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08/27/2015

The greeting from new staff

Bonjour tout moun, I'm Alexander Francois, I am Haitian, and I just joined JEN team. I am part of the administrative team and I am there to work well with the staff. In the first week, I already have a good impression of the work the staff realized in the community of Leogane. The staffs in charge of program have efficient work and good teamwork because they go to field after morning meeting to share progress of each work.
In addition, I had a great welcome by the staff. The guard dog also welcomed me, even if it is still hard for me to trust him.

This is the second time I work in Leogane, the city of Rara. Moreover, this is a first time to work with Japanese organization, and I am eager to contribute to project where we work. 

【Alexander Francois who works as a member of administrative team】
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【Guard dog Lorka】
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August 27, 2015 in Haiti |

Livelihood Recovery through Livestock Assistance

Mr. Payo Zaman, 42 years old, belongs to North Waziristan agency, FATA.  His family is comprised of a wife, two sons and two daughters. In May 2014, Mr. Payo Zaman was displaced temporarily from his hometown due to military operations by security forces against non-state actors.

Upon reaching district Bannu in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, the government and United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) registered his family as Temporary displaced peoples (TDPs). He got a shelter along with his family and five cows that he brought from hometown in a government primary school in village named Nar Najeeb of Union Council Ghuriwala, Distrct Bannu.

The only source of income left for the family was livestock, however, due to lack of resources and animal feed, the health condition of his livestock was getting worse day by day. Production of milk was decreasing. The hot weather was also badly affecting the health condition of the livestock because he was keeping his livestock without any shelter.  The psychological conditions of his family members were negatively affected by the sufferings of displacement.

In May 2015, JEN team visited his family when Mr. Payo Zaman was planning to sell his livestock. JEN team registered his family for the livestock feed and shelter kit package. His cows were de-wormed and vaccinated by JEN veterinary team. In addition, he received training from a JEN livestock expert on livestock management.

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After utilizing the livestock assistance package provided by JEN; the health condition of livestock has improved and the milk production has increased up to eight liters per day within a few months. Improved health condition of his livestock motivated him and his family. Now he has started working as a laborer in the nearby market and sells four liters of milk daily in the market. He is earning approximately 280 rupees daily from milk selling.  His family members use milk for domestic purposes like production of lassi, yogurt and butter. His wife and children take good care of livestock which has reduced the negative impacts of displacement from their minds.

[Son of  Mr. Payo Zaman grazing his livestock]
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Their financial situation is still not good but this contribution from JEN has increased his earning. 



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August 27, 2015 in Pakistan |

Warning Boards Installation and School Health Committee in 25 schools

JEN is committed to ensure the provision of safe drinking water or hand washing water (not for drinking) to the targeted schools. For this reason JEN conducted water quality tests in all those schools where JEN did activities. The test revealed that water from some schools were not safe for drinking. We encouraged to chlorinate water, some of which became drinkable after treatment. However, the water of 25 schools were not treatable due to chemical issues and this water can be used only for washing hand. In order to prevent school students from drinking contaminated water, JEN designed a comprehensive and separate activity.

First of all, JEN decided to install warning boards. The content and design of the warning boards was created by Afghan staff in consultation with Department of Education. The warning boards have a clear message that students should avoid drinking water from the water reservoirs in school. To further facilitate the students, a picture was also included in the warning boards, making it easier for the younger students to understand the message. So far warning boards were installed in 21 out of the 25 schools. Warning board installation in four schools in district Ghorband is still pending due to security situation in the area. It will be installed once the security situation improves.

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To further ensure the prevention of students from drinking unsafe water, School Health Committee (SHC) consisting of around 7- 9 students and a teacher will raise awareness of the students. JEN organized workshop for SHC in 21 out of 25 schools to prevent students from drinking contaminated water. SHC will do several activities such as holding discussion among students. SHC will make their future plan to prevent students from drinking unsafe water in September.

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To measure the performance and effectiveness of the activity before and after workshop, pre and post KAP (Knowledge-Practice-Attitude) survey will be conducted for 10 children of the 25 schools. So far Pre KAP survey was conducted in 21 schools. As per the pre KAP survey, the situation in these schools is not good but hopefully the result will be different after warning board installation and SHC activities.



