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06/25/2015

Refugee children

Among people living in Ramadi, Falluja or Haditha, some people, who are well off enough to rent a house, move to another city where they have lived because of uneasiness about public peace there. Their children also go to school in another city.

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On the other hand, a lot of people who are worse off have to live in the refugee camp suffering from severe situation, and children still can’t go to school.  The children who stay in the city where they have lived can’t go to school, either. It is because the schools of their own have been now destroyed by bombing or occupied by armed power.

Boys and girls in such districts as Ninawa ,Anbar and Diyala are forced to live a quite severe life because there are ceaseless battles in their administrative districts.

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JEN’s members visited a lot of schools which receive children from other administrative districts. In these schools, the conditions of toilets, doors, electrical systems, etc. are terrible and are in need of serious repair.
With an aim to improve the present condition for the children to be able to learn in a safe environment, JEN’s members keep on supporting by repairing the school facilities.   


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June 25, 2015 in Iraq |

A message from the staff "Namaste!"

tIt's been 2 months since the earthquake happened on April 25th. There are still many people who were affected by the disaster living in the undesirable environment with no food and necessity goods. In the mountainous area, mudslide has been seriously concerned and also the mid to long term reconstruction effort is needed. 

As of today: June 25th, there was an international conference in the capital city Kathmandu. Japanese government announced that it is going to donate 260,000,000 dollars (about 320million dollars) to help the country to rebuild schools, houses and hospitals.

JEN will be working closely with the organizations in Nepal to work on supporting the Nepali victims to rebuild their lives. We plan to deliver food and necessity goodies to people who live in the remote area where enough aid wouldn't reach to.

Upon distributing the aid goodies in the village, we will offer some necessary knowledge on safe food storing, hygiene action, how to protect yourself from aftershocks  or rainy season.

Staff from Japan arrived in Kathmandu and started working physically to coordinate with local government where JEN will operate in Nepal and our partners. Tamayo Haraguchi on site is blending in the area as she is already greeting “Namaste!”



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June 25, 2015 in Nepal |

Situation in Kilinochchi After office relocation(Part2)

I started last time from around office.
I walk more this time in the town of the drill notch.

Only one supermarket in the town
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Café nearby
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I sometimes go to buy some foods at the supermarket, but local peoples often
Go to buy something at a bazaar, located in center of the city.

Colorful vegetables. It’s delivered from Jaffna District, situated in most northerly district.
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Woman, selling vegetables by measure with her experienced look
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Fish market. Not yet purchased fishes here
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Fruit shop, selling jackfruits
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Very beautiful station, built after civil war
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How was everything after reading this blog?  Do you think this town is built up as you expected. Or, just as you imagined?

Arisa Nishida, Program Officer



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June 25, 2015 in Sri Lanka |

06/19/2015

A message from a person in charge of emergency assistance

Coordination with local government and partnership organizations have
now really started in the center of Nepal, like Dhading and Nuwakot.
We’d like to share a message from Rajeeb Khanal who is from Nepal and being
in charge for leading emergency assistance of the earthquake in Nepal

“Dear all, I have worked for JEN from 1994 to 2005. I have led various
emergency assistances of JEN in the former Yugoslavia, Sri Lanka and
India etc. A big earthquake happened in Nepal which is my home
country. Immediately after the earthquake, I strongly wanted to
support the people of my country and their recovery. Now, I have
started to prepare our supporting activity with JEN’s colleagues.

I will report the situation of the places where we support and the
voice of people every week. Your kind contribution is important to
people who affected by the disaster in Nepal. I’d highly appreciate
your support.”

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Please view the followings are various supporting activities by Rajeeb in the past.

■Support for refugees because of ethnic conflict in the former Yugoslavia

The details are here

■Emergency support for the sufferers from the Indian ocean tsunami (Sri Lanka)

The details are here

■Emergency support for the big earthquake in Gujarat, India

The details are here


【Photo : When Rajeeb started Sri Lanka assistance for a recovery from a
big earthquake in Gujarat, India  (second from the right)】
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*This activity is executed based on cooperation from supporters and
Japan platform.

