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.
Nov 23, 2016

A new project called "ASUKUMA" started!

The participants for ASUKUMA
The participants for ASUKUMA

A project called “ ASUKUMA -Asu no Kumamoto jyuku-” that encourages Kumamoto has been started.

It’s been six months since the Kumamoto earthquake and JEN has recently launched a new project. The project name is “ASUKUMA -Asu no Kumamoto jyuku-”. ASUKUMA (ASU means tomorrow and KUMA is short for Kumamoto) is based on the people, things and culture that Kumamoto is proud of and its purpose is to bring vigor to the area. This is a workshop program that will last for two months and was started on October 2nd. Twenty people, whom are all concerned about the future of Kumamoto, gathered.

The first day of workshop started with a talk session. Three mentors were invited. These mentors started up a new business and have supported a community development with inhabitants from Tohoku area since the Great East Japan Earthquake. They also provided lectures and have a lot of experience in the establishment and commercialization training.

It’s been a month since the beginning of the workshop. The participants were divided into groups according to their interests and each group went on fieldwork. One group examined reconstructing markets and stalls in Mashiki town, whereas the other group visited Aso town to check the damage incurred by the Kumamoto earthquake. The last group interviewed an architect who owns houses that were damaged in the Minami Aso area and Nishihara village. They could therefore examine various fields.

Consequently, the participants of ASUKUMA found a lot of ideas through this workshop and fieldwork.

We will continue to report any progress on the ASUKUMA project.

Discussing about the participants
Discussing about the participants' interests
Interviewing in the architect
Interviewing in the architect's damaged house
Nov 10, 2016

Shopping in the camp

Registration and providing vouchers
Registration and providing vouchers

People living in camp as Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) use limited belongings to keep the hygienic environment.

In order to live in better conditions, JEN provides voucher to buy cleaning tools and kitchen stuff, such as brooms, dustpans, rubbish bins, food containers, buckets and so on. This is for keeping the clean environment and it is necessary to do so, although the IDPs’ current housing is expected by a temporary stay.

The way to ‘the shopping’ in the camp:

1. To receive the voucher at the entrance of the shop;
2. To go to select the necessary tools and goods in the temporarily established the shop;
3. To be guided by a Community Hygiene Promoter (CHP) and select the products;
4. To check the selected products and it must be the equal sum to voucher;
5. To pay for the products;
6. To queue up at checkout lines and to receive their purchase.

Although ‘the customers’ purchase is essential household products, they try do not buy due to their financial circumstances and accessibility of shopping.

A CHP showing around the shop
A CHP showing around the shop
A queue to get the purchase
A queue to get the purchase
Nov 10, 2016

Recycling project in Za'atari Refugee Camp

One of the recycle products
One of the recycle products

Recycling in Za’atari Camp is recently becoming a popular activity.

JEN has been encouraging the activity which involves making new products out of old clothes, plastic bags, containers and papers.

The purpose of this project is to reduce waste and make refugee women independent by earning revenue through making and selling handmade products.

Recycling is beneficial to everyone. By reusing the goods and modifying it into newly usable ones, the living cost is reduced as buying new things will not be necessary. Also, it becomes a “fun activity” for female house members who can acquire simple skills such as sewing and knitting. The ladies of the group can make beautiful products such as children’s clothes, bags, shoes and house decorating goods.

All of the materials are used clothes that no one wears anymore. Here are some products that we make:

1. Dolls using old socks.              
What you need: old socks, needle for sewing, thread, button, cotton, clothes, newspapers, etc.

Put cotton, newspaper and clothes in the socks. Next, sew the socks with needles and threads from the bottom. Finally, attach eyes, nose and mouth using buttons to make the socks look like a doll.

2. Small bags using a pair of jeans
What you need: Old pair of jeans, needle for sewing, thread, button, and scissors.

Cut the jeans into rectangular shape.

Then, sew them using a needle and threads to create a shape like that of a small suitcase. Lastly, decorate the bag with buttons to look beautiful and attractive.


The most difficult part of the activity was that it took time to think what to make because the quality of some materials was really bad. (This problem was solved by producing carpets instead). Also, it requires careful work to create something by recycling.

We will provide new ideas as well as spend more time with the group and encourage them in the future.

They held the bazaar twice. The most recent bazaar was held on May, 2016 and the group sold the recycled goods for reasonable prices and gave an opportunity for refugee women to gather safely.

The members of the group had an opportunity to participate in the decision-making process in terms of what to make or what to sell. They also collaborated with each other during the bazaar and talked to the customers effectively.

Remaking the doll
Remaking the doll
Remaking the bag
Remaking the bag
The members of the group
The members of the group
 
   

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