Hanief Khan
Senior Programme Assitant
JEN Islamabad Office



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August 27, 2015 in Afghanistan |

Greetings from our new staff “To get children go back to school”

Hello there, we are Namaste Team.

We, Namaste Team has been preparing to distribute school supplies and it is going well. We will distribute them in Nayagaun Villiage, Kavre County next week.

[Women are sewing bags for children]

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Children whose school uniforms were buried too deep to dig out have been going to school in plain clothes. Children share their textbooks with other children who lost them. So although they somehow manage to get by without necessities, it is urgently needed to distribute school supplies such as textbooks.

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As many families suffer from lack of daily supplies or leaky roofs, we work with residents in the village to try to distribute daily supplies or galvanized plates as fast as possible. However, we have roads blocked due to the mudslides in the rainy season, it should take a while until we will get to distribute those daily supplies or galvanized plates.

Addition to the weather issue, we also have another which is frequent rally against the government for trying to institute a new constitution. That has caused clashes with police or blocked roads. JEN’s project has been carried out carefully with the current situation and safety.

Those people affected by the disaster have suffered harshly. Despite the hardships they face, they do not forget to smile and be nice to us every time we visit the village.

Our project is not going as we planned due to the rallies and mudslides. But we are committed to carrying it out with the mind not to forget to smile and be grateful.

[These kind 2 girls went to get fresh water, even for her friends. The school doesn’t have safe drinking water resource, students need to bring bottle with them.]
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[Thank you for the adorable smile for the pic!]
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August 27, 2015 in Nepal |

08/24/2015

People’s voice in Iraq

Three weeks ago, people held demonstrations at several places in Iraqi. They have several applications; safety, ministrations (such as public electricity and water) and unemployment rate etc.

People only can use electricity for 1 hour in every 5 hours under this hot weather (50 degree centigrade) and have to buy drinking water from the tankers by 20 liters containers. There are no jobs for people even if they finished their universities or colleges, and more difficult to get a job for people who didn’t finish their education. The unemployment rate is more than 40% in Iraq.   We will keep posting local news.

We will keep posting local news.

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August 24, 2015 in Iraq |

08/20/2015

Kindness of village people in Nepal is their culture

Hello!Everyone. I am Luca from Namaste Team.

[The left is Luca]
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I have been working as an assistant since the JEN’s Nepal activity started. The most impressive activity so far was that I was visited earthquake victims, they showed us their daily lives and we reaffirmed the good things about people in Nepal.

The place I visited was Tanapathi Village in Nuwakot District. After I moved by car and I walk about more than 30 minutes, I saw people including elderly people, young women who were working in the paddy field. The women invited me, “Would you please help us together?

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Village people always talked to us positively and JEN staff from the city created a warm atmosphere for us to adjust to the village life.

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Village people live in the temporary or repaired houses. The situation is very severe because they lost their families, livestock. Also all of the furniture and equipment were broken. Children were disappointed because the school textbook and bags could not be used anymore.

Despite of such situation, they gave fruits and cones to us who came here for the preparation of activity and welcomed us with smile.

I felt the sense of gracefulness when I saw women in the village because they worked on agriculture seriously with remained agricultural equipment even if their houses were broken and most of their stuffs were gone.

Through visiting the village, I felt that one of the most important culture for people in Nepal is rich mind such as kindness and humility.

It took about more than five hours for returning home, however, it was a worthwhile experience for me to visit affected village.


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August 20, 2015 in Nepal |

92nd Ishinomaki River Festival Held

The 92nd Ishinomaki River Festival took place over two days from July 31 to August 1.

The festival began to both pay tribute to Mr. Mogobei Kawamura who built the foundation for Ishinomaki’s development by improving the estuary of the Ishinomaki River in the Edo Era and hold a memorial service for those who fell victims to accidents in oceans or rivers.

The city of Ishinomaki has undergone multiple disasters including tsunami triggered by the Chile earthquake, the Miyagi earthquake, the Great East Japan Earthquake, and so on, but never called off the festival even in the year when it was hit by these disasters because the festival has been the source of emotional support to its people.

