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Greeting from new staff

Bonjour!! Tout le monde. My name is Yasutaka Sano. I’m newly appointed for JEN Haiti office from 8th December.

Here in Haiti, temperature during the day time goes up to 30℃ and I get sweat a lot even when I just stay under the sun. It is enough to wear T-shirts and short pants even in winter. Compared to Japan, the climate here is more comfortable.

Although I currently work in the office in Leogane city, I go to the capital city to purchase office supplies and to work on admin issues a couple of days per a week. The capital city of Haiti, Port au Prince, is geographically close to the sea and mountains. There are many slopes in the city. When we look down the beautiful sea from a hill, we can realize here is one of the Caribbean countries.

[In Port au Prince]

Along with daily work, I tackle French and Creole to improve communication with local staff and beneficiaries. I have just started to work here, and I sincerely pull my weight first and I hope to contribute to as many people as possible through our project.

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December 25, 2014 in Haiti |

My Work Experience with JEN

I am Diko Thomas Marco. I am a driver working for JEN in South Sudan, at Yei Office. I started working with JEN from 7th August, 2014. First and for most, I was very glad when I received an offer for the position as a driver. As a driver, I facilitate the movement of the staffs to the field every day and I really enjoy driving as my professional. I like working for JEN in South Sudan because JEN operates in my home area Yei where my family is living. Before that, I was working in Juba where life was hard and I was separated from my family.

[From left to right are the driver, Mr. Diko Thomas, the guard, Enock Malish (center) and the mechanic/driver, Mr. Batali Bosco .]

In my time with JEN, I learned many things including WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) activities like washing hands with soap after visiting latrine or before eating anything, learning about pump mechanic activities like repair of bore holes, pump mechanic tools like pipe range, vise, G pipes, connecting rods etc. Below Picture shows such scene. We, the drivers, have also seen several places in which we have never visited before like local primary schools.

[Mr. Batali Bosco, the driver. During pump mechanic practical work on the repair of the bore hole in Otogo Payam and that makes the drivers learn JEN activities in the field. ]

There are the issues/challenges emerging while engaging to duties on driving.  Those include the difficulty of travel due to bad roads especially during rainy season and due to some troublesome bridges to cross, and so on. Those issues would be tackled by sharing and exchanging the information among drivers.

[The driver, Bidali Bosco, in blue t-shirt. This is the nature of the roads we travel during dry or rainy season.]

Written with assistance of other drivers Batali Bosco, Francis Yenki and Bidali Bosco, and compiled by the supervisor, the Logistic Officer, Lujang Robert Stephen.

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December 25, 2014 in South Sudan |

Disasters in Pakistan

Pakistan is very prone to disasters from many decades. Earthquakes and floods are the 2 common disasters which are affecting the people of Pakistan. Hindukush range of mountains which starts from Central Asia and finishes in Pakistan is famous for earthquakes.

As the global warming is creating problems for the entire planet earth, it also is affecting Pakistan on large scale. It is melting the centuries old glaciers in the Himalayas in Northern Pakistan next to Chinese and Indian border and the amount of water in the rivers is increasing every year for a period of time. In addition this global warming is changing the climate and monsoon rains are also increasing in the region. This entire climate change is increasing the water level in the rivers and it spills out from the river and spread in the plains in Pakistan. Plains start from KPK and finishes in Sindh province at Arabian Sea. Plains of Pakistan are very fertile and populous. Whenever there is flood, that huge population is affecting. Majority of the Pakistani population is dependent on agriculture and the floods destroy their agriculture almost every year.

2014 is another worst year for the Pakistan when the floods hit Punjab and Kashmir badly.

[Flood water in a village]

[Destroyed house of a farmer]

As JEN is working in Pakistan since 2005, so JEN always try to response to the disaster. This year JEN provided support to the flood affected communities in District Muzaffar Garh. JEN provided Non Food Items like mattresses, quilts, hygiene kits, plastic Matts and plastic sheets to protect the affected communities from the harsh winters which have already approached. People has started re-building their houses and their fields but as the majority of population is poor and living below poverty line so they require more support from the humanitarian community to start their normal lives.

[A farmer family living in tent]

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December 25, 2014 in Pakistan |

Girls Education in Afghanistan

In Afghanistan the life is not easy for girls and women, but there is also a place for hope as there is great potential and energy in the women.

