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10/30/2015

A damage situation in Charikar

We have got pictures of the damage situation in Charikar, Parwan Province.

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October 30, 2015 in Afghanistan |

10/29/2015

Voices from women and girls

Today, in 29 October, Nepal has got the first female president in its history. The new president is expected to further participation of women in the society and in the field of politics.

However, women and girls have been suffering from many difficulties after the great earthquake in April.
According to the research by the United Nations, 70% of women are spending more time than before for taking care of children and family members or labor like drawing water. It also shows the fact that 70% of women have shortened their time for rest and sleep. There is also a report saying that after the earthquake the number of trafficking in girls has got increased twice as much as in the normal.

What you can see in Nepal is these difficulties for female, but we can also find that women are positively stepping forward to the future, like a schoolgirl saying that  she “will study hard to become a teacher or nurse” after JEN gave her the school supplies.

JEN believes that distributing the school supplies encouraged and gave an opportunity for improving the education standard of the girls.  Monitoring it until the middle of November, JEN will continue to support Nepal.

[Women in Nepal work very hard]
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[Both girls and boys go to school]
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October 29, 2015 in Nepal |

10/27/2015

【Breaking news】JEN making action as an emergency assistance for the earthquake in Afghanistan and Pakistan

A day after the Afghanistan and Pakistan earthquake, which happened in the north Afghanistan, more than 300 casualties were already confirmed in the affected area. The affected area in Afghanistan is the area  under the control by the armed group.  Therefore, there is only a little access to the information and we are trying to get a whole picture of damages there. As the damages in Pakistan become clear, we assume that the situation and the number of the victims in Afghanistan will get worse.

JEN has already been working in the area around the epicenter. Since the affected area is located in a mountainous area, there is a high possibility that those affected area is left behind the assistance. Considering those facts, we concluded that emergency assistance is urgently needed.

Please kindly support our emergency assistance for the earthquake in Afghanistan and Pakistan. We are truly appreciated with your contribution.

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October 27, 2015 in Afghanistan |

10/26/2015

2015 Hindu Kush Earthquake

We received a follow-up report from JEN staff in Pakistan.
The safety of all the staffs working in both countries on Afghanistan and
Pakistan has been confirmed.

This is because the earthquake epicentre was near the mountainous area of Hindu Kush (It is 3000 meters high and runs east-west from Pakistan to Afghanistan), we
are concerning about the influence on our fields in both countries.

We will continue to collect information.




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October 26, 2015 in Afghanistan |

Earthquake hit the Northern Afghanistan. We have begun collecting

At 18:09 Japan time (13:39 local time), a 7.5 magnitude earthquake
occurred.

JEN has begun collecting information about the damages caused by it.

The impact of the earthquake, which centered in the Northern Afghanistan,
is said to be far and wide.

We have been collecting information after receiving an immediate report
from our regional staffs.

October 26, 2015 in Afghanistan |

10/22/2015

Really Thanks for Coming

Hello, this is Namaste Team.

This week we want to report the situation of the distribution of galvanized plates.

In this week, we distributed galvanized plates to 155 households in the disaster area to reinforce their temporary housing in Kavre County, Nayagaun Village.

The main target of the distribution was people who have been in economically hard situation since before the disaster, people who were called Dalit, that meant the low position of caste and could not afford to have place to live. They could not buy materials to reinforce their houses because their money supplied from Nepalese Government was enough only for their food. So they had to build their temporary housing by weak materials like bamboo and wood. They had to live in housings which roof had holes and raindrops fell into their housings.

That was why JEN determined to distribute galvanized plates so that they can reinforce their roofs.
After distribution, people in the village talked with smiles, “We are finally able to sleep under the fine roofs. Up to now we have been suffering from the leaky roofs , but thanks to these galvanized plates, we must be able to spend the winter season without troubles.”
They also said, “Though other agencies were also talking about distribution of galvanized plates, only JEN executed it. We really appreciate you.”

JEN started to dispatch residence staffs to Nepal from Jun. To support the sufferers’ recovery, we already distributed commodity and bedclothes to 1,568 households and galvanized plates to 155 households. We also supplied stuffs for study to over 2,600 students.