【A press photo of the memorial service for Magobei Kawamura splashed on the Ishinomaki Nichinichi Shinbun】
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【A press photo of the memorial service for the Great East Japan Earthquake victims splashed on the Ishinomaki Nichinichi Shinbun】
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The first day of the festival started off on a ceremony for remembering Mr. Magobei Kawamura and was followed by a service to commemorate the victims of the Great East Japan Earthquake, in which service a total of 5,000 paper lanterns were floated down to comfort the spirits of the victims and fireworks were set off with wishes for recovery from the disaster.

The second day continued to follow a pattern of exciting events such as the parade featured by marching bands, the dedicatory tug-of-war competition to the god of Nawabari shrine, Magobei-boat rowing match and so on, as many as 6,000 fireworks being set off to wrap up the festival.

【A press photo of the parade splashed on the Ishinomaki Nichinichi Shinbun】
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【A press photo of the dedicatory tug-of-war competition to the god of Nawabari shrine splashed on the Ishinomaki Nichinichi Shinbun】
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The number of visitors from inside and outside Miyagi prefecture during the two-day festival rose to 226,500, increasing year after year.

Four years and five months after The Great East Japan Earthquake, Ishinomaki’s citizens want more and more people to come and see what’s going on in disaster affected areas and remember the disaster not to forget the lessons they learned from it.

JEN will continue supporting the disaster victims’ efforts to cheerfully get along with their lives.

【A press photo of the Magobei-boat rowing match splashed on the Ishinomaki Nichinichi Shinbun】
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【A press photo of the display of fireworks splashed on the Ishinomaki Nichinichi Shinbun】
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August 20, 2015 in Tohoku Earthquake |

08/13/2015

Completion of JEN’s distribution

JEN has completed distribution activity of livestock feed and shelter to TDPs of NWA (North Waziristan). Total target was 500 households. JEN developed a strategy to complete the distribution in 3 phases. Before distribution JEN printed tokens of the selected beneficiaries. Prior to distribution JEN field staff visited the targeted areas to deliver tokens to the target beneficiaries. A Token contains information of a household head e.g. name, ID card number, venue and timing of the distribution. Before each distribution JEN coordinated with all relevant authorities like police and district officer and other stakeholders like village elders etc.

The supplier delivered the project inputs one day before distribution.

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As it was the month of Ramadan and weather was extremely hot so JEN staff arranged the distribution packages from night to consolidate the distribution process on time. Security was provided by local Police Station as JEN had already submitted request for security personnel.

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The distribution was carried out in three phases where 150, 195 and 155 TDPs Households were provided with livestock feed and livestock shelter respectively. For a smooth distribution process JEN would only call selected beneficiaries for the distribution and only token holders were allowed to the distribution venue. One JEN staff and one Police person would check the token and would allow one token holder to the venue. Before distribution JEN staffs oriented the beneficiaries over distribution process.

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Next step was to take acknowledgement, attendance and thumb impression of the beneficiaries.

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After completion of this activity, JEN technical staff would give session to the beneficiaries on use of de-wormers, livestock shelter and livestock feed.

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At the end of distribution, JEN staffs would hand over the livestock feed and shelter package to the beneficiaries and in turn JEN staff would collect the tokens from beneficiaries for its record and documentation.


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August 13, 2015 in Pakistan |

Bringing happiness and improving orphan children living

Parwan is one of the thirty-four provinces of Afghanistan which has suffered a lot during last three decades of war. People of Parwan province are mostly poor and their main occupation is agriculture i.e. grapes gardening & vegetable cultivation.
Parwan province has only one orphanage school which was established in 1985 by governmental fund. It is located in Charikar city. Since its establishment in 1985, 1035 orphan students graduated from Charikar city orphanage school. Currently 160 students from 6 different provinces of Afghanistan are getting education from the school. Out of these 160 students, 2 are girls and remaining 158 are boys and all of them are residing in hostel of the orphanage school. Currently the orphanage school building (Hostel building and Classrooms) status is not good and no governmental or non-governmental organization pay attention to school building problems.

