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12/24/2015

Gul Nawaz of Bara Khyber Agency

Gul Nawaz is living in Khyber Agency having 5 acre agricultural land. He was displaced from his village during the conflict for more than 06 years. When he returned back to his village his fertile land was barren due to non-cultivation for long time. As he is registered member of Farm Services Center, a part of Agriculture Department which serves farmers in various ways for promotion of agriculture, so he started reclamation his land with the support of Agriculture Department. In this he reclaimed 3 acre land for cultivation.

Althouth the land was ready for cultivation, Gul Nawaz didn’t have tools or seeds that he needed. JEN started distribution of agricultural tool kit and seeds in order to support farmers like Gul Nawaz in Khybery Agency.

JEN and our partner organizationSDO staff when selected this village for interventions then Gul Nawaz was identified and selected as beneficiary after fulfilling the selection criteria such as having large number of chidren (he has 6) . He was not quite sure during the registration process whether JEN-SDO would provide the items on time or not. However when he received the tool kit and seed package his confidence built up. He sowed the wheat seed in 01 acre land. Now the germination has already started with a good rate which brought happiness for him and his family. He showed satisfaction on the seed quality and hoping that the yield will be high enough.

He is hoping that peace and stability of the region will continue and they will once again live in harmony. He said that he had spent quite a long time away from his home and lands and he doesn’t want to leave it again.

JEN will implement our projects so that resettlement of returnees like him would be as smooth as possible.

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December 24, 2015 in Pakistan |

Food Access Situation in Haiti

Where do people living in Haiti buy household goods and food?
First, people in Haiti buy household goods and food at local markets. Leogane, our project site, also has markets. The number of goods are limited, however, items needed for daily lives such as vegetables and meat are available at these markets. People need to watch out when they buy products, since food tend to be sold at poor hygiene sites at most markets.

【Vegetables and fruits being sold next to wastes or muddy water (at a local market).】
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Second, a lot of people from other countries buy groceries at supermarkets around the national capital. Most products here are sold at high prices since they are imported from countries such as the U.S. and the Dominican Republic. Dairy products are especially expensive: a pack of milk costs more than 120 HTG (about 250 JPY) and a dozen of eggs cost more than 250 HTG (about 530 JPY). Vegetables grown in Haiti are inexpensive, however, imported vegetables are seemingly more expensive than those sold in Japan.

【A Chinese cabbage bought at a supermarket: 209 HTG (about 440 JPY.】
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【Carrots bought at a supermarket: 113 HTG (about 240 JPY).】
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In Haiti, infrastructures such as electricity and running water are poor. In order to maintain the same living standard as in Japan, with a house, electricity, internet access, running water and so on, you need to pay more than you would in Japan.

December 24, 2015 in Haiti |

Year and celebration in Sri Lanka

Seventy percent are Buddhists, 10% are Hindi’s, 8.5% are Muslim and 11.3% are Roman Catholic. There are religions that people of Sri Lanka is to believe.

As a nation, Sri Lanka celebrates all the holidays of each religion.

Therefore, on December 24th is the celebration of Poya Day for the Buddhist and the 25th is the celebration for the Christians.

The temperature becomes more then 30 degrees Celsius but the whole country decorating with Christmas’s ornament. The Christmas in summer alike climate is also something romantic, which I love.
Sri Lanka, the country whole celebrates others, I like it thing. Merry Christmas!

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December 24, 2015 in Sri Lanka |

What matters: “Transparency like JEN”

Name: Abdul Ghafar
Age: 63
Village: Wakshe

Comment:
“About 21 days ago an organization came here for distribution of food items in my village. At that time I was in a different town to go to a clinic for my grand child who had chest problem. When I returned to my village I found that my entire villagers received the kits but unfortunately I did not. When I asked about mine, one of my villagers said that I was not in the beneficiary list. This is not because I am not eligible but because they didn’t consider on existing beneficiaries list.

