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Learning event on assisting persons who require special consideration in a natural disaster: Iwaki City, Fukushima

On December 20 2017, a learning event titled “Assisting persons who require special consideration in a natural disaster – from the perspective of senior citizens, disabled citizens and children” took place in Iwaki City, Fukushima Prefecture. The event was held jointly by Hagukumi-Bosai-Supporters-Iwaki and the Training Center for Gender and Disaster Risk Reduction (GDRR), a partner organization of JEN.

The objective of this workshop was for people involved a natural disaster and their supporters to learn together about assisting persons who require special consideration, and to discuss future measures in Iwaki.

Participants consisted of council members and employees of the city, as well as various individuals with interest and involvement in disaster preparedness. Over 90 people joined the event, reflecting the high interest in the topic.

The first section was a lecture by Dr. Yayoi Kitamura at the Research Institute of the National Rehabilitation Center for Persons with Disabilities. In addition to organizing a support system, Dr. Kitamura stressed the importance for persons requiring special consideration and their families to prepare beforehand, and to actively share information on daily needs and response to take place when a natural disaster occurs. She also introduced the “evacuation center operation game” for persons requiring special consideration and their supporters to think together how to respond to a natural disaster.

【Everyone was listening carefully.】

The second section was a workshop: participants formed teams and actively discussed how to react at the time of a natural disaster, as persons requiring special consideration or their family members. Potential problems were brought up and solutions were discussed as well.

【Participants with hearing disabilities actively offered opinions with the aid of a sign language interpreter.】

Many of the participants commented that creating a system is not enough for it to work when needed, and daily training and face-to-face relationship building is essential. The event helped build momentum to create an environment in which persons requiring special consideration can feel safe in evacuating at the time of a natural disaster.

December 28, 2017 in Tohoku Earthquake |


All programs of 14 years completed

JEN Sri Lanka Office will finish all of our programs  in Sri Lanka at the end of December 2017. JEN’s activates have been continued for 14 years since 2004 to support Tsunami affected people while the civil war was continuing. We came until today as we were supported by blog readers and supporters.

Through our programs of emergency response for Tsunami etc. as well as returnees’ support of the civil war, Sri Lankans kept making effort to be independent and development themselves to live better. This is because positive participation by people who joined JEN’s programs, cooperation with  the Sri Lanka government, patience of JEN’s national staff and back-up by JEN’S supporters.

We faced a lot of difficulties too. JEN’s staffs argued among themselves to discuss which projects were the best for participants’ independence. Sometimes, we needed to have long discussions with the government to decide what/how JEN should support those people. To bring up the participants’ motivation was also difficult because of poverty and further anxiousness. But everyone got over it to pay all their effort to make it happen.

[JEN’s staffs]


In Sri Lanka, it is forecasted that climate change might continue. We hope the people who have learned with JEN can use obtained knowledge and cope with difficulties.

Once again, thank you for your 14 years’ support!

[By all staffs of Sri Lanka, Kilinochchi Office and Colombo sub-Office]

December 21, 2017 in Sri Lanka |

Hygiene promotion activity in Kirkuk, Iraq

This semester, JEN is carrying out restoration activity in three schools in Kirkuk, Iraq. In one of these schools, early this month, we carried out hygiene promotion activity in order to support the students’ healthy life.

JEN staff and the Ministry of Education jointly provided training to educate both the students and the teachers, who will be instructing students from now on.

【A look of training for teachers】


The training was about tooth brushing and hand washing, and we had great time with the students. After the training, we handed out certificate of completion to teachers who participated. From now on, they will teach the children how to keep hygiene environment for healthy life.

【Teaching students tooth brushing and hand washing】


December 21, 2017 in Iraq |


Entrepreneurship Training for Youth

In Pakistan, little by little people are returning to their homes following
the mop-up campaign against the armed groups. Look at the details here.

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.


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.

JEN conducted a three-day entrepreneurship training for the youth groups in the project area. The objective was to engage the unemployed youths in economic activities such as income generation. This kind of training was the first ever one as informed by the youth groups and village elders in the target area.

Before the training, JEN staff carried out screening to select the suitable youths. In the process, 20 youths were selected for the training. Since this activity was new for youth members, they showed a lot of curiosity in the beginning of the training.