This time JEN takes initiative to distribute 1760 different pieces of winter and vernal clothes to 160 students of Charikar orphanage school which were donated by UNIQLO in June 2015. The donated clothes were stylish and of high quality stuff. During the distribution, it was observed by the JEN field team that children were so excited after receiving the clothes. The donations brought smiles on the faces of the young students. It was very clear from their faces that were much delighted by receiving these clothes. Now they have many options for daily clothes to wear as before they had just one or two pairs. I must say it is the best moment of life to see smile on the faces of cute little angels.

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Acting head of Charikar city orphanage school, teachers and students thanked UNIQLO and JEN, appreciated our hard efforts, assistance, cooperation and requested more cooperation and assistance in the future to support the orphanage students.

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Finance and Accounts Assistant
Samar Butt


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August 13, 2015 in Afghanistan |

Public transportation in Haiti

What means of transport do Haitian use to commute and move city?

First of all, fixed route bus called Tap tap is widely used to move between cities. It is popular among Haitian because it is reasonable price, while it takes time to get to destination as it stops at every station. Minivan typed bus stops less time than Tap tap while bus fare is more expensive. 

Bike taxi is often used when people move in city. It is convenient because bike can proceed without too much effect in congestion. In the biggest city such as capital of Haiti, Port au Prince, it can be seen Tap tap at any area. Moreover, there is taxi service, even though its number is limited.

When you compare fares for one way trip from Port au Prince to Leogane where JEN Haiti works, it mentions as below. (about 35km between 2 cities)

- Minivan typed bus (50 gourds=about 110 JPY) you can directly go to destination.
- Tap tap (35 gourds=about 75JPY) you must change Tap tap once on the way but less cost.
- Bike taxi (300 gourds=about 660JPY) you can go wherever you want to go but more expensive.

【Tap tap in Port au Prince】
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August 13, 2015 in Haiti |

08/06/2015

First Beneficiaries meeting at Othiyamallai project site

JEN held a first meeting for participants of JEN’s program at Othiyamallai Grama Nidarari Division (Othiyamallai GND) on 7th July. From JEN’s side, an acting head of office, project officers, community workers, and field officers were participated in the meeting. Also, the participants, beneficiary selection committee members and Community Based Organizations (CBOs) they were particularly important members, were participated in the meeting. The main purpose was introducing JEN officials and explaining the participants our project content, and clarifying their objectives.  JEN does feel, as a livelihood assistance project, the participants are able to know JEN’s project. We clearly explained then our livelihood recovery component and community strengthening part.   

The participants insisted importance size of the well. This is because they are also very much interested to do cultivation in a dry season.  In addition, they suggested completing the well construction work before end of a rainy season. They showed their eagerness to participate in the workshops.

The participants easily understood livelihood recovery part well. They raised questions on community strengthen parts.  It seemed we needed to do more explain in this regard again. Basically, they welcomed our idea on formation of well maintains committee and cooperative society. This is because they realize collective works will strengthen their unity and support their income raise.  They welcome our idea to establish food processing center in order to strengthen cooperative work.  The participants humbly request, to establish the food processing center with basic facilities such as permanent water source and hygienically accepted building. They pointed out for the approval and starting process indicated facilities were important. The participants requested to include their ideas also when their plan communities’ strengthen part.

Furthermore, the participants requested us to include local human resources in the construction work as well. This is because they think that it will support them to earn daily wages and ensure work quality as well.

People expect at least three month follow up work with them soon after formation of cooperative society. JEN agrees with their idea in some extent. This is because registration of the cooperative society becomes a hard task nowadays. They need to back up to run in the starting period to earn income and lead to registration.

Overall, people are very much interested to support and participate in our program.  They requested us to have regular meeting with them to discuss pros and cons of the project on time. It seems this is a good initiative to have good relationship with local communities and individuals.   
       

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Adaikalam
Field Officer



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August 6, 2015 in Sri Lanka |

Household water tank distribution

Water consumption has increased day by day in July with the rise in the temperature. Because of that, water scarcity was reported by some residents in some specific areas in the camp. Though the sufficient quantity of water to cover the camp population is being discharged from the well, water is not enough in some areas. The main reason was too much water consumption by residents in the camp.
Water discharged from the wells is saved in the reservoirs, which is located 2 meters high from the ground (Photo1), and then water is distributed to each household using water pressure. When residents use water continuously, water cannot be discharged quickly enough to be saved in the reservoir. As a result, enough water cannot reach some households in some areas due to insufficient water pressure.

