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05/28/2015

Pupils of Internally Displaced Persons in Iraq

There are pupils who have been living in an Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp for 17 months, without facilities of education. Furthermore, in schools in the cities of Iraq there is more number of pupils who are displaced than its local pupils.

For example, at a primary school in Kirkuk, while the 500 local students go to school during the daytime, the 900 pupils of IDP do at night. The situation of the schools in Kirkuk is more or less the same: pupils of IDP go to school at night. The Department of Education has been reporting the shortage of toilets, doors, roofs and electricity.

When JEN did a survey at Samara city, the head of the Department of Education said that “there is an average of over 1.6 times as many pupils of IDP as the local pupils in all the schools in the city. Hence, each school has far more pupils than its capacity, causing the shortage of the things mentioned above.”

We will continue our support such as repairing the facilities of education, which are accepting many pupils of IDP, in order to provide a good learning environment to both local and displaced pupils.




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May 28, 2015 in Iraq |

Playground Equipment Donated by JEN, Set Up at Shimokama, Ishinomaki

JEN so far has donated playground equipment to four elementary schools in the areas affected by the 2011 tsuami. Now all elementary schools in the areas have restored damaged playground equipment thanks to the support from local governments, support organizations as well as JEN.

In the latest project JEN decided to restore a small-scale playground in the residential area in Shimokama district, Ishinomki. The decision followed a survey done by JEN on the damage to playgrounds to determine which one to restore in the coastal areas of Ishinomaki.

The Shimokama district in southeastern Ishinomaki saw a massive exodus after the Tohoku earthquake, which exodus has reduced the number of households in the district from 1,000 to 300. Its playground called Mitsumata Triangle-shaped Kids’ Playground used to be crowded with neighborhood kids and schoolchildren on their way home from school, but after its tsunami damaged equipment was torn down no kids have been seen there.

[The Playground before Restoration]
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In the planning of the project, JEN asked the neighborhood association to help forge a convergence of local opinions about the playground restoration and map out its plan. As a result JEN could successfully incorporate their opinions into the plan, deciding what kind of equipment to install, setting up of an arbor and so on. So their hope, “the playground may attract many children and be a pleasant place to play” was realized. The neighborhood association also successfully pressed the local government to level the ground and install a fence around the playground.

Long-awaited equipment was installed on May 17 and the ceremony to celebrate the completion of the playground was held.

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More than eighty locals turned up for the ceremony thanks to the neighborhood association’s efforts to encourage locals to participate in. Representatives of each organization including JEN, local government and the neighborhood association cut the tape at the ceremony. After the ceremony many children were seen to play with the long awaited equipment.

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The members of the neighborhood association said to JEN “We will take good care of the playground for years to come.” It’s scheduled that the local government constructs disaster restoration housing for 100 families in Shimokama district this year, so many former residents are going to return. JEN wants the children of those people come here and use the playground as a place to recover their community.

JEN is committed to supporting in making life in affected communities easier for children.

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May 28, 2015 in Tohoku Earthquake |

Interview to a beneficiary in Kilinochchi District

We cultivate our own lands and get produces which is our only income.

As a beneficiary I participated in training workshops conducted by JEN. Telling about what I gained from trainings was that I occasionally participated in common meetings in the village in the past. But after the training workshops I use to participate in all the meetings convened in the village because I realized the necessity of what a villager can do by attending such meetings. 

Through attending such meetings and sharing ideas would help us to be a participant in the village development and also we get recognized to others which will make me a leader in some aspects to take part a responsibility in the development work.  Before we do anything we should PLAN is the best thing I learned.   Importantly, from the agriculture training I got knowledge in land preparation, making organic compost, pesticides, water saving methods, seasonal crops and many others. I did not know about harvesting, pest control, health issues etc. I started land preparation and compost making now. After I place seeds and replant long term plants I will practice all others what I learned.

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The happiest situation in me is that JEN provided a sharing agro well, seeds, tools and specially trainings in farming. So “I have all requirements for cultivation is a pleasure”. Therefore I will do a good planning to do cultivate my garden and get high yield in future from which I will save money for my children’s needs.

[Compost making]
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May 28, 2015 in Sri Lanka |

Nepal earthquake: A picture has been arrived.

JEN has been conducting a detailed research of the regions
where relief effort has not yet been reached. Especially we focus on 8 districts in Northeastern region.
Here is a picture we finaly received.

