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11/27/2014

The Iraqi Refugees Suffering

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The Iraqi refugees undergo from several problems without solutions for them from the government or from the human organizations.

The families need to make long distance to buy food and other supplies from the near market. Many families suffer from carrying their needs because they do not have car. On the other hand, the refugees do not have enough money to purchase all their needs.      

The refugee families from Al Mousil and Tekrit from June till now  received only one million Iraqi dinars ( 825 $) which  enough the family for only one month and most of them came carrying only the summer clothes ….they don’t have the cost of the winter clothes.

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Now in winter the families don’t have the kerosene or gasoline or electrical energy for heating, they are going for far distance to get the trees twigs and burn it inside the marquee for warming. They using a small kerosene cooker for cooking , because of the twigs burning and kerosene cooker many marquees was firing in the camps such as in Erbil ,  all of them don’t have a marquees against burn to avoid the burning dangerous .

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From  December 2013 till now all the camps don’t have a temporary schools , the students in these camps loose two years from them scholastic life. If the students want to go to a nearest schools , the families must have a car and get their children to a nearest village or city but most of them a poor families don’t have cars , and some camp the families cannot going readily outside the camp .

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November 27, 2014 in Iraq |

Repair of a water network

What comes to your mind at the word “assistance for providing safe water to people”? Most of you might imagine construction of wells with hand pumps and water tanks.

In the project this year, JEN Haiti office repaired a water network. The network is connected to water facilities such as Kiosks in local communities. While it might not be so well known as wells with water pumps and water tanks, construction of water network is one of the forms of assistance to provide safe water. Water network brings water from water resources (which sometimes exist far away from communities) to people’s residential areas, so that they do not have to go far away to draw water.

 
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Thanks to support from the Japanese government and our supporters, JEN Haiti office has repaired a water network of 6 km this year. Some parts of the old water network were clogged up with garbage, and had some broken pieces such as fitting parts and valves. The repaired water network is now functional and bringing safe water to people in Mathieu, Palmes Region in the West Department of Haiti.
  

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[New pieces of pipe]
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November 27, 2014 in Haiti |

Agricultural workshop

We held an agricultural workshop on 11th Nov.
This workshop intends to maximize a function of agro well JEN constructs and gain the income efficiently.
The contents are:

- Land preparation
- How to make organic compost
- How to make organic pesticide
- Water management on agriculture
- Pest control
- Method and timing of cultivation
- Health problem on agriculture

The half day is for lecture in a room and another is for practice in field.

We frequently and closely have contacted to local agricultural department. As the result of communication, they have cooperated with us and provided the instructor for the workshop and the agricultural training center as the venue.
Especially, Sri Lankan agriculture is trying to shift from chemical pesticide to organic pesticide due to health problem by the chemical. This background may push the local government to help JEN have provided organic agriculture for long time.

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And then the each theme put group work into center to understand the contents well and to keep their concentration.

[Practice of making organic compost]
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[Practice of making organic pesticide]
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On middle of December, we have a plan to provide marketing workshops to maintain their income efficiently from their cultivation.

Administration and Finance Officer: Nasuda

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November 27, 2014 in Sri Lanka |

Vaccination of IDPs Livestock

The internally displaced persons of NWA have a large number of livestock with them. This livestock is in a very poor living condition. They need feed, shelter and prevention against diseases.  JEN is working to facilitate the IDPs having livestock. JEN distribute livestock relief packages having feed, shelter, de-wormers, while a team of Veterinarians are working on vaccinating the animals against diseases.

JEN’s total target to vaccinate the animals of IDPs is 7500 in which 3000 large animals (cows and buffaloes) and 4500 small animals (sheep and goats) are included. Large animals will be vaccinated against Foot and Mouth Disease while small animals against the Enterotoxaemia disease. We use imported vaccine against FMD while for the Enterotoxaemia we use vaccine made of Veterinary Research Institute Peshawar. We keep the vaccines in refrigerator on ≤ 4° C and check the temperature after every 4-5 hours. We also take care of the temperature during traveling in the field with the help of cool chain boxes and cool chain ice packs.

We have so far vaccinated the animals in Bodin khel, Bakkar khel, Patol khel, Stara Chashma, Kama chashma, khwargai, Domel city, Sperkai, Tarkhoba areas of UC Domel. Our vaccination work started from 8th of November 2014 in UC Domel and still in progress. Average vaccination till date is around 300 animals per day in door to door visits. We also vaccinate the animals of local people because most of the IDPs are living with the host families and also their livestock. If we want to prevent a disease in an area we need to vaccinate all the animals in the area. If we vaccinate the animals of IDPs and do not vaccinate that of local there remains the chance that the disease prevail and may affect the vaccinated one also if their immune system did not resist.

