personally, I have learnt a lot from JEN, which has enabled me to help the communities and also helped myself. My colleagues are cooperative and we work as a team.



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September 11, 2014 in South Sudan |

Polio in Iraq

UN uncovered the existence of 36 cases of polio in Syria neighboring to Iraq and two cases in Baghdad of Iraq, and the disease appeared in Iraq again after its disappearance for 14 years.

The United Nations has warned of the danger of the spread of the virus that causes the disease, which hits the nervous system wider in the Middle East. Iraqi Ministry of Health embarked on 10.08.2014 with the support of the World Health Organization and UNICEF with vaccination campaign against polio. This campaign is focus to protect from this disease for more than four million Iraqi children under the age of five in various parts of Iraq.

However, this campaign comes in a very difficult circumstance because Iraq is under armed conflict. The country suffers from displacement of large numbers of children to escape the violence and unrest. The campaign aims to reach children in different parts of Iraq and in conflict areas and displaced families and host alike, where violence has led to increased displacement within the country. According to UNICEF, the number of displaced are more than a million and a half since the beginning of this year and half of them are children. It is necessary of immediate action in order to prevent the spread of polio infection in Iraq.

The Iraqi Health Ministry has been prepared a wide awareness campaign to urge citizens on the need to vaccinate their children included numerous advertisements in public streets in addition of the advertisements broadcast in many TV channels and emphasized that the vaccination of children Not just once, but must be for six consecutive times.

The Iraqi Health Ministry has been prepared a wide awareness campaign to urge citizens on the need to vaccinate their children included numerous advertisements in public streets in addition of the advertisements broadcast in many TV channels and emphasized that the vaccination of children Not just once, but must be for six consecutive times.

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Thikra J. Elias



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September 11, 2014 in Iraq |

Self-introduction

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I am R.R.Vinothini newly appointed Admin Officer in JEN Sri Lanka Vavuniya Office. First of all I would like to express my sincere gratitude to the Jen Sri Lanka Team to offer me the chance to work with JEN Team to support the community in the resettlement areas.

Today on the first day I am very glad to hear about JEN’s activities in Sri Lanka since 2004 by supporting the Tsunami affected areas in Southern and following that in Eastern part of Sri Lanka and further expansion of its activity in the Manic farm IDPs by providing the water supply assistance which was the precious assistance for the IDPs during that time.

Hence, I am very much proud to be a team member of JEN Sri Lanka to work with the community to enhance their life and I am happy to say that I will give my fullest support and cooperation continuously to the JEN Sri Lanka to achieve the objective of the organization.

Further I am proud to say that JEN has stamped their good name and was very much popular in the manic farm. Through all the challenges of livelihood recovery of the returnees in Northern part of Sri Lanka JEN is still behind the innocent people (IDPs) and working hand in hand with its communities. People are very happy for the timely assistance by JEN.

As a Sri Lankan I am very much thankful to JEN and people of Japan for their timely assistance for the sustainability the vulnerable people of Sri Lanka and brought the confidence by rebuilding the livelihood activities and hope that JEN will uplift the vulnerable people in Sri Lanka by expanding their activities in various part of Sri Lanka. 

I express my best wishes to JEN for the success of the future activities.

Best wishes

R.R.Vinothini
Admin Officer
JEN Sri Lanka



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September 11, 2014 in Sri Lanka |

09/04/2014

The color of a ball-point pen

The color of a ball-point pen varies from one country to another.
In Japan, black seems to be the most communally used color when signing or filling out official documents. Some say it is because blue is apt to fade away, and others say there remains a trace of India ink culture in Japan.

In Europe and the US, it is said that blue is often used. This may be because it is easy to tell sentences in blue from those in other colors when copied, or back when typewriters were used, corrections and signatures were in blue.

The backgrounds mentioned above aren’t clear, but the most commonly used color seems to vary.

Take South Sudan, for example.  It comes as a surprise to learn that green pens are  sometimes used to sign documents.
The following picture shows a part of a document with a signature on it. Can you see that the signature on the left is green?

