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.
Oct 15, 2013

New School Year starts

October 15th, 2013 in Iraq

 

 

The current project is in the final phase. I would like to share with joy that we are working on the last school in the Babil Governorate. Today, I would like to share some comments that we received during our meeting with the Headmaster and some parents. The Headmaster mentioned that he was satisfied with the quality of restoration. Is seems that the cleaning workers are saying that in the past, the latrines were in very poor conditions, but after going through repair, they all look clean and easy to use. They are satisfied that the toilet facilities are more beautiful. Moreover, the Headmaster said, “Educational assistance from JEN allows students to improve their health conditions, and in result, the educational level will improve.”

I fully agree. The health aspect is one of the most important benefits enjoyed by students, and is also the first step towards achieving success. Students are able to concentrate on their studies on the basis of good health.

The parents were also very happy with the improvement in their children’s health and hygiene awareness. One parent said, “The latrines were totally dysfunctional before, and now they are so clean that my child says that she likes the toilet facility at the school better than the one in our home.” Many parents mentioned that they appreciated how JEN provided cleaning materials as well as hygiene kits to the school. It seems that the distributed materials have an important role in raising student’s awareness in cleanness at both the school and home.

I need to say that knowing that the students are practicing hygienic behaviors not only at the school but also in their homes is wonderful.

 

Preparing healthy educational spaces for children who are the ones that can create a society where violence no longer lasts is crucial for Iraq’s future development. That is why JEN’s activities on rehabilitating school facilities and promoting hygiene give hope to Iraqis who seek peace.

  

  

Hygine education at a school.
Hygine education at a school.

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Oct 7, 2013

Preparing for Winter Season, 2013

A Factory to produce drinking water.
A Factory to produce drinking water.

[Socio-economic Disparity in Zaatari Camp]

United under the UN agencies’ umbrella and for the second winter season, organizations working in the Zaatari Camp have started to prepare a contingency plan to accommodate 20,000-30,000 new arrivals to the camp. In addition UNHCR has established a Strategy Advisory Working Group to discuss a long term strategy. JEN was chosen as one of the six major INGOs among over 30 humanitarian organizations working inside the camp.

The camp has been developing at a rapid speed. Now, it has various shops and even a factory with special equipment to produce drinking water. At the same time, economic and social gaps of people inside the camp are growing. Many people are living in pre-fabricated housings with electric equipment, and on the other hand, there are also a huge number of people strongly relying on support from aid agencies. It is important to include those vulnerable people (infants, women household families, elderly and disabled people) in JEN’s activities and make sure each and every person receive support from aid agencies.

 

 

 

 [Rising Cost of Living Accompanied by the Syrian Crisis] 

The price of daily necessities gradually but surely has gone up. Rent fee has also risen nearly 20 percent compared to that of 2 years ago. Some of the refugees from Syria have come to Jordan rent houses by themselves. In addition, the prices of gas and petrol have also slowly gone up since the beginning of this year. As gas stoves and central heating consuming heavy fuel oil are commonly used in Jordan, the increasing fuel cost is expected to make an impact on the livelihoods of Jordanians.

JEN has supported not only Syrian refugees but also public schools in the host communities that have been hosting people evacuating from Syria. We do so through rehabilitating school facilities and promoting hygiene education. JEN has continued to work in order to make changes to the actual situations of both Syrians and Jordanians, and to ensure their safety and comfortable lives in Jordan.

 

 

 

[Colleagues 3,000 Kilometers Away]

JEN activities are supported by various local staffs. Some staffs go to the field every day and communicate with people in needs directly, while some assist such project staffs so that they can carry on activities smoothly. Back-office section doesn’t draw much attention, but it plays a key role of project implementation. Donations are utilized not only for ones directly delivered to people but also for those costs which are required for supporting projects.

Recently, our admin staff had a skype meeting with a local staff in Juba office. Both of them are thoroughly versed in administrative issues, so international staffs didn’t attend the meeting, and it was held in Arabic. It is the first time for her to talk to South Sudanese as well as JEN staffs working in other office so it was motivational for her. It is expected that meetings like this will be continuously held and staffs in different offices being inspired by one another contribute to the further improvement of JEN activities.