However, over 500,000 people still need supports to fulfill basic needs, for example offering shelter, education, foods and medical services. We, JEN continue to be base in the village until the end of this month to continue the activities. After that, we are going to follow the situation in Nepal by visits and interview from cooperating organizations in Nepal.

【It needs to be careful to carry galvanized plate on dangerous roads】
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【Ladies and kids are waiting for the distribution】
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【Villagers check the galvanized plates】
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October 22, 2015 in Nepal |

Placement of Awareness Raising Banners

Raising public awareness on livestock management is one of the important components of JEN’s project for temporarily dislocated people in district Bannu, province KP. To achieve this, JEN uses placement of printed banners with pictures and written messages. These banners are placed in public places like markets, communal gatherings, veterinary hospitals and stores.

The banners communicate several messages to project beneficiaries regarding livestock management e.g. Improved health of livestock, utilization of vaccines and medicines, improved production, income generation, hygienic environment and improved breed of livestock. JEN has placed these banners on fifteen different locations in its targeted geographical area.

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With this activity, JEN hopes to raise awareness of the beneficiaries on modern techniques of livestock management. These messages will help in minimizing the losses of beneficiaries and will help them attain increased livestock production leading towards their improved food security.

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October 22, 2015 in Pakistan |

Need for Educational Revolution

The Afghan education suffered a lot from lack of qualified, trained teachers. Indeed, many teachers had no more than a primary-school education and/or inadequate knowledge of their subjects and no modern teaching methods. This is all because Afghanistan has passed many years of war and still they are burning in the war. As you all know that no nation can develop without quality or modern education, that builds the nations and become the cause of prosperity which gives the path that leads towards bright future. JEN has worked a lot for the last five years to help Afghan students to make their education level in good manner.

JEN conducted need assessment for 2016 in districts Charikar and Shinwari in Parwan province. In total 106 schools were visited during need assessment survey, 63 schools in district Charikar and 43 schools in district Shinwari. Besides having unqualified and untrained teachers, the need assessment survey showed the lack of wash facilities, schools building in bad condition, no boundary wall of schools and on the top of all these schools had no safe drinking water.

All these things needs to be addressed to help Afghan students getting their basic rights of good education so that they can improve their standard of living and can help their socioeconomic matters. JEN is looking forward to improve facilities of these schools and to train teachers as much as possible. Contribution from each sector of society is required to join hands to realize afghan educational revolution.

[School in Charikar district]
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[School in Shinwari district]]
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Finance & Accounts Assistant
Samar


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October 22, 2015 in Afghanistan |

Haiti under deforestation

If you enter the Dominican Republic from Haiti, you will notice that there are less plants and trees in the latter than the former.

Jared Diamond: a Bio-Geographer and professor of University of California, Los Angeles told in his book “Collapse” that only 1% of the land in Haiti is covered by forest, while 28% is covered in the Dominican Republic. Why does this gap occur when both countries are located on the same island (Hispaniola)?

The reason lies in people’s lives. In the Dominican Republic, gas is used for cooking, but in Haiti people use charcoal to make fire for cooking.

There is a limitation of livelihood in rural farming areas in Haiti. To chop down trees and make charcoal is an important source of income for people in these areas. Also, many people in Haiti are living under poverty and they do not have additional money to purchase gas. They have fallen into a negative cycle.

If we lose forest, we lose a place for water reservation, and eventually a place to live. It is necessary to break this negative cycle and think about how to restrain deforestation as much as we can.

[People making charcoal]
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[Charcoal before taking to market]
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October 22, 2015 in Haiti |

Next Support Activities to Move onto

Record-breaking rainfall in September breached levees in inland areas of Miyagi Prefecture, causing immense damages on the areas. Responding to calls by organization working in the Oshika Peninsula after the earthquake, locals in Ishinomaki voluntarily joined clearing houses of sludge in the flood-ravaged areas.

【The Kahokushinpou Reports Bank in Osaki, Miyagi Collapsed.】
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【The Kahokushinpou Reports Volunteers Busy Removing Sludge.】
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These days, we can expect disasters caused by torrential rains, volcano eruptions, and landslides anywhere at any time. It’s vital for us to do something to help disaster evacuees in corporation with others in times of emergency. What is heartening to us is that there are willing helpers among people who have experienced the Tohoku earthquake, as we saw in the recent flooding where people in Ishinomaki took prompt action in corporation with organizations.