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May 28, 2015 in Nepal |

05/22/2015

JEN dispatches an expert team to Nepal.

JEN dispatches its expert team to Nepal.

Our team there is now preparing for the emergency goods distribution and further assistance in the area NOT covered by the current assistance.

Further information will be fed upon receipt updates from the field.

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May 22, 2015 in Nepal |

05/21/2015

Soaps and washing powders distributed!

In the Camp where JEN is in charge of WASH services, JEN distributed soaps and washing powders. Resident was gathered in the distribution place sector by sector. The number of soaps and washing powders according to the number of family members were distributed to the head of household.

It is more than 30 degrees during the day in the camp. Soaps and washing powders are essential in this season when people frequently wash their hands and do the laundry.

In the heat of the sun, distribution in all sectors was completed in three days, being supported by other NGO, camp management, police and so on.

After distribution, one of resident came to us and returned some soaps, saying that he received more than the number of family members. It is not easy to do so, taking into consideration harsh living condition in the camp.

In order to respond to their expectation, JEN will continue to work, straightening ourselves.


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May 21, 2015 in Iraq |

Project site introduction - Bas Gerard -

We would like to introduce our project site, Bas Gerard. It is located 5 minutes by car from Haut Gerard in Leogane where we introduced as an another project site before. There are 160 households living in Bas Gerard.

People in Bas Gerard mainly get income by selling agricultural products, livestock and charcoal. There is not enough land to cultivate because it is situated in the mountain valley. Therefore, charcoal is essential source of revenue for local people, and they cut and burn tree, and sell it in the market.

JEN works on renovation of 4 kiosk shaped water facilities, repair of 1 existing water tank, capacity building and strengthening of Water Management Committees and hygiene promotion.

【Under construction of kiosk shaped water facility(right building)】
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【Under repairing of water tank】
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In addition, due to “World Water Day” on 23rd March, we conducted hygiene practice such as fetching water in a hygienically better way, protection of water, treatment of water by using water purification tablets in this area. In the near future, it is expected that inhabitants in targeted communities have access to safe and sufficient water through construction and repair of water facilities. We continuously conduct hygiene promotion activity so that inhabitants also recognize major risks regarding public health (including cholera) and take necessary measures to prevent deterioration of hygiene condition. 

【Inhabitants make charcoal】
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May 21, 2015 in Haiti |

Bannu Sports Festival 2015

The Bannu Sports Gala has been organized every year by the District Government and Army in order to boost new sports talent especially in youth.  But this time it was special as the TDP’s youth were also encouraged to expose their talent in different type of sports activities along with the host communities. 

The Sports Gala was started from 12th May to 14th May, 2015. Different Indoor and outdoor games such as cricket, tag war, volley ball, etc. were arranged in a decent manner. The Players came from far away with great enthusiasm and spirit.

The humanitarian organizations were also invited by the PDMA to arrange different stall in sports gala. Most of Bannu based NGO/INGO has displayed their stalls relevant to their activities. JEN has also displayed a stall regarding livestock management awareness and IEC (Information, Education and communication) material.  JEN has distributed broachers regarding livestock awareness to those who visited JEN stall. JEN technical team has provided basic information regarding livestock management to the visitors. People took great interest in the JEN stall and were asking many questions regarding livestock management.

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In the end of the event, chief guest specially gave a shield as an award to JEN and thanks JEN staffs for it is contribution for the needy communities.


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May 21, 2015 in Pakistan |

Improvement of Maternal and Child’s Health

In Afghanistan, one of major problems is the high mortality rate among children under 5 years old. The mortality rate ranks 186th among 187 countries: second worst in the world. In the biggest hospital in Parwan province, children’s health is not sufficiently protected because there are neither enough medical equipment for children nor training for children’s doctors due to lack of funding.

JEN had successfully done a great job for the improvement of maternal and new-born health in Afghanistan. JEN conducted Eleven days IMCI (Integrated Management of Childhood Illness) training for 24 doctors of 10 districts of Parwan province from 19/04/2015 to 04/05/2015.

In IMCI training JEN has provided a great help in number of areas, like how to use IMCI chart, Assess and Classify the Sick Child Age of 2 months up to 5 years. IMCI focuses on the recognition of children with severe illness needing referral and provision of appropriate treatment and counselling to children with acute respiratory infections, diarrhea, measles, malaria and ear infections as well as under nutrition. In addition to the management of the most common conditions in sick children, the IMCI approached by training health staff to update immunizations, give micronutrients, promote breastfeeding and provide feeding counselling.