In our war torn country where the generations deprived from education for decades and education was often not an option for girls in that timeframe.

In last 13 years the government of Afghanistan prioritized education and implemented various strategies for it but due to security and other challenges didn’t able to reach targeted goals.
Nevertheless it’s mentionable that the education sector has developed, but it is undeniable that Afghan girl’s education progress has not reached the projected level yet.

The highlighted challenges among girl’s education development in Afghanistan are security, school buildings and facilities, Violence, lack of female teachers and textbooks, culture, distance of schools, teaching materials and equipped laboratories.

According to government figures that among school age children approximately 20 percent do not have access to schools most of which are girls.

We are optimistic because the new Afghan Government has vision of increasing the literacy in Afghanistan and they want a special focus on women’s education.




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December 25, 2014 in Afghanistan |

6th "Handicrafts market, Hands-on exhibition in Ishinomaki" Takes Place!

On December 13, the sixth "Handicraft market, Hands-on exhibit in Ishinomaki: Making Handcrafting into Jobs", an event aimed at giving a leg up to women who do handicrafts in Ishinomaki, was held at the central office of Japan Agricultural Cooperatives in Ishinomaki, Nakazato Agricultural Cooperative Hall (for more information on the fifth event on July 12 is available here.

Blessed with fine weather, the event attracted many repeat visitors who love crafts, a flow of visitors continuing until its closing time.

【The theme of the event was “Christmas and New Year.” ♪】

【The appeal of this event is that you can talk to handcrafters directly.】

【Some come to the event to take part in a hands-on exhibition.】

JEN’s handicrafts support project for 2014 aims at promoting the empowerment of women through handiwork and putting in place a mechanism needed to ensure women’s self-sustaining and lasting business by developing a network of contacts.

It all started with craft workshops held at temporary housing and public meeting places in disaster affected areas, and some female workshop participants there who wanted to go up to a higher level have found a market for their products, making their hobby into a job.

Monthly meeting run by female handcrafters who exhibit the event is not only a place to discuss event implementation, but it’s one to improve their knowledge and skills necessary to sales under guest teachers or even one to share information on developing sales.

【Workshop on good-mannered services: they are doing a role-play about taking care of a customer.】

On November 15-16, there held a craft fair at Sun Park in Aeon Mall Ishinomaki. “Handicraft market committee” set up by the representatives of the female handcrafters arranged the fair in a new and different way that “Everyone sells everyone else’s product”, enhancing cooperation among the handcrafters. During the fair the handcrafters worked together on site management, product inspection, accounting operation and so on. Having diverse customers and selling others’ products seemed to have given them opportunities to learn a great deal.

【The fair had a powerful advertising effects to those who hadn’t know the market at JA Ishinomaki!】

From next year the female handcrafters are going to come to host the event by themselves. We hope them to fully demonstrate what they have gained through their experiences so far.

【A commemorative photo after the event on December 13♪: Good luck, Keep up the good job!!】

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December 25, 2014 in Tohoku earthquake |


Interview to a beneficiary in Mullaitivu District

I’m living at Manakandal GND in Mullaitivu District with my three children. I got injured by shelling during last battle in my stomach. There are shells into my stomach without remove. I had problem to do hard work, out of my home to cate my family. I struggled a lot to manage daily life without fix income.

I am walking up and down every day around 1 km, to fetch water for my domestic use. JEN choose my family as beneficiary and provided seed, long term plant, barbed wire and workshop to start agriculture activities. I attended three workshops so far, such as community strengthen, agriculture and marketing. Workshop on agriculture gave me enough confident in my life. Especially training on compost making and organic pesticide killer are the new to me. Currently, I have started to make compost and organic pesticide killer. It is take time to make it. But, it is cost effective and healthy for our life.

I have cultivated black gram. I hope, I will be able to use organic pesticide killer to the black gram. Once black gram cultivation over, I will do land preparation for vegetable garden. At the time, I will use compost to fertilize land.
My dream is to build my life without dependability with the support of JEN’s assistance.  My joy is working into my garden with my children in a non-organic free environment. I thank to JEN and Japanese people a lot once again.