[Youth group members screening]

The training focused on improving business knowledge of the youths, how to develop linkages with local market and how to generate income from selling milk from our beneficiaries as well as other available local resources. Some of the youths already had some experience in small scale businesses before their dislocation from the area such as selling eggs, vegetables  and small livestock.

They actively participated in the training. The training facilitators found them interactive during the training. They asked different relevant questions during the session and the facilitators answered their questions.

[Youth group Training]


From this training, JEN aims to encourage the youths to start entrepreneurship as an income generating activity. In the current situation, the government is not able to accommodate the huge number of youths in jobs. On other hand, the private sector could not grow due to the long emergency situation in the area.  Although the private sector has started blooming, it will take time to develop.

In this way, they can earn more profit than from jobs as well as they can accommodate several unemployed youths with them. Entrepreneurship has huge potential in many of the untapped areas and sectors in the region.

JEN staff ensured the youths that they would guide them in every step of their entrepreneurship journey. JEN will conduct a refresher training in 2018 to strengthen their capacity.

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

December 14, 2017 in Pakistan |

Eid ul-adha celebration in Afghanistan

The celebration of Eid ul-adha is one of the holiest celebrations in the Islamic religion. Meaning “feast of the sacrifice”, Eid ul-adha lasts for four days and dates of the holy celebration are determined each year by the Islamic lunar calendar.

Eid ul-adha is celebrated worldwide among Muslim communities. Eid ul- fiter and Eid ul-adha are the greatest celebrations in the Islamic religion that command such widespread worship and celebration. The Muslims celebrate Eid ul-adha for honors and willingness of prophet Ibrahim to sacrifice his son to show submission to Allah’s command.

Just when Ibrahim was about to kill his son upon Allah’s command, God put a sheep in his place. Muslims use Eid ul-adha to celebrate Ibrahim’s complete obedience to the will of God and this is a reminder of their own willingness to sacrifice anything to follow God.

The holy festival also marks the end of the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia.

People send Eid cards to each other at this time. Muslim people also dress in their best clothes and attend a prayer service at their mosque. Some Muslims sacrifice a cow, goat or sheep in honor of Eid ul-adha. They eat meat as their basic meal and divide the meat of their sacrifices between families, friends, and the poor people. Muslims also give money for charity on this occasion.

[People sacrificing a sheep for Eid ul-adha]

[Families celebrating Eid ul-adha together]

[Eid ul-adha table with dried fruits and various candies]

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

December 14, 2017 in Afghanistan |


Final Workshop_Creating Hazard Map

It has been 8 years since the civil war was over in Sri Lanka. You can still see the impact of war especially in the Northern Province of Sri Lanka where the front line was located. For the past 5 years, JEN has been supporting the local people to rebuild their lives, and 2017 is the final year for these projects. The final project focuses on disaster prevention and mitigation in order to develop the local people’s knowledge of how to recover from a disaster by themselves.

JEN Sri Lanka Office held the final workshop. The workshop’s content is creating hazard map by each household of beneficiaries.

In the workshop, they reviewed the leaning from the last workshop which includes what kinds of disaster occur in Northern Province of Sri Lanka, checking the last time homework: where is the toilet, doors and evacuate roots in your house, and then introduced created Community Disaster Management Committee. After the review and introduction, all participants started creating the map.

Each participant confirmed his/her house in the village map, and then wrote participants’ houses, their neighbours’ houses, schools, religious buildings or any other public spaces, and shops. Moreover, they wrote down the wells, open channel and water reservoir tanks which might cause of disaster.

[Creating colourful map by participants]

After creating the map, the resource person explained using the map, which roots should use the evacuation once disaster occurs; where you should evacuate your cattle and so on.

[The resource person explained importance of creation of hazard map and preparation by household level for disasters.]

In the wrap-up time, randomly selected participants pointed their houses in the map and explained evacuation roots. In addition, some participants answered whose house they are, which JEN’s staff asked. All of them are correct! Villagers know their village well. The resource person emphasized repeatedly, “The government cannot response all disasters. The most efficient way to reduce disaster damages are preparation by villagers as well as helping out each other by villagers.

Through total 5 workshops, participants learned preparation for main disasters which related to direct impact on agriculture, such as drought and flood. Disasters are always around of us, and occur anytime and anywhere. We hope the participants, entire community and the government continue to make efforts to disaster prevention and disaster risk reduction.

【JEN is now asking for donations. Click here to donate】

December 7, 2017 in Sri Lanka |