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Safe water from constructed wells

From the 11 water wells JEN constructed in Chaparhar District in Nangarhar Province in Afghanistan, people are getting safe water of about 100 liters per person a day on average. Family members per household altogether fetch about 200 liters one time with jerrycans as in the photo. They go to the wells several times a day.

The global standard about the quantity of water per person a day during emergency is 7.5 – 15 liters. This merely covers basic drinking, personal hygiene and cooking needs. So 100 liters is well above it and enough. On the other hand, the average quantity of consumption per person a day in Japan is 375 liters, more than triple of the amount people we supported are getting.

People are saying, “Children used to be busy fetching water but can now have time for school and playing”, “We can save money since we no longer have to buy water”. We are happy and proud to be of help.

But Chaparhar is not free from safety, either. A very saddening, unfortunate incident happened in which some water well beneficiaries were involved and killed in a crossfire between the government and an armed opposition group. Many people stayed away from home and returned to find they have to start their new life from scratch. We helped them meet one of their basic needs. I sincerely condone those victims and wish they’d rest in peace and strongly hope people will resiliently survive in spite of difficulties.



June 14, 2018 in Afghanistan | | TrackBack (0)

Staff training sessions at JEN’s Duhok office

At our Duhok office in the Kurdish Autonomous Region, northern Iraq, staff training sessions are held periodically. These are important occasions where colleagues that usually work separately can get together and review their own work from a wider and different perspective.

In the session held on May 20, lectures were given entitled “Compliance by NGOs” and “Core Humanitarian Standard (CHS).” The participants also worked in groups to discuss concrete examples.


An international staff member giving a lecture


Learning is serious but fun


Discussing in groups

Staff members that usually work together can work together in these sessions

June 14, 2018 in Iraq |


Future of Kumamoto (1)

Fresh verdure of ASO is very beautiful with wide sky. A person in charge of media does not have a chance to visit field, I had an opportunity to visit city of ASO with overseas supporter this time. I feel to become an ant in large palm. About 40 thousand years ago, Land was carved in by eruption and made caldera. The caldera became plateau with height 800m after long period. We acknowledge that there are people life in ASO with nature long time ago.



Ms Tomoka Sato who makes Aso-Takanard is one of them. Ms. Sato participated ASUKUMA form the beginning. She was born and raised in Aso and move to Osaka for her job. Ms. Sato is also person to leave home town such as young people living in country side. However, she wants to live in ASO.She wanted to reduce the abandoned land of Aso.In addition, she thought that she did not want to lose her favorite Aso-Takana who grows only in Aso.

ASUKUMA …Workshop program to generate projects to revitalize Kumamoto based on person, things and culture in Kumamoto.

She decided to return to her grandmother in Kumamoto from Osaka. Then, she has been fully engaged in ASO vegetables and had many challenges. Her love for ASO vegetable has been increasing and she had strong will to introduce ASO vegetable in future. Continue to part2.


Ms Sato,At the workplace

June 7, 2018 in Kumamoto |