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All participated doctors were much thankful and appreciated JEN’s hard efforts regarding their assistance with Parwan health sector for providing such a useful training for them. They said they learnt a lot from this training practically and they added they wish JEN to continue their cooperation in the future in order to improve the capacity of staff in health sectors and equip various sections of hospitals and health centres with significant medical tools.

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Finance and Accounts Assistant
Samar Butt



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May 21, 2015 in Afghanistan |

05/14/2015

Tackling garbage issues in a Camp for internally displaced people

In addition to scabies issue reported in last week’s blog, other hygiene/environmental risks residents in the IDP Camp face includes the overflow of garbage in the camp. Although the camp has a garbage truck that visits the camp every day, due to the size of the camp, the truck can only collect from one sector each day. When the garbage is left outside for days, it causes bad smell and serves as an ideal place for vectors such as flies to grow.

In addition, the lack of household or communal garbage bins in the camp was encouraging many IDPs to throw garbage on the ground.  This happens especially among the children, as awareness of hygiene tends to be lower. As an example, many children throw their candy wrappers directly on the ground after eating.

In order to reduce the amount of garbage scattered in the camp, JEN procured and distributed household garbage bins over 10-13 May 2015. The garbage bins with lids would protect garbage from being left outside while waiting for the collection trucks, and reduce the risk of vector breeding.

Additionally, JEN began working with a group of volunteers from the camp to train them as community hygiene promoters. During the first meeting, the volunteers identified garbage problem to be one of the main priorities to work on in the camp. In order to clean up the camp and raise awareness about hygiene risks related to garbage, the volunteers suggested to conduct a monthly cleaning day and household visits to families for awareness sessions. We look forward to a successful campaign with the newly established hygiene promoters!




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May 14, 2015 in Iraq |

Moving offices in Sri Lanka, from Vavuniya to Kilinochchi

JEN Sri Lanka is delighted to let you know that we have moved our main office from Vavuniya to Kilinochchi town, which is an hour’s drive to the North. After spending more than 6 years in Vavuniya, we have decided to make this grand move as our current project sites are in Kilinochchi and Mullaitivu Districts, and we have none in Vavuniya District. In addition, we closed the field warehouse in Pachchilaipalli DS Division and integrated the two offices into one in Kilinochchi Town. Thanks to this decision, international and local, as well as project and administrative staffs, are now working in one office, and we can now directly communicate with each other.

So today, I’d like to share lots of photos that’ll show you one of the examples of how “moving in Sri Lanka” looks like.

What you see right below is the rolly truck we used to move our stuffs. Sri Lankans simply call them, “Rollies”. We had two Rollies and seven young men support our moving.

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Desks, shelves, fridge, dressers, boxes, bicycles, you name it.
Whatever the item, they smoothly carried and put it on the Rolly. Very impressive.

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And after one or two hours, the Rolly reached maximum capacity.
Oh boy, that was quick.

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And the office became empty in a very short amount of time.

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We attempted to load the security hut too, and though a bit of it stuck out, we deemed it successful. We were advised by the local police office to put a red flag to caution vehicles around the Rolly while it moved. But as we did not possess such item, we collected a red-colored plastic bag from a nearby shop. It seems that this was sufficient.

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To our surprise, all office and household items reached the new office in Kilinchchi town in one pieces.
So, what do you think? Did it terrified you or impressed you?

Next time, I’ll guide you through Kilinochchi town, where our new “headquarter” is at.
For now, I’ll end with giving you a glance of our new office.

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Arisa Nishida, Program Officer



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May 14, 2015 in Sri Lanka |

Thank you for your support over the past seven years.

We completed our assistance activities in South Sudan at the end of January 2015.

During the civil war that lasted for more than 20 years until 2005, refugees were forced to keep themselves hidden, sometimes behind bushes, under inhuman conditions. In 2006, cholera claimed more than 500 lives due to particularly poor water and sanitation conditions.

JEN had been working on assistance for water and sanitation condition improvement for returnees in Central Equatoria State since 2007. This aim was to encourage their re-settlement and the restructuring of the community through ingenious material assistance.