June 19, 2015 in Nepal |

06/18/2015

Rehabilitation of water spring

In Bas Gerard in Leogane where JEN works on the project, we have started rehabilitation of water spring since May according to the agreement of DINEPA (Direction Nationale de l’Eau Potable et de l’Assainissement), which was based on field research. Although spring box is covered by concrete, there was a high risk of contamination from outside because contaminated water might flow into from the damaged place. It is necessary to rehabilitate for the box to supply safe water as people in Bas Gerard ensure water from this water spring through kiosk shaped water facilities or private water pipes. By rehabilitating the spring box this time, it is not only prevented inflow of contaminated to the water source, but it also increases the flow capacity of water.

【Water leaks through the concrete of spring box 】
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【Under the rehabilitation of water spring】
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Moreover, during my visit, it can be seen many mangos that have been harvested. Mango is not rare fruits but familiar to local people since we can see everywhere in the village. The number of mango is obviously too much compared to population in Bas Gerard. Some mangos are left under the tree during the harvest season.

【Mangos in harvest period】
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【Mangos are dropped from the trees, and they are left】
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June 18, 2015 in Haiti |

Bannu Pheasantry (Zoo)

District Bannu is located in southern region of KPK province. It is the neighboring district of Karak, Lakki Marwat and North Waziristan Agency, FATA.  There are 4 different Pushtun tribes in Bannu which are Banuchi, Niazi, marwat, and Abbasies. JEN has established an office in Bannu since September 2014 to provide support to the Temporary Dislocated Persons (TDPs) of NWA.
The wild life department of Khyber PakhtunKhwa has established a pheasantry in Bannu to promote breeding of endangered pheasants and to raise conservation awareness among community. 

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The pheasantry is located one kilometer away from JEN Bannu office. The   total area of the peasantry is 1.5 ACRE. The area is divided into sheds for the birds and open garden with plenty of trees and flowers. The pheasantry houses several species of birds and its different breeds. Majority of birds are Peacocks and pheasants from Pakistan, China, Cambodia and Sri Lanka. These birds when lay eggs are mostly bred at the pheasantry for future flock extension while the extra eggs are sold out to the local/regional communities. The total numbers of persons working in the pheasantry are 11. Among them one is a Veterinary Doctor, one is Veterinary Assistant, four security guards and five gardeners.

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Bannu pheasantry is the only recreational centre in district Bannu. The people especially families visit the pheasantry frequently. Huge numbers of TDPs living around the pheasantry take their children to show them different birds and gain knowledge about wild life. The most important thing for the TDPs is that the entry to the pheasantry is free of cost. Hundreds of TDPs visit the pheasantry on daily basis to enjoy the pleasing environment.

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June 18, 2015 in Pakistan |

Monitoring and follow up survey 2014!

JEN is always very keen to provide good quality and sustainable support to the people of Afghanistan. For verifying the quality of JEN support, whether it’s sustainable, people are taking good care of the facilities, and practicing hygiene education at schools after JEN’s project, JEN has been conducting follow up surveys every year in selected schools where JEN worked.
This year, the results of the survey are outstanding. 

In 2014 JEN selected 17 schools where JEN worked for its school constructions including water supply and sanitation as well as hygiene education from 2011 to 2013. During the survey Afghan team checked all construction facilities as well as the effects of JEN hygiene education activities. During the survey Afghan team conducted interviews to the teachers and students and also their own observation during the visit.

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During the survey so many good outcomes were revealed: Student’s attendance ratio increased, the environment of the school is more hygienic, students have now clean water for drinking, and students are getting knowledge in the clean environment of well-maintained classroom, all after JEN intervention.

