Japan Emergency NGO (JEN)

We put our utmost efforts into restoring a self-supporting livelihood both economically and mentally to those people who have been stricken with hardship due to conflicts and disasters. We do so promptly, precisely, and flexibly by fully utilizing local human and material resources, considering this the most promising way to revitalize the society.
Jun 16, 2014

Continuing to Improve Iraqi Students' Lives

Students with their new portable trash boxes.
Students with their new portable trash boxes.

The Student’s Impression

A twelfth grade student from one the school’s JEN renovated expressed his sincere gratitude towards JEN. He stated that some students used to go the bathroom outside in soiled areas because the school’s restroom facilities were squalid, and now that they are newly renovated, he would like to work with JEN to keep his school clean. The headmaster was also thankful and was impressed by JEN’s work in Diyala in cooperation with the Department of Education. With summer coming soon, JEN donated fans to the schools to combat the scorching heat. The students were thankful for their new fans as well. JEN will continue to work on renovating schools and their WASH facilities so that children can be safe and comfortable at school.

 

Iraqi 2014 Elections

After the multinational force’s liberation of Iraq over threw Saddam Hussein’s government in 2003, they also installed a temporary administration that represented all of Iraq’s population. The January 2005 elections to begin writing the constitution were also the first free and fair elections in Iraq’s history. Since then, the voter turnout has become 51% of the population who is eligible to vote. The most recent elections, which took place on April 30th, 2014, were to determine a new Parliament and government for the next four years. The streets of Baghdad were covered with campaign posters of the different candidates; sometimes food items contained campaign ads too! Other politicians reached out to the poor and provided free meals and called them “The Gift of Dr./ Mr. ________.” Another candidate claimed that he is to earn a seat in Parliament by order of the Prophet Muhammad. The parliamentary elections this year were filled with competitive candidates and campaigning.

 

Need Survey

A need survey points out the strengths and weaknesses of a facility and is considered a major part of an NGO’s policy. It is also the very first step of JEN’s projects. After visiting the facilities, such as schools and health centers, JEN created a database to ensure proper health conditions at each location. The survey provides proper training to the individuals in these facilities to help maintain personal and environmental hygiene. Today in Iraq, children attend very crowded schools where there is a lack of health and educational support. The need survey allows us to solve issues by finding the root problems. JEN utilizes two surveys; one is the need survey and the other is the monitoring survey. As previously stated, the need survey is issued before renovation and uses questions to estimate the health environments of individuals. The monitoring survey takes place after a facility has been renovated to assess the completion of a project. JEN uses these surveys to continue creating effective and impactful projects.

 

Booklet on hygiene for primary school students

JEN is working with the Iraqi Ministry of Education to create a short cartoon story to inform students about the importance of hygiene. The story contains a plot and throughout it, a set of instructions and tips on how to maintain personal hygiene. This will raise general awareness of personal health and environmental hygiene. Through the students, the messages we are trying to convey will be passed on to their parents. Simple text and colorful drawings by professionals will attract the young students. The booklet will also encourage students to listen to their teachers when they explain hygiene in school. Several meetings have already been held to ensure the best story for the students.

Campaign posters fill the streets.
Campaign posters fill the streets.
A teacher shows her student how to brush his teeth
A teacher shows her student how to brush his teeth
A meeting for the hygiene booklet.
A meeting for the hygiene booklet.
Jun 16, 2014

Much Progress in Jordan for the Syrian Refugees

A new school bathroom renovated by JEN.
A new school bathroom renovated by JEN.

Responding to the Need of Each School

JEN has been involved in providing aid for Syrian refugee students living in host communities for over a year. Specifically, JEN continues to renovate water and sanitation facilities and provide hygiene promotion activities in Jordanian public schools. JEN’s renovation of one hundred fifty schools is almost complete, despite it being a difficult project due to the scale of it.

One of the schools JEN renovated initially only had four latrines for about one thousand boys. After consulting the Directorate of Education Engineer team and the headmaster of the school, JEN remodeled a storage room into new latrines. In another school of both boys and girls, girls were hesitant to use the latrines because they were not separated by gender. Therefore, JEN created separate restrooms by converting the dead space into the girls’ latrines. JEN conducted careful case by case assessments of each school where practicality and cost effectiveness were of importance.

The headmistress of one school JEN renovated posted on the school’s Facebook page: “Thank you very much to JEN and all participating in the improvement of our school’s environment.” JEN has decided to renovate an additional fifty schools and has started building new classrooms to accommodate for the increasing number of students.

 

New magazine in Za’atari “Al Tarik”

In January 2014 JEN, in collaboration with UNHCR, created a monthly Arabic magazine, in which the first issue was published in April and distributed to approximately 200,000 homes in May. The magazine strived to create communication between districts in the 6km-long camp possible. It also serves to spread messages about healthier living by the UN and other organizations and a place for Syrian refugees to showcase their creativity and unique stories.