In our assistance approach, we not only installed wells and latrines, but also provided returnees with training such as well rehabilitation/maintenance/inspection, which would allow them to solve water and sanitation issues on their own. Our hygiene education, sometimes including fun puppet plays and songs, involved the community and students to ensure the familiarization of correct knowledge.

Our project had become positively effective; no one in the area which JEN had been working on contracted cholera during the outbreak in South Sudan last year. It greatly showed that our patient effort had been bearing fruit and the local community had been developing.

Finally, we would like to thank the on-site staff who have made a huge contribution to our project with an appreciation of self-reliant support. They have earnestly addressed the issues and withstood any challenge with enthusiasm and effort.

South Sudan is the youngest country in the world. Although we ended our field assistance activities, we believe that our friends in South Sudan will continue to work on building their country with passion.
    
【Training for well rehabilitation】
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【Children watching a puppet play with sparkling eyes】
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May 14, 2015 in South Sudan |

05/07/2015

Iraq Scabies outbreak in IDP camps

JEN has been working in one of the IDP camps in the Kurdish region, which accommodates approximately 13,000 individuals. In a crowded emergency situation, where people live close to each other, the likelihood of diseases developing and spreading quickly is high. Although each tent is allocated a private toilet facility in the Camp, which allows for greater privacy and better sanitation environment, some people engage in risky hygiene behaviors.

One of the major issues many IDP camps in Kurdistan are facing right now is the outbreak of scabies. Scabies is a contagious skin condition transmitted by small mites, causing rash and intense itchiness. Scabies commonly occur with lack of personal hygiene. Though it can be treated fairly simply with appropriate medicine, the disease can spread very quickly through skin contact with someone who has scabies or even sharing contaminated mattresses and blankets.  This makes the whole family vulnerable when one member of the family is infected.

In the Camp, there have been over 150 identified cases of scabies, for people ranging from ages 7 months to 60 years old. In order to quickly minimize the impact and spread of scabies, JEN is working in collaboration with the camp management, UNHCR and other agencies focusing on health, to provide hygiene kits, medicine and clean mattresses and blankets to families that are affected.

In addition, in order to ensure that people can properly protect themselves from scabies and other common diseases, JEN is preparing to launch hygiene promotion activities through volunteer groups in the camp.



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May 7, 2015 in Iraq |

Leather Goods Service Centre Bannu, KPK

Leather Goods Service Centre is a project of KPK Small Industries Development Board, situated in Bannu. It is a semi Government Training institute which is known for providing training to different people in underdeveloped areas of the province. It was established back in 1984, whereas in 1988-1999 it was converted to a form of Commercial base.

In the year 2000, the Leather Goods Service Centre was forced by the Small Industries Development Board to transfer its dwelling to Peshawar because of encountered losses over the past 16 years.
In 2003, the Centre was re-transferred to Bannu by the esteemed orders of the then Chief Minister, and was soon upgraded as Training Institute. 50 numbers of students from FATA in a single batch are enrolled in the institute for attaining (6 months) diploma in order to receive training on products made from leather. Upon successful completion of this training provided by FATA Development Authority it will immensely help in sustaining their livelihood. Nowadays, the centre is operating well and it has started generating profit steadily.

The centres have a lot of specialities to supply their products in their own show room and shops of local market. It is because due to the limited access that the industry is not able to supply in the whole country, but on high demand the industry can make products and supply to different regions in the country with prior permission of the Board .The products include Gents Purse, Ladies Purse, Key Chains, Laptop Bags, File Bags, Brief Cases, Ladies Carrying Bags and Gents Belts. For manufacturing of the said products the raw material is mainly collected from Karachi, Lahore and Peshawar. 

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At present, 14 staff members are serving in the centre under the charter of small industries Development Board Peshawar.

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The shortage of electricity was a heinous issue herein, but it has been addressed on urgent basis and they have installed a new 200 KV transformer for ceasing intermittence in the ongoing product-manufacturing process.

No doubt that this kind of small industries and training opportunities are the key to success of development and it should be promoted not only by the government but the NGOs as well.



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May 7, 2015 in Pakistan |

My first Business trip

It was my first time to have official trip to ISB with JEN team and we had a very fitful meeting and sharing ideas of implemented projects and future plan with the team in high level at ISB and HQ.

It was good that after I rejoin JEN I got much experience with daily work of construction and soft component with the very helpful team.