All the 17 schools hold regular School Management Committee (SMC) meetings. JEN built the capacity of the SMCs and now they have been collecting fund from community, teachers and students to maintain school which they had never done before. Some SMCs also did some minor works to improve the schools. The survey showed that all of the latrines which JEN made were clean, hygienic and none of them were broken or smelly. Same is the case for all other water supply and sanitation construction facilities such as wells and water reservoirs. Other construction facilities constructed by JEN such as class rooms, boundary wall were found in very good condition during the follow up survey because the school administration were taking good care of it. When asked, the students and teachers said that after JEN intervention they felt huge change. Before JEN intervention they did not have enough or quality infrastructure facilities in our schools.

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During the survey it was revealed that all the schools regularly taught the hygiene education at their schools on daily basis after JEN’s projects. The survey was also conducted at schools in 2011 and even after 4 years it was continued without a break.

Like previous year, JEN is conducting monitoring and follow up survey in 21 schools from 2011 to 2014. All construction work and hygiene education activity will be monitored during the survey. At the moment the survey is ongoing and currently the monitoring was conducted in 14 schools out of 21 schools. After completion of the survey, all the collected data will be analyzed to see the impact of JEN intervention in these 21 schools. We are looking forward to seeing good results this year again!

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Hanief Khan,
Senior Programme Assistant,  JEN Afghanistan Programme.



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June 18, 2015 in Afghanistan |

Volunteer Work Turns into a New Style: 16th “Let’s go to the sea!”

“Let’s go to the sea!,” a project launched in March 2014 as a new style of volunteer work so that you might support disaster stricken areas while enjoying hands-on opportunities in tour around fishing communities, has been hosted by “the executive committee of ‘Let’s go to the sea!’“ composed of locals in the Oshika peninsula, Miyagi Prefecture with JEN’s support.

Supporting the committee become more self-reliant, JEN opted to take only background role in 2015. Pleia Tourism, a non-profit organization established by the students of Ishinomaki Sensyu University, Ishinomaki’s only university, began to take part in hosting the project, young people uniting together with locals to promote the communities in the Oshika peninsula

【Tea party with the stuff members of “Why not stop by Oshika,” a mutual aid organization】
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The 16th “Let’s go to the sea!” was held on Saturday 23rd of May and following Sunday. Day 1: Ochakokai, a tea party with the stuff members of “Why not stop by Oshika,” a mutual aid organization, at Kyubunhama on the Oshika peninsula; a visit to eleven headed deity, a national important property. Day 2: fishing experience guided by local fishermen at Sasunohama; participation in the San Juan festival. A lot of plans were worked out at the tour. Participants came from many countries and regions, including, Taiwan, China, Tokyo, Sendai and so on.

【Fishing experience at Sasunohama】
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The participants were heard to make such comments as “I visited many places, met and talked to various people. I’m really glad to have this opportunity. This tour offered experiences that I can’t have in Tokyo. I had productive two days.”

Just wait till the next framework of “Let’s go to the sea!” is finalized by the committee. The committee will take the initiative in planning and running.

Once next tour is set, its itinerary will be post on the web site of “Let’s go to the sea!”. (http://hama-e-iko.com/)

【The web site of “Let’s go to the sea!”】
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June 18, 2015 in Tohoku Earthquake |

Situation in Kilinochchi After office relocation (Part1)

As we explained in the blog last time, our office was relocated in Kilinochchi district, Northern Province at the beginning of May. Kilinochchi district is situated at developing small town northward 7 hours by car from economic city, Colombo in Sri Lanka.
During civil water time in Sri Lanka, there is a base of LTTE.  After the war end, the
city was dramatically developed.

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(quoted from Google Map)

We will explain about the situation in Kilinochchi District by using some photos today.
At first, it’s about the office around.

JEN office gate
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Route till the office.   It’s submerged when it’s heavily rained.
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Rural landscape.  Even if it’s get dark, we can see people working.
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Kilinochchi district is situated at the city along with main road called “A9”
Along this A9 road, there are various buildings you can see.

Very outstanding Hindu temple
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[To Be Continued]

Arisa Nishida, Program Officer



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June 18, 2015 in Sri Lanka |

Relief effort to revive the life of victims.