In the first issue, there were articles by hygiene promoters advocating environmental hygiene, children sharing their experiences of joining a sports club teams, a child about how her life was saved by nutrition programs on the campsite, and a young girl who shared her poem about missing her life in Syria and hoping to return to her home. The name of the article is “Al Tarik” or “The Road” to symbolize the refugees’ journeys and convey that they will one day return to Syria. The articles are written by refugees, but the magazine is coordinated and edited by the Jordanian staff. Eventually JEN and other organizations hope to provide magazine development training opportunities, such as journalism and graphic design, so that refugees can manage the magazine on their own. This will give opportunities to refugees, especially the youth, to better their lives.

 

Azraq Camp Opening

On Wednesday April 30th, 2014 Azraq camp officially opened as the largest refugee camp in the region. It spans 15 square kilometers and is located 100km east of Amman, the capital of Jordan. Azraq Camp is ready to host 51,000 refugees and can be expanded to accommodate 130,000 refugees in total. In the past this location was used to host Iraqi refugees so it is not near the Syrian border. New Syrian refugees will be sent to Azraq, which is composed of 4 districts that resemble small villages, unless they have close relatives already in Za’atari or they are severely injured. Azraq will alleviate Za’atari’s overcrowded facilities and help Za’atari leave emergency mode of 2 years. In addition, Azraq will help stabilize committees of refugees in charge of leading the population so that the Syrian refugees can one day self-manage and achieve self-reliance.

An older girl reads the magazine to the young.
An older girl reads the magazine to the young.
A very busy and crowded road in Za
A very busy and crowded road in Za'atari.
May 28, 2014

Bringing Back Smiles to Ishinomaki

Volunteers and locals catch fish together.
Volunteers and locals catch fish together.

“Come Join Our Fishery!” Event Continues to Succeed and Expands to Other Villages

The Oshika Peninsula is an area made up of over thirty fishing villages, each with its own unique culture and traditions and their name ending with “-hama.”Since two years ago when the project called “Come to Join Fishing” was launched, the aim has been to address problems in the fishing villages and ways to rebuild them. One way to help rebuild the villages is to attract outside visitors to the area by promoting Oshika`s attractions.

With the help of JEN, this project has been expanding to other fishing villages. In March two main events were held which promoted Oshika`s culture. The first, a Fishing Experience called “Come to Join Fishing Event” allowed participants to enjoy spring foods of the villages.

At the second event, participants were given the opportunity to experience a four hundred year old fox deity shrine festival at Kitsunezaki-hama, and some even carried amikoshi, a portable shrine, during the parade. JEN has been committed on working toward creating a sustainable community—one in which the locals will be able to continue supporting themselves.

A Lantern Vigil is Held to Remember Those Lost 3 Years Ago

Kadonowaki`s “Maneki Community”, a resident`s association created after the tragedy and made of some one hundred thirty people from 2-4 chome, organized a lantern vigil to commemorate those lost in the Great East Japan Earthquake. About eighty people living in the town and those taking shelter at other locations came to the ceremony to remember and pray for their loved ones.

Many took part in filling in the names of their neighbors in a handmade map. The pattern of the lantern vigil was created by Mr. Toyokazu Abe of Kadonowaki; it represents a cirque, which is a piece of jewelry worn by Buddha, and the soul, which is in the shape of a heart.

Ishinomaki Elementary Schools Receive New Playgrounds

JEN donated four playgrounds to elementary schools in Ishinomaki. With many of the playgrounds destroyed by the disaster and those remaining replaced by temporary quarter sites, children were left with nothing to play with outside.

Fortunately, on March 12 a presentation ceremony at Kama Elementary School took place, followed by one at Okaido Elementary School. Two other playgrounds donated by JEN were installed in Teizann Elementary School and Kaduma Elementary School by the end of April.

Newly Renovated Community House Opens

On March 23, a concert for the completion of the Koganehama Community House, located in Watanoha District in the northern region of Ishinomaki City, took place. With over one hundred thirty locals present, singer Katsuragi performed along with a surprise appearance from singer Okunn, a member of the gospel group RAG FAIR.

JEN has been helping to restore the building since July 2011. In March 2012, JEN led a workshop for locals on how to maintain a community house and helped restore a restroom and the interior of the building.

In order to successfully manage the community house, five officials from five administrative regions were put in charge. They have been working on receiving funding for additional repairs and organized this concert. Mr. Tahahiro Nagai expressed gratitude towards JEN and hopes that the community becomes independent and self-reliant in the near future.

Kadonowaki Elementary School Front’s New Garden

On March 29th and 30th, JEN assisted in moving a flower garden to the front of Kadonowaki Elementary School. This project was initiated upon request by the Kadonowaki Junior High School students.

Despite the event overlapping with their spring vacation, many students came out to help. About fifty students, forty-three volunteers, parents, and children helped dig out over eight-hundred viola seedlings, tulip bulbs, and a signboard and transported them to Kadonowaki`s school front.

One Kadonowaki Junior High student Miss Seika Sakurai shared her thoughts on the project with us: “It was a lot of fun! The project started when my sister was my age, so I hope we can continue it as a good tradition.”

Lantern vigil in honor of those lost 3 years ago.
Lantern vigil in honor of those lost 3 years ago.
A concert is held at the new community house.
A concert is held at the new community house.
A student enjoys the new playground.
A student enjoys the new playground.
Students replant flowers in front of their school.
Students replant flowers in front of their school.
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