It is worth to mention that JEN Afghanistan works as a team and all team members share their ideas and experiences each other which make friendly circumstances for implementation of the projects and the program. During my trip to ISB, ISB team also like to work as a team and they like to cooperate with all members as a team.
   
Generally it was enjoyable and fitful trip for me because I am a person who rejoined with JEN and it was a big chance for me to join back with JEN family. I am working with honest and hardworking staffs really cooperate and help Afghan people. I can mention that during this trip, I introduced myself to JEN Islamabad team very closely and met each other for the first time. I learned a lot from this trip; I got that JEN like to work in Afghanistan for Afghan people especially for school students who study under green sky without any shelter.

It is mentionable that I got emotion to work hard and in a good quality for our country and for needy people of our country tail and for our children to have a bright and secure lives and education which take place of war. I hope they have a chance to have more facilities in their lives time.

I really appreciated all who gave us the chance to have this kind of trip and shared the ideas each other.

The trip like this is very important not only for sharing of daily work progress and future plan but also to refresh the participants and the staff can take a strong feeling to continue their work as well as they could.

Especially it was really appreciated trip for me to meet with colleagues whom I had just relationship by e-mail but not closely. We shared all about our done and progress work closely.   

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Mohammad Younus (Baheer)
Civil Engineer of JEN Afghanistan team

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May 7, 2015 in Afghanistan |

Statistics on rice in Haiti

If we ask “What is main food in Haiti to Haitian, most of them may say “rice”. This is because it can be seen a part of main course at the local restaurant. However, it was not major element of the contemporary food a few decades ago.

【Typical Haitian meal】
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Data shows that milled rice domestic consumption in Haiti in 1980 was 63,000 metric tons while that in 2014 recorded 490,000 metric tons, increased by almost 8 times (*1). In contrast, there is almost no change statistically in milled domestic rice production per year. It shows 62,000 metric tons in 1980, compared with 69,000 metric tons in 2014 (*2).

As a factor of increase in rice consumption, effect of government policy can be given. In the past, Haiti has fed rice by themselves. However, in the mid-1990s, Haitian government reduced import tariff on rice from 35% to 3% under the guidance of trade liberalization policy by IMF. After that, American rice which is low-cost and highly-subsidized, has flooded into domestic market. It caused to decrease the price of domestic rice, unable to compete with them (*3). Today, Haiti is the fifth largest importer of American rice in the world (*4). Haiti imports 80% of rice it consumes (*5).

Even though there are other elements that rice consumption has increased, at least government policy has an impact that rice has become typical meal among Haitian. 

【Imported rice from US that is sold in the town of market】
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(*1)Haiti Milled Rice Domestic Consumption by Year (index mundi, 2015)
(*2)Haiti Milled Rice Production by Year (index mundi, 2015)
(*3)Country profile – Haiti(New Agriculturist, 2007)
(*4)Beyond Aid: The Flood of Rice in Haiti(Poverty cure, 2013)
(*5)Haiti no longer grows much of its own rice (Oxfam America, 2008)

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May 7, 2015 in Haiti |

05/01/2015

Monthly Sri Lanka/Reviewing the past 10 years -Sri Lanka Project[Part4]

We could have supported to rebuild their lives of more than 167,000 IDPs and returnees for 7 years in the North and the East of Sri Lanka. We constructed 188 transitional shelters and 188 semi-permanent toilets. Also, we could clean 1,535 wells and renovated 1,275 wells, and constructed 13 common tube wells not only to assure safe water for domestic use, but also to be a base for restarting regular vocation towards farmers. Also, we could construct or renovate 16 culverts, which promoted marking and economic activities during rainy season. Also, we constructed 218 agro wells and formed the foundation for self reliance. Furthermore, we formed 204 well-maintenance committees (incl. 6 steering committees) for maintenance of the granted items, and formed 8 agricultural cooperatives and rehabilitated 12 fisherman’s unions for the community activation through fishery and agriculture.

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Although there are still some areas in the north where people cannot return due to the unfinished land-mine removal, we have expanded our activity since 2014 to Kilinochchi District, way up north, to conduct self-reliance support for the returned people. We would like to express our appreciation for warm support given to us for 10 years. We, JEN Sri Lanka, will make an effort to support the self-reliance of more peoples. We will appreciate for your further warm support.

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May 1, 2015 in Sri Lanka |