On April 25th, a magnitude 7.8 earthquake hit mid Nepal killed more than 8,600 people and affected more than 8million people.

Since it happen, JEN has been researching to figure out what's happening there. The deviated area in Nepal, many relief efforts have been managed to reach to those in need despite the extremely difficult environment due to their usual living environment and geographical conditions.

In June, it marked 2 months since the disaster happened. There are other effect by aftershocks and also many people who were affected by the disaster still sleep in the tents, eat limited amount of food bit by bit to survive.

"Rural area" in Nepal means harsh mountainous area we, living in Japan, can imagine .  In these areas are where it is hard to get to by car even before the disaster happened. Residents usually commute on foot.  Many of the disaster areas are located in the remote areas as mentioned above that disaster relief aid groups need to carry goods by waking for 1-2 days. That has been causing the shortage of needed relief support.

In addition to the fact that those areas are difficult to reach out to, there are social issues to be concerned in the area. There is a report that people who were unfairly discriminated when receiving relief support due to their lower social class, ethnically minority groups, communities where females are in charge of families. Especially children have been greatly traumatized by flashback and fear of the earthquake as well as having lost their families and homes.

JEN specifically serve people affected by the disaster; especially those people in the area isolated from the support, by offering the urgent needs such as relief supplies. Also, we are planning to launch a project to offer farming tools to them so that they can start farming again to support themselves to overcome the disaster and gain rebuild their life again. To children, we are going to provide stationaries and sports equipment. This is how we are going to encourage adults to recover from the disaster, and children to start having fun in a safe and secured life. We hope they will be motivated to study again in the environment.

To our generous supporters, we would like to ask you to support JEN’s relief effort.

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June 18, 2015 in Nepal |

06/11/2015

Conclusion a logo of community hygiene promoters!

There are some volunteer groups in the IDP camp where JEN is working. JEN call for them and help them to voluntarily work for facilitating hygiene awareness activities.

The 4th time of the meeting with them, intensive discussion of a logo, they will use during their activities, was held by them.

“A tree of the center should be colored in green.”
“Let’s draw people on the left side and they are in yellow…no, should be blue!”
“It is good the vest’s color is grey.”
And so on…as a result of a lot of opinions, it became the logo in the below picture.

[The boy who told all participants about the logo] ©JEN
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Hygiene awareness tent to tent activities will be done by community hygiene promoters who are wearing vests put the logo on the backside.


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June 11, 2015 in Iraq |

06/04/2015

For stable water supply

In Kurdistan, hot weather continues. During the day, the temperature reaches over 35 degrees with scorching sunlight. People rarely walk outside in the camp after the middle of the day.

Water consumption has increased with the increasing temperature. In the area where the camp locates, the ground water has significantly decreased, which has resulted in that water level of wells in the camp is getting lower. In order to figure out the current situation and consider the possible solution, JEN installed equipment to measure water quantity delivered by wells.

When the supplier of this equipment visited our office, staff in Finance section seemed to know the company president even though it was the first time for her to meet him. I asked her why she knows him. “Everyone knows him because of his honesty” she said.

It is like a Japanese once-upon-a-time story, which warms the cockles of my heart. True to its reputation, this supplier’s performance was quite good and it was nice to work with them.

Coordinating with such local suppliers, JEN continues to work for stable water supply in the camp.



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June 4, 2015 in Iraq |

Construction of water facilities has been completed!!

JEN Haiti office has been conducted renovation of 6 existing fountains to 6 kiosk style water facilities in Haut Gerard in Leogane commune, renovation of 3 existing fountains to 4 kiosk shaped water facilities in Bas Gerard in Grand Goave commune.

The next step is that we inspect constructions, and the WMC (Water Management Committee) takes over them. JEN will train the WMC in order for them to be able to manage water facilities properly such as introduction of collection of subscription fee for the usage of water facilities.

