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, 2016

Agriculture Exhibition Visit in Mannar District

Producing fertilizer
Producing fertilizer

JEN staff visited the agricultural exhibition by the Northern Province Department of Agriculture in Mannar District. Some of the JEN’s project participants also came to as part of a workshop to learn new skills. Also we considered how the knowledge would make impacts on the participants and so the staff researched on many presentations of other agricultural associates in the exhibition.

The theme of the exhibition was “Bringing Eco-Friendly Agriculture to the Market” and it mainly featured / showcased water-saving technology such as aquaculture methods, trickle cultivation and sprinklers, various planting techniques, crop disease, and cultivation technology.

We especially took interest in drip technology-by slowly providing water directly to the surface of the soil and the root area, it is an irrigation system that minimizes the consumption of water and fertilizer. We hope that we can promote improvements in water management, organic farming, and the use of new crop species.

It seemed that the associates produced dry foods made from coconuts as well. JEN donated dry food producing units in the current project; it was stimulating for the project participants to witness the success of the machines.

 The Deputy Secretary of Kilinochchi and Mullativu Districts also attended the exhibition and researched on companies and organizations. He introduced new types of crops and species preservation technology.    Also, Mr.Kirushunan, one of the project members and exhibition participants, was impressed by the variety of dry foods were selling in the exhibition. Mr. Kirushunan makes dry foods for his household now, and he says he would be able to produce enough to sell to neighbouring villages with improved methods. The JEN staff and the project participants plan to study methods for packing these dry foods in the future.

We believe that supporting the project participants who experiment with the new methods acquired from the exhibition supports community strengthening. The exhibition was an important opportunity to learn new skills and share the latest knowledge with JEN’s project participants.

Greenhose
Greenhose
Producing dry food
Producing dry food
Jul 22, 2016

JEN Begins Assisting Mothers and Babies in Fukushi

A photo shows Tohoku has been recovering
A photo shows Tohoku has been recovering

Currently, JEN is working on partnership-based projects, in which we provide funding and technical support to its partners. The partners are local NPOs or organizations involving in support activities for marginalized people in disaster-affected areas.

In June 2016, JEN became with a partner of Fukushima Midwife Association and began supporting for “Comprehensive Pregnancy and Baby Support Project.” Midwives are experts in helping expectant mothers, nursing mothers, as well as their babies, both physically and mentally. Only people passed the national exam can work as midwives unless they already have nursing qualifications.

According to “the Survey on Expectant Mothers and Nursing Mothers” conducted by Fukushima Prefecture in 2014, 12 percent of those mothers in Fukushima suffered from postpartum depression , which was 3 percent higher than the national average. Frequent phone calls and consultation requests for help from the Midwife Association indicate that many mothers are concerned about both of their mental and health conditions or the mothers are isolated from the society causing absence of child care assistance.

After the earthquake, many families with young children left Fukushima to escape from the critical living conditions. Since those who chose to stay and to feel anxiety about the children’s health, Fukushima Prefecture implemented a policy which grants mothers and babies short stays at maternity centres. Besides being commissioned to perform this plan, the Fukushima Midwife Association is also conducting its own project of providing:

- Pre-prenatal classes;

- Places for nursing mothers to communicate with each other;

- Well balance meals for mothers and babies due to encouraging proper infant diets.

Five years have passed since the earthquake, yet this kind of mother and baby support projects are still little known to see across the nation. The projects will regularly carry on mothers and babies support among other local authorities in Fukushima Prefecture. Therefore, we will be supporting the Association on funding, presenting the project of the Association to the local authorities, and preparing necessary documents for policy promotion targeting other local governments, until December 2018.

May 23, 2016

A report from Kumamoto: the quality of life

Volunteers and cotton blankets
Volunteers and cotton blankets

At the beginning of this May, there were approximately 300 evacuation centres in the city of Kumamoto. Due to the subsided situation, the number of the centres was reduced from 300 to 22. On one hand, it seems that many victims have moved back to their houses, but on the other hand, the remaining number means that the rest of the victims still face the problem of relocation. Therefore, partnership work is very necessary for this urgent situation.

One of the Kumamoto-based companies, “Egao (smile in Japanese)”, opened their space for those victims. Egao also collaborated with JEN to provide other relief services such as bathing service (see our previous post).                                 In addition, electric kettles (to boil water any time) and cotton blankets (to replace wool blankets too hot for the current weather) we provided have improved the victims’ everyday lives as well.

What those victims could move on to their original peaceful lives is a wish of not only JEN’s staff but also many people around the world. However, the difficult situation may still continue for a while. Therefore, JEN would like to support corporates such as Egao to support the victims in Kumamoto.

Kitchen materials
Kitchen materials
 
   

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