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JEN’s engineer, camp management and well keepers discussed several times and tried some means to resolve this matter. Finally, we reached one solution to open only one valve out of 4 valves to restrict the water way and increase the water pressure in a particular area. However, this method would cut off water supply in other areas for a certain period of time. In order to alleviate this restriction, JEN decided to distribute household water tank so that residents can save water in the water tank during the time they receive water. Once the water supply is cut off, they can use water from the water tank.

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JEN also aims to increase awareness on water saving, as water consumption can be tracked by saving water in the water tank and using water from water tank by residents themselves.
JEN will continue to improve the living environment of IDP camp together with camp management and residents (IDPs).



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August 6, 2015 in Iraq |

Getting ready for living and learning

Hello everyone. This is the Namaste team!

Namaste Team is now getting ready to gather and distribute supplies and commodities based on the needs survey done in July.

We are preparing to distribute iron sheets used for strengthening houses during the rainy season, tableware, cooking goods, water containers blankets and bedding (to prepare for the winter) to 1,650 households.

【The bag we distribute】
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In addition, we are working toward distributing school goods to 2,600 students in 13 elementary and middle schools.

In order to review the contents of relief supplies such as the ones above, we must be able to properly understand the needs of the victims. Along with the Nepalese survey mobilizer, we visited 510 households in Nuwakot County Tanapati Village and Kavuru County Nayagan village individually to learn about the problems and needs they faced.

Through the investigation, we found out some important things. For example, all households have received 15,000 rupees (about 18,000 yen) as earthquake benefit from the government of Nepal. However, in households from low castes that do not own farmland, the money they received from the government must be used for food, and cannot be used to reinforce their collapsed houses.

Therefore, JEN will distribute iron plates to villages where many of the minority low caste households live, and will continue to support them to withstand the rainy season.

Because houses had been completely destroyed, another serious matter is that bedding and tableware have all been destroyed. Since there are very little plates, 2 people first eat together, and after the first two finish eating, the next 2 start eating, like a relay. 

Furthermore, before the earthquake, drinking water from the mountain spring was supplied through a pipe system smoothly, but after the earthquake, the spring’s water supply has been depleted. Now, it takes more time to draw the water, or it becomes necessary to find other water sources, and it seems to have come to be very time consuming to fetch water than before.

Hence, JEN will distribute water containers to the villagers so that they can store water in households, and try to reduce the labor of fetching water as much as possible.

JEN, together with victims of the Nepal earthquake will continue to promote activities towards the disaster reconstruction.

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August 6, 2015 in Nepal |

08/03/2015

Life on mountains in Nepal

Hello, this is the report from Namaste Team.

We have been investigating Nuwakot County, Sindhupalchok County and Kavre County in this week, too.

As a result, we found many houses have problems that they do not have enough kitchenware and bedclothes which should be conserved in their houses. We clearly knew we have to provide such stuffs for their life immediately.

In addition, we found it is desired to get stationary and school bags by not only kids but also their parents to support them to restart education.

[A temporary elementary school made of woods and galvanized plates. It may not be possible to exist even for 3 months because of serious damage by termites.]
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Furthermore, they need more supply, for example galvanized plates and some goods to pass the winter. It is rainy season now, so a lot of houses just covered by old galvanized roof and plastic are damaged by thunder and rain every day. In addition, they have to prevent from the cold winter season a few months later.

「Tents and houses which are covered only by old galvanized plates.]
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I have never experienced the winter season in Nepal, so it is hard for me to imagine severity of the winter season on mountains which elevation is over 1,000 meters. Therefore JEN is planning to distribute useful stuffs like blankets to pass the winter.

[A temporary cement house which floor stands one meter with galvanized roof. As this house is made of wood, some parts have serious problems of termites.]
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We will start distribution of living ware, bedclothes, blankets to pass the winter and stationary for children to restart education in these three counties.


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August 3, 2015 in Nepal |