 

 

 

[Winter Clothes Distribution to 9,000 Families] 

 Situated in the desert terrain, Zaatari refugee camp should face an extreme seasonal temperature. During the summer, it has faced a fierce heat up to 40 degree Celsius. While during the winter, the refugees will live in severe conditions where the rain is heavy and the temperatures are low.

Last winter of 2012, JEN provided assistance through distributions of winter clothes packages to more than 7,500 families in Zaatari Camp and the border areas. A similar activity will be implemented by JEN for upcoming winter season, 2013. JEN has extended the partnership with UNHCR for distributions of clothes donated by UNIQLO. JEN will start the clothes distribution to 9,000 families in October 2013.

 

 

 

[One Year On…] 

 Only few tents were there last year; however the current population of the camp reaches over hundred thousand people and the Zaatari camp became the fifth largest city in Jordan. JEN’s operation in the camp started from last September, 2012, right after the camp opened. JEN has worked together with UNICEF to establish WASH committee all over the camp to secure people’s presence in the WASH sector and develop their capacity.

Currently around 30 agencies are doing activities inside Zaatari camp. In response to rapid growth of the camp, UNHCR planned to divide the camp into 12 administrative districts and to assign one NGO as a lead agency of each district. JEN was appointed by UNHCR as a lead agency in areas where over 26,000 refugees live. JEN will continue to work in Zaatari camp in close cooperation with the Government of Jordan, UN agencies and other organisations working in the areas in order to ensure peaceful and comfortable living conditions for refugees in the camp.

We see many cars with Syrian number plates.
We see many cars with Syrian number plates.
A staff having a skype meeting with Juba staff.
A staff having a skype meeting with Juba staff.
Unloading winter clothes from the truck.
Unloading winter clothes from the truck.

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Oct 1, 2013

Tsunami Relief for Ishinomaki Locality

Mikoshi paraded through Oginohama
Mikoshi paraded through Oginohama

 

Target Area


Miyagi Prefecture, Ishinomaki City and nearby villages.

Activities during  July, August & September, 2013.

 

Community Building in Ishinomaki

 

 

At this time of the year, many volunteers, from students during their summer vacation to adults taking days off, visited Ishinomaki. JEN and volunteers have been supporting local people through various events and activities.

 

[To continue Traditional Local Festivals]

 

JEN and volunteers have been assisting to continue traditional local festivals.

On September 9, an autumn festival was held in Oginohama, Ishinomaki. Volunteers supported in carrying mikoshi (portable shrine). Oginohama’s festival is known for its mikoshi being paraded through Oginohama Cove on boat. They prepared for the festival from the day before.

 

On August 24, Jizo-ko festival was held at Kadonowakicho town, Ishinomaki city for the first time in three years which is to praise Jizo (small stone statues venerated as the guardian deity of local residents) for Jizo's good deeds. Volunteers from Aoyama Gakuin University sweated at preparing for the festival. On the same day, JEN donated Manekinoie House, a meeting place adaptable to other uses, to Maneki Community, a resident’s association to set up mainly by current residents after the disaster.

 

On July 31 and August 1 was held Ishinomaki Kawabiraki River Festival, a signature summer summer event of Ishinomaki. The festival has never been called off even after the disaster and helped lift citizens' spirits every year.

It was after three years' absence that Magobe rowboat race as well as a dance to celebrate good catch, the festival's main attractions, made a successful comeback.

Elementary school pupils’ yearly drum and fife band parade was also performed along shopping streets. Among participating elementary schools are those schools whose music instruments had been damaged by the disaster. JEN have provided new instruments for them in the collaboration with mudef.

The number of visitors to the festival for two days was said to be 169,000, attracting 20,000 more than last year. It was felt that Ishinomaki is gradually regaining what were all too real in the past, after seeing Magobe boat race reviving, the children's drum and fife band performing a parade and visitors happily smiling. Hoping to see many more visitors smiling, JEN will continue to work activities to enliven Ishinomaki.

 

 

[Blossoms in Ishinomaki]

 

JEN is assisting "Spread Flower Garden through Human Connection", a movement based on an idea of students at Kadonowaki Junior High School.

On July 24, students at Kadonowaki Junior High School volunteered to plant flowers.

