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03/29/2018

Demand of Mott Grass

People take their livestock to the field for grazing, but it’s not enough to rely only on grazing. Farmers who can afford provide other sources of feed to their livestock to get maximum dairy production.   This article is again about Mott grass we let you know about the other day.

In 2016, during coordination meetings with the livestock department, JEN came to know about Mott grass seedlings which are evergreen, green fodder and contains much protein. In the government dairy farms, the grass is cultivated in wide areas for their livestock. JEN requested the farms’ director to provide Mott grass seedlings for our beneficiaries as the majority of population lacked balanced diet for their livestock.

Initially, JEN collected seedlings and distributed them to progressive farmers on a trial basis. After their successful cultivation, JEN again requested the director to provide more seedlings to cover maximum beneficiaries. Then the farm provided 7,000 seedlings, which are being distributed to 70 HHs.

During the seedlings distribution, their demand raised as the progressive farmers shared people how successful they grew seedlings. People from outside JEN’s targeted areas approached us through livelihood recovery committee (LRC) members for provision of seedlings. JEN coordinated with the government dairy farm director and requested to provide more seedlings to people having livestock. The director promised their further support in the coming season. It was decided with LRC that they would enhance the farmers, who are requesting for seedlings, to go by themselves to collect ones. Progressive farmers will demonstrate the cultivation method for those people.

Previously, people were not aware of this fodder and did not grow it, so the credit goes to the current project, JEN and the livestock department to introduce it to FATA.

[Farmers' meeting on Mott grass seedlings]
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[Mott grass seedling distribution]
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[Mott grass seedling collection in government dairy farm]
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March 29, 2018 in Pakistan |

03/22/2018

Kerosene distribution

Over the past winter, many internally displaced people have returned to their home villages and towns in Ninewa governorate. Life in the areas that used to be controlled by ISIS is now starting anew and returnees need support to re-establish their livelihoods.

JEN is providing support by distributing kerosene for households and schools in Sanuni, Ninewa governorate.

[beneficiary signing up]
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[Filling the tanks]
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[Trucks ready for action]
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[Headmaster signing the form]
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[Group photo]
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March 22, 2018 in Iraq |

03/15/2018

“Friend Cafe”—a children’s cafeteria in Miyako City, Iwate Prefecture

JEN is providing support to children’s cafeterias, “Shiokaze Kitchen” and "Shiokaze Dining," operated by the Miyako City Council of Social Welfare in Iwate Prefecture.

In Japan, one in seven children is in poverty. In particular, the poverty rate of single-mother families exceeds 50%.
Every month, single parents and their children, volunteers and the Miyako City Council of Social Welfare staff gather at “Shiokaze Kitchen” to cook, enjoy
meals, spend time together, and sometimes talk about their problems.

However, some people live far from the city center where “Shiokaze Kitchen” is located, making it difficult for them to participate in the activities. To make things easier for these people, the Miyako City Council of Social Welfare is planning to operate “Shiokaze Dining,” a children’s cafeteria held at various locations in Miyako City.

Following last month’s article, we will report on the preparation for “Shiokaze Dining.”
* Click here for the last article on the Workshop for Supporters of the Children’s Cafeteria.

On March 3, the second “Friend Cafe” was held for the participants of the Workshop for Supporters of the Children’s Cafeteria, at the Miyako City Health and Welfare Center. About 20 locals who were interested in supporting the operation of “Shiokaze Dining” gathered for the event.

[The workshop]

In the workshop, a technique called “rich pictures” was used to clarify the concepts of the children’s cafeteria, i.e., what the cafeteria should be like in order to resolve local issues. The participants clarified the concepts of the children’s cafeteria by drawing resources necessary for the cafeteria, such as the cafeteria’s participants, staff members, volunteers, venues, meals, and tools for seasonal events, on large pieces of white paper, and by reviewing their relationships by connecting the elements with arrows.

[Participants drawing “rich pictures”]

The participants came up with a variety of ideas as they put together the concepts, and their lively discussions continued even after the scheduled time had passed. Some of their ideas include:
Promoting intergenerational interaction by inviting local seniors.
Introducing nutritionally balanced menus for the children by using lots of vegetables.
Providing participants with opportunities to talk about their health with volunteer nurses.