The city of Ishinomaki was heavily damaged by the Great East Tohoku Earthquake, but thanks to support from all over the world, its key industry has achieved reconstruction and its communities are gradually recovering, new movements found to be created.

【The Removal of Sludge at Tsukinoura】
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【The Relocation of Minato Junior High School】
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Since setting up its liaison office in Ishinomaki, JEN has been making continued efforts to help develop local communities, and has decided to close the office at the end of this October because the needs for on-site activities have changed. From now on, our continued support to the communities will be delivered through recovery assistance organizations based in the disaster hit areas.



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October 22, 2015 in Tohoku Earthquake |

10/15/2015

Introducing a member of the Community Hygiene Promoter

He is Mr. Tarjadin, 22 years old, living in the camp where JEN is working. He is an IDP from Sinjar area in Kurdistan.

[Mr. Tarjadin]
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Mr. Tarjadin incurred a disability in his leg due to medical malpractice when he was a child and has been using a cane ever since. In spite of his disability, he actively conducts tent-to-tent visits for hygiene promotion, participates in cleaning day in the camp and attends meetings for Community Hygiene Promotion.

The camp is not an easy place for people with disabilities to live because of its hills and the graveled roads. In addition, the camp is fairly large and it does not provide convenient transportation.

JEN staff asked him the reason he is so active and the reason why he wanted to be a Community Hygiene Promoter. He answered “I wanted to give advice to people and support people. There was no volunteer group in my hometown, but this kind of volunteerism is necessary to protect health of people who are living in the camp. In addition, I like this volunteer work.”

JEN staff asked another question: did you feel any change after conducting tent-to-tent hygiene promotion, to which he answered, “I think before tent-to-tent visit, people used water for cleaning tents and washing cars even though water scarcity was reported in some areas. In addition, I saw a lot of children walking outside without shoes. After hygiene promotion, I feel those behaviors have been reduced.”

Community Hygiene Promoters consist of around 50 male and female volunteers.
JEN will continue to facilitate such behavior in spreading proper hygiene practice in the camp.

[Cleaning Day in the camp]
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October 15, 2015 in Iraq |

Protect family in the long difficult situation (Part Ⅰ)

I am a JEN’s staff. Once I introduced myself to her, Malini who lives in a village, looked at me with shining eyes. She said “I have been fighting with difficulties for a long time to protect my family, but I’m now full of hope. Since I participate in JEN’s activities, I can own property to improve our living condition and earn an income from small-scale agriculture.”

<Malini and goats>
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“I’m forty three years old. Two of my daughters are sixteen years old and fourteen years old. My husband fell victim to the war that continued over two decollates. Our life was destroyed in the moment of his death.

My husband’s death in 2000 was a tragedy. I thought that my life has been taken away, too. However, I have lived somehow only with a sense of duty and determination to raise my two daughters.

The past fifteen years since his death, I have been raising my daughters and worked as hard as I could. I’ve been a day laborer and supported road works and farm work of paddies. However, I could not get these works every time. Income from those hard works are only just enough for daily meal and minimum daily necessities for my little daughters. I didn’t have any other income sources besides the day labor.

However, I have two goats which are my only tool as sources of income.

I really felt relieved, when I was selected in a JEN’s project in 2015. I was told that I would be certified as a woman householder and would be provided a newly built well for farming to start a small-scale agriculture.

It was a very hard work to draw drinking water from a public well nearby. I was excited to hear that I could have my own well. My daughters didn’t like to bathing at the public well, so the news of the well is wonderful support for my family.

In addition, the project has another aspect which is “sharing”. My well is shared with two families, my family and my neighbor. To make it convenient for both of us, we agreed to build a well between the two houses.

I also participated in a workshop facilitated by JEN. They consistently told us to support each other and to aim for a common goal. I think it is important for support and develop awareness to each other in our community. Thanks to the workshop, I have learnt a lot. I look forward to carrying out life in our society, with the shared well with my neighbor.”

(Continue to next time)


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October 15, 2015 in Sri Lanka |

With people in Nepal

It has been half a year since the earthquake in Nepal took place. Unfortunately, still over five hundred thousand citizen are desire aid shelter and daily necessities and living under the circumstance with insufficient food.