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Signatures are not always written in green. According to local JEN staff members, a green pen is used specifically when the person signing the official document is authorized to make the final decision. For example, when JEN exchanged a memorandum with the local government, the government signed and sealed the document in green.

So, why green? In English, the phrase “give the green light” is another way of saying “give permission”. Some of the local staff members say the use of green pens is derived from this situation, or others say it can’t be.

Even something as simple as the color of a ball-point pen varies from country to country.    


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September 4, 2014 in South Sudan |

JEN’s vehicle in South Sudan

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Large-size four-wheel-drive vehicles, like seen in the picture above, are used in JEN's activities.
JEN uses this type of vehicle, not a standard-sized one, because the roads JEN's vehicle runs on everyday are usually unpaved. Even those that are paved are usually damaged or have potholes.

Even off-road type vehicles like this one often have troubles with the suspension system. JEN brings its vehicle to car maintenance shops for inspection regularly. As a means of transportation, such vehicles are indispensable for JEN's activities, so JEN makes it a point to take the vehicles in for regular inspections so as not to disrupt the schedule of JEN's activities.

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The picture above shows the license plate of our vehicle. Do you see the word “NGO” on the plate? Actually, this is the license plate for Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO). A great number of NGOs are working in South Sudan, and many of their vehicles also have NGO license plates like this.

Today's topic is something about vehicles in South Sudan.


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September 4, 2014 in South Sudan |

JEN’s 20th Foundation Anniversary Posters

This year marks the 20th anniversary of JEN’s foundation and so a variety of programs are ongoing. As part of the programs, two different posters, “Arigato(I appreciate your help)!” and “Wash Your Hands!”, were put up in JEN’s offices in Ishinomaki like in seven countries abroad where JEN is working.

In 2011, following the occurrence of the great earthquake, you could watch TV stations broadcast commercials to raise public awareness and encourage a sense of unity by Japan Advertising Council, and also the word “Arigato (I appreciate your help)!” was heard to be exchanged many times in daily life. That corresponds with Ishinomaki staff member’s comment like “the word ‘Arigato’ reminds me of the great earthquake.” I remembered rediscovering that it’s essential to say aloud the Arigato in order to convey your appreciation to others while hearing the word repeatedly at that time.

We Japanese live in such an environment where we can use clean, safe water as much as we like that we say “Wash Your Hands!” without being aware of our water blessed environment. However, when the great earthquake broke out, the biggest problem we faced was the lack of access to water. In Japan, now that the environment in which we can wash our hands anywhere and anytime is nothing special, we usually haven’t felt the worth of water. In fact we are apt to forget that this environment we consider natural is not the case abroad. But looking at this poster was a good opportunity for us to reflect on the fact that many people in the countries where JEN’s staff members are working don’t have access to safe, clean water.

【JEN’s staff members before a poster put on the wall of Ishinomaki office】
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While thinking of fellow JEN members working abroad, members of Ishinomaki office can reach the same thoughts with them. We are committed to forging ahead with its mission to realize a warless and dispute less world and a society where everybody can independently live in happiness.

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September 4, 2014 in Tohoku Earthquake |

Haitian food

Haitian people eat rice as their staple diet. While rice is a staple of Japanese food as well, unlike Japanese people, Haitian people usually cook rice with salt and oil. Generally, Haitian food uses a lot of oil, compared to Japanese food.

As seen in the photos below, Haitians cook red beans with rice, and the beans make the rice looks red. The red rice looks similar to Japanese festive food, “Sekihan” (rice steamed with red adzuki beans) but they have completely different tastes. This red rice is one of the typical Haitian dishes. In Haiti, people often cook meat seasoned by lemons and limes with tomato paste.

 
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[Red beans sauce]
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[Chicken cooked with tomato paste]
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In Haiti, people also eat fried bananas and food like donuts, which is made of a vegetable. 

[Donuts made of Haitian vegetable]
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In Haiti, we enjoy a lot of fruits such as bananas, mangos, and pomegranates. The country’s tropical climate makes it possible to eat mangos almost throughout a year. There are mango trees around JEN Haiti office, and we are looking forward to eating the mangos soon.