Till this date I was disappointed and thought you (JEN) would also be the same as the other one-missing someone and someone will be unhappy.  But I was wrong. When you announced in loudspeaker to our villagers about coupon distribution and the items you have for distribution, I got that your procedure would be 100% perfect. You called every single villagers name in front of everyone, assuring no one would be left behind. JEN was checking every beneficiary ID card individually and after that distributed coupons making sure no one would receive extra items.

I just received my coupon for now but I feel happy because I never saw this kind of distribution process which you have. It’s a great way to avoid corruption, deliver the assistance to those who are in real need and if someone asks me what is transparency I will say “transparency like JEN”. 

After that powerful earthquake I’m alive. I wish I will live for long. I may construct my house along the way and continue my normal life but I will never forget the way you people treated us. Thanks for the emergency response which you are going to provide us. Thank you.

Note:
As the interviewee said, feeling of doubt and/or tension between beneficiaries may arise if a supporting organization lacks care. JEN always strives for delivering support in complete and transparent manner so that those who receive our support would feel at ease without sense of doubt.

For coupon distribution we established “Beneficiary Identification committee (BIC)” to identify beneficiary identity, check his/her ID card then distribute coupon. The members of BIC were 4 persons (one person from district, one person from ANDMA and 2 persons from JEN).

[Coupon distribution]
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[Abdul Ghafar posed with his coupon]
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[Abdul Ghafar during interview]
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[.Abdul Ghafar's house which hardly struck by earthquake]
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By:
Waheed Ahmad
IT, Admin Officer
JEN-Afghanistan


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December 24, 2015 in Afghanistan |

12/17/2015

FM-93 Bannu

Radio Pakistan Bannu was established in June 2005 by the government. Radio Pakistan Bannu is streaming the programs of FM-93, 24 hours. Its total coverage is in 60 KM radius which is also listened in districts Lakki Marwat, Tank, Bannu, Karak, North Waziristan agency and South Waziristan agency.

There is one studio and one antenna in Radio Pakistan Bannu.  There are different departments like finance and administration, programs, technical and security department.
On FM-93 different programs like education information, entertainment, youth, agriculture, literature, female related programs are presented. The weekly special programs are Radio Clinic, Political and administrative programs and “SAMA LAR” (Islamic program), programs related to developmental works in Bannu and Lakki Marwat and weekly documentaries.

In these programs the peoples from different professions and institutions like professors, Doctors, Religious leaders, Politicians, District administration and other government representatives etc. are invited for programs. Each program discusses current issues and try to reach to a conclusion. The radio station also provides contact details to the community so that they can participate in the program and ask questions from the relevant people and/or provide their comments.

FM-93 played a very vital role during IDPs crises in Bannu and Lakki Marwat. Special coverage was given to the IDPs of North Waziristan Agency through awareness and information programs. The IDPs were and still gathering information about the new development in the current crises situation and their return process. 

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December 17, 2015 in Pakistan |

Interview with the earth quake affected person in Badakhshan Province

Name: Abdul Hadi
Age: 41

Mr. Hadi is one of the people to whom JEN team conducted interview.
“Our village is one of those which are severely affected by the earth quake. I lost everything including my house but I’m pleased that my family members and other villagers are safe because nothing is important than our lives.” He now lives with his in-law family in the same village.

In the start of interview I asked him where he was going in this cold weather. He replied “I’m going to buy fire-wood because the weather is too cold and snow is falling down which may continue 2 or 3 days. I wish I could rebuild my house but I don’t have the money to do that. And now the winter has already started it is impossible even if I had the money. So at the moment, the most important thing and something I can do is to keep ourselves warm. “

All 150 famlies in his village will receive winterization kit distributed by JEN. We hope that our project will ease their hardship during this winter.

[Abdul Hadi during interview]
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[Abdul Hadi while talking about Earthquake devastation in their village]
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[A view of Abdul Hadi’s house which was destroyed during earthquake]
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[A closer look at Abdul Hadi’s house which ruined during the earthquake]
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December 17, 2015 in Afghanistan |

Aiming at Solving Regional, Social Challenges: SAVE TAKATA

This October we, JEN, started to provide a new form of support, a partnership-based support for locally acting organizations, to address long-term challenges facing the three prefectures of Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima through these organizations.