This week, supplies were provided to 260 households to the village of Tanapathi of the district of Nuwakot who were not able receive daily necessities and bedding because of the rainy seasons.  The villagers are prepared for the coldness with blankets and mats so that they can survive this cold coming winter.

[A woman who received a package of living items]
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Furthermore, JEN asked for cooperation to the NGO staff in RAPARUTE, the village develop committee which represents the village administrative organization to select distribution items, operate distribution and monitor for their activities in Nepal.

Since the project was planned from the beginning to the stage of monitoring with the collaboration of the local NGO and the villagers with JEN. Therefore, this became an opportunity to experience a new action for the local NGO staff and villagers.

We hope that the staff of LALUPATE are able to take action efficiently and recalls their procedure they experienced with JEN. They are expected to be able to carry out, such as purchasing distribution goods on a scheduled time line from the suppliers, distributing based on the time line and so on.

When JEN correspondence to these natural disaster area, JEN always trying to collaborate with the local people and to promote their ability. This will help the local people ability to correspondence and prevent natural disaster by themselves. JEN is supporting to bring up the ability of the local people leads to support themselves.

[Children in school]
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October 15, 2015 in Nepal |

10/08/2015

Village Elders

Village Elders (VEs) are one of the most important stakeholders of JEN’s on-going project for temporarily dislocated people in Protection of Livestock project in district Bannu, KP province. VEs are part of JEN’s Livestock Management Committees (LMC) where other members in the committee are comprised of Livestock Extension Workers (LEWs), Livestock department staff and private veterinary practitioners. Capitalizing upon the influential role of VEs, JEN has assigned them a responsibility to keep check on LEWs and beneficiaries. Main responsibilities of LEWs and beneficiaries is to utilize the resources to its fullest provided by JEN such as Livestock Feed, Shelter and Livestock First Aid Kit and follow coordination mechanism with Livestock Department.

Mr. Ghulam is one of the VEs working with JEN as member of LMC. He is living in JEN’s target area since dislocation last year in June from his hometown in North Waziristan Agency. He lives in a small rented house with his family. He himself is owner of two cows and two goats.

Mr. Ghulam checks on the responsibilities of LEWs. He takes feedback from the community regarding LEWs activities. He motivates and reminds LEWs for their due task whenever he feels a gap. Performing such work smoothly, it has become one of the major role of village elders.

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October 8, 2015 in Pakistan |

Education in Afghanistan

This time, we try to tell about the environment surrounding Afghan education.

Regarding the literacy rate of people above 15 years old, it is 45.4 % in male and 17.0 % in female※.
When we compare it with Japan’s rate which is almost 100%, we can see that there is a very big difference.  The school environments surrounding education are not in sufficient condition either. Since about half of schools do not have usable building, they manage the classes in the field. About 70% of school buildings lack boundary walls, 30% of schools lack safe drinking water and 60% of schools lack sanitation facilities like toilets※. Such a situation prevents children from attending school. So, it can lead to a decrease in the school attendance rate. And, as mentioned above, it becomes the cause of a decline of literacy rate.

In such Afghanistan, JEN has conducted in 3 schools environment improvement projects by the grant of the Japan Platform since March of this year. And in two schools, the construction of classrooms, the toilets, the boundary walls and the boundary walls was finally completed last month in September. We were able to be one step forward so that Afghan children can receive classes in secure and safe environment.

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We just hope Afghan children to attend school with more confidence and take more opportunities to touch on education along with our support.

※ Afghanistan National Education for All Review Report, 2015



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October 8, 2015 in Afghanistan |

The Impact of Gasoline Shortage

Hello from the Namaste Team!

Nepal’s new constitution came into effect on September 20. Due to protests against the new constitution, the roads connecting India and Nepal have been blocked. This has caused imports of supplies such as fuel from India to slow down, resulting in a shortage of gasoline. Citizens are unable to drive their cars, and delivery of supplies by NGOs and international organizations are stagnating.

At JEN, the Nepalese project officer contacted various parties and managed to secure gasoline, enabling us to continue our distribution activities. This incident taught us the hard lesson of how seriously political conditions affect our activities, as well as the necessity to maintain a certain amount of fuel storage, no matter which country we operate in going forward.