[“Rich pictures” drawn by participants]

We hope that the collaboration of supporters who gathered at “Friend Cafe” will support people with difficulties by organizing “Shiokaze Dining” according to issues of each community, making it a venue for the children and other locals to come together.

March 15, 2018 in Tohoku Earthquake |

Supporting people in need

Afghanistan has long been in the middle of conflict while rehabilitating its governance, economy and social services since the collapse of the Taliban regime in 2001. 2.5 million people are in exile as refugees.

Many people are forced to be displaced including ones who have been in neighboring countries such as Pakistan and Iran since the time even before the Taliban regime. Many of them, more than 1 million people, have been returning to their “home” where they already lost their land and houses and the young generation doesn’t really know. They settle and restart their life anyway, but some of them have to be displaced again due to conflict. Their fragile hope is broken.

As small support for those who returned and displaced in rehabilitation of their livelihood, JEN provided 1,000 households of returnees with non-food items such as water tanks, plastic sheets and kitchen utensils, provided 300 households of returnees, internally displaced persons and their host community people with hygiene education and constructed water wells for nearly 800 households.

This support may be a drop in the ocean. But there are many more well-wishers rendering support. No one must feel left behind or this world is nothing but a hell. Even though circumstances around people may be like a strong stream to drift them away or want to drown them, we working in hand in hand could gently catch them with open arms as if we were altogether an unbroken net against the stream.

Hideaki Nakajima (Senior Program Officer)

March 15, 2018 in Afghanistan |

Climate and Agriculture of Pakistan

Pakistan is blessed with a beautiful landscape, four seasons and best soil which is perfect for agriculture. Agriculture is the source of income for about 40% population of the country. Geographically, Pakistan is located in an area with plenty of snow in the north, which results in enough water used for drinking and agriculture. That is why Pakistan is famous for best quality of crops such as rice, wheat, corn, cotton and fruits. Pakistan also produces quality mangoes, apples, oranges, cherries, bananas and guavas abundant enough for domestic population and export.

[Guava ready to reap]
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[Guava seller]
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[Sliced guava]
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But sometimes those blessings become tricky for Pakistan in the shape of floods, landslides and other disasters. We are saying climate change has been exacerbating natural disasters, but it is not good to blame only the nature because humans are equally responsible for all its destruction.

We can’t properly manage the water resources and it is getting lesser and lesser with time. At the household level, people don’t have awareness to save water and we are regularly misusing it. We don’t have proper planning to store the rain water by means of dams where no rivers are available. We don’t have tradition to preserve our precious forests and due to deforestation, it is feared our climate is getting worse, increasing and escalating natural disasters.

[Deforested mountains]
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There are some initiatives from governments and organizations such as plantation of trees, saving the water and other natural resources, but the lack of proper awareness among common people will never make those projects successful. Governments, civil societies and NGOs should jointly work on this very important issue to save the future generations who will be vulnerable.

[Tarbela Dam]
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March 15, 2018 in Pakistan |

JEN receives letter of appreciation from the Ministry of Education in Iraq

In March 2018, JEN received a letter of appreciation from the Ministry of Education in Iraq for our school restoration and hygiene education activities that we have been carrying out in Iraq for many years.

JEN has been engaged in repairing school buildings in Iraq since 2004. We have so far restored about 250 schools to contribute to the education of children in Iraq. JEN is engaged in a strong cooperative relationship with the Ministry of Education, and continually works with the Ministry in selecting schools to be restored and providing them with follow-up maintenance.

March 15, 2018 in Iraq | | TrackBack (0)

03/01/2018

Series of earthquakes

Once again, a series of earthquakes hit the Iranian-Iraqi border, which has reached more than five degrees on the Rikhter scale, and it has been felt by most of the population of Kirkuk and Iraq in general. The US Geological Survey said five earthquakes happend near the border town of Mandali, Near Mehran in western Iran ..

Praise be to Allah, the earthquake was not strong and did not cause great damages, and for information un earthquake hit this area in November last year and its strength  was 7.2 degrees and has killed hundreds of people in these areas, the population of Iraq in general they were not familiar with earthquakes before and this little time they  were hit by many earthquakes , making them very fearful, especially as earthquakes are unexpected. God saves everyone from all bad things.

March 1, 2018 in Iraq |