This time, we will introduce one of the organizations, SAVE TAKATA, a general incorporated association acting in Rikuzen-Takata, Iwate Prefecture.

It was after the Great East Japan Earthquake happened on March 11, 2011 that Mr. Nobuaki Sasaki from Rikuzen-Takada established SAVE TAKATA. With a strong desire --quote--“Let’s observe what was happening back in my home town with my own eyes!,” Mr. Nobuaki Sasaki who had been working in Tokyo determined to drive back to his home town along with his friends from the same town with as many relief supplies on their cars as possible. Then he began volunteering to put out the information on the ground on the Internet, that’s how SAVE TAKATA started.

The population of the city of Rikuzen-Takata was declining before the disaster but this has been exacerbated by the outflow of young generations following the disaster.

The organization is working on helping farmers produce and market processed apples, the unemployed young find jobs by providing farming experiences, the youth acquire IT vocational skills, and students do volunteer activities. Based on its policy to “Address Depopulation by Creating Jobs in Agriculture, Increasing Young Workers, and Facilitating Settlement of Young Workers”, it aims to resolve both regional challenges (aging population and outflow of young people) and social one (rise in unemployed young).

【Staff Members at SAVE TAKATA】
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【Agricultural Support by SAVE TAKATA】
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The goal of SAVE TAKATA is to build up rural areas where young generations can live with hope. With the partnership-based support from JEN, its members went on a tour to other rural areas in Japan to study how the locals have got through depopulation and promoted town-building on their own. Based on the findings from the tour as well as its activities up until now, it’s planning to launch a new initiative to reach its goal. We will keep you updated as the situation develops



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December 17, 2015 in Tohoku Earthquake |

An Event Associated with World Toilet Day

Did you know that the 19th of November was World Toilet Day established by the UN in 2013?

At the refugee camp that JEN is operating, we are thinking of holding an event associated with World Toilet Day. We are going to discuss this plan with the community hygiene promoters (CHP).

A CHP group said, ’We will teach how to use a toilet properly and cleanly’.

Another group proposed, ‘Then we will show the importance of washing hands after using the toilet, through posters and demonstration’.

Another group commented, ‘We think it is important to keep hands clean by clipping nails’.

Like this, we advanced the preparation of the program for children  in school. Upon speaking with the principle, we decided to hold the event on 8th December.

And on the event day, each CHP group visited the classrooms to give lectures.

Some teachers joined the CHPs. First, they told the students not to litter the classrooms,

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next, took several students at one time to the bathroom and showed them how to use a toilet,

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then, demonstrated how to wash hands in the classrooms and let the students try it.

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 At the end, they checked each student’s hands
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and the event concluded with teaching the students how to clip nails and the importance of keeping hands clean.

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December 17, 2015 in Iraq |

12/10/2015

Ambassador of Japan visiting JEN’s project site

A while ago JEN welcomed Ambassador and Ambassadress Suganuma of Japan to JEN’s project site in Kilinochchi.

The ongoing project is mainly funded by the Government of Japan and this visit became a great opportunity for JEN to introduce Ambassador Suganuma, who was appointed in July 2015, to our assistances.

This time, we explained about the current situation of the grinded food and dry food center of the agricultural cooperative society and the newly completed well.

Furthermore, Ambassador and Ambassadress Suganuma talked with the members of the Agricultural Cooperative Society.
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We explained what kind of processed food we can make by the machineries.
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The members of the Agricultural Cooperative Society who gathered to welcome the Ambassador were listening to his voice outside the grinding food center.
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They observed the newly constructed well.
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Ambassadress Suganuma was surprised at how large the well was.
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Finally, Ambassador Suganuma gave us words of encouragement and we took a photo together.
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Arisa Nishida

December 10, 2015 in Sri Lanka |

District Shangla

District Shangla is in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The total area of district Shangla is 1586 km2 (612 sq miles) with an estimated population of 733,000.  Shangla district consists of small valleys, and is situated between the hillocks and surrounded by high mountains. The average elevation of the district is 2000 to 3000 meters above sea level. The highest point (3,440 m) is at “Kuz Ganrshal” in the north of the district.