As features of kiosk, it is expected that the long-term sustainable maintenance by water management committees through introduction of the fee collection system. It can also prevent wasting water and protect water borne diseases because the supply of water can be controlled by water management committees.

【Second Kiosk in Haut Gerard】
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【Fifth kiosk in Haut Gerard】
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【Third Kiosk in Bas Gerard】
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【The representative of WMC Bas Gerard(Person on the left) and JEN Staff (Person on the right)】
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These kiosks were constructed with support from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan and our supporters. They are indispensable to deliver safe drinkable water to people in Haut Gerard and Bas Gerard.

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June 4, 2015 in Haiti |

Mobile health unit for the assistance of NWA TDPs

Consequence of launching the operation Zarb e Azb by the Pakistan Armed Forces on June 15th, 2014 was the dislocation of NWA inhabitants to the neighboring districts such as Bannu, Lakki Marwat, D I Khan, etc.
A total of 103,108 families have been verified by NADRA (National Database and Registration Authority) and registered as TDPs (Temporarily Dislocated People) as of March 31st, 2015. The Return Process was commenced on the 31st of March 2015, and by May 19th, 2015, total of 734 registered and 95 unregistered families returned to the de-notified areas of NWA.
(Source: Inter Cluster Assessment Mission to North Waziristan Agency 13-15 May 2015)

Till this date 102,374 TDPs families are residing in districts of Bannu, Lakki Marwat and Karak. There are several challenges that government and humanitarian community are facing, including funding constraints, low capacity of the government, and access issues. These challenges have left the TDPs in desperate needs of food, health, shelter, education, livelihood and protection etc. Thus, efforts are continued by government and humanitarian community to stand up for the needs of the affected people.   

One such example is Mobile Health Unit from the Health Department of Punjab Province. It is a point to provide medical assistance to the TDPs of NWA since 31st July 2014. The MHU is equipped with X-Ray facility, laboratory for pathological investigation and ECG facility.

[Mobile Health Unit from Punjab government for TDPs of NWA in Bannu]
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[MHU from inside]
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This MHU visits different areas of district Bannu for the treatment of TDPs families.  If MHU staff find any serious case, they refer it to District Headquarter Hospital: A government-run hospital in Bannu city.  On daily basis, there are one medical officer, one Lady Doctor, one Lady Health Visitor, one X-Rays technician; one Bio Technician and Admin and Security staff. 

[JEN staffs are taking interview from the medical officer at MHU]
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[Bio-technician at the MHU]
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[Admin Staff at MHU]
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They see and treat patients for 8 hours to 14 hours. On average 150 to 200 Patients visit the MHU daily. Approximately 50 to 60 patients take different disease’s tests. On daily average 7 individuals take X-Rays. Since July 2014 around 35000 TDPs individuals have been provided medical assistance for different diseases. 

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June 4, 2015 in Pakistan |

Beautiful Afghanistan

Currently JEN is working in Parwan Province which is located in the central region of Afghanistan. Parwan is popular for its beautiful landscapes and rich culture. The area is photogenic. The readers must know that Afghanistan is a hard country security wise, but it is gifted with nice places which create a soft picture of Afghanistan as well

View of Jabal Siraj city from a school made by JEN. One of the most beautiful cities of Afghanistan where poeple from Kabul and other cities visit during summer season. It is located on the main road to Salang pass.

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Abuzar Ghaffari Boys High School in Jabl Siraj made by JEN. The SMC and teachers are very active and keeping the environment in and out of school clean. Beautiful lake in front of the school is making it more beautiful.

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Salang pass is the major road which connects Northern Afghanistan with Parwan Province. Further down this road connects to Kabul, and to Khyber Pukhtunkhwa, Pakistan.

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Valley in Panjshir. In 2015 avalanches, this area is badly affected and it was cut from the other regions of Afghanistan for many days. Access in winter is big issue but pleasure to visit in summer time.

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Afghan people love to play and watch football. This stadium is recently constructed in a village of Panjshir valley. It holds local league matches.

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June 4, 2015 in Afghanistan |