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.
Aug 12, 2016

World Health Day

The celebration stage
The celebration stage

Iraq celebrated the World Health Day, an event held in the country every year. JEN was invited to this year’s event and distributed posters and brochures with pictures of JEN’s contribution to Iraq society as well as hygiene materials provided to schools.

The representative of sports activities made the opening remark. There were a lot of questions about JEN’s activity during Q & A sessions of the ceremony.  Also, the Ministry of Education in Baghdad provided an occasion of children’s drama and poem reading which aims to raise awareness of maintaining hygienic environments.

At the end of the event, JEN received acknowledgement and praise from the event’s participants and a letter of appreciation from the Ministry of Education. This is because JEN has dedicated to improve the local people’s health and hygiene. In fact, our project for the health and hygiene improvement is not only in the local, but also in an IDP camp.

In the camp, JEN staff facilitating discussion with CHPs (community hygiene promoter) group. The agenda is for example, hygiene kits distribution in the summer and its issues. The issue is especially considered how the promoters will operate smoothly at an occasion of the distribution. Also, the CHPs are a group of the camp residents and they work as volunteer for maintenance of the hygienic environment in the camp.

The kids stage of a drama
The kids stage of a drama
The promoters
The promoters' meeting
Aug 12, 2016

THE ROAD

The magazine distribution
The magazine distribution

In October 2014, JEN started a journalism workshop to train young people whose basic writing skills. Four-parts of the workshop covered: basic grammar; interviewing techniques; reporting techniques, and ethics of journalism. The workshop also taught professional news- and story-writing and interviewing skills to participants between 15-24 years old in response to the repeated interest expressed by them.

Once the participants completed the 4-series course, they applied for the skills learned to collect stories for next issues of the magazine under the mentorship of JEN’s professional editors and journalists.  At the same time, the editors guided the participants through the editing process of their own articles, and the graphic designers worked together to develop the magazine design. The participants worked under supervising of the mentors and they were creating issues, at which point, they were qualified as an independent journalist for the magazine. The workshop participants received a certificate and they were invited as volunteer journalists to contribute to the magazine going forward to further hone their writing skills. Also, most of the participants have been from the youth community.

THE ROAD, the magazine has been named, is a refugee magazine of the Syrians, by the Syrians and for the Syrians.

April2016, THE ROAD turned 2 years since the first issue came out and we have enjoyed seeing 63 refugees become journalists through the development of the magazine.The last month, we selected two journalists for the best articles of the month awards.

You can see a picture that shows sometimes they do meetings under the blue sky.  

We hope more refugees who will join the team to spread the voices of the refugees in and out of the camp in the upcoming months and years.In fact, THE ROAD does not suddenly flourish its success and the magazine creation is aimed to train young stars in the refugee camp.

One of the journalists completed the workshop shows his determination: we are fully aware of our responsibility as the professional journalists and so we keep to spread information that is needed by the residents in the camp. The member of the team has committed to objectivity, accuracy and professionalism and we will not use our profession for wrong purpose.”

The meeting under the sky
The meeting under the sky
The staff meeting
The staff meeting
Jul 25, 2016

Assisting Mothers and Babies in Fukushima

Tohoku has been recovering slowly but surely
Tohoku has been recovering slowly but surely

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.

 
   

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