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Launch of a registration System for internally displaced persons


[Use of the new registration system to distribute hygiene supplies]

JEN has launched a new registration system to help with the correct distribution of hygiene supplies. It allows easier and more accurate distribution than before and without using paper documents.

The system requires a smart phone and an app containing the data of all households in the camp.

When visiting families in the camp staff can check family details including the supplies the family are eligible to receive along with whether they have received these supplies or not. 

So the system ensures the correct supply and avoids duplicating the supply of goods.

The system was developed by the Kurdistan Regional Government and another non-profit organisation. 

All internally-displaced persons living in the camp and around Dahuk have been registered on the system.

Soon, the system is going to be used in all distribution operations in the Kurdistan Region.

Ezzat Ahmed Bapeer, JEN Field Staff

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May 25, 2017 in Iraq |

People’s Food Market (in the North)


In this issue, the general affairs and accounting manager in the Sri Lanka office introduces the market that supports daily life in the North.

Kilinochchi and Mullaitivu

Considering the accessibility to the project sites in the Northern Province, Kilinochchi District and Mullaitivu District, JEN Sri Lanka established its office in the center of Kilinochchi. Kilinochchi is a city with a population of about 110,000 but there are only three supermarkets, so called modern supermarkets (1 privately-owned, 1 government-owned and 1 semi-government-owned).

Most residents shop for groceries at the market in the center of the town.

A market is usually a semi-outdoor establishment divided into small sections, and the building is divided according to the sale items, such as vegetables, fruits, fish and chicken. The market is managed by the office called Pradeshiya Sabha. Sellers pay venue rental tax and the sales tax. The Pradeshiya Sabha manages the market by these taxes.

There are no four seasons in Sri Lanka and the kinds of vegetables in the market have no big change throughout the year. Vegetables, which are called “summer vegetables” in Japan, such as eggplant, tomato, bitter gourd, green bean and pumpkin, are being sold in the vegetable market.

【Vegetable market】

You can buy small quantities of vegetables because they are selling by weight, however, it is easier to beat the price if you buy in bulk because of the asking price. 

Due to the undeveloped distribution system in the North, it is easier to get fresh foods at the market, which purchases vegetables directly from the local farms, than at the supermarkets. As expats, we also get our groceries at the market, negotiating prices using gestures.

【In the fish market, the catch and kinds of fish are different each day, but lineups are rich, ranging from blue fish to soft-shell crab】

As a traveler, it is almost impossible to interact with local people in the market. However, for expats who visit the market, it is an important opportunity to understand the local lifestyle, custom and culture.

【Here is the fruits market selling bananas, mangoes, pineapples and jack fruits】

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May 25, 2017 in Sri Lanka |

Supporting Male Nursing Care Providers—A Challenge in Ishinomaki

What kind of people do you associate with the word “caregivers”?
In fact, ‘female care people’ is a very common image in Japan.
In a reality, the most common caregivers is spouses who are living together account for the largest percentage of 26.2%. This is followed by adult children living together at 21.8%. In fact, one in three caregivers is male.
In Ishinomaki City, an area that suffered severe damage due to the Great East Japan Earthquake, the percentage of people identified as needing long-term care has increased from 16.1% in February 2011 to 19.0% three years later, which is a 1.3-fold rise.
JEN has partnered with a voluntary organization called the “Caregiving Class for Men” composed of medical and nursing care specialists in order to support male caregivers.
The “Caregiving Class for Men” was launched after the earthquake to hold nursing care study classes for male caregivers who have limited experience in housework and tended to be isolated.
[The workshop of oral care]
The “classes,” which are held once a month, are a great success with about 30 participants every time. The nursing care managers have tenaciously requested male caregivers to participate in the classes and have been providing programs to meet the needs of the participants.

In the classes, the participants can not only acquire the basic knowledge and skills of nursing care, but also enjoy an environment in which they can talk about their daily problems with each other and engage in networking with specialists and medical staff.