The IDPs population in UC Domel is very scattered and the people actually free their livestock early in the morning for grazing while they return late their homes in the evening which render it difficult to vaccinate. For this purpose JEN team mobilize the people one day before to hold their livestock at home till 0900 hrs to 1000 hrs in the morning or bring their livestock upto 3 O’clock in the evening to get vaccinated. Also most of the animals do not have any muzzle, rope around the neck or nose rings to hold or restrain it properly for vaccination. JEN’s team also tries to observe the AIM office security recommendations and makes all their efforts to reach the office before sunset to avoid any untoward incident. The entire stated jump over makes the process a bit slower than actually it should be. But instead of all these we have vaccinated almost 2920 animals (1012 large animals and 1908 small animals) till now. After completing the vaccination in UC Domel we will move to BAKKA KHEL Camp for vaccination where a large number of livestock are present which will be quite easy to vaccinate because there they remains for the whole day and restrained/hold to a single point.

We hope to have completed the target by mid December 2014.

[Large animals are being vaccinated against FMD]
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[Small animals are being vaccinated against Enterotauximia]
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November 27, 2014 in Pakistan |

Fall in Surkhi Parsa

Fall has always been my favorite season, the time when everything bursts with its last beauty, as if nature had been saving up all year for the grand finale. But is it a beauty in my country Afghanistan? Or is it in where I work, a little corner called Surkhi Parsa with diver’s challenges of security and economic failures? Where I am talking about is the district of poverty and lack of access to means of heating the houses during early winters naturally coming into those high altitude areas.
Fall is with presence of beauty but no one can see it. Fall is bursting all its beauty but concerns of lacking food and fuel and snow that destroys the weak structure of buildings are not allowing the people to look at the beauty and enjoy it.

The most positive one to think of winter and fall is children who are playing with snow, taking the last potato after harvest and cook it in the oven and eat it.
They go to mosques where are used as winter schools and study, although that part is for sure not very interesting for them.

I share two photos of fall season in which I enjoy when I rest and look at the range of countless colors, I see trees like a person who is coming to an end of life, I respect every single leaf in trees like a wise old man, with lots of experiences but soon will fall my short days coming to evening with my own thinking.

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For me it is joy but how about for a former who planted the tree? He is waiting leaves to fall down and collect them for use of fuel and heating in his house. For the former, it is a tragedy that only his five to ten trees stopped producing fruit for his children who have only access to fruit from that trees.

For the former real tragedy starts as days get short and he is not able to work enough out from his form and bring food to his family. Long nights to the lady of the house means that she must stop working like weaving and spanning the yarn for making  sweaters for the children, as means of light is not accessible to allow continuation of work during night time and cope the dark

Life challenges prevent enjoying every one from the nature by one or other way. Everyone gets their own issues from the wealthy to the poor.

Waheed Ahmad
Admin and IT officer

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November 27, 2014 in Afghanistan |

11/20/2014

Improving Children’s Park to Restore Their Associations

In the city of Ishinomaki, children have difficulty finding outdoor spaces where to play, because not just many of its parks are still left unrestored after being raged through by the tsunami but baseball parks or sports ground were used to set up temporary housing for disaster victims.

When JEN conducted a questioner to children in elementary and middle schools and interviewed their parents this year, many of those questioned voiced an opinion that “The tsunami have taken decent places for children to play away.” In response, JEN is now restoring two parks at Kamikama district in Ishinomaki after carrying out a research at about seventy smaller parks on what kinds of need for parks communities have, how many children will play in parks, and whether there are any play spaces nearby.

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The neighborhood association of Kamikama district has had an intention to revive its children’s association in next spring that engages in activities to contribute the sound growth of children, for the activities of the association is now practically suspended due to the effects of the disaster. Therefore, JEN is helping the members of the neighborhood association bring the activities of the children’s association back into the district by restoring a park along with them.

In the hope of building a park for their children, the members of the neighborhood association talked many times among them about park restoration, providing a variety of ideas. Before the groundwork of the construction work, many of the members and their children weeded.

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●Radio gymnastic exercises●
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During the summer vacation in August, a total of seventy parents and their children in the district did exercise to radio at the park every morning as they used to before the disaster, although the park was yet to be restored [The Japanese students have a custom to gather in a park early in the morning on their summer vacation to do exercise, but the district had been forced to give up keeping the custom due to the disaster.].

The neighborhood association and children’s association are now regaining their energy little by little by working together on restoring their park.

