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03/24/2016

Mysteries of Success in 2015 Project

Province Name: Parwan

Districts Names: Charikar center and Shinwari districts

JEN-Afghanistan team successfully implemented JPF WASH 2015 project in district Charikar and Shinwari. It was not just implementation but it was a lesson learning process and a life time experience for all JEN’s staff. After regular coordination with DoE and Department of finance, JEN conducted a need assessment survey to know about community needs (WASH & Non WASH of schools). After project approval and informing DoE, we (Engineering team + Field Officers) went to have a site visit in targeted areas and had a long discussion with school administration and community leaders. In the meeting we briefed them regarding JEN vision, mission and goals/ objectives of the program (WASH+ Non WASH of Schools). We also gave them orientation of the program, community contribution, introducing construction companies and information sharing.
At the end of the session JEN, Community, School administration and DoE responsible person established a committee (Establishment of SMC) and signed a tripartite agreement.

During implementation of the project we carried out daily monitoring, weekly meetings with contractors, (discussion of progress of work, quality and quantity of construction according to specification of MoE), Risk management, weekly reports, Progress of work, supervision and evaluation.

As our operation areas were critical and complicated, we established strong coordination with community, stake holders and DoE due to which JEN was able to implement these projects.

Due to the transparency in JEN program, direct and indirect beneficiaries in the community appreciate JEN’s efforts and especially high quality of construction work.

The success of our construction projects was the result of JEN team great struggle and hard work, cooperation with each other, high inspiration and motivation to achieve goals and desire to help all vulnerable Afghan people in the target area to have a bright future for them.

[Project information meeting with SMC and DOE representative in Shinwari district]
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[Project layout of 6 class room building for Faiz Muhammad boy middle school in Shinwari district]
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[View of Wooden truss work of Faiz Muhammad boys middle school in Shinwari district]
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[Elegant view of 8 class room building of Darul Alum Markaz Parwan high school in charikar center]
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Shir Ali
JEN Afghanistan  Chief Engineer





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March 24, 2016 in Afghanistan |

Let’s Go Visit Disaster Sites

Five years have passed since the Great East Earthquake.

While “Intensive Reconstruction Period” set by the central government ends at the end of March, 2016, disaster sites have to make continued efforts to tackle recovery. The reality of recovery together with growing outflow of people from the disaster sites following the devastation is filling locals anxiety over whether their communities can sustain.

At the “Disaster Prevention Forum 2016” held at Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture on March 16, we heard the following messages come from a group working on local revitalization.

“Some visitors say ‘Sorry for coming to visit here so late.’ But it’s an enormous support for us that people continue visiting disaster sites.”
“I often hear people say ‘I get a feeling that visiting and seeing disaster sites will make locals unpleasant’. But I want those people to come here and learn how horrible the disaster is and how powerfully recovery is rolling forward.’”
“I want those people to visit disaster sites. I want the disaster sites to be their adopted hometowns.”

The city of Rikuzentakata, one of the worst-hit areas in Iwate Prefecture, revealed its comprehensive package, “Vision on Demographic Policy and Comprehensive Redevelopment Strategy for Improving Living Basics” in February, 2016. The package delivers a vision to address increasing the number of its supporters who love and keep coming to Rikuzentakata.

The eastern region on the Pacific Ocean have had the strength to withstand devastating disasters. Delicious cuisine comprised of local food from the ocean or the mountains will await you. Travel agencies or NPO’s are offering a lot of tours that go around the affected areas.

Please visit disaster sites!


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March 24, 2016 in Tohoku Earthquake |

03/17/2016

Hygiene promoters in the local community are trained to do door-to-door visits

The picture shows the promoters practicing on one another. In March, they will do real-door-to-door visits, where they will promote good hygiene practices and ask residents to refrain from dumping waste in the common drainage.