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September 4, 2014 in Haiti |

Support to IDPs/Expected Returnees in District Kohat

With the start of the conflict in FATA in 2009-10, huge displacement took place in Orakzai and Kurram agencies (FATA), similar to other bordering areas with Afghanistan. Many areas are being cleared by the military and families returned back to their places of origin. However thousands of families still remained in the settled areas of Khyber Pakhtonkhwa like Kohat, DI Khan, Hangu, Peshawar. FDMA (Fata Disaster Management Authority) announced to initiate return process for the IDPs of Orakzai agency from September 2014. JEN decided to support 1,000 families in Kohat District, supported by UNOCHA. The package was designed to fulfill their emergency needs and items which they can carry with ease upon initiation of their return process. The NFI package/family included: Folding bed, Plastic sheet for roof, Bamboo poles and ropes for shelter, Jerry can to bring and store clean drinking water, Solar lamp to provide light during night time when no electricity is available in those rural areas, Plastic mat to use as a carpet to sleep and sit on.

JEN selected UC Jarma and Shahpur for distribution of NFIs. Initially it seemed very difficult to distribute the packages within given time due to security and hardship of the areas, but the efforts of motivated JEN staff were the reason that JEN distributed these packages to 1,000 families. The community is conservative on gender issues. From the start JEN reached out the community elders and mobilized them to the extent that they agreed to allow our female staff to visit the targeted areas. There were FGDs (Group Discussions) conducted prior to selection of beneficiaries to advocate the project aim/objective and the selection criteria. This made the beneficiaries understand the concept and avoidance of any hurdle/trouble from their side in the project activities.

Three distributions took places to cover both the UCs. In total JEN has distributed 373 packages in UC Shahpur and 627 in UC Jerma. The beneficiaries showed immense satisfaction on these items. They argued that these are at least covering some of their immediate needs of shelter, water, light etc. These items are easy to carry and these will not only be utilized during their stay at settled areas but will also be used when they will return to homes.

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September 4, 2014 in Pakistan |

Provision of child’s beds for Parwan 100beds Hospital and assistance to promote

The ministry of public health (MoPH) and department of public health (DoPH)have been working closely with the United Nations, USAID, other development partners and NGOs for the improvement of maternal and newborn health in Afghanistan and as you know the maternal and infant high mortality are still big challenges for Afghan population.
As a Parwan DoPH request for needed children beds and Family Planning training for the Parwan 100 beds hospital to JEN, after assessment JEN suggested this project for Kiwanis International Association to assist in this problem reduction with  Parwan 100 beds hospital, fortunately this project approved by Kiwanis International Association and JEN conducted this project in August.

As a first activity, JEN provided 3days family planning training on (16,17 and 18 of August/2014 ) for 15 selected midwives of DOPH from all 10 districts of Parwan province, this training discussed about these topics in details such as physiology and anatomy of women’s reproductive health, common family palnning method, Counseling about family planning, this training was much useful and appreciated from Parwan DOPH and participants, as a JEN protocol these 15 trained  midwives will provide same training to remaining 55 midwives and health workers in order to improve maternity and child health through conducting counseling in all hospital and health centers in Parwan provice.

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Family Planning and its benefits: Family planning, by saving lives of women and children, contributes to achieving the development goals of reducing child mortality, improving maternal health, and promoting empowerment of women. It also contributes to the goal of combating HIV/AIDS.
As a second activity, JEN provided and handed over 10 beds for Parwan 100 beds hospital pediatric ward on 28-Aug/2014 which was the first referral source of all 10 districts of Parwan province and it will prevent the transmission of disease between pediatric patients who were share using  an adult bed with other patients in hospital pediatric section.

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On behalf of Parwan people and Parwan PHD,Dr.Qasam”Sangin” Parwan 100 beds hospital director was thankful  and much appreciated JEN national and international staff hard efforts regarding this assistance, special thanks from Kiwanis-International Association .We also received appreciation letters from the director of the hospital.

Reporter:
Dr.Mirwais”Omerzoi”
Senior Field Officer
JEN-Afghanistan

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September 4, 2014 in Afghanistan |