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Motivating and Moving the Community for Change

Village Angori is located in within JEN’s support coverage region of Para Chamkani in the Central Kurram District. The local infrastructure of village Angori are lacking in various aspects (Ex: health, education, lifestyle facilities), which is similar to what is seen throughout the entire region. In terms of hygiene, neither the area nor the villagers are in good condition. The village lacks any form of sanitation facilities. The majority of the residents of village Angori simply use the restroom outside, as using a toilet has not become a social norm in the village.

Hussain Gul is a resident of village Angori. Although he has a job, he does not make enough to provide for his family. His family consists of 20 people, and both men and women have no other choice but to use the restroom outside of their homes. They have one toilet within their home, but it is not in usable conditions. Although he has considered repairing the toilet, he has not been able to execute it. By participating in JEN’s sanitation and hygiene sessions hosted in the village, he was able to recognize the significant necessity of repairing the family toilet.

He was surprised to hear that JEN would provide tools for constructing a new toilet. After creating a construction plan and receiving the tools, he quickly began the construction process.

              “It’s so hard to see my children going to the nearby stream to use the restroom. I have heard stories of my friends’ children getting injured while going to a field or a river to use the restroom.He stated. During JEN’s hygiene kit distribution period, he received an indoor toilet set and toolkit and immediately began constructing a new bathroom. He has stated that the tools inside the hygiene kit were very useful, not only in constructing the bathroom but also to be used for agriculture and farming purposes.



              He stated as follows. “We are currently able to use the bathroom in our house. We were able to realize the numerous positives that comes along with having a bathroom in

our house. It not only helped us sanitation wise, but also got rid of the stress associated with using the restroom. We now have a vacuum cleaner in our house which further improves the conditions of our home. It was especially good for the children and women of the family because the bathroom provided a sense of respect of personal dignity.

              Hussain Gul’s story is just one of constructing a bathroom, and JEN will need to further work with the people to achieve behavioral and awareness changes within the community. In order to achieve that, JEN hosted a sanitation and hygiene session for the men, women, and children living in the area. Hussain Gul’s bathroom construction after attending our sanitation and hygiene session is just one example that reveals how this project, made possible by the PHPF (Pakistan Humanitarian Pooled Fund) grant-in-aid, can be an effective and sustainable method in achieving changes in behavior and awareness regarding hygiene.


              Hussain Gul expressed his gratitude towards PHPF and JEN’s support, and additionally stated that “A major issue of the village is the waste water and rain water that runs through the neighborhoods, cemeteries, and croplands. Our crops are severely damaged every rainy season. With the support from JEN, we hope to create a drainage system that will change the flow direction of the nearby river. I want to thank JEN and PHPF on behalf of the village, and I hope that JEN will continue to provide support for us in the future!



Completed bathroom


November 12, 2019 in Pakistan |


Interview of a Girl Who Received a “Dream Bag” and Her Parents

 In April of 2019, we conducted distributions of “Dream Bags” in the Parwan province of Afghanistan.

 We were able to interview those who received the “Dream Bags” following the distribution process.



 Caption: A second grade girl who received a “Dream Bag” with her dad

 This girl`s father works as a sales representative at a store in Charikar Market. Much of the villagers struggle from poverty, and he says that he is one of them.

 “I receive very little pay and therefore, have a hard time supporting my family, which includes buying my children the necessary stationary and materials for school. Additionally, I must borrow money from my friends and family members in order for my child to go to school.

 I want my child to study a lot and become someone who can serve their country. I believe that both boys and girls should receive equal education and think that not letting girls attend high school is a bad idea. I currently own a small plot of farm land close to the village, but if I ever need the money to continue sending my daughter to school, I will sell it without any hesitation.

 Today, my daughter received a “Dream Bag”, and her excitement could be put in to words. She has always liked to study and go to school, but this will definitely make her like it even more.

 I know that Japan is an extremely safe country and have heard that the people are very generous and friendly. I vividly remember the time I met the Japanese staff of JEN 10 years ago at a meeting in Charikar. On behalf of my child, her classmates, and all of Afghanistan, I want to thank the country of Japan and the children who participated in the making of the “Dream Bags” for not forgetting about us.” He said.

November 1, 2019 in Afghanistan |

Art and Culture of Afghanistan (Part 2)

 Regardless of the current security and safety situation in Afghanistan, the Afghanistan people continue to pursue traditional practices between their various daily responsibilities. ‘’ATAN dance’’ is one tradition that is performed at times of celebration. Not only is this dance famous in this particular region, but is also well-known in the Pashtun region of Pakistan. This dance is typically performed at events such as weddings, engagement parties, college graduations, and other types of celebrations.


 Caption: The JEN team tried it out.

 The dancers form a circle and dance along to the sound of drums, a rebab, a harmonium, and a small drum called tabara. The dance usually starts off slow, and the tempo increases as the dance progresses. Traditionally, those who perform the dance should grow their hair out. This is because the dance involves moving one`s head, and the movement of the hair indicates the tempo and rhythm of the dance. However, it is not a requirement for every dancer to grow their hair, as there is an alternative way to indicate the tempo and rhythm; clapping their hands with each step.

 Both men and women perform this dance, but due to the local social customs, women are not allowed to dance in the presence of a man. Therefore, women dance in an all-women group when no men are around. Because this dance is performed or practiced on a daily basis, most people know the basic rules of ‘’ATAN dance’’, but actually performing the dance requires a bit of practice. Students living in lodging accommodations live far away from their families, so they typically perform the dance to have fun and not get homesick.


November 1, 2019 in Afghanistan |

Interview to the children who received ”Dream Bags”

We interviewed the children who received ”Dream Bags”.
Please click the play button and see their interviews.


▼Interview to Ahmad


▼Interview to Azuna



November 1, 2019 in Afghanistan |