[Beneficiary and black gram land]


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December 18, 2014 in Sri Lanka |

For Coming Year 2015

There are still fights against the armed group to liberate occupied lands in Iraq, and the displacement of more than two million people to other areas of Iraq. Most of them fled to the Kurdistan region and others are in provinces of the central and southern Iraq where they live under difficult circumstances, especially now in the winter. IDPs are suffering from the rigors of the cold and heavy rains, the lack of financial resources to sustain their lives, the loss of the opportunity to continue study for thousands of students. The economic conditions have been sharply decreased in Iraq because of the low oil price and its production. And there are kidnappings and extortion practiced by the powerful militias.

In spite of crisis in Iraq, the Iraqi people insist on New Year's Day celebration, where Christmas trees erected in many streets of Kurdistan region and Karrada district in Baghdad. Many shops put Christmas decorations, supplies and clothing belonging to this occasion. The clubs and big hotels compete to announce the concerts that will be held in New Year's Eve, especially in Kurdistan Region which is characterized by stability and security.  This indicates that the Iraqi people is alive and loves life and trying to come out of the crises and back to what it was in security ,economic and social stability, rejecting sectarianism and division among the components of society. Add to that, this occasion is one of the opportunities for tolerance and resolve differences.


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December 18, 2014 in Iraq |


Construction of a water tank has been completed!!

JEN Haiti office has constructed a water tank at Mathieu, Leogane commune in West Department of Haiti. This water tank has a capacity of stocking 84 m3 of water. It functions with gravity; that means that it is not necessary to use electricity to deliver water to water networks and water facilities. The construction started from May 2014 and finished late September of the same year.

[In the beginning of construction]

[Construction of columns for water tank]

[Construction of wall]

[Constructiono of wall]

[Inside of water tank]

[Putting concrete]

[Water tank constructed]

This water tank was constructed with support from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan and our supporters. The water tank is indispensable to deliver safe drinkable water to people in Mathieu.

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December 11, 2014 in Haiti |

Monitoring by ERF Team to JEN Project Area

JEN is currently implementing an emergency livestock assistance project in district Lakki Marwat for 900 displaced HHs from North Waziristan Agency, FATA. This project is funded by Emergency Response fund of UNOCHA. Project duration is 3 months and 50% activities of the project are completed so far.

As monitoring and evaluation is an important process to improve performance and to achieve result, therefore of every project of ERF_OCHA is monitored by their M&E team. For the current project, ERF-Monitoring team visited JEN target area and office. Monitoring team was comprised of person in-charge of ERF and a representative of Food Security Cluster.
Monitoring team visited JEN office, warehouse and went to project site to meet with beneficiaries. Individual interviews were held with project staff. Daily and Weekly reports generated by staff were checked. They checked quality of distribution items (livestock feed, watering and milking kits etc.) in the warehouse and stock register.

They interviewed beneficiaries and asked their say in the project emphasizing on share of beneficiaries in project designing, project activities and inclusion of marginalized groups as project beneficiaries like disable persons, women and elderly.

Monitoring team pointed out some technical points of to be improved in the project and it is noted by JEN staffs. ERF team is pleased to work with JEN to reach to the deprived families living in vulnerable conditions in far flung areas of KPK.

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December 11, 2014 in Pakistan |

Impact of Hygiene Education on children in early elementary school years

Hygiene is a set of practices performed for the preservation of health. Personal hygiene refers to the comprehensive cleaning of and caring for your body. Maintaining good personal hygiene includes bathing, washing your hands, brushing your teeth and wearing clean clothing. Implementing good personal hygiene practices has both health and social benefits. Keeping your body clean is vital in combating and preventing illness - both for yourself and for those around you. Washing your hands can prevent the spread of germs from one person to another or from one part of your body to another. Flossing and brushing your teeth can reduce the likelihood of oral and other diseases.

JEN is carrying out hygiene education program In Surkh Parsa and Shikh Ali in Parwan province in Afghanistan. JEN conducted hygiene education workshops to school teaching staff. Then hygiene education was taught to students by the teachers from May to November apart from July. As teachers role in society is significant, valuable and far-reaching. Through the course of continuous instructions over the duration of 6 months, the children will acquire correct hygiene knowledge, and via frequent hand-on practice, the normalization of hand-washing, tooth brushing and nail clipping will be aimed at.



JEN team conducts monitoring survey each year to find out the impact of JEN hygiene education program. The survey is conducted 4 times each year i.e. June, August, September and October. The finding of this year survey in Surkh Parsa and Shikh Ali shows that the ratio of “very good” hygienic habits in lower classes were 12.89% which increased to 55.30% in the month of October. The ratio of students with “poor” hygienic habits was 31.55% in June which decreased to 2.06% in October. By keenly observing the data it can be found that JEN hygiene education Program has a significant impact on the students. The data shows that students with “very good” hygiene practices were increased each month while the “poor” students decreased by each month.