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March 17, 2016 in Iraq |

Agriculture Exhibition Visit in Mannar District

On March 14, the staff of JEN visited the agricultural exhibition by the Northern Province Department of Agriculture in Mannar district. Some other project participants visited as part of a workshop to learn new skills
The theme of the exhibition was “Bringing Eco-friendly Agriculture to the Market” and it mainly featured/showcased water-saving technology such as aquaculture methods, trickle cultivation and sprinklers, various planting techniques, crop disease, and cultivation technology.

We especially took interest in drip technology (by slowly providing water directly to the surface of the soil and the root area, it is an irrigation system that minimizes the consumption of water and fertilizer). We hope that we can promote improvements in water management, organic farming, and the use of new crop species.

In addition, we inspected many cooperatives. These unions produce dry foods and products made from coconuts as well. JEN donated dry food producing units in the current project; it was stimulating for the project participants to witness the success of the machines.

[Different ways to produce fertilizers]
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[Planting at the Greenhouse]
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[Dry Food Producing Units that use Solar Energy]
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The Deputy Secretary of Kilinochchi District and Mullativu District also attended the exhibition, as well as research companies and organizations – who introduced new types of crops and species preservation technology. Mr.Kirushunan, one of the project members and exhibition participants, was impressed by the variety of dry foods that other cooperatives were selling. Mr. Kirushunan makes dry foods for his household now, and he says he would be able to produce enough to sell to neighboring villages with improved methods. The JEN staff and the project participants plan to study methods for packing these dry foods in the future.

JEN believes that supporting the project participants who experiment with the new methods acquired from the exhibition supports community strengthening. This exhibition was an important opportunity to learn new skills and share the latest knowledge with the project participants.

Furthermore, it was a wonderful and productive day under the sun!

[The JEN Team at the exhibition]
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March 17, 2016 in Sri Lanka |

03/10/2016

Looking back our activity in 2015

JEN is providing support to Afghanistan from the last so many years. Currently JEN is facilitating in Parwan province.
In 2015 JEN constructed water supplies and sanitary facilities, and school facilities in 3 schools in two districts of Parwan province. In total 2354 students and 72 teachers are the direct beneficiaries of JEN project. 
Apart from that, Hygiene education workshop targeting 1,046 teachers and 31,952 students from 20 schools in Charikar District were conducted in order to disseminate and establish hygienic practices. In total 31952 students, 1046 teaching staff and 118 Mullahs received these training. The basic aim is that through these mullahs the message will be spread to the masses in the mosques during prayer sermons.
In 2015 JEN established and trained SMCs (School management committee) SMC in 21 schools to disseminate the concept of hygiene education to low grade students in a more easy and convenient way.

【A student answering a question after watching Mobile Cinema】
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Apart from that through Dream Bags project, JEN distributed stationery and toys to children of Afghanistan this year again. This year, we distributed to 5,090 children of 17 schools in Charikar district.  By receiving dream bags students were motivated to attend the classes regularly which have a positive impact on the quality of education.

【Students received Dream bags】
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Apart from relief operation, JEN provided heating materials to 625 earth quake affected families in district Kishm of Badakhshan province and 235 affected families in Baghlan province. The affected community was facilitated by providing heating materials as people were prone to the harsh winter in the area.

【Heating material that JEN distributed 】
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【Interview from affected people after distribution of heating material】
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March 10, 2016 in Afghanistan |

Livestock Management Committe

A sustainable approach in livestock protection project
In June 2014, around 1 million people were dislocated from NWA-FATA (North Waziristan Agency-Federally Administered Tribal Areas) due to man-made disaster. During the dislocation and emergency situation a lot of people lost their animals on the way, some people sold it out on very minimal prices in distress and most of the animals got diseased or weakened due to unavailability of adequate feed and livestock management practices.

JEN being one of the most active members of Food Security Cluster initiated a livestock protection project to avoid loss of animals in the short term and assist food security of the affected people in the longer-run. JEN provided vaccination, de-worming, livestock shelter and livestock management education to targeted 1,000 HHs.

In order to retain the services provided by JEN in the targeted community even after JEN evacuation, JEN formed five LMCs (Livestock Management Committees). Each LMC is comprised of 20 LEWs (Livestock Extension Worker where each LEW has been trained by JEN’s livestock expert for 10 days on livestock management), 6 village elders and 1 person each from the government livestock department and private sector. 

