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Training on Project Cycle Management

In April 2017, JEN organized and carried out "Project Cycle Management" training. 27 participants, including the partners of JEN's Tohoku Projects and the people of related organizations engaged in the rehabilitation of the damaged area, spent three days of enthusiasm.

[Self-introduction as a starter]

Project Cycle Management (PCM) is a method to run and manage a set of project cycle (Planning, Implementation, Evaluation) by using a brief summary format called "Project Design Matrix (PDM)".

This time's training focused on the methods used in the planning stage in the above cycle by means of lectures and participatory practices.

[Discussion by the participants]

[ Coming up with ideas]

The lecturer, Mr. Takahiro MIYOSHI, representative of PCM Tokyo, provided a fictional case of a deserted local shopping street. The participants were divided into four groups, and each group planned a project to revitalize the street. The four groups created different projects though they underwent the same process such as stakeholder analysis, factor analysis, goal analysis, project selection and constructing a logical framework. On the third day, each participant tried to apply the logical framework to his/her own project.

[Exercise during the break]

The training is expected to benefit the participants greatly when they return to their fields.

April 27, 2017 in Tohoku Earthquake |

A family who got a cow

In Pakistan, a number of people who had been forced to evacuate have started slowly coming back home.

With the help of JEN’s supporters and the Japanese government JEN is working on a livelihood improvement program, targeting the repatriated inhabitants of FATA (Federally Administrated Tribal Area) Khyber Agency.
This program focuses on breeding livestock.
More details are available.


Today, we will show you the case of Mrs. Itebara, (50 years old). She has difficulty walking, three years ago she lost her husband during the army’s operation to mop-up terrorists.
She has five daughters and two sons. Her husband had several wives and Mrs. Itebara lives with the second one.
Mrs. Itebara and her family used to live only on her husband’s daily wages. Her sons are still students and are not able to earn an income. Two of her daughters are married, and the other three help her with the housework.
The second wife works for the neighbors in exchange for wheat flour, sugar and vegetables in order to maintain the family’s minimum standard of living.
Mrs. Itebara used to have three livestock, but had to sell one of them because she needed the money. Because of her situation Mrs. Itebara qualified to receive support from JEN. JEN provided a cow, feed and insecticides.
Mrs. Itebara was very pleased to get a cow, she never thought she would have one. The family hopes that this support will improve their standard of living.
[The cow has brought to Mrs. Itebara and the family members a lot of opportunities]
The second wife took part in livestock management training organized by JEN. She learned the importance of stalls, watering and timely vaccinations.
Mrs.Itebara hopes to earn a higher income so improving her family’s standard of living thanks to JEN’s support.
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April 27, 2017 in Pakistan |


[Emergency assistance] Distributing relief supplies to repatriated refugees in Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan

About 2 million refugees from Afghanistan are living in Pakistan but last year around 600,000 were forced to return home.

To do so many had to sell off their belongings. Many had lived as refugees in Pakistan for a long time, some for 30 years.

Therefore, they are facing challenges, like no relatives in Afghanistan, no place to settle and no jobs.

Since March JEN has started emergency aid to 1000 families of repatriated refugees in Nangarhar Province.

JEN distributes relief supplies, like tanks to store water and sanitary materials. So far JEN has provided supplies to about 600 families.

This distribution will continue.

[Tents for repatriated refugees]
[Toilet for repatriated refugees]
[Repatriated refugees]
[People who received supplies]
[Handicapped people also received supplies. JEN staff helps to carry]

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April 21, 2017 in Afghanistan |


The beginning of a water saving contest

JEN’s Sri Lankan team has run disaster prevention activities it has also now it has started a water saving project supported by the Ford Motor Company.

A household well allows easy access to water with the water being used in the house and for agriculture.  However, many people are using it, as if the water is a limitless resource and wasting it.

When using the water for agriculture they are using it inefficiently; watering the same spot for a long time instead of using the water over a larger area.

