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.
Jul 22, 2013

An Inside Look into Hygiene Education

This past March, JEN began hygiene education programs in Iraqi schools. JEN first trains the school’s teachers, who then hold sessions the next day for their students. Students pay more attention and take the topic more seriously when it comes from their own instructors. The sessions urge students to upkeep their personal cleanliness within the school and at home the sake of their own health and their surrounding environment. Hygiene kits are then distributed which contain soaps, toothbrushes, and informational booklets and posters to teach the children how to care for themselves. Officials from Diala’s Ministry of Education and Department of Education attended the training sessions, and have expressed their admiration and satisfaction of JEN’s work and materials. We would like to thank all our supporters who have made our education programs possible in schools throughout Iraq.

[Facilities Completed: School Gives Thanks]

Restroom facilities have been refurbished. Previously the school’s facilities due to unsanitary conditions were unusable. Without proper functioning restrooms, the school could not operate functionally. The headmaster of the school had previously gone to the Iraqi Department of Education numerous times requesting repairs, but their requests were denied. JEN received permission from both the Department and Ministry of Education to fund and perform the renovations themselves. With dedication and hard work, the new bathrooms have been completed and the school is now completely operational. JEN conducted student and teacher trainings about hygiene education, as well as how to keep their newly refurbished restroom clean to ensure its longevity.  School administrators gave their thanks in addition to a surprise song and dance for JEN staff performed by the students. We would like to thank all our supporters who helped us see this project through.

 

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Jul 18, 2013

Spreading Hygiene Awareness outside Zaatari Camp

There are 6 thousands people every day fled from Syria to neigbouring countries. JEN's operation in Jordan for the refugees are expanding. The report shows the progress of our grass roots innitiatives.

Although the Syrian refugee camps continue to grow, nearly fifty percent of Syrian refugees live in host communities outside of the camps. This population influx heavily affects the schools surrounding the camps. Public schools in Jordan have accepted around twenty-nine thousand Syrian students. As schools near the border exceed their capacity, JEN has found that the current water, sanitation, and hygiene facilities in many of these schools are inadequate. To tackle the lack of water, sanitation, and hygiene facilities, JEN has built water fountains and improved the existing facilities of ten schools in northern Jordan that have accepted Syrian children.

JEN not only built new hygiene facilities but also promoted hygiene education. JEN trained teachers to give hygiene lessons to students using materials created by JEN. Then, after each lesson, JEN provided students with basic hygiene kits. The response to this program was very positive and JEN was even invited back to Suhiab Alrumy, a primary school for boys located in the Mafraq province, a rural area of Jordan. The children who attended the school wanted to thank JEN for the rehabilitation of their school’s water facilities as well for the hygiene education they received. The students hung a sign by the school to welcome JEN, gave JEN traditional souvenirs to show their appreciation, and prepared a performance which included songs and a speech thanking JEN.

JEN would like to thank Japan Platform and all our members and contributors for supporting our humanitarian mission and spreading the spirit of joy, happiness, and cooperation in these schools.

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Jul 2, 2013

Tsunami Relief for Ishinomaki Locality

Enjoy a hula dancing lesson at temporary shelter.
Enjoy a hula dancing lesson at temporary shelter.

Project

Relief & Re-establishment for those affected by the Great Eastern Earthquake.

Target Area

Miyagi Prefecture, Ishinomaki City and nearby villages.

Activities during  Apr, May & June, 2013.

Community Building in Ishinomaki

[Hula Dancing Classes for Evacuees]

Now, more than two years after the disaster, community rebuilding in Ishinomaki is more important than ever. JEN supports opportunities for the residents of Ishinomaki to come together and through group activities, begin the recovery process. For two days at the end of May, evacuees living in temporary housing complexes had the opportunity to attend a hula dance class. Sixteen evacuees attended the event, among them a 92-year-old woman. Although it was difficult for the elderly attendees to move their hips and legs, they still managed to wave their arms and hands with a smile. With both hair accessories and hula skirts on, the participants looked like they were in Hawaii. After the class, the participants came up and thanked JEN for the opportunity to exercise together saying, “I really enjoyed getting exercise, it has been a long time since I have been able to. Come back soon.” JEN will continue to work on community assistance like this. Your support would be much appreciated.

[Craft Fair]

On May 4th, JEN helped put together an event in support of the women in Ishinomaki. Eleven organizations from around the area displayed their handcrafts, exhibiting an eclectic mix of bags, jewelry, and other handmade goods. The event was very well attended with over 200 people, from both within Ishinomaki and outside, in awe of the “eye-candy” shopping, leaving them in a dilemma of which items to purchase. Guests were very interested in how the goods were made, creating new relationships between local merchants and visitors. The event interactively engaged participants, with stations for children to make their own bags and weaving tables for guests to make coasters. The next event is expected to happen October of this year, with plans to expand and have even more peer-to-peer exchanges. After the event, the program coordinator received responses from guests expressing interest in selling their own goods that they’ve since been inspired to make. JEN is dedicated to supporting the women of Ishinomaki, if you are interested in participating or learning more, please contact our Ishinomaki field office.

[Blossoms in Ishinomaki]

In May the residents of Ishinomaki enjoyed watching the 13,000 tulips planted last October, bloom, adding color and life to the city. The local Kamikama neighborhood association hosted a potluck for local residents to converse and admire the flowers together. Residents noted that before for tulips, the town really lacked feelings of life. Without any flowers and plants, the city lacked a sense the seasons and time of year. The plants not only add beauty to the city, but also help generate community-bonding events such as the hanami flower-viewing picnic. Despite the previous concerns of ruined soil as a result of the tsunami, the flowers are flourishing under Ishinomaki’s sun. Then on June 9th, volunteers worked to plow up the old bulbs and plant 13,000 new ones for the upcoming year. The bulbs that were plowed out were kept carefully in a safe place until the planting season next fall. About fifty volunteers joined the work, including leaders of the town’s association, townspeople, and people from outside the town. Although it was a hard task in the strong sunshine, one of the volunteers from outside Ishinomaki said to us, “I had an opportunity to work with people in Ishinomaki while hearing their stories and exercising, so I had a great day.”

JEN works on support programs to encourage community activities, promote restoration of farm lands, and so on. In doing so, JEN continues implementing support programs so that many people can associate with others and join together in recovering disaster-stricken areas.

Women sell their handmade goods
Women sell their handmade goods
Locals and volunteers plant tulip bulbs together
Locals and volunteers plant tulip bulbs together

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