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Shangla suffered during the past disasters of 1) 2005 earthquake and 2) 2010 floods. However the level of damages was not very high compared to other areas of the country in these disasters. During the current earthquake of 26th October 2015, Shangla has suffered major losses (both human and material) in comparison with the other disaster hit area with 49 deaths, 181 human injuries and 11395 damaged house. The main needs at the community level are shelter and protection from the harsh winter season. The temperature is dropping considerably and it is reached to 0˚C in night.

Government and humanitarian organizations has started their support to the affected people however vulnerabilities and need on the ground is high.

JEN is prepared now to support the earthquake affected people with winterized kits and the support will be provided on “as soon as possible” basis.

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December 10, 2015 in Pakistan |

The Emperor’s Birthday Reception

On December 2, I participated in the Emperor’s Birthday Reception hosted by the Japanese Embassy in Haiti. More than 300 people in total attended including, Haiti officials, aid agency representatives, and Japanese people living in Haiti and all enjoyed a buffet celebration to mark the event.

At the opening of the ceremony, both the Japanese ambassador and a Haitian government representative made speeches in French.

Dishes including Japanese cuisine, and drinks such as beer, champagne and Japanese sake were served to the attendees. Sushi and tempura were included in the Japanese dishes. The meals and drinks were ordered from “Haiku,” the only Japanese restaurant in Haiti.

I’ve been to this restaurant personally where I ate a bowl of rice topped with salmon for $20 which tasted good.

It is impossible to buy raw fish for sushi in Haiti since there is no tradition of eating raw fish in this country. It is said that raw fish for sashimi and sushi is generally rather expensive in Haiti since it is ordered from markets in Miami, USA, and brought into Haiti by sea.

【National flags of Haiti and Japan, on the stage of the ceremony.】
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【Japanese culture was introduced to the attendees.】
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【A bowl of rice topped with salmon from “Haiku,” the only Japanese restaurant in Haiti.】
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December 10, 2015 in Haiti |

12/03/2015

After earthquake in Wakhshi village, Kishm District. Badakhshan

A powerful 7.5 magnitude earthquake struck Afghanistan on 26 October 2015. The impact of the earthquake was felt throughout most of Afghanistan but most predominantly in Badakhshan province. Several districts such as Kishm and Baharak were affected badly.

According to the community elder of Wakhshi village, Kishm district, Badakhshan, most of the infrastructures were destroyed by this powerful earthquake. The houses in the village, which were constructed by muddy soil and plastered by straw soil, were also affected.

He added that their water supply network, which is 10 km in length, was damaged by this powerful earthquake. The pipe line was damaged on ten different parts and right now the people of this village face huge problems of supplying water. Currently they do not have safe water and they are bringing water from river by donkeys or by hand to their houses.

Heavy winter seasonal snow fall in the area is already started which further aggravate the situation. He further said that they will stay in these earthquake affected houses because they do not have any other option for their families. Staying in these damaged houses in the heavy snowfall is very dangerous.

The people in the village are currently waiting for tents that are going to be distributed by international organizations. JEN will provide winterization materials such as coals and blankets as soon as procurement is finished.

[Community Elder, Haji Din Mohammad from Wakhshi Village stands inside his cracked house by earthquake]
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[Water supply network of Wakhshi village was damaged by powerful Earthquake]
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[In Wakhshi village house was destroyed by Earthquake]
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December 3, 2015 in Afghanistan |

Action against Cholera

JEN conducts water quality monitoring every week.

[JEN staff testing water quality]
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[Testing the quality of the water by its color]
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December 3, 2015 in Iraq |