Staff Interview: Yoshie NIMODA (Public Relations)

[Original by Kazuto KANAOKA, 2020 Public Relations Intern (December 14, 2020); Translated by K. Adachi/A. Taguchi] Hello everyone! I’m Kanaoka, a 2020 Public Relations Intern. The third interview in 2020 is with Ms. Yoshie Nimoda, who is in charge of public relations. She has a “serious and sloppy” character that both herself and others admit. I asked if it is really the case! First, please tell us about your hobbies! I currently enjoy learning English. In parallel with online English conversations, I attend a comprehensive face-to-face English class twice a week at a school. Also, I like bands such as rock, and I enjoyed going to annual outdoor music festivals,…

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Agricultural Training – Practice at Home

[Original by Mariko OMURA, Cambodia Project (November 16, 2020); Translated by S. Tokugawa/M. Olagoke] Hi, this is Mariko Omura, the country director of JVC Cambodia. Lately, we have been talking about reservoirs, so this time I would like to write about agricultural training which is another pillar of our activities on this blog. JVC Cambodia conducts technical trainings on a regular basis to provide support for producing kitchen gardens at each home. We welcome everyone, and applicants can join this at any time. Anyone who is interested in it can take part whenever they like. Besides the trainings, we are providing reservoir support for areas in which it is particularly…

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2020 Northeast Asian University Peace Exchange Program 2

Report on the 2nd study session – Learn the past and the present of Zainichi, Korean nationals living in Japan, from the film “Ai tachi no gakko (Korean Schools in Japan)” – [Original by Tara SATO, an intern on the “Korea Children Campaign,” the Relief Campaign Committee for Children, Japan (December 1, 2020); Translated by H. Ueda/M. Olagoke] About the Northeast Asian University Peace Exchange Program This program was started in 2018 by a group of NPO and NGO members and individuals who became acquainted through Children’s Art Exhibitions. The program consists of networking events and study sessions where college students living in Japan learn about peace in Northeast Asia.…

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So busy with dry herbs!

[Original by Mariko OMURA, Cambodia Project (December 25, 2020); Translated by E. Miyazaki /A. Taguchi] Roselle hibiscus in bright red! Hi, this is Mariko Omura, the country director of JVC Cambodia. It is now December and the harvest season of Roselle hibiscus. The flowers look like bright red jewels, which are picked, dried, and shipped as a raw material for herb tea. Pretty pink globe amaranth The pretty flowers are globe amaranth. It contains a lot of ingredients for enhancing beauty. We also dry and ship them to Phnom Penh as a raw material for herb tea. Tangy and spicy! Turmeric and ginger It is also the harvest season of…

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Protecting the community’s foundations!- Learning about life in Kaduqli from the ground up –

[Original by Ko IMANAKA, Sudan Project (December 25, 2020); Translated by C. Rosenberg] Along with the supplemental classes we offer the children, we held a workshop for the parents and general community to discuss maintenance of the community’s public property. Behind our idea to hold a workshop is the reality that many facilities, installed through the support of the government, the United Nations, and NGOs, are unusable due to a lack of community management and maintenance. Evidence of the neglect is everywhere: a hand pump well rusting away after years of disuse, a mismanaged water-supplying facility left inoperable after its solar panels and generators were stolen, and school desks and…

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Filling in the Blanks: Education in the Age of COVID-19 and Military Conflict

[Original by Ko IMANAKA, Sudan Project (December 24, 2020); Translated by C. Rosenberg] In March of 2020, Sudan’s Ministry of Education decided to close all schools nation-wide in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19. In the state of South Kordofan, where JVC operates, the school attendance rate is low and many children, mainly refugees, do not attend formal schools. To address this issue, we started providing supplemental classes in January this year with the goal of giving children who have not attended school enough academic ability to transfer to formal schools. However, with the closure of schools nationally, by the middle of March we were left with no choice…

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Staff Interview: Yumiko INAMI (Accounting and Labor Affairs)

[Original by Yui SHOJI, 2020 Public Relations Intern (October 21, 2020); Translated by J. Tsuchiya/A. Taguchi] Hello, I am Shoji, a 2020 Public Relations (PR) Intern. This time, I interviewed Ms. Inami who is in charge of Accounting and Labor Affairs. She has worked in JVC for about 30 years. She talked about some surprising stories from JVC’s history like how there used to be staff members who took their children to the JVC office to work. In addition, her memories of Vietnam still influence her current life. Please stay with us! 30 years ago, why did you start working for JVC? I suppose JVC and I were linked by…

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Changes brought about by the reservoirs

[Original by Mariko OMURA, Cambodia Project (October 13, 2020); Translated by M. Kanai/H. Lai] Current situation of COVID-19 in Cambodia I am Mariko Omura, the JVC Cambodia Office Representative. In my last article, I reported that the New Year’s Holidays supposed to be in April was postponed to August because of the new coronavirus. During the nine-day holidays, the domestic migrants reached to 1.4 million due to the rush period of home visits and travelling. However, new cases of infections were limited only to those who returned from overseas. In general, Cambodian people are enjoying calm and peaceful days. Going through the days without raining In March and April, JVC…

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Staff Interview: Mizuho OSAWA (Palestine Project)

[Original by Kazuto KANAOKA, 2020 Public Relations Intern (October 12, 2020); Translated by S. Tokugawa/M. Olagoke] Hi everyone! I am Kanaoka, the 2020 Public Relations intern for JVC. The 2020 interns continue to conduct staff interviews as we did last year. You can read previous staff interviews in the previous articles. I hope you will enjoy them! For the first round of staff interviews in 2020, I interviewed Mizuho Osawa who takes charge of the Palestine Project. Her motto is “Enjoy everything!” We the interns currently work from home, and she held lunch conversation meetings between the JVC staff and us. The impression of her is that she is always…

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2020 Northeast Asian University Peace Exchange Program 1

Study Group 1 Kickoff Report [Original by Yuna TAMAMURA, an intern on the Korea Children Campaign (October 13, 2020); Translated by S. Young] Hi, I’m Yuna Tamamura, an intern on the Korea Children Campaign. This is my first blog post, but I’ve written it hoping that it reaches the hearts of lots of people. Today I’m going to report on the first Study Group for the Northeast Asian University Peace Exchange Program. About the “Japan-DPRK University Student Exchange” Program Since 2001 JVC and other NGOs have run a project called “Children’s Art Exhibitions”. This has allowed children in the Republic of Korea, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, the People’s…

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