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11/26/2015

Current Project Report

JEN is currently implementing a PHPF (Pakistan Humanitarian Pooled Funding) funded project for 1,150 returnee families in Khyber Agency, FATA. JEN is implementing this project in partnership with a local NGO call SDO (State Development Organization).

So far, 1,000 families have received the Agriculture Inputs Package. Out of 1,000 beneficiaries there are 229 women beneficiaries house hold. Hence around 23% beneficiaries are either widow or women headed households. Many of these women come to distribution spot where project female staffs help them in receiving kitchen gardening package.

They are also trained on techniques of kitchen gardening to get better production. Training material for women beneficiaries in Pakistan has been prepared keeping in view their low literacy rate. A leaflet has been carefully designed in order to focus more on visual contents than on text.

Out of 1,000 HHs, 150 households are persons with disabilities. Most common disabilities found among the beneficiaries are related to Polio, Psychological problems, by birth hearing impairment and leg and arm amputation.

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The beneficiaries with disabilities came in person to receive the package and get trained. Elderly persons also come to the distribution point.

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With this project, JEN expects to help recover agriculture based livelihood of the various targeted beneficiaries.

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November 26, 2015 in Pakistan |

Humanitarian aids for the people of Badakhshan

A powerful 7.5 magnitude earthquake struck Afghanistan and Pakistan on 26, Oct, 2015 which caused 115 fatalities, 524 people injured, 6,929 houses destroyed in Afghanistan. (UNOCHA 12 November 2015) Badakhshan is one of the most critically impacted earthquake-affected provinces in Afghanistan.

Due to security concern, lack of communication and difficult terrains approximately 20% assessment remained in Badakhshan which is still a challenge. The 80% of assessment verified that the affected people are in crucial situation who are in need of humanitarian assistance and their urgency identified as Food Items, Non-Food Items, Winterization and Hygiene kits, Shelters and Healthcare to be provided immediately.

Unfortunately the expectation is that the affected people will face comprehensive risks which may cause another tragedy in Badakhshan, because Badakhshan province has harsh winter and most often affect by natural disasters like avalanches, landslides, snowstorms and floods. The clock is ticking and the people who have lost their homes and related morbidity need immediate support to ensure their safety and well-being during upcoming winter.

The government is leading assessment and response efforts to all disasters in Afghanistan, but has less capacity to cover entirely, thus far the United Nations and its humanitarian partners in Afghanistan are supporting the government to assess and respond to people impacted by the quake. To provide long-term recovery and resilience of earthquake for affected people it is needed the provision of humanitarian assistance in Badakhshan.

By:
Hameedullah “Hamid”
Senior Field Officer

[ The disable Household whose house damaged (Baharak district-Badakhshan).]
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[ Completely destroyed house struck by Earthquake (Baharak district-Badakhshan).]
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[ Earthquake affected elder who are presently living in a tent (Kesham district-Badakhshan) ]
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[ Earthquake struck family members whose house damaged (Shohada district Badakhshan).]
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[ Ruined houses struck by earthquake (Kesham district-Badakhshan)]
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November 26, 2015 in Afghanistan |

Kiosk-type Water Facility No.5 Construction is Complete

JEN’s Haiti Office is now working on a water hygiene project. This project is centered on the Leogane and Grand Goave communes, which were struck hard during the 2010 earthquake.
In Bas Gerard area where is a part of Grand Goave commune, we have installed one kiosk-type water facility. Also, because the area lacked water pipes, we extended the pipes an extra 200 meters to pull water to the water facility.

This 5th kiosk tower will be used by 35 households living in Bas Gerard area as well as 15 households from two other communities living around the area. As soon as the construction finished, the residents came to get water. Before, the residents had to walk 20-30 minutes to fetch water from the 4th kiosk tower. This time has now been shortened as a result of the new water facility.

The finished kiosk-type water facility is now run by the local water management committee, and will be maintained and managed by the residents themselves in the future.

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November 26, 2015 in Haiti |

11/19/2015

Moving on with the victims: JEN’s New Effort

From the past experiences in Japan, it is said that there is an increase number of the victims who says that “the most depressing time comes three or four years after the disaster”. It is also evidenced by the various psychological studies.

Walking in the devastated area makes us realize that the reconstruction has not been made a progress yet. The reconstruction in the central city has been done. But if we walk away from the city center, we see the bulldozers running in the devastated area by Tsunami.

【The coastal area in the suburb of Kamaishi city. People used to live here.】
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The soft aspect of the recovery tends to be missed compared to the hard one because of its difficulty to be found out. As more time has been passed since the disaster, the problems, which existed before such as the number of youths decreasing, nursing care, and poverty, have gotten worse.

