SHOWBINA’S NEW DREAM

[Original by Maki KATO, Afghanistan Project (October 30, 2018); Translated by Y. Miki] JVC started literacy lessons in several villages in Afghanistan this summer. The lessons are for people who either could not make the long commute to school, or for those who could not attend school in their younger days due to some issues. The lessons offer the opportunity to learn reading and writing skills again. Our local female staff, Karima, interviewed one of the students there. Showbina is a 25-year-old woman who is taking literacy lessons of Ms. Sayra in the Kachara village. She is from an economically unstable family. Her father is a farmer and her mother…

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Vote for children in South Sudan to help them go to school !

The voting campaign for helping everyone on earth has started as usual this year. It is organized by “the Global Village Fund” of Felissimo Corporation, which has been supporting JVC for a long time. JVC was awarded for the first prize last year. We are grateful for their support! The Global Village Fund by Felissimo Corporation is based on donations in a unit of 100 yen per month. It is aimed to support projects conducted around the world such as “self-reliance from poverty”, “relief from natural disasters,” and “support for restoration.” Six projects including JVC’s South Sudan Project are nominated for the vote of this year. The campaign receives votes…

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REPORT ON OFFICIAL TRIP TO SOUTH AFRICA NO. 2: MEALS IN SOUTH AFRICA

[Original by Naoko WATANABE, South Africa Project (February 27, 2018); Translated by Y. Nakamura/S. Altman] In continuation of the previous report (No. 1). When explaining JVC’s activities in South Africa to people, they often ask me, “What do you eat during your stay there?”. Since JVC’s local office serves as accommodation too, Dudu, our local staff member, is usually living in the office. This is because her house is very far away in Johannesburg, the capital of South Africa. When I went to South Africa on an official trip, I also stayed in the office and cooked with Dudu every day. Previously, Dudu had rarely cooked during my stay because…

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Charity Concert “Dream of Arab”

– For the children of Iraq – Let’s Enjoy Arabic Music for Charity! JVC will help organize a charity concert to enjoy beautiful music with the Arabic musical instrument called “oud” meaning “Queen of Instruments.” Please experience the exotic world of Arabic culture, which is full of mystery and fascination. The concert proceeds are going to help support the activities of JVC in Iraq. Conflicts have been getting worse in Iraq because of differences in race and religion, which worst affect children. JVC regularly organizes workshops called “Peace Yard,” through which children can learn how to peacefully live together. Also, JVC workers can help treat their mental health problems. We…

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ESSENCE OF “DIALOGUE”

Communication Through Nonviolence Training When languages differ communication is difficult, and the lack of communication leads to misunderstanding, tension and eventually create a sense of animosity. And people who are right beside us, seem so far. First thing we need to solve the daily tensions and misunderstandings is communication. To communicate with Japanese people without using Japanese try our nonviolence training session. Session Facilitator: Aree Jabari (Iraqi Peace building activist) Aree is the president of the INSAN Iraqi Society for Relief and Development. As part of the organization activities INSAN applies nonviolence approach in bringing together children from various religious and ethnic backgrounds. Those children in most cases do not…

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We request a ceasefire and realization of peace in Syria on the occasion of concerned military action in the Idlib governorate

Statement by Japanese NGOs 6th September 2018 We are NGOs working in the Middle East including Jordan, Iraq, and Palestine and have been implementing humanitarian aids for the people who are forced to live under difficult situations due to conflicts and civil wars. Having witnessed the serious harm inflicted upon innocent citizens by the military actions of countries such as the United States and Russia, as well as by the government of Syria and other military bodies, we have made statement emphasizing that military reciprocation only hinders peace and resolution. Military tension is highly increasing in the Idlib governorate in the northwestern Syria. Anti-governmental armed bodies, which were defeated in…

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THE DIARY FROM SOUTH SUDAN (6)

– Education to children and aid of school supplies – [Original by Takaki IMAI, Manager for Humanitarian Assistance and Peace-Building Group (March 6, 2018); Translated by K. Adachi] I went to Juba in South Sudan on November 23, 2017, listened to the internally displaced people in refugee camps, and gave medical and educational aid. I will report the local situations and our activities in this series, “The Diary from South Sudan.” The 13th day: 5th of December (Tuesday) Distribution of school supplies and sanitary goods at Camp 2 Today we are going to distribute school supplies in Mangaten refugee Camp 2. We began at 8 o’clock in the morning when…

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THE DIARY FROM SOUTH SUDAN (5)

– Interview to women in the camps – [Original by Takaki IMAI, Manager for Humanitarian Assistance and Peace-Building Group (February 28, 2018); Translated by K. Adachi] The 10th day: 2nd of December (Saturday) Discussion with refugee women in Mangaten Camp 1 In this trip, we are planning to have a discussion aiming for the support of improvement of living conditions as well as the implementation of support for entering school. First of all, we visited Mangaten Camp 1 and conducted the following discussion with 5 women. <How to procure the food?> First of all, we asked them whether there is food for today and tomorrow in the tent, and how…

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THE DIARY FROM SOUTH SUDAN (4)

– Life in a tent and the Mangaten domestic refugee camp – [Original by Takaki IMAI, Manager for Humanitarian Assistance and Peace-Building Group (December 14, 2017); Translated by K. Adachi] The 8th day: 30th of November (Thursday) Obtained the certificate from South Sudan Relief Restoration Committee (RRC) for distribution of school supplies. The headquarters of RRC is located in the area of the ministries and government offices, such as treasury ministries, which stand in a row in the center of Juba. NGOs are required to receive the approval from RRC for every kind of “goods distribution” or “goods transport,” not only limited to emergency relief. However, RRC approval provides two…

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THE DIARY FROM SOUTH SUDAN (3)

– Support of medical supplies such as medicines for malaria to the Gumbo clinic – [Original by Takaki IMAI, Manager for Humanitarian Assistance and Peace-Building Group (December 8, 2017); Translated by K. Adachi] I went to Juba in South Sudan on November 23, 2017, listened to the internally displaced people in refugee camps, and gave medical and educational aid. I will report the local situations and our activities in this series, “The Diary from South Sudan.” The 6th day: 28th of November (Tuesday) Support of medical supplies to the Gumbo clinic I went to the Gumbo clinic and had a meeting with Dr. Remo. We selected which medical supplies were…

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