JEN wanted to teach people the importance of not wasting water and have asked the local people themselves to come up with water saving ideas – so our water saving contest was launched

[A poster of the contest distributed to the each community]

This contest will last for 3 months, at the end JEN will select the best 25 ideas.
As the locals cannot afford to put these winning ideas into action;

JEN, with the support of the Ford Motor Company, will provide funding for the winners to implement their ideas themselves. 

[JEN explains about the contest to newcomers]

As well as running the contest we plan to print and distribute a booklet to the representatives of each area. 

This booklet will feature information on saving water along with details of the winning ideas.

We expect that the contest will help people to be more aware of the need to save water and the environmental issues involved.

We look forward to introducing the winning ideas!

[A person suggesting a water saving idea]

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April 20, 2017 in Sri Lanka |

Schools in Al-Fallujah

Schools across Al-Fallujah were heavily damaged in combat activities last November, but the decision was made to have students return.

[Destroyed school facilities]

The government of Al Anbar disclosed that 60% of the school facilities in Al-Fallujah had been damaged. The scale of damage differs by school, some were totally destroyed.

Moreover, due to the increased number of students in recent years, the schools are not big enough. Some of the schools divide the students into groups and provide classes in morning and afternoon shifts, and others are forced to use their school yards as classrooms.

At one school, 80 children were crammed into one room.  In such a crowded classroom, infectious diseases can spread very rapidly.

The education bureau of Al Anbar Governorate requested to the ministry of education and other government agencies that the schools be repaired and rebuilt, however so far the response has been inadequate.

For example, some schools just received materials to enable them to build only simple temporary classrooms.

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April 20, 2017 in Iraq |


Looking forward of the pupils’ future - Interviewing the headmaster

[Khuja Agha, the headmaster (right)]

An interview with Khuja Agha, headmaster of Hofyan Sharif Girls High School
Hofyan Sharif Girls High School had no school building until JEN began to support the school. Before JEN's assistance, the pupils were studying at a rented house, but as the number of the pupils increased, the classrooms, water supply, and toilets were becoming insufficient and maintaining a sanitary environment was becoming increasingly difficult.

Therefore, many pupils gradually stopped attending class and began complaining to their families and refusing to attend school.

Aside from this problem, the girls' school was located far from the center of the village, so the village convened a meeting to address how the girls would be able to continue their schooling.

It was proposed that the respective girls' and boys' schools would swap, so that the girls would attend the house rented for the boys' school near the center of the village, and the boys would continue their schooling at a rented house a small distance from the village.

Looking back 3 years ago to 2014, when JEN's staff conducted a feasibility study, there was no place for a school for both boys and girls. To reform the school environment, the whole village searched for a new location for the school.

They later found a place which was free of charge. Additionally, it was fortunate that JEN's staff revisited the village.

During this second visit, JEN proposed to build the school, the toilets, and water drinking facilities on behalf of the education bureau which was lacking education funds.

Two years later in 2016, JEN began construction of 6 classrooms, 6 toilets, a well, water tank and the outer wall with education and disaster prevention.

Because of JEN's support, we were able to construct an additional 5 classrooms instead of our original proposed one classroom, so therefore we appreciate their support.

Because of the support from Japan, we were able to receive toilet and water facilities. Now, the pupils are surrounded by the outer wall in a secure school using clean water.

At class, they are learning about hygiene, and preventing and reducing disasters. When we imagine the pupils’ future, our expectations become big.

[The headmaster stands on the school ground]

We hope that the friendship between Japan and Afghanistan will continue.

【JEN is now accepting donations. Your help would be very much appreciated.

April 13, 2017 in Afghanistan |

Basic Training for livestock management

In Pakistan, a number of people who had been forced to evacuate have started slowly coming back home.

With the help of JEN’s supporters and the Japanese government JEN is working on a livelihood improvement program, targeting the repatriated inhabitants of FATA (Federally Administrated Tribal Area) Khyber Agency.
This program focuses on breeding livestock.
More details are available.
Basic livestock management training is an important part of the promotion of the livestock industry which JEN is leading.