Therefore, since October 2015, for the long-term solution in Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima Prefectures, JEN has shifted from their previous approach as a direct assistance to the victims to a so-called “partnership” assistance with the local organizations, As for the partnership, JEN works not only for providing the necessary fund for their action but also for making plans together and providing a training to strengthen their ability to get things done and building networks.

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In Ishinomaki JEN has a partnership with the local organization “Nursing Care for Men”. After the disaster, a lot of elderly couples are forced to live in their own, while being separated  from their other family members. With the help of the medical and nursing experts, we are organizing a nursing care class for men to reduce women’s distress from nursing the elderly men, and their isolation. It also aimed to encourage the quality of lives of both nursing and being nursed people.

【A partner organization in Ishinomaki, “Nursing Care for Men”: JEN facilitated a workshop for making its project plan.】
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We will continue to report our activities with the various organizations in the regions. Thank you for your  help.



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November 19, 2015 in Tohoku Earthquake |

Assessment in Badakhshan Province

The assessment of earthquake affected people is ongoing in the four earthquake affected provinces (Badakhshan, Kapisa, Takhar and Baghlan provinces). Badakhshan was the most affected of all these. According to UNOCHA latest report 12 people were killed, 20 wounded while 2,344 houses were damaged in Badakhshan province.

[Majority of the houses were destroyed due to the earthquake in village bulbul Dara, district Kesham, Badakhshan province]
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[A view of completely destroyed house in village Wakhshi, District Kesham, Badakhshan province]
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Afghan team reached to Badakhshan province on November 5th. Then we conducted meetings with local authorities to confirm latest information and visited the area to have site assessment of the affected individuals. We will make good use of this information obtained by the assessment for our emergency support activities.

[JEN assessment team is visiting the affected areas in village Wakhshi, District Kesham, Badakhshan province]
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[An elder person standing alongside his damaged house in village charmaghz, district Kesham, Badakhshan province]
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November 19, 2015 in Afghanistan |

Dry Food Production by Agricultural Cooperative Societies

The community we mention here is the ‘agricultural cooperative society (ACS)’, in which all project members participate. ACSs are established and supported in each project site. Each ACS selects a steering committee as its leader. The structure of a society is designed to enable all members to work together in order to seek solutions and address problems when they arise.

Previously they learned several skills at community strengthening workshops with various topics such as: what is leadership, problem-solving; relationship-building with local authorities; stakeholder analysis, and teamwork. The ACS provides opportunities for people to use these skills practically.
We also introduce activities which have specific themes, as ways to practice operational management of the community, and also, to create a source of income. This year’s theme is ‘dry food production’. The project is planned to be launched mainly by 7 to 11 steering committees in each project site.
Some days ago, a ‘drying machine’ which is need for dry food production arrived at the project site. Although its design is very simple, the machine is able to dry up to 20 kilograms of vegetables and fruit at once. We tried drying some edible leaves as a demonstration, just after the machine arrived.

JEN hopes that dry food production will lead to stronger communities and better relationships among project members and village residents, to motivate their cooperation in order to solve future problems.

This is the centre of ACS which is placed the drying machine
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This is the drying machine
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The steering committee placed sliced eggplant on the machine
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Vegetable leaf is also good for dry food
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They placed chip of wood on a bucket and it is fuel of the machine
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The bucket of chip put under the machine and set the fire
Hot air circulated from bottom to top of the machine and the food was made it.
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David, the project officer, explaining how to use the machine
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After 30 minutes, the dry food was made it!
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November 19, 2015 in Sri Lanka |

After a pandemic of cholera

Since the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, the country reached epidemic proportions of cholera in many areas. The Government of Haiti announced that from October 2010 to January 2014, the numbers of cholera patients were 698,304.

According to a survey from 2013, there were 58,505 cholera patients that year, which was a decrease from 100,000 in 2012. In 2014, the number was reduced to half: 26,000. If you look at the numbers, there appears to have been a big reduction in cholera cases and eradication of the disease seems to be successful.

However, from January to August 2015, the numbers increased to 21,666 which was a 147% increase. According to these data, it seems that there are limits to the attempts of a number of organizations to control cholera outbreaks.

Cholera is transmitted by polluted water and food, and through feces and vomit of infected patients. In Haiti, people living in poverty do not have sufficient access to safe water, sanitation and public health centers. This reality is connected to the situation where cholera infections do not stop.