Samar Butt
Finance and Accounts Assistant

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December 11, 2014 in Afghanistan |


The Hardiness on the Iraqi refugees

The Iraqi refugees undergo very hard condition special in the camps (cold weather , hungering , bath crisis ) .

In Erbil the queue against the bath is too long , some of them have to wait for 10 hours to get shower. High number of refugees use  very little baths. 1500 baby and children have died in the camps since June 10th till now. In Khaniqen the refugees ministry install the baths and latrines after one month from the refugees habitation.

In Erbil & Khaniqen camps most of the refugees eat one or two times of meals per day, because of the money shortage. Most of them received only 1 million ID ( 800$) before three months and the kerosene crisis (10 liters /month for the family , cooking and warming) . Many diarrhea and catarrh cases are caused in the camps because of the cold weather, no kerosene and little blankets. The weak treatment and shortage of medicines make several problems like 180 aborting cases in all the camps besides the bad eating and other bad conditions.

In Khaniqen camps, the scorpions and snakes diffuse and afflicting  many number of refugees with no coping till now and these blight threat thousands of IDPs in Khaniqen . There are 20 children who run away from the terrorist dead in Al Anbar in the middle of desert because of hunger and parching .    

[Water drinking in Khaniqen]

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December 4, 2014 in Iraq |

Provision of agricultural items

We provided agricultural tools, vegetable seeds and long term plants on the middle of November.

Concretely, we provided:

- Barbed wires for farmland to protect it from animals
- Hoes
- Sprayer for organic pesticide
- Vegetable seeds (chili, eggplant, long bean, ladyfinger, tomato, snake ground, green leaves, corn and black gram)
- Long term plants (coconut, jack fruit, lime, orange, mango, pomegranate, drum stick and papaya)

Vegetable seeds, long term plants and sprayer were provided to apply knowledge we provided through agricultural workshop soon.

[Barbed wires and a hoe]

[Vegetable seeds, long term plants and sprayer]

In fact, NGO can’t provide items freely in Sri Lanka.
The government checks the items and the administrator of the division witnesses the distribution.
The date when the administrator can’t attend it can’t be set as the distribution day.
The place to deliver them is designated at the front of the administration office.
In case of distribution of heavy items, we can’t deliver them to houses of beneficiaries directly.
We provided 2 rolls of barbed wire weight 25 kg per roll this time and gave them in front of the office to the beneficiaries.
The beneficiaries know the situation well and arrange a tractor as the common transportation.

[Common use of the transportation for heavy items]

Administration and Finance Officer: Nasuda

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December 4, 2014 in Sri Lanka |

My Culture

I am Lemi Peter Joseph, I work for Japan Emergency NGO, South Sudan programme Yei, as a Hygiene promoter.

I am from a very small village located in west of Yei Town of Central Equatoria State and the village is called Tokori named after the tallest mountain in that area.  The people who live in that village are called Pojulu ti Kirikwat/Kowu na Lukudu. “Pojulu ti Kirikwat” means the Pojulu tribe in Kirkwat and “Kowu na Lukudu” means the people who belong to the first Chief of the community.

The most outstanding thing in my culture is the way to honour the dead. If a child died in the household, the whole family would be filled with deep sorrow and the mother/father would remove his/her clothes and attach leaves to his/her body.  They would not eat or bathe till the corpse would be buried. If a partner died, the widower/widow would not bathe and his/her hair would not be shaven for six good months (the custom is called “tereka”) and he/she would only smear his/her body with ash. This implies that he/she adores his/her partner on the first day in 6 months she/he goes to bathe and shave her/his hair. Goats and chicken would be slaughtered and plenty of alcohol locally-brewed (Kwete) by the bereaved family is made for those who would come to share the grief with them who lost a family member. This makes my culture a bit unique from other communities.
However, this practice has faded out due to civilization these days. Likewise, it is no longer seen in the community where I come from. 


The above picture shows how Pojulu ti Kirikwat /Kowu na Lukudu prepare their meals. They use firewood and three ovens for cooking. They prefer cassava flour and cowpeas of favourite food.

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December 4, 2014 in South Sudan |