As the villagers know well that gasoline is in need, they were genuinely surprised when JEN staff arrived to distribute supplies this week. They welcomed our staff as always, with very gentle smiles.

JEN has already completed distribution of daily items and bedding to 8,000 families and school supplies to 2,600 students in Sindhupalchok and Kavre districts. We will continue our efforts to secure gasoline this week, and strive to deliver supplies as soon as possible to all of the affected people in need of assistance.

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On the way home from school
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A mother told us that daily supplies provided by JEN are being helpful.
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October 8, 2015 in Nepal |

The repair work of the water source completed

The repair work of the water source has been completed at the Grand Goave district and the Bas Gerard area.

Before the repair work was completed, the water had been flowed out from the cracks covered by concrete. Therefore, there was a possibility that the polluted water got into the water source due to its backward flow. In addition, the amount of the water in the water tanks decreased by leaking.

We repaired and strengthened the water source by concrete. It will make possible to provide safe water and ensure more amount of water.

In the Bas Gerard area, safe water has been supplied to residents through the “kiosk type water supply facility” and the private running water. The water source being polluted leads to pollute all the water supply facilities. JEN will continue our support in order for residents to access safe water.

<The water source before being repaired> >
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<The water source after being repaired>
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October 8, 2015 in Haiti |

10/01/2015

New Administration and Finance Officers

I am Gaminieesa Gandhithason I have more than 15 years of experience in working with many of the organization including the UN. I have successfully handled finance, administration and logistic works for massive relief and recovery operations during and after the disaster.

I joined JEN as an Administration Officer. First of all I would like to say thanks to JEN Sri Lanka for selecting me for this position, to give my support to the community in the resettlement areas. I am very glad to hear about JEN’s activities in Sri Lanka since 2004 for post-disaster recovery and later supporting the war affected people in the North. I am so happy to be able to support contributing to our society, by helping those still in need. That is why I once changed my track from admin/finance to program for 2 years. I worked with UN-Habitat, as a Project Assistant (Housing). During this period I had a good chance to talk directly with the war affected people.

I hope that there will be much more people uplifting their living standards through JEN’s assistance.

[Gaminieesa(Administration Officer)and Al(Finance Officer)]
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Gaminieesa Gandhithason
Administration Officer



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October 1, 2015 in Sri Lanka |

The Refugee's diseases

In the random aggregates of the Iraqi refugees and the refugees camps of Al Anbar , Diyala and Kirkuk , the epidemic diseases diffused because of the hard hot weather in summer and cold weather in winter , expired medicine and drinking a direct water from the lake.  There are no regular visiting from the hygienic teams to the refugees camps or to the random aggregates. In the summer there are different types of diseases like the diarrhea, lice, and pectoral diseases.

It is difficult to treat these diseases because of the shortage in the availability of medicine and limited visits of hygienic teams from ministry of health. On other hand they undergo from the afflicting of the snake & scorpion in the camps.

Most of Iraqi refugees have a poor status and don’t have the ability of private treatment for the diseases, more than half million babies and children from the Iraqi refugees need the hygienic caring.

“random aggregates”:IDPs become groups settled in any place wherever there is space

[Refugees in camps]
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[Refugees in random aggregates]
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October 1, 2015 in Iraq |

Supply Distribution and Children’s Human Rights

Hello from Namaste Team. Today we will talk about the distribution of basic goods (e.g. dish and cookware) and bedclothes in Bhimtal village in Sindhupalchok District.
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Goods like dish and cookware is essential for daily life. However, for disaster victims who are struggling to make ends meet every day, it is not easy to buy the supply. Some families are under strained circumstances where subvention is not left after buying food.

JEN hopes distribution of dish, cookware, and blankets for winter help ease up disaster victims’ family budget.

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Victims are in economic difficulty after disaster. In this situation, there may be a risk of human-rights abuse especially for girls. The legal age for marriage is 18 in Nepal, but some girls are forced to marry young, at the age of 14 or so, from dire poverty.

JEN believes it is important to continue the support talked above to protect the human rights of children.


Your kind contribution will be delivered to people who were affected by the disaster through JEN.

October 1, 2015 in Nepal |