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.
Apr 14, 2014

"Majallate", popular among kids in Iraq.

Children
Children's magazine for 44 years! "Majallate".

[One page on “Majallate” magazine]

In the last report we introduced about our new project on school hygiene started on the end of last year. However JEN is facing a rapid worsening of security in Anbar, the one of three governorates our project take place.

To maintain safety of staff, JEN have suspended our activities in Anbar Governorate and also restricting transportation of staff.

It is important for us to recognize that our project site is not always a safe place, but it is also true that we see so many childrens waiting for help in the place like here. Therefore it is all the more important for us to always ensure to monitor security conditions and share security information with all staff.

Today JEN is also working through one of the kids magazine. The magazine: “Majallate” runs articles of the kid’s culture in Iraq and has ever been issued monthly for 44 years. It is one of the famous magazines in Iraq and many families get the magazine as it contains various themes and meaningful stories for children.

After JEN undertaking editing one of the sections of the magazine with cooperation of Ministry of Education, the magazines had been distributed to students in the primary schools in the previous JEN projects. They expressed their admiration for it and they understood the importance of hygiene education and preservation of the environment which are contained in the magazine.

 

*Due to the security reasons, no photoes of local people are attached. Apology for incoveniences caused.

Food to celebrate the festive season.
Food to celebrate the festive season.

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Apr 7, 2014

Little Things Make a Big Difference

Pictures of JEN
Pictures of JEN's work posted on Facebook

[Hygiene Education]

The New Year is a time for the JEN’s hygiene promotion team in the Za’atari camp to start a new project for children.  Nearly 40% of the camp’s population are children under 11; our projects will provide them with psychosocial care as well as promoting good hygiene behaviour.

On 16 January 2014, JEN kicked off our hygiene promotion in 2014 with a monthly hygiene promotion event for children at the JEN’s tent in District 4. The key message of January 2014 is “personal hygiene.” Further to the key message of December 2013, “water conservation,” we stressed the importance of water by some ingenious activities: singing songs, a play by Syrian children, quiz contest, and poster contest under the theme of “What does water mean to you?” And of course, you can’t end a party without gifts! All children who attended the event received a hygiene pack containing toothbrush, toothpaste and soap. Through these activities for children, we have been working on hygiene promotion in the camp. JEN stuff is looking forward to the next event in February 2014—for sure, children are looking forward it too!

Our hygiene project has been carried out also for public schools in local communities outside of the camp. The JEN Amman office, which has provided assistance to Syrian refugees for over a year, is just about to finish all renovation works in 150 schools. One of the schools used to have only four latrine seats despite the large scale of over 1,000 boy students. JEN discussed with the Directorate of Education Engineer team and the headmaster and remodelled a storeroom into new latrines. In a mixed school where boy students and girl students used to use the same latrines, girls were hesitant to use the latrines as boys would be playing nearby. So we refurbished the dead space in the back to extend the latrines, then built a partition to separate them for boys and girls. Thus, the JEN engineering team renovates schools on a case-by-case basis, identifying what is required and what can be done. Relatively-young members’ passion for good-quality work can’t be overestimated. With increasing needs, we have not only planned to renovate water and sanitation facilities in another 50 schools, but also we have started building new classrooms to expand school capacities in order to accept Syrian students.

 

[Emergency Material Distribution]

15 March 2014 marked three years since the conflict in Syria broke out. JEN has started distributing clothes to new arrivals in the reception area of the Za’atari camp to meet the needs of refugees. Since 10 March 2014, we have distributed a bag filled with clothes donated by our partners to each newly arrived families. Because we are unable to conduct pre-survey on family size and structure among new refugees, we are required to instantly arrange each bag on their arrival. Thanks to seven distribution staff working 24/7 on a two-shift system, we assisted more than 800 individuals for the first three days. They were very glad to receive warm clothes in the middle of the night. This project couldn’t have done this smoothly without hard work of the warehouse team who carefully sorts and repacks donated clothes. The team has already prepared 40,000 individual sets since the beginning of January 2014! The number of refugees arriving in the Za’atari camp varies every day, but the JEN team is ready to welcome them with warm clothes any time.

Children learning by playing
Children learning by playing
JEN
JEN's Distribution Team.

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Mar 10, 2014

Double your donations today to support community leaders in Ishinomaki!

Mr. Homma and his wife
Mr. Homma and his wife

Today, we'd like to share a story out of many lives you have changed - through supporting our project.

Mr. Homma's story

Mr. Homma is a chairman of the neighborhood association of Kadonowaki. Great East Japan Earthquake on 11th March, 2011 changed the fate of the area. Kadonowaki, which is one of the most suffered areas and 400 people of 4000 dead or missing people in Ishinomaki city fall a sacrifice to the earthquake there. After the earthquake, some people were sacrificed to tsunami and some moved to temporary housing, and only 60 people (23 families) of 2000 people who had been a member of neighbor association of Kadonowaki remained there and the neighbor association had had to suspended activities. However, the activity ran with JEN leaded the association to start again.

He became connected to JEN in October 2012 when about a year and half had passed since the earthquake. At the time, JEN supported “Recovery Program for us” ran by junior high school students in Kadonowaki and looked for a place such as everything was washed away to make flowerpots. After that, Mr. Homma, had being worked for gathering 4 neighbor associations together as a member of “Maneki (Inviting) Community”, and JEN formed “Watering for Flower pots Committee” and moved forward the project with students, habitants and volunteers together. In April 2013, flowers bloomed beautifully with some messages of hope attached. Two years has passed since the earthquake and Mr. Homma said “I am finally ready to recover.” In August 2013, JEN supported the construction of community house, “Maneki House” as a center of interaction of people. Some events such as tea ceremony and exercise class for health are held on a regular basis. Also, festival to praise Jizo (guardian) which had been canceled because of the earthquake and former habitants who had moved to temporary housing came back to the town. Mr. Homma hopes that many people would come back to the town after the land readjustment even if it is only one person.

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