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01/25/2018

Restoration of school and well is now in progress

In the latter half of 2014, JEN started its support activities on Mount Sinjar, which is near the border of Syria.

There were many refugees who had fled Sinjar City, which is located on the southern side of the mountain, and we have always provided them with water and daily commodities.

Right after the city was set free from the armed forces in 2015, there were only a few people staying in Sinjar City, but now many people have returned

JEN is now restoring the water facilities and schools in the city for the returned children to be able to resume their studies at ease.

This picture shows the restoration of a school (in Sinjar City). They are painting walls and restoring doors and windows.

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A well in Sanuny. They are restoring the well facilities and the intermediate water tank. This picture shows the restoration of the roof of the operation room.

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A well in Sinjar. The water tank is under restoration.

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This picture shows the fundamental part of the well. They are restoring the water tank.   

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January 25, 2018 in Iraq |

01/18/2018

Rikuzentakata: A City With An Uplifting Feeling of Junior High Students

JEN has been providing support in “Raising the Next Generation Project” from the planning phase. The project aims that young people in their teens to 30s become attracted to the idea of participating in regional development, making the region where young generation want to work and live in future.

The project implement body is a group that supports raising the next generations, which is composed of SAVE TAKATA and Rikuzentakata citizen. Adults support junior high students in the project.
”EXCITE TAKATA”, a two-hour presentation by 2nd year junior high students in Rikuzentakata, was held on Jan 14 2018. The venue was the Abasse Takata, a shopping mall in Rikuzentakata. 50 members of Rikuzentakata-citizen and 20 junior-high students attended the event.

Some attendees said “Kids are trying their best, so we have to do our best, too.”, “I support the students’ efforts.” From these comments, we realize the project has been supporting not only children but also the region.

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This is a presentation by the students who had tried workplace experience.
They made a presentation on what they had learned from meeting people who engage in the activity to rebuild Rikuzentakata, expressing they realized each person is building Rikuzentakata. They prepared the presentation material by themselves.

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The title of this presentation is “Nobody calls Rikuzentakata the ordinary rural area”. Students voiced their opinions that Rikuzentakata may be the hope among other disaster areas if it would achieve the revitalization to become an extraordinary city in 10-20 years.

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There was an opinion among junior high students “Is there anything we can do more in Rikuzentakata?”, and 18 student volunteers started “FACE(Future, Action, Connect, Evolution)”. The team is carrying out activities of region development with the help of the support group.

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Rikuzentakata, rebuilding

January 18, 2018 in Tohoku Earthquake |

01/11/2018

Rehabilitation of Mir Abdul Karim Maqol Girls High School

Mir Abdul Karim Maqol Girls High School is located in Charikar city as capital of Parwan Province and there was no building for the school. The students study in Mir Abdul Karim Boys High School’s building instead. They were facing many problems: the school didn’t have any chamber latrines or washrooms and each month, female teachers and students were absent for 4-6 days during their periods. There wasn’t any storage for drinking water and the surrounding wall was not high enough to fend off disturbance from outside.

In 2016, we conducted a survey about the construction of six classrooms, six-chamber latrines and a washroom, a water reservoir for drinking water and a surrounding wall. On the day of our survey, the administration of the school, teachers and students were very happy and helped us. We started construction of the above facilities on 1 July 2017 after engineering design stages. During the work, the principal and female teachers visited the work site for evaluation and appreciated our work, especially the construction of six-chamber latrines and washroom. In addition, the engineering teams of Parwan Directorate of Education, Directorate of Economy and other government offices highly evaluated the construction work.

The constructed latrines and boundary wall are expected to facilitate and motivate female teachers’ and students’ keeping going to school without disturbance or anxiety during their periods and outside them. The water reservoir will provide them with access to safe drinking water. This comprehensive rehabilitation of the school facilities also anticipates increase in students’ enrollment and attendance.

Parimah, the principal of Mir Abdul Karim Maqol Girls High School, says, “Due to periods, female teachers including me and students used to be absent from school for 4-6 days and came back when they became alright. So there was so much absenteeism.Now all of us will perform our daily work without any problems. Representing all female teachers and students, I appreciate JEN for their support.”

[Parimah, the principal of Mir Abdul Karim Maqol Girls High School ]
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[Constructed six-classroom building]
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[Constructed water reservoir]
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[Constructed six-chamber latrines with washroom]
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[Constructed brick masonry boundary wall]
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January 11, 2018 in Afghanistan |

Nutrition and Profit from Cow’s Milk

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.

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Livelihood support is the major subject of JEN’s ongoing project for returnees in Khyber Agency, FATA. JEN’s female beneficiaries take care of their livestock at their homes through feeding, watering and milking. Mrs. Shaista Gul is one of them. She has two daughters and two sons. Three of them are going to school and one is just two and half years old who stays at home with her. Her husband works as a laborer on daily wages.   

In an interview with JEN’s staff, she said, “We spent all of our resources on the reconstruction of our house. It affected our budget especially for the food and nutrition. In the past, we used to rear goats at home with a little milk production. Now my family has got one cow from JEN which gives around three liters of milk a day. Most portion of the milk, around two liters, we use at home. We make yogurt and butter and also my children drink some milk. I also sell one liter of milk to my neighbors and earn around one hundred rupees from it. Though it is difficult, I try to save the profit from the milk selling to meet some of our needs”.

The rehabilitation phase is ongoing in all FATA and Khyber Agency and situation is improving gradually. Her husband who is a laborer continues working in Khyber Agency or Peshawar to help in livelihood of his family and the cow is also supporting it and in his family’s nutrition.

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January 11, 2018 in Pakistan |