In this regard, government livestock department organized a field day in JEN’s target area to educate the affected people on livestock management and provide free of cost services of vaccination and de-worming. The LEWs trained by JEN and JEN staff also participated in this event. Around 125 small animals were vaccinated against enterotoxaemia and 20 large livestock were given de-wormers. Representative of the government livestock department provided answers to the queries of affected people for improved livestock management. JEN has recently exited from the project site and is quite hopeful that the LMC will continue its due role for the affected people with strong cooperation from government livestock department.

【A meeting with LMC members】
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【JEN staff is training member of LMC】
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【Vaccination organized by agriculture livestock department】
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March 10, 2016 in Pakistan |

03/03/2016

Visitation of East Batticaloa

On February 26, JEN together with officials from the Japanese Embassy, one of our donors, visited East Batticaloa prefecture where assistance for recovering agricultural livelihood took place from around 2010 to 2012.

Batticaloa is a prefecture facing the ocean and about 320 km away from Colombo: a major city. It is known as the last fierce battlefield of the conflict that worsened in late 2006, and where over 80,000 refugees resided for a while. For two years, JEN constructed 69 agricultural wells for 552 households, established well management committees consisting of local people, and conducted livelihood assistance toward low-income areas through distribution of vegetable and seedling as well as workshops to strengthen the community.

We visited five wells, and upon hearing of around 10 households, we found out that almost all households there had gained much more income through agriculture, and that well management committees had provided maintenance for wells and pumps on a regular basis.

While one family had 1,000 to 1,500 rupees as monthly income before the project started, it became apparent that by selling vegetables and fruits from their own firm, they could gain around 20,000 to 40,000 rupees as monthly income (1,000 rupees =approx. 785 yen). 

In addition, not only did they raise basic mixed crops, but they also shared each responsibility of making different kinds of crops and divided their income among the members of the community, which proved that they utilized our workshop.
Furthermore, families made the well available for not only the participants of JEN’s project, but also for the whole community. There was also another
community  that improved their capabilities by creating a 1km water supply line by connecting a pipe to the well.   

Upon questioning each household about what they had gained from increasing their income, it was revealed that there were many households that had expanded their farms by purchasing land, new pumps, and tractors to cultivate and bring agricultural crops to the market. As a result, we could find out that our assistance continuingly brought good impact. In addition to that, there was a ripple effect such as children being able to return to school again because of the livelihood recovery.

Although assistance for recovering livelihood normally takes a few years to bring about an effect, as in the case of the people in Batticaloa, we are going to continue providing assistance by utilizing our knowledge on JEN’s well and agriculture, and lead to make the community become financially independent and this develops their self-help efforts for it.

[The vegetables which has been just gathered]
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[Well with the quantity of water for which the dry season is also enough]
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[The JEN staff who asks people in an area for opinions]
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[The simple water supply pipeline]
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March 3, 2016 in Sri Lanka |

Distribution of winterization items in Sinjar Mountains

On December 2015 and January 2016, JEN conducted distribution of winterization items in Sinjar Mountains where JEN works.

The neighbourhood of it was surrounded by an armed group between August 2014 and December 2014. During the last five months, many people from the neighbourhood evacuated to the mountainous camp. After one year of the liberation, Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) are still facing hard living conditions especially during freezing cold winter.

JEN planned to conduct a distribution of winterization kit to support them. Also, we organized a focal group discussion with the community to clarify their situation and needs, and also, household assessment to create database of household numbers.
As a result, JEN provided items to reinforce tents, blankets, winter clothes and carpets.

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The first distribution was blankets and children’s clothes. There were many people in the distribution, and so it made slightly difficult to do the well-ordered distribution. This is because such occasion did not take place for long time in the community. Our operation became more organized and completed smoothly after the first distribution.

JEN is willing to support the people, however, the distribution is very small part of the solution for their entire problem.



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March 3, 2016 in Iraq |