[Making rice balls]
The main programs so far are as follows below bullets.
This coming September, a symposium will be held on the Miyagi coast to share the experiences and lessons learned from the “Caregiving Class for Men” of Ishinomaki City with nursing care and medical specialists in Tohoku region.
Details will be announced once decided.
- How to cook nursing meals
- Easy cooking recipes (packed and ready eat meals, etc.)
- Workshop on dysphagia
- Workshop on oral care
- Workshop on heat stroke and its countermeasures
- Workshop on the prevention of influenza and gastroenteritis
- Workshop on dementia care
- Workshop on bedsore prevention
- Emergency life-saving training
- Workshop on nursing skills (diaper changing, feeding, and transfer assistance, etc.)
- Health care for caregivers
- Pottery classes to ease caregiver stress
- Group meetings to exchange opinions and promote good fellowship among the participants

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May 25, 2017 in Tohoku earthquake |


Towards an Official Trip to Sri Lanka

Hello. I am a program officer for Sri Lanka based at JEN’s Tokyo Headquarters.

The main work of the Tokyo Headquarters team is to launch projects abroad. Program officers prepare applications for grants, submit completion reports, manage the progress of the projects and send thank you letters to supporters.

Also, program officers visit the country for which they are responsible if necessary, they temporarily fill any vacant positions and monitor the project. They discuss with the local team what kind of support activities should be carried out in the future.

Soon, I’ll be going to Sri Lanka to check on the progress of a project and after I’ll report my findings so that supporters will see what we have managed to achieve with their help and also to update my colleagues so we can feel encouraged by the progress we have made.

Here, I would like to give you some information about Sri Lanka.
Official Name : Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka
Meaning: Shining Island Geography: An island in the Indian Ocean to the south of India. A little smaller in area than Hokkaido. Religion: Buddhist 70%, Hindu 10%, Muslim 10%, and Christian 10%. Colonial history: Portugal →the Netherlands→ England
Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs Home Page (as of April 2017)

Though Sri Lanka has been influenced by European countries, it has kept a lot of its cultural heritage.  It has a lot of archeological sites.

It is a country of everlasting summers and is famous for resorts, but there are also a lot of cooler areas in the mountains. You can enjoy a variety of activities including a jungle safari. I would strongly recommend that you visit the country, at least once. 

[The nearby station in the town where the local office is located]

[It is drier than expected though it is rainier than Tokyo in some areas.]

[Tropical fruits grow in the garden in the warm areas.]

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May 11, 2017 in Sri Lanka |

Prroviding emergency supplies

JEN has begun to distribute water hygiene related supplies.

[The staff are preparing the set up of the supplies]

[People receiving the supplies and bringing them back home].

Refugees began to return to the area in January 2017, but during the combat,

the wells were severely damaged.  Restoring the water supply has been a challenge, so providing water for daily use has been difficult.

Therefore, JEN has repaired wells in the area, distributed water and sanitary goods as well as providing hygiene education in collaboration with UNICEF.

[People checking registration to ensure distribution is correct and not duplicated]

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May 11, 2017 in Iraq |


【Emergency assistance】A repatriated refugee’s son “I study hard for my mother”

JEN distributed daily necessities to repatriated refugees from Pakistan in Chaparhar District of Nangarhar Province, located in the eastern part of Afghanistan. We met a mother with her two sons who are 14 and 9 years old and helped them to carry the necessities. The mother’s name is Dil Jan

[Dil Jan follows receiving procedure. 22 April, 2017]

[Dil Jan, her sons and JEN’s team carry the necessities. 22 April, 2017]

“We lived stably in Pakistan but we returned to Afghanistan in August last year. Three months later, my husband died. I have three sons.  The oldest one is married, so I’m left caring for the other two,.” Dil Jan said.

She hoped that the supplies provided would help improve their standard of living . Her older son suddenly cut into our conversation, saying, “we need school buildings.”

I was surprised and interested to know what he meant.  I talked with him, his name is Hadesullah , a sixth grader.

[Hadesullah talked with the team. 22 April, 2017]

“Sorry for cutting in on your conversation but I’d like to say that, as my mother said, we need lots of things because we are a family of 6 and our father is dead.  Can you imagine how hard my mother works to earn a living sewing clothes? ”

“I’m sorry to be demanding but I wish we had buildings for my school. Especially, I want a laboratory and a computer room. I will study hard to enter high school and then university.”

“I have a dream to be a doctor to help people and to earn good money. This is also my mother’s wish.” He said.

There are no school buildings.  So they study on worn-out rugs in the shade of a wall.  At around 9 :00 a.m. the sun is really strong and they can’t continue studying any longer.

[It’s the school.]

“This is our daily life. We really need a school building even if there isn’t a laboratory nor a computer room.” He begged.

Hameedullah Hamid
Project manager
JEN Afghanistan

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May 2, 2017 in Afghanistan |