Finance shortage is another reason. The finances required for the activities, preventing cholera pandemic, proposed by the UN have only reached 46% of their goal from 2014 to 2015. If the fundraising is not successful, there is no possibility to construct infrastructure to provide safe water.

If these problems are not solved, there will be no way to conquer cholera.

JEN will continue to provide support to allow the majority access to safe water.

【 The river of the central area of the capital, where garbage is dumped】
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November 19, 2015 in Haiti |

Cholera epidemic in Iraq

Another disaster has hit the people of Iraq. While the state situation is far from stabilized and life quality is still insufficient, cholera – a disease that disappeared from Iraq a long time ago – has now re-emerged.

According to the Iraqi Ministry of Health, over 300 infected individuals and 5 deaths have been reported. However, the actual situation seems to be far worse than this. The number of infected people is believed to be larger.

The cholera epidemic was mainly caused by ingestion of water that is not suitable for drinking. This was caused by other implications with the public water supply. Another reason is that people were dumping garbage on the streets and in the residential quarters, because they could not find a place to bury them.

Cholera is a contagious disease that can cause death within hours if it is not treated. However, 80% of those infected can be saved if they are given oral rehydration salt (ORA), as recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO).

We can stop the spread of the epidemic by coordinating efforts to improve hygienic conditions, especially by providing clean drinking water and foods not contaminated by germs. A hygiene awareness campaign to change people’s mindset towards hygiene is also necessary.

JEN is making a booklet about cholera and sending it to elementary and junior high school students, as well as providing training for teachers and students to raise awareness about personal hygiene.

[Booklets distributed by JEN]
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November 19, 2015 in Iraq |

11/16/2015

Well rehabilitation in newly liberated areas

In August 2015, JEN conducted well rehabilitation in newly liberated area in Iraqi Kurdistan. As natural water source in many parts of Kurdistan is limited, residents depend on deep wells to provide water that they need for everyday use. However, many of the wells have been damaged making it more difficult for IDPs to return to their villages.

Currently, there are around 35 wells in the villages JEN has considered, but out of them, only 11 wells are functional.  These wells are connected to a main water reservoir for the village, which can be 20 to 30 meters high, so when there are not enough functional wells, they cannot produce enough water pressure to fill the reservoirs. If the reservoirs cannot be filled, water cannot be delivered through the water network. Out of the six villages JEN considered, we decided to work on two wells that provide water to a village that has around 500 returnees. 

[Water reservoir for the village]
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[Damaged well]
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Reasons that the wells are not working vary from a well to another. Some wells have a burnt motor from overuse, some have damaged pumps, others just have damaged cables or switch boxes to turn the well on. Therefore, JEN field staff and engineer visited the wells with a group of electricians and technicians to first assess the damage, and then to repair the wells with necessary equipment. This time, all parts, including the motor, pump, cables and the switchbox were replaced for the first well and just the pump was replaced for the other well.

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The wells are now functional and are able to provide water into the village’s water reservoir and to the village itself. JEN plans to continue the well rehabilitation work, in coordination with the Ninewa governorate water department to prepare necessary water infrastructure for when people begin to return to their villages.

[Water came out of the well!]
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November 16, 2015 in Iraq |

11/12/2015

26th October earthquake

On 26th October 2015 a powerful earthquake magnitude of 7.5 hit Afghanistan and Pakistan. The earthquake caused 280 deaths, 1,982 injured and damaged 103,268 houses in Pakistan. The majority of damages occurred in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa where death are 232, injured 1,577 and 89,102 houses were damaged. (National Disaster Management Authority, 09/11/2015)

This earthquake reminded us of the 8th October 2005 earthquake of Kashmir and of northern areas of Pakistan. The same types of vulnerabilities are reported and the needs are very similar to the previous ones. Although the scale of damages is not that much high as it was in 2005, however still the most affected areas gave the same picture as of 2005.

JEN worked for 3 years in Kahsmir to support the earthquake victims and survivors. JEN supported people with emergency relief items and provided support in the education sector throughout that period. The affected people of the current earthquake are also in extremely vulnerable conditions. The winter season already started and many people are under the clear sky. The people need to be addressed quickly to minimize the adverse effects of disaster and harsh weather. The higher needs of the people are warm clothing, shelter and other supplies. The government and other humanitarian organizations have just started to support the people, however there is a long journey ahead to recover the lives of the people and for building the system of disaster risk reduction.

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November 12, 2015 in Pakistan |

Launch of the emergency assistance for Afghanistan earthquake

As many people know, a massive earthquake occurred on 26th October 2015 in Afghanistan. Since the hard winter season will start soon, we decided to launch the emergency assistance for Afghanistan to support the affected people.