JEN chose the Khyber area because it is famous for the variety and fertility of its livestock. For the training, the government provided their support by sending a chief educator from their livestock department.

The training targets both men and women. A maximum of 25 people can attend the one-day session. They learn the fundamental skills of livestock management. For example, they learn about breeding cows, the best shelters for animals, watering, balanced diet, artificial fertilization, anti-parasitic, vaccination schedule plus various diseases. For example foot-and-mouth, enterotoxemia, haemorrhagic septicemia and mastitis.

In addition, the trainer asks the trainees about their daily problems, and answers each in detail with a demonstration if necessary.

Another purpose of the training is to strengthen the connection between the staff from the livestock department and the trainees. Unlike JEN, the staff in Khyber area are always there to support the trainees.
So by helping to develop these relationships JEN is creating a more sustainable system.

During the sessions, trainees and trainers exchange their contact details.  So in the future the farmers can contact the livestock department easily. 
Plus the livestock department can make sure they send out details of their activities e.g. free vaccination and artificial fertilization to the people that need them.


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April 13, 2017 in Pakistan |


Conducted a preliminary survey

On March 22 2017, JEN’s Sri Lankan office, with the Japanese government`s support began a project to strengthen resilience against natural disasters such as drought or flood caused by climate change.

Many families in the area make a living as farmers or day laborers. If a natural disaster like drought occurs, they would not be able to get enough food. Or, their income will fall as a result of crop reduction. There is a risk that they might fall into poverty.

Therefore for the project this year, our activities will include drought planning workshops, and the establishment of quality seed stores so that farming can restart immediately after any crop damage.

The project will be for the people in the area JEN that has supported since 2013.  We are conducting a preliminary survey to investigate the level of natural disaster awareness in the area.

We visited Mr. Sinnarasa who was a participant of a project JEN conducted in  Iththavil
of Pachchilaipalli in Kilinochchi District in 2014. He is running a farm using a well dug three years ago.

[Mr. Sinnarasa is running a farm]

Mr. Sinnarasa has been raising cowpea plants using the seeds JEN distributed three years ago, and has kept some crops for the next growing season. He showed us some cowpea plants that have been dried to gather the seeds. 

[Dried cowpea plant with seeds]

[Cowpea seeds taken from pods]

If you collect seeds and store them for the next growing season, you’ll save money as you won’t need to buy them. Or, you can use the stored seeds in case you lose crops in a natural disaster. It leads to better resilience.

There are a limited number of families who do the same as Mr. Sinnarasa. Many of them are still using hybrid seeds from which you cannot collect any seeds.
JEN will try to help the community to farm sustainably.

[Interviewing Mr. Sinnarasa as part of a preliminary survey]

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April 6, 2017 in Sri Lanka |

Iraqi Refugee Camps

As you may know, JEN has provided support in Iraq since 2003. During the past three years in Iraqi Kurdistan, JEN has supported internally displaced people (IDP) from Mosul to lighten the burden imposed on their life.
We visited an IDP camp in Salah Al-Din Governorate to check on their needs. Then we distributed cold protection supplies such as mattresses and blankets.
[A substantial amount of relief supplies were delivered]
We completed family member lists, prepared forms for supply distribution management, and distributed aid supplies to 1,800 families in the camp.
[JEN’s staff checking the numbers of family members on the member list]
IDPs and management people at the camp showed gratitude for JEN’s supply support. They told us that many people including children had to sleep on the ground because there hadn’t been mattresses before JEN’s visit.
[Mattresses were distributed to everyone]
Many children lost their parents and became orphans, or disabled because of war. Widows have to take care of their children alone now. Support is never enough even for the minimal living needs. These people are forced to live a rugged life.
[Children look happy to receive relief supplies]
Even though the reality is incredibly tough, we feel happy when people thank JEN for our support and for a helping hand being outstretched to those who need it. This reminds us of what human love is.
[Reliable local staff members of JEN]
Bassim Yousif
JEN Baghdad, Iraq

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April 6, 2017 in Iraq |