The construction work of the two parks will be completed by December 7. On the day, the children and their parents will put the finishing touch on the park by assembling benches, doing painting, and planting, then a ceremony to celebrate the completion of the park will be performed. A workshop on the importance of being well mannered and obeying rules in the park and a luncheon party are also planned for the ceremony.

JEN will continue helping communities create a town comfortable for children.


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November 20, 2014 in Tohoku Earthquake |

Your Life is in Your Hands

I am a hygiene promoter working for JEN writing my article in Yei municipality, Central Equatoria State of South Sudan. Life basically describes the conduct through which someone lives from the time he or she is born to the time of death. So if you live an irresponsible life, you live short whereas those who live responsible life live long for many years before they die. You may want to choose to live a wonderful adorable life by practicing good personal and environmental hygiene by promoting the following.

(Development of sustainable drainage system, sleep under protected mosquito nets, always drink well purified water, hands washing thoroughly and regularly, maintain short finger nails, remember to brush teeth, take bath, and put on clean clothes regularly, maintained clean all sanitary, sweep the compound around the homes, food should be always kept covered and indoors, if a person shows signs and symptoms of any illness he/she should be taken to the clinic)

The above points are those in which, we, JEN hygiene promoters, explain and promote to a wide range of people including young children in this area.

I suppose that if you want to live a wonderful life, you have to also promote the above-mentioned few aspects which can be achieved by ensuring full responsibility: keeping hands clean is important and young children should be encouraged to understand its significance.

The following two pictures show a pupil of Undukori Primary School washing her hands, while the HCM’ (Hygiene Club Member)s in a group photo displaying their clean hands respectively
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November 20, 2014 in South Sudan |

11/13/2014

Statistics on Water and Sanitation in Haiti

«The poorest county in the Western Hemisphere » ―people often refer to Haiti with this phrase, and unfortunately this is true. In fact, Human Development Indicator (HDI) shows that Haiti ranks 168th out of 187 countries in the world (*1). In addition, Haiti is one of the Least Developed Countries (LDCs), which means that Haiti is one of the poorest countries in the world. The country has been confronting a lot of challenges in the sector of water and sanitation, education, infrastructure, and health among others.

JEN Haiti office has been working in the sector of water and sanitation, where people face considerable difficulties. In urban area of the country, approximately only one in four people have access to safe water, and in rural area, only one in two people (*2). Also, one out of every 6 children under the age of 5 dies of diarrhea (*3). These are lives which we can save with safe water and correct knowledge about sanitation.

In Haiti, from October 2010 to August 2014, the country had 706,089 suspected cases of Cholera, and estimated 8,592 death by the disease (*4). The country still has the largest Cholera epidemic in the Western Hemisphere (*4).

Thanks to your support, JEN Haiti office has been supporting local population in rural area, approximately 3,000 households in total, through construction and repair of water facilities, as well as hygiene promotion activities. We have been working in Palmes Region, where people suffered the largest damage and destruction caused by the earthquake in 2010. People here often say “Water, that’s life (Dlo Se Lavi)”. Safe water is indispensable for our health, and therefore the phrase is literally true. “Water is life”.

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(*1) Human Development Reports (UNDP, 2014)

(*2) Joint Monitoring Programme Report 2014: Progress on drinking water and sanitation (WHO/UNICEF, 2014), data in the report was collected in 2012

(*3) Haiti Maternal and Child Health and Family Planning Portfolio Review and Assessment(USAID, 2008)

(*4)Haiti Cholera Response September 2014, the data is cited by the Ministry of Health and Population of the Haiti Government (UN Haiti, 2014)


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November 13, 2014 in Haiti |

Support for Victims of the Flood this Year

Every year, Pakistan is attacked by natural disasters such as earthquakes and floods. The flood in 2010 was the worst natural disaster since its national foundation. Approximately 3 million people were suffered and one fifth of the land was flooded. Monsoons from summer and autumn every year tend to be increasing in length in recent years so they are serious threats to people.

In August and September this year, the wholesale floods occurred in several places in Pakistan and caused great damage on about 2.5 million of people as of now. Although some humanitarian organizations have started to support victims since the flood occurred, it is still shorthanded in many areas. There are some areas that are still relatively untouched.

We are now preparing to distribute emergency supplies in Punjab state where the flood left the worst damage.

According to our field survey, we found out that the victims needed various support such as daily commodities, foods, temporary shelters, sanitary facilities, recovery of livelihood and so on. First of all, we are planning on distributing daily commodities including sanitary materials in order to recover the minimum standard of living for the areas where enough support hasn’t yet been provided. 