Firstly, JEN team visited Kapisa province to assess the initial damage on November 4th 2015. JEN team attended a meeting which was chaired by the head of Afghanistan National Disaster Management Authority (ANDMA).

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In the meeting the head of ANDMA shared the detail of damages caused by the earthquake. At the meeting the head of ANDMA said that in Khoshi village a soil hill has got crack during the earthquake and created a serious threat to the 45 houses located at the bottom of the hill.  They recommended that houses located in the area must evacuate, as cracks will develop further and land slide will occur during this winter.

JEN team accompanied by the head of ANDMA visited the location and found out that cracks were more than 25 cm wide and 65m long. This creates a threat to the houses located nearby. The people who live in such a dangerous place just need the emergency assistance now.

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November 12, 2015 in Afghanistan |

We will meet again

Hello, this is the Namaste team.

There is the Tihar festival in Nepal this week, so the town is very lively. Because of the festival, the Nepalese take a break from work and spend time with their family, but the staffs of JEN went to the village of Bhimtal in Sindhupalchok county for monitoring.

Through the monitoring, we found out that the living necessities, bedding, and school supplies we had distributed to the villagers and students were used with great care.

Before JEN had distributed beddings, there were people who had slept on a piece of plastic sheet on the floor of their temporary housing. Now, the parents and the child have to share the mattress that JEN provided, but they happily told as how they are sleeping better than they were when they were sleeping on a plastic sheet.

As for the living necessities, the people use them everyday but store them with care so they can be used for special occasions as well.

JEN was able to distribute living necessities, bedding, and goods to 1570 households and iron sheets to 154 households. We also distributed school supplies to 2600 students. Even still, many Nepalese are living in with no housing and living supplies.

JEN’s activities at Nepal will end mid-November but with the help of other charities of Nepal, we will continue to aid them. Next week, JEN staff from Tokyo will go on a business trip to Nepal, and we will report to you the voices of the local Nepalese in more detail.

[Receiving the bedding to bring back to their house]
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[Students using their precious school supplies]
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Your kind contribution will be delivered to people who were affected by the disaster through JEN.

November 12, 2015 in Nepal |

11/05/2015

Protect Families in long-running difficulties (Part Ⅱ)

Malini’s story continues.

“I have some experience in agriculture, but was not able to continue it because there was no agro well. Now with JEN’s support, I can start a small-scale agriculture. It will change my life significantly, and I’m excited about it.
The first stage of excavating work in well construction has just started, and I am so excited for the completion. I’d like to start with a home garden. If it goes smoothly, I am planning to sell home-grown vegetables so that I could make more income.
My daughters are desperately looking forward to the new well because they wil no longer have to go out to bathing. There has been a huge security concern for a long time.”

“I try my best to become a good owner.” Malini said strongly.

JEN understood our long-struggling fundamental problems and provided necessary support to the most vulnerable people in our village.

I would like to say thank you to all the people who supported JEN financially for the project.
Access to water is essential in daily life. We will remember the support every time we draw water from the well.”said Marini with smile on her face.

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November 5, 2015 in Sri Lanka |

Latrine Installation in Sinjar Mountain

One of the major challenges for close 1000 IDPs families living in Sinjar Mountain is access to proper WASH facilities that is culturally appropriate. As their lives in the mountain are temporary, their WASH facilities also tend to be temporary - with their latrines consisting of a hole in the ground over a shallowly dug-up septic hole, surrounded four sides by cloth for privacy.

[Typical toilet situation in Sinjar Mountain]
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Such latrine can pose serious health risks, especially during the winter with high precipitation, as the septic tanks can easily overflow and spread to the living areas.  As cholera has been reported in various parts of Iraq, proper sanitation is one of the priority issues.

This situation is especially grave for facilities set up for vulnerable people, such as the three health posts and the child friendly space in the mountain, as children and those who are seeking medical attention are more susceptible to diseases that can be spread through improper sanitation.

In order to respond to the need for better sanitation, JEN decided to install pre-constructed latrines and shower stalls in those four facilities, which included the digging of larger septic tanks with more capacity. The work included close coordination with the Ninewa Department of Healt and another organization that are in charge of the health posts and the child-friendly space, as well as volunteer workers in the mountain who dug the septic tanks.

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With the new latrines, up to 120 patients and 250 children per day can have access to proper and well protected latrines during their visits to those facilities.



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November 5, 2015 in Iraq |