On August 29, twenty-five students at Kansai Gakuin Senior High School volunteered to help us weed the flower garden. They said that they wanted to come here in the post-disaster period, but it was impossible; they want to help with whatever they still can do.

 

[Personal Computer Class at Town on the Sea]

 

In response to resident’s requirements, JEN has opened “Personal Computer class for the Use of ICT as Reconstruction Support” side by side with Reconstruction University and BHN Association. Residents are learning such as the basics of Word and Excel, how to use Facebook. They are learning toward their goals, to make use of the PC skills for their business and to get in touch with volunteers or supporters who came to help them after the disaster.

 

 

 

[The 3rd “Come to Join Fishing Event!”]

 

On August 3-4, the third “Come to Join Fishing Event!” was held at Higashihama on the Oshika Peninsula which was planned by an executive committee organized by local resident volunteers. This year’s program, the third, featured a lot of hands-on experience such as gill net fishing, cooking, get-together, beach cleanup, study tour of aquaculture facility and so on. "'When I came to Ishinomaki two years ago, an improbable sight was outspread before me. But today, as a fan of Higashihama, I was really glad to be able to get on with people here and have such a wonderful time.', ' Learning about fishery, I was able to have an unique experience of mixing with people in the community.'" As participants said, expressing a feeling of enjoyment.

 

 

 

[F-1 Reconstruction Gourmet Food Contest held in Oshika Noren Restaurant District]

 

On July 21, F-1 Reconstruction Gourmet Food Contest (delicious, inexpensive, local food competition to promote reconstruction) took place at Oshika Noren Restaurant District in Aukawa on the finger of the Oshika Peninsula, with twelve reconstruction-gourmet-food stalls from Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima Prefectures standing side by side.

This year’s contest, the third in the series, took place for the first time at Oshika Noren Restaurant District that JEN has supported in setting up. Four food items from Ishinomaki joined the contest, each one is made of  Ishinomaki’s specialty ingredients which enhanced the flavor! The Grand Prix went to Moby dog from Oshika Noren Restaurant District! They say Moby dog enjoyed a runaway popularity, with the advantage for the contest to be held at home.

Hoping that every restaurant district uses this opportunity to lift the spirit of its community including Oshika Noren Restaurant District, JEN will continue to support the contest.

 

 

 

[Radio Talk Show “Skidatsucha Ishinomaki by JEN”]

 

A radio program for Ishinomaki reconstruction, "Skidatsucha Ishinomaki by JEN” (I love Ishinomkai; Sponsored by JEN.)" via Ishinomaki Radio Station, began on July5. This program covers what's nice about Ishinomaki, what goes into what a gallery of fascinating people in Ishinomaki works on and what's going on in Ishinomaki now being on the road to reconstruction. The title for this program, "Skidatsucha Ishinomkai by JEN ", reflects JEN's wish to 'get many more people loving Ishinomaki and make life in Ishinomki more exciting. JEN is committed to continuing efforts to produce such a program that listeners begin to love Ishinmaki and can share a positive frame of mind. The program goes out live every Friday from 0:30 p.m. for thirty minutes. Listen to it! (Japanese only)

 

 

 

[Ajishirahama Bathing Beach to Open]

 

On July 19, Ajishirahama bathing beach has opened. Both on July 6 and 7, JEN Tohoku reconstruction assistance volunteers worked on cleaning up Ajishirahama bathing each and weeding mountain trails together with local residents. Having done the day’s work, the volunteers had a get-to-know-you party with islanders at Gatsukou of Ajishima Island. Island life, marine products and this island’s future the volunteers heard from and talked with the islanders about. Volunteer activities in Ajishima Island have just begun. JEN believes that it’s necessary to look for a better future of the island, through deepening dialogues with islanders, continued activities there.

The donation of Manekinoie community House
The donation of Manekinoie community House
Students are pulling out overgrown weeds.
Students are pulling out overgrown weeds.
The PC class at Oharahama
The PC class at Oharahama
Experience of making mother shells to raise oyster
Experience of making mother shells to raise oyster
Street Food Competition
Street Food Competition
The program is hosted by PR staff in Ishinomaki
The program is hosted by PR staff in Ishinomaki
a reuse facility of closed junior high school
a reuse facility of closed junior high school

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