Affected children who evacuated to the shelters
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Affected children
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November 13, 2014 in Pakistan |

Remote Development of Human Resources Connecting Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Japan

JEN's Afghanistan Program puts a great deal of effort not only into support activity at sites but also into human resources development of its staffs.

Although international staffs had been in charge of documentation of program plans and reports before, JEN started to prepare program plans in English and as a part of human resources development. It started to give more opportunities for local staffs to learn documentation by in-house and on-the-job trainings since January 2014.

Joint report writing training for Afghan and Pakistani staff on February 12th.
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Icebreaking of report writing training.
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A scene from group presentation of report writing training.
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Preparation of plans by English takes more time compared to conventional plans. However, English plans can include more voices from fields and many more staff can make a contribution to reports using English.

Local staff who experienced preparation of plans for the first time gave the following impressions.

"I knew nothing about writing plans until I get involved in preparation of documents but learned a lot from the experience. I now know the importance of getting support by sharing our needs and preparing documents to organize the points.
I realized that I need to gain more knowledge, practice, and experiences. I will continue to study in the future."

This year, local staff are not only practicing their field activities but also getting involved in preparing documentation through planning budgets and support activities. This makes their ownership to field activities much stronger and raises their morales.

In Pakistan programs, local staffs have prepared the draft of plans for few years already. This time for skill development of Afghan staff, we received assistance from Pakistani local staff. As a result, draft of plan for emergency support for flood damage in north Afghan in cooperation with supporters and the Japan Platform was written by local staffs.

Also, they prepared plan for "Improvement of School Environment and Hygiene Education project in Province of Parwan", which will be implemented in October.

Support activities for Afghanistan face various challenges daily as it has been carried out remotely by international staff in Islamabad. Here, the key to human resources development is solid communication between offices. Staff in Tokyo, Afghanistan, and Islamabad are united as one team that cooperate and support each other. This removes obstacles caused by remote management and enables human resources development.

We will support documentation of plans by local staff continuously in the future. Our goal is to help establish projects that will encourage independence in both Pakistan and Afghanistan, as well as to provide better support by promoting for the betterment of the human resources development and improving the abilities of each staff member.

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Pakistan Islamabad office
Afghanistan project program officer
Megumi Fujita



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November 13, 2014 in Afghanistan |

“Hamakon 2014 in Oshika Peninsula”, Matchmaking Event at Seaside Community

On Saturday November the 1st and the 2nd, the second “Hamakon 2014 in the Oshika Peninsula” took place in the Oshika peninsula in the city of Isbinomaki of Miyagi prefecture.

In line with locals’ request and cooperation, Hamakon was designed to address challenges including the outflow of population from the Oshika peninsula, the declining birth rate and aging population, and the difficulty of finding fishery successors. It’s an event set in the Oshika peninsula that provides a chance for unmarried men and women to meet their partners.

This year’s event drew nine men from the Oshika peninsula and nine women from across the country. The male participants, receiving prior instruction, had a united effort to pump up the event. Thanks to the cooperation of local residents, the event could let the female participants see many interesting places in the Oshika peninsula and learn how wonderful the nature of the Oshika peninsula is.

On the first day, the participants had a face time by introducing themselves and playing games at Meguro, a guest house featuring fine Japanese kappo cuisine at Obuchihama in Oshika peninsula. We believe the female participants liked locally-hauled fish and seafood for dinner. After the dinner, the participants got along great and were excited at chatting, smiling faces being seen everywhere.

On the second day, first, the female participants visited Yagawahama to listen to women who got married fishermen there talk about what it’s like to be wives of fishermen over barbecued locally-hauled ascidians and scallops. Their next visit was “Sant Juan Park.” Under calm weather, the event went on as scheduled; get-to-know time for the male participants to approach the female participants was followed by free conversation time where they played games or had lunch, and finally came the time for male participants declare their love for female participants, writing someone in mind on cards. Five couples were formed. Congratulation!

【They introduced themselves.】
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【A couple rang the bell of happiness.】
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A women in her 30’s made a comment: “I had felt uneasy about whether I could find a right man for me until I came here, but I was able to find out more about the man who I came to get with. I had a good time enjoying chatting and participatory games. Thank you.”

【What kind of family do you want to raise?】
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For the newly-formed couples this encounter is not a destination but only the first step to get married. JEN continues to keep a close eye on them and hosting those events so that you can see much more people’s happy smiles in the seaside communities.

Organizers: JEN, ZWEI CO.,LTD
Partner: Yahoo Japan Corporation
Sponsor: The City of Ishinomaki, the Oshika Branch of Ishinomaki City, Ishinomaki Tourist Association, Miyagi Federation of Fisheries Cooperative Associations



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November 13, 2014 in Tohoku Earthquake |

11/06/2014

The Iraqi Refugees lives in abominable conditions

A large number of Iraqi refugees families are not only in Erbil of Kurdistan region, also other region such as in Khaniqen of Diyala province, and there are the resident in a marquees for the refugees. Those marquees are prepared by Ministry of Displacement and Migration (MoDM). But they have no water proof efficiency, even the refugees resident in Khaniqen is in the rain line (the region has a heavy raining every year).

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On October 17th, there had rain and we noted a floating in this area. When the rain water entered these marquees, the refugees pulled their beds out of the marquees and some of them were left in this camp and other still under the rain.

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Due to the humid clay land, MoDM cannot bring the logistic service to them like foods, drinking water and other needing … 12 thousands families faces a danger in this camp. Diyala  governorate council consider that the location of Khaniqen is a large mistake for the refugees camp, because the large number of scorpions and snakes in this region and the refugees are suffering with several high risks of their lives.

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MoDM clear at the middle of November will prepare 20 thousands of a water proof marquees and have a 5 persons capacity , but during this period these refugees are suffering a difficult conditions and this marquees number are not enough for the Iraqi refugees who don’t have a good marquees yet. The basic solution for the refugees is to come back for them houses but the terrorist extend their area more than the first. About half of the Iraqi refugees children are not going to the schools because of the far distance between them camps and the cities and till now the government don’t make an impermanent schools for the camps.   

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November 6, 2014 in Iraq |

Workshop for community strengthening

To share and manage agro well and agricultural tools JEN provides, JEN forms Well Maintenance Committee. But beneficiaries can’t understand the meaning of the committee soon, so JEN provides workshops to know the merit of community.

In workshop, JEN is providing following themes to take hints to manage the committee well:

- What is stakeholder?
- What is leadership?
- If you face on conflict in the community.
- If you face on trouble in the community.

Just we held the workshops on 28th Oct., 4th and 5th Nov.
JEN invited a person is teaching at a university in Sri Lank as the instructor.
At the beginning, to let the participants relax, the instructor gives them ice breakings. The instructor added essences to build conveyance among the participants with team games and holding hands, closing their eyes.
Especially, a workshop that participants came from 2 project sites, at the beginning they seated separately, but they started to talk each other as it takes time.

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And then the each theme put group work into center to understand the contents well and to keep their concentration.

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On middle of Nov, we have a plan to provide agricultural workshops as the next step.

Administration and Finance Officer: Nasuda


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November 6, 2014 in Sri Lanka |

Water

The dawn of the Sudan Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) has raised high expectations among the citizens. This also reduced their spirit of voluntarism and search for self- reliance. This seems to be the result of introduction of salary payment to public servants who deal with general public affairs.  Many people expected that public services could be automatically delivered after the (CPA). They thought that they could get clean water and have a good hospital built etc. Their hopes and expectations are not met to a larger extent and this caused low morale for the citizens and affected their motivation to participation in public affairs.

Before the CPA, people used to have a sense of ownership and communities took lead in all development activities in their communities where nobody received a salary in exchange for such work. However, after the CPA, civil servants work and are paid salaries by the government in exchange for providing public services, while local leaders in the communities are not paid and still provide voluntary community service.

Most of them have lost their spirit of voluntarism and citizens have hoped that the government will provide them with basic public services like schools, clean water, good roads and so forth.

Taking the case of water, I would like to share the status of it available in the community where I live. Water is used in every household in my community and most of the people collect water from unprotected wells, rivers, boreholes, swarms, streams, springs, surface water and rain water. There are several risks related to the handling and using of water from those unprotected water sources. For example, it harbours disease-causing organisms e.g. Bilharzias, Cholera, typhoid etc. and it is a medium through which lifecycle of disease vector uses for breeding e.g. mosquitoes, sand fly etc. 

[show one of the unprotected well in my community where people harvest water from]
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Most of the people in my community were affected by decades-long war and they could not have access to education. Most people collect water from the water point, which is directly consumed without any idea if it needs to be treated and how and also even without confirming if the water is safe and clean for use or not. As a result, the majority of my people have suffered from diseases like water-borne diseases such as typhoid, diarrhoea, bilharzias and cholera among the others which have killed many of our children, brothers, sisters, parents, and even grandparents. Most people in my community are ignorant to the safe water chain (process of prevention of water from contamination right from the water source up to the time of consumption). My thanks goes to the organization JEN for coming up with a village transformation program(VTP) which has provided education to my community at a village level to reduce the problem that is likely to be caused by the water we use.

Martin Lokolo Justin